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#1 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Game/ Entertainment Centers; Educational Sites; Museums
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#2 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Specialty 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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#3 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Historic Sites
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#4 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Neighborhoods
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#5 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Gardens; 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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#6 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Educational Sites
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#7 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Geologic Formations
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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#8 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Fountains
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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#9 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Monuments/ Statues
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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#10 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Theaters
Owner description: Vanemuine is Estonia's oldest theatre and the only one of its kind in the country to work in three genres in three different... more » Owner description: Vanemuine is Estonia's oldest theatre and the only one of its kind in the country to work in three genres in three different buildings — its grand building, its historical small building and the black box- type Harbour Theatre on the banks of the Emajogi River. The Vanemuine stages productions from opera to classical drama, musicals to children's shows, and contemporary ballet to symphonic concerts. Its repertoire includes around forty performances in different genres. The season lasts from September to May, although the summer projects the theatre is involved in means it plays to audiences virtually all year round. « less
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#11 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Museums
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#12 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: History Museums
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#13 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Monuments/ Statues
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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#14 of 86 attractions in Tartu
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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#15 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Monuments/ Statues
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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#16 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Specialty Museums
Owner description: The Estonian Aviation Museum started from a private collection and opened its doors as a museum in 2002. The exhibits you can... more » Owner description: The Estonian Aviation Museum started from a private collection and opened its doors as a museum in 2002. The exhibits you can see in the museum's yard are helicopters Mi-2, Mi-8 and Schweizer 300, training aircraft Wilga-35, Aero L-29 Delfin, Aero L-39 Albatros and TS-11 Iskra, fighter jets MiG-21, JA Viggen 37, MiG-23MLD, Mirage IIIRS, Saab J35 Draken and F-104S Starfighter, attack aircraft Su-22M4 and Saab J32E Lansen, jet bomber Su-24, passenger aircraft Tu-134A, An-2P and superlight aircraft A-20. Inside the museum, guests will find an exhibition of quality models of almost 400 aircraft that have played an important role in aviation history. « less
#17 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Specialty 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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#18 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Religious Sites
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#19 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Specialty 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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#20 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Specialty Museums
Owner description: The Estonian Sports Museum, founded in 1963, is the largest sports museum in the Baltics. Exhibition rooms on three floors,... more » Owner description: The Estonian Sports Museum, founded in 1963, is the largest sports museum in the Baltics. Exhibition rooms on three floors, historic cellar and specialized library just in the centre of Tartu are worth discovering. The permanent exposition "Hortus Athleticus" (in Estonian and English) gives a thorough overview of the development of Estonian sport through various stages of history. Museum visitor meets the mileu of the age with historic awards, cups and sports equipment. Besides exhibition, the permanent exposition offers several fun but educating entertainment posibilities. The visitor can participate in virtual Olympic tour, test his/her strength on the simulators of tug-of-war and cycling, test knowledge in sports quizzes, take photos among old-time strongmen or scan QR codes for more information (first museum in Estonia that uses QRpedia). Guided tours available! « less
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#21 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: Karl Ernst von Baer was a biologist, the founder of descriptive and comparative embryology and an academician of the St... more » Owner description: Karl Ernst von Baer was a biologist, the founder of descriptive and comparative embryology and an academician of the St Petersburg Academy of Sciences. He studied medicine in Tartu from 1810 to 1811 and obtained the degree of doctor of medicine here. He was a professor of zoology and anatomy in Konigsberg from 1817. He studied anthropology, geography and ichthyology during his time in St Petersburg. He spent the last years of his life (1867-1876) in Tartu where he wrote his 3-volume collection of articles and speeches and participated in the activities of the Estonian Naturalists Society and was elected its president in 1869. The statue of Karl Ernst von Baer was completed in 1886, its author is M Opeku. « less
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#22 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: Seal is made of stainless steel, the photo and text have been engraved on it with a laser. The impression made by the seal on... more » Owner description: Seal is made of stainless steel, the photo and text have been engraved on it with a laser. The impression made by the seal on the ground is made of granite. Seal is 2.4 m high and three metres long.Location: Toomemagi, TartuAuthor: Tiiu Kirsipuu « less
#23 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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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#24 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Museums
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#25 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Museums
Owner description: You can see the traditional clothes, everyday items, handicrafts, tools, photos, books and many other items associated with... more » Owner description: You can see the traditional clothes, everyday items, handicrafts, tools, photos, books and many other items associated with the Old Believers. Interesting facts:- the Russian Old Believers (starovery) have been following their religious traditions rigorously for more than a 1000 years; - there are 11 congregations of Old Believers with approximately 15,000 members in Estonia. The Lake Peipus area – Mustvee, Kallaste, Kolkja, Kasepaa, Varnja, Piirissaar – is the main area where Old Believers live. « less
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#26 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Museums; Art Museums
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#27 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: The earliest mentions of Luke Manor date back to 1557. The final wooden main building was from the turn of the 20th century... more » Owner description: The earliest mentions of Luke Manor date back to 1557. The final wooden main building was from the turn of the 20th century with characteristics of Neo-Baroque and Heimat Style. The manor building was destroyed during World War II in 1941. The pride of Luke manor is still the picturesque Neo-Baroque park with terraces on different levels and trees that were once trimmed and now look quite peculiar. Lion statues made of concrete line one of the flight of stairs between the terraces. The stylish historicist gardener's house and ponds, all restored, are also worth looking at. « less
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#28 of 86 attractions in Tartu
Category: Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: The long-serving professor of the University of Tartu was one of the brightest scientists in 20th century Tartu. Lotman... more » Owner description: The long-serving professor of the University of Tartu was one of the brightest scientists in 20th century Tartu. Lotman studied the history of Russian literature and culture and general regularities of culture. He laid the foundation of cultural semiotics and was the founder of the Tartu-Moscow school of semiotics. The monument to the world-famous culturologist and semiotician, which consists of pipes, water and light, was opened on 6 October 2007. The idea for the sculpture made of 15 m of steel pipe is based on the self-portrait of Juri Lotman.Authors of the monument: Mati Karmin, architect Andres Lunge. « less
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Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: When walking in the Old Town of Tartu, head also for the other side of the riverbanks where you will see the early classicist... more » Owner description: When walking in the Old Town of Tartu, head also for the other side of the riverbanks where you will see the early classicist Pistohlkors or Katariina House. It is a building from the 18th century that used to belong to Lieutenant WC von Pistohlkors. The interior design of the building’s hall in the style of Louis XVI is worth special attention. Tartu Town Museum is currently located in Katariina House.Interesting facts:- people know the house as Katariina House. There is a legend according to which Empress of Russia Catherine II (Katariina in Estonian) stayed in this house. However, there is no truth in the legend.- The house was designed by famous architect JHB Walter, who also designed the Town Hall of Tartu. « less
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Category: Museums
Owner description: The history of the Estonian Literary Museum is the history of its collections. Pastor of Parnu JH Rosenplanter started... more » Owner description: The history of the Estonian Literary Museum is the history of its collections. Pastor of Parnu JH Rosenplanter started collecting manuscripts systematically in the first decades of the 19th century and its is thanks to him that the autographs of KJ Peterson, OW Masing and others have been preserved. « less
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