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Ranked #1 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Educational Sites; Museums; Game/ Entertainment Centers
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Ranked #2 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Located in an old wooden building in the heart of Tartu’s Old Town, the Toy Museum transports its adult visitors back to... more » Owner description: Located in an old wooden building in the heart of Tartu’s Old Town, the Toy Museum transports its adult visitors back to their most joyous childhood days and offers children plenty to see and do. The permanent exhibit displays toys that children in Estonia have played with throughout the ages. The display also includes artist-made dolls, souvenir dolls from around the globe and traditional Finno-Ugric toys. The museum has play and workshop rooms, and the exhibit rooms also offer plenty to keep one busy. Alternating exhibits and children’s activities are organized at the museum. In Theatre House there is a theatre stage, Children’s Studio, and theatre puppets museum. Theatre House is a unique theatre which gets its inspiration from the Toy Museum, childhood, games and memories. « less
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Ranked #3 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #4 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Neighborhoods; Other
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Ranked #5 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #6 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: History Museums; Museums
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Ranked #7 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
Owner description: The sculpture was created by Mati Karmin and unveiled in front of the Tartu Market on 17 January 2008.The steel barrel rests... more » Owner description: The sculpture was created by Mati Karmin and unveiled in front of the Tartu Market on 17 January 2008.The steel barrel rests on a granite base and the numbers and letters cut into the base inform the viewer that the date when the sculpture was opened, 17 January, is St Anthony’s Day when old Estonians used to turn their attention to the pig. « less
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Ranked #8 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Fountains; Landmarks
Owner description: The Kissing Students' sculpture and fountain is one of the most recognised symbols of Tartu. A fountain has stood in the same... more » Owner description: The Kissing Students' sculpture and fountain is one of the most recognised symbols of Tartu. A fountain has stood in the same place since 1948, when newlyweds and their guests would visit it for luck, and people would also take a dip in it. The sculpture was created by Mati Karmin and completed in 1998. Since 2006 the fountain has been surrounded by tiles bearing the names of Tartu's sister cities: Bærum, Deventer, Ferrara, Fredriksberg, Hafnarfjorður, Hameenlinna, Kaunas, Luneburg, Pihkva, Riia, Salisbury, Tampere, Turu, Uppsala, Veszprem and Zutphen. They are situated in the direction that the cities lie from Tartu, marking the distances. « less
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Ranked #9 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Geologic Formations; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Toomemagi or Toome Hill was a gift from Emperor Paul I to the University of Tartu – having previously been used by townsfolk... more » Owner description: Toomemagi or Toome Hill was a gift from Emperor Paul I to the University of Tartu – having previously been used by townsfolk to graze cattle. For hundreds of years it had been the centre point of the local population, later becoming the site of a castle which made it the heart of medieval Tartu. In the early decades of the 19th century it was turned into a park on the initiative of the university's plantation committee, with alleys of trees, paved roads and bridged gulleys. Along with the library, anatomicum, observatory and clinic it formed the intellectual focal point of Tartu. « less
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Ranked #10 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Come and visit one of the oldest Botanical Gardens in the world (founded in 1803). The Botanical Gardens were designed under... more » Owner description: Come and visit one of the oldest Botanical Gardens in the world (founded in 1803). The Botanical Gardens were designed under the supervision of world-famous botanists, Prof Ledebour and Prof Bunge.The Botanical Gardens currently belong to the University of Tartu and they are used as a study base for students. The Botanical Gardens introduce new decorative plans and different methods of landscaping.Interesting facts:- there are 6500 species of plants from all climatic belts of the world in the Botanical Gardens, which makes it the most species-rich area in Estonia;- the palm house of the Botanical Gardens is the biggest in the Baltic States and also the richest in species. « less
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Ranked #11 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
Owner description: The monument to Kristjan Jaak Peterson (1801-1822) was completed in 1983. Its authors are J Soans and A Murdmaa. Kristjan... more » Owner description: The monument to Kristjan Jaak Peterson (1801-1822) was completed in 1983. Its authors are J Soans and A Murdmaa. Kristjan Jaak Peterson (14.03.1801 – 04.08.1822) was an Estonian writer. He studied in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy of the University of Tartu from 1819 to 1820. He called himself a singer of the country people, appreciated the national features of literature and thought that the creation of original Estonian literature was possible. About twenty-five of his poems are known. « less
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Ranked #12 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
Owner description: The monument to the most renowned Estonian symphonist of all times Eduard Tubin stands on the slope by the Vanemuine Theatre... more » Owner description: The monument to the most renowned Estonian symphonist of all times Eduard Tubin stands on the slope by the Vanemuine Theatre (authors A Vahtrapuu, V Valk, sound installations created by Louis Dandrel). Come and see how the well-known Estonian conductor and composer conducts an imaginary orchestra and listen to sound installations of the works of Eduard Tubin. « less
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Ranked #13 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
Owner description: Duke Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly (1761-1818) was a Russian military leader with Baltic German roots. He was... more » Owner description: Duke Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly (1761-1818) was a Russian military leader with Baltic German roots. He was distinguished by his talent and bravery as an officer in a number of battles, being decorated a total of 14 times - including with the title of count and eventually duke. The monument to Barclay de Tolly was unveiled in 1849. It was created by Vassili Demut-Malinovski and Apollon Shtshedrin. The duke is buried in his family's tomb in Jogeveste. « less
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Ranked #14 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
Owner description: The monument to Gustav II Adolf (1594-1632) was reopened in 1992. Its author is Elisabeth Tebelius-Myren. A monument to King... more » Owner description: The monument to Gustav II Adolf (1594-1632) was reopened in 1992. Its author is Elisabeth Tebelius-Myren. A monument to King of Sweden Gustav II Adolf who founded the University of Tartu stood in the yard of the university's main building from 1928 to 1950. The author of the sculpture was Otto Strandman. Soviet occupation authorities removed the monument on 15 May 1950. The monument was reopened in 1992 with the help of Swedish people. « less
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Ranked #15 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #16 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Castles; Landmarks
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Ranked #17 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
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Ranked #18 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Museums
Owner description: The Estonian National Museum is located in Tartu and its activities cover many places in the city. The museum has its main... more » Owner description: The Estonian National Museum is located in Tartu and its activities cover many places in the city. The museum has its main building, an exhibition house, the Postal Museum and the Raadi Manor complex at its disposal. There are plans to have all these under the same roof in the future. The museum was founded in 1909 and dedicated to the memory of our biggest collector of old items Jakob Hurt in order to maintain his heritage. It was named the Estonian National Museum. The plans of the founders were so extensive that the new museum could have easily be called the Estonian Museum (cf. British Museum, Russian Museum). « less
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Ranked #19 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Museums
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Ranked #20 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Observation Decks/ Towers; Landmarks
Owner description: Observatory of the University of Tartu - in its time one of the most important centres of astronomy in the world - is the... more » Owner description: Observatory of the University of Tartu - in its time one of the most important centres of astronomy in the world - is the pearl of Estonia's scientific history. It was constructed between 1808 and 1810 to the designs of university architect Johann Wilhelm Krause on the site of a former medieval castle on Toome Hill. Restoration work began in 2009 and continued until 27 April 2011, when it was reopened as a museum to mark its 200th anniversary. There is plenty to discover here, whatever your age! « less
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Ranked #21 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Tartu is the birthplace of beer brewing in Estonia and it has been a beer city for almost 100 years. A beer museum was opened... more » Owner description: Tartu is the birthplace of beer brewing in Estonia and it has been a beer city for almost 100 years. A beer museum was opened in the territory of the A. Le Coq Brewery in 2003 and it introduces the history of industrial beer brewing. Almost 2000 items are exhibited in the malt tower built in 1898: beer bottles and corks, tankards and barrels. Guests can see the equipment used for brewing beer at home and old industrial brewing equipment. The awards and medals won by the brewery from world exhibitions are also displayed. All visits to the museum end in the museum’s pub where guests can sample the drinks of A. Le Coq. Come and learn about the beer culture of Estonia and the world! « less
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Ranked #22 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
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Ranked #23 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: The geodetic arch of FGW Struve, an astronomer from the University of Tartu, which is a 2820 km meridian section that reaches... more » Owner description: The geodetic arch of FGW Struve, an astronomer from the University of Tartu, which is a 2820 km meridian section that reaches from Northern Norway to the Black Sea, was entered into the list of UNESCO World Heritage on 15 July 2005. « less
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Ranked #24 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
Owner description: Unveiled on Kuuni Street in Tartu on Child Protection Day on 1 June 2004, this bronze sculpture by Ulo Oun (1944-1988) is... more » Owner description: Unveiled on Kuuni Street in Tartu on Child Protection Day on 1 June 2004, this bronze sculpture by Ulo Oun (1944-1988) is said by his widow Inara Oun to portray the sculptor himself with a child taking after their son Kristjan at the age of 18 months. The sculpture was created in 1977 before being cast in bronze in 1987. It was originally designed to be erected in Tallinn, but Tartu City Government bought the sculpture in autumn 2001. « less
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Ranked #25 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
Owner description: A grand and stylish pseudo-gothic brick church (architects Viktor Johann Gottlieb Schroter, Georg Hellat) greets you right... more » Owner description: A grand and stylish pseudo-gothic brick church (architects Viktor Johann Gottlieb Schroter, Georg Hellat) greets you right next to the site of the first general song festival of Estonia. In the church, you can admire Johann Koler's altar painting 'Inviting Christ' (1897) and enjoy concerts in the hall that has room for up to 3000 people.Interesting facts:- WG Eisenschmidt, one of the first Estonian pastors, was the first pastor of the congregation and he served them for 53 years;- St Peter’s Church has a 19th century organ with 22 registers. « less
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Ranked #26 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
Owner description: Construction of the Tartu Uspenski Cathedral started by the order of Peter I after the Northern War and it was consecrated in... more » Owner description: Construction of the Tartu Uspenski Cathedral started by the order of Peter I after the Northern War and it was consecrated in 1783. The church was established on the foundation of the Dominican Convent Church. It was initially built in the shape of a cross and was given its quadrangular shape in 1840. Interesting facts:- a chapel to St Isidor, who died as a martyr, was established in the church in the course of its extension;‑ the Bolsheviks killed 19 innocent people in the cellar of Krediidikassa 80 years ago. Their victims, archpriests Bleive and Berzhanitski, are buried in Uspenski Church. « less
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Ranked #27 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
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Ranked #28 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
Owner description: The monument to the physician who studied and became a professor in Tartu was completed in 1952. The authors of the monument... more » Owner description: The monument to the physician who studied and became a professor in Tartu was completed in 1952. The authors of the monument are J Raudsepp, M Molder, P Tarvas, A Volberg.Nikolai Pirogov was the founder of experimental surgery, topographic anatomy and field surgery. His work made the surgeries performed in Tartu famous all over Russia and also abroad. « less
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Ranked #29 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
Owner description: The monument to Oskar Luts (1887-1953) was erected in 1987. The authors of the monument are A Rimm and A Murdmaa.Oskar Luts... more » Owner description: The monument to Oskar Luts (1887-1953) was erected in 1987. The authors of the monument are A Rimm and A Murdmaa.Oskar Luts (1887-1953) was an Estonian writer. His best known and loved novel is “Kevade” (“Spring”), a lyrical and humorous tale based on school memories. He has also written plays, children’s stories, memoirs and satire. The house museum of the writer is located at Riia 38 in Tartu – he lived at this address for the last 17 years of his life. Oskar Luts is buried in the St Paul’s Cemetery in Tartu. « less
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Ranked #30 of 119 attractions in Tartu County
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Tartu Old Anatomical Theatre (1805) is a building of the university that was designed by JW Krause. Outstanding anatomist A... more » Owner description: Tartu Old Anatomical Theatre (1805) is a building of the university that was designed by JW Krause. Outstanding anatomist A Rauber, pharmacologist R Buchheim, physiologist F Bidder and surgeon N Burdenko worked in this building.Come and visit the interactive of the University of Tartu History Museum in the Old Anatomical Theatre where you can see the equipment used by researchers in the 19th and the 20th centuries. You can use it to carry out some tests and learn many interesting things about your sense organs. « less
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