It’s a city that never gets boring, bursting with exciting culture, history and art, educational landscape, a rapidly developing start-up world, stylish restaurants, greenery and nature, and plenty of opportunities for a pleasant vacation.
Tartu has all the best of the globally new but with the local advantage – the costs are lower, security is higher and the air is cleaner than in Tallinn, Helsinki or New York. The city successfully combines modern infrastructure and facilities with a green and friendly environment.
Tartu, with its population of around 100,000 in an area of 154 square kilometres, is the second largest city in Estonia. The first written records of Tartu date from 1030, making it the oldest city in the Baltic States. Tartu has played an important role in the development of Estonian culture and national consciousness: the first national elite stemmed from the local university, the first newspapers and cultural societies, the first national theater – all began their work here, and the first national song festival took place here as well.
Tartu together with Southern Estonia is the European Capital of Culture in 2024. It is the main event in Estonia that offers special cultural experiences in Tartu and Southern Estonia. Tartu 2024 entire programme will be presented on October 19th 2023.
Photo: University of Tartu © Ragnar Vutt