Estonia's second biggest town Tartu welcomes you with quite a different feel from the capital Tallinn. Here, deep within the forests of South Estonia, lies Northern Europe's oldest university town, made up of time-stands-still wooden houses and stately buildings, leafy parks and scenic riverfront. Yet, did you know that this tranquil, poetic town also boasts boisterous vitality and a vibrant nightlife? Let's explore further why don't we?
Let us introduce to you the spirit of Tartu – a mysterious being that you will surely encounter by the end of your many trips to Tartu. This luring, hedonistic spirit is hard to describe but is known to extend your trip and attract visitors back to this dreamy and quirky town again and again.
Founded in 1632, Tartu University is one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe
With seventh of Tartu's population made up of university students and scholars, Tartu has a sophisticated yet adventurous cafe culture perhaps drawing some similarities with its Central and Southern European counterparts. Werner Cafe is one of the oldest cafes in Estonia and has once been the meeting spot of writers, poets and other historical figures in Estonian history. Tartu's culture quarter is located slam bang in the middle of Tartu's 19th century Classicist old town and is great for music, summer outdoor markets and nightlife (check out Genklubi).