This leafy town of students, intellectuals and creatives brings back sweet, youthful memories to many who have once toured the city on a bicycle during their student days.
A home to one of Northern Europe’s oldest universities, Tartu has a wealth of museums (such as Estonian National Museum) and an upbeat nightlife. Upon your arrival in Tartu, you are soon welcomed by a statue of kissing students standing in a large Classicist town square nearby museums, cafes and a large park formed around a hill.
Tartu is very compact, with most sights, restaurants and nightlife nestled across a couple of parallel streets. Being the second largest town in Estonia and a hot bed for creative and scientific culture, there is always something on from theatre performances to concerts and festivals.
Tartu's best restaurants offer limited-time menus of exotic local delicacies during the month of February.
Gaudeamus festival programme is built on the theme of summer solstice, following the Midsummer Day traditions from ancient times to today.
You don't have to go to a gallery or museum to view art in Estonia - it's all around you.
The Christmas holiday season is the most important of the whole year in Estonia and Christmas markets are the meeting places of cheer.