Discover Tartu

Below you can find more information on the 5 most interesting tourist attractions of Tartu.

Town Hall Square

Town Hall Square

Town Hall Square has been the heart of Tartu for centuries, and its history dates back to ancient times. In the 18th century the square was the site of the city’s most important market – der Grosse Markt or ‘Big Market’. A wide variety of events are held on the square these days, including the Christmas Market during the festive season, St. Mary’s Fair in autumn and the Hanseatic Days insummer. Since 1998 the square has also been home to a fountain with a statue of kissing students, from which it gets its name – and which has become one of the symbols of the city, which is renowned for its university. The slanting building on the square, which was built in the 1700s, has also become a sight in its own right. It is currently home to the Tartu Art Museum.

AHHAA Science Centre


The AHHAA Science Centre is all about making science fun through exciting activities and entertaining adventures that test your skills. You are sure to learn something new from its exhibits, the majority of which are hands-on – so you get to try things for yourself. You can discover science in action in the planetarium, as part of the school laboratory pilot programme, by creating your own teaching materials or taking to the stage in the science theatre. You can also enjoy the 4D cinema screenings


Toomemägi (Toome Hill)

Toomemägi is a heritage site in the Old Town of Tartu in which you will find a large number of sculptures and a range of buildings of great architectural value – including the former Dome Church (now the History Museum of the University of Tartu), Tartu Observatory, the Old Anatomicum, the Supreme Court and the Angel and Devil bridges. Toomemägi Park, established in 1805, was given a free design that would be as close to natural form as possible. It blends in with the surrounding classical architecture perfectly, as many parks of its kind do – they were common throughout Europe, especially in England. Pirogov Square is particularly popular among students.

St Johns Chruch, Tartu

St. John’s cultural quarter

The St. John’s cultural quarter in Tartu’s Old Town comprises the medieval St. John’s Church, the Antonius Guild, the Toy Museum, Uppsala House, Tampere House, a museum of 19th century life and a range of art galleries.

UT by night

UT and the Botanical Gardens

Founded in 1632 by Swedish king Gustav II Adolf, the University of Tartu is symbolised by its main building and its six white columns. It is one of the best-known icons in the history of Estonian education and culture. The historical buildings of the university are perfect examples of classicist architecture and are easily one of the most interesting assemblies of 19th century university buildings in Europe for their compact nature. The main building, which embodies the spirit of Greek architecture, along with the observatory and anatomicum on Toomemägi Hill, the library built in the ruins of the Dome Church, the university’s clinics and the Angel and Devil bridges have given the Old Town its architectural flavour – and led to Tartu being dubbed the ‘Athens of the Emajõgi River’.

More info on can be found at Visit Estonia  and Visit tartu

Conference Venue

This year's conference will take place in two separate conference venues that are very close to each other:

1. Dorpat Conference Centre & Hotel


Turu 2
51013, Tartu, Estonia
(Entry by car from Soola Street, on foot from Turu Street)


Dorpat Conference Centre


2. VSpa Hotel Conference Centre


Riia 2
51004, Tartu, Estonia


VSpa Hotel Conference Centre



Arriving in Tartu by plane

Tartu has an international airport with flights to and from Helsinki.The airport shuttle to and from the city centre costs 5 €, travel time is 15 minutes. Taxis are also available. 

More connections to the European hubs are available from Tallinn (180 km) and Riga (245 km).



Tallinn airport has flights to and from Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Istanbul, London, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Riga, Stockholm, Trondheim, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw, plus seasonal destinations.

There is a direct hourly bus connection between Tallinn Airport and Tartu Bus Station. Travel time is 2 hours 25 minutes, ticket costs around 10 € . Most buses have free WiFi and power sockets, some have personal multimedia devices.

Trains between Tallinn and Tartu operate 9 times in a day in both directions (train station in Tallinn is about 1.5 km from the airport and in Tartu 1.5 km from the city centre). Travel time by fast train is 2 hours. Trains have free WiFi and power sockets. Train ticket costs 12 to 15 €. 

Train and bus tickets can be purchased online or on board. 

It is also possible to rent a car to go from Tallinn to Tartu.



Riga Airport has connections to 83 cities. The Airport Bus can take you to the Riga Bus Station (5 EUR) from where it is possible to take a bus to Tartu (6 departures every day, 15 EUR). Travel time is about 3hours 40 minutes. If you travel to Riga by Air Baltic, there is free bus transfer to Tartu.


A selection of hotels can be recommended:


*****Hotel Antonius - Get 15% discount from all standard prices, by using promo code EAPRIL2019. Price include breakfast and WiFi connection. The rooms are furnished with antique furniture which has been carefully matched with modern conveniences: air conditioning, telephone, LCD TV set, mini-bar, in-room safe, luxurious bathroom. In order to get discount, please make the booking before the 25th of October via hotel website (remember to use the promo code EAPRIL 2019).


**** V Spa Hotel – Price for Superior twin/double room is 100€/night, price for Superior single room is 85€/night, price for Deluxe twin/double room is 115€/night and price for Deluxe single room is 100€/night.Prices include healthy and rich breakfast buffet at the hotel`s restaurant Joyce, access to South-Estonia`s largest spa- and saunacenter`s relaxation world (from 16:00-22:00 on the day of arrival and 09:00-12:00 on the day of departure), robes, slippers and spa bag in the room, bottled water free of charge, WiFi free of charge and VAT. Special prices for the EAPRIL delegates by using Promo Code EAPRIL2019. In order to use the promo code, please make the booking via email or phone +372 677 6677


****Hotel London – 40 rooms, single 65 €, double 75 €. Prices include breakfast buffet, WiFi connection and free parking (if available). Special prices for the EAPRIL delegates by using promo code EAPRIL2019. In order to use promo code, please make the booking via email


****Hotel Lydia – The price for a single room is 85€ and for a double room 105€. Prices include tax, a rich breakfast buffet at restaurant Hõlm, WiFi connection in the room, and unlimited usage of a spa lounge and fitness club. Special prices for the EAPRIL delegates by using promo code EAPRIL2019. In order to use the promo code, please make the booking via email and the hotel will send the confirmation within 24 hours.


*** Hotel Dorpat – 200 rooms, single room 56 €, double room 70 €. Prices include tax, breakfast buffet, parking, WiFi connection in the room and free entrance to nightclubs in Tartu. Special prices for the EAPRIL delegates by using promo code EAPRIL2019. In order to use the promo code, please make the booking via email The hotel will send the confirmation within 24 hours.  


***Hotel Pallas – 62 rooms, single room 53€, double room 63 €. Special prices for the EAPRIL delegates by using promo code EAPRIL2019. In order to use the promo code please make the booking via email


Hotel Tartu – 68 rooms, single room 42 €, double room 59 €. Special prices for the EAPRIL delegates by using promo code EAPRIL2019. In order use the promo code make the booking via email sales@tartuhotell.eePrices include breakfast, morning sauna and tax. 


Downtown Hostel Downtown hostel has pre-booked 8 twin rooms for EAPRIL delegates – there are 2 single beds in the room. The rooms have a shared bathroom and a kitchen. The price of a twin room for two persons is 25€ per night. Price includes free WiFi that is available throughout the property and there is a free private parking on site. In spare time a possibility to play table tennis. The hostel has a 24-hour reception. Please make the booking up to two days before the conference (25th of November) via hostel website and use promo code EAPRIL 2019.


Hektor Design Hostels -Get 10% discount from all standard prices, by using promo code EAPRIL2019. Price include WiFi connection, kitchenette with essentials in selected rooms, access to communal kitchen on the 1st floor. In order to use promo code, please make the booking via hostel website


**More options are available via online booking tools**

Getting around in Tartu

On foot. The easiest way to get around in Tartu is on foot. The old town and city centre are 5 minutes walk away.



By taxi. You can always order a taxi in Tartu. The prices are around 60 cents a kilometre + the starting fee (around 3 €).



Public transport. Tartu is covered with good bus connections in case you need to get out of the city centre. The ticket costs 1 euro that is usable during an hour.



By car. There are also possibilities to rent a car. More information on parking can be found here



Bike rental. Tartu has a brand new bike share system, comprised of 750 bikes in 69 bike share stations across the city.

Food & Drinks

In Tartu you can find a very broad variety of restaurants, bars, pubs and other eating and drinking facilities.If you are looking for information on where to eat & drink in Tartu, click here.

To book a table online in one of the restaurants in Tartu, click here.