Tartu is a Hanseatic city and a university town. It is the oldest city in Estonia, dating back to 1030. Its ancient name of ‘Tarbatu’ was shortened to ‘Tartu’ in Estonian and to ‘Dorpat’ in German. Although large parts of the town were destroyed in WWII, Tartu still has a charming old town surrounded by large parks (some of which used to be fully built-up neighbourhoods before the war).
Tartu is 185 km south-east of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The Emajõgi River, which connects the two largest lakes of Estonia, flows for 10 km within the city limits.
- 1 Tourist Information Centre, Raekoja plats (part of the town hall building), ☎+372 744 21 11, fax: +372 744 21 11, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 10:00-16:00.. Located in the ground floor of Tartu Town Hall.