Tartu, the second-largest city in Estonia, is known as the cultural capital. The country’s first and foremost university was founded here in 1632, and this town of 100,000 people still has a large student population. Located in southwest Estonia, a land of hills and lakes, Tartu is said to be more “Estonian” than Tallinn. A city tour of Tartu includes a visit to the University of Tartu; the turn-of-the-century wooden houses of Karlova and Supilinn; the beautiful Estonian gardens in Tahtvere and Tammelinn; and the ruins of the 15th century Dome Church on Toome Hill.
PUBLISHED: July 19, 2013