Estonian National Museum (Eesti Rahva Muuseum) as a museum of Estonian people helps interpret being Estonian, carry the basic values of the nation, and guard its continuity. For visitors opens, both a material and virtual world, that invites visitors to discover, realize, and become part of it. The museum has two permanent exhibitions. “Encounters” is an exhibition about ordinary Estonian folk who have lived in this country through the ages. “The echoes of Ural” presents the traditional everyday culture of Finno-Ugric and Samoyedic people. In addition to exhibitions, the premises include a cinema and a conference hall, a black box theatre, a café, a restaurant, and museum shop.
Tartu Toy Museum, situated in the Old Town of Tartu, takes adults back to the brighter days of their childhood and offers children plenty of interesting things to see and do.
The permanent exhibition displays toys that Estonian children have played with throughout the years. Artist-made dolls, souvenir dolls of different nations, and Finno-Ugric traditional toys are also exhibited.
Playrooms and workshops are also open. You can see puppets from Estonian puppet films and temporary exhibitions in the outbuilding.
The museum also has a theatre building named ’Teatri kodu’ (The Home of Theatre) with a theatre hall, a museum of puppets, and a children’s studio.
Tagurpidi Maja (upside-down house) is a dizzying adventure for both the young and the old. We literally turned the house upside down.
The upper floor is the lower floor and the lower floor is the upper floor. Sofas, cupboards, and everything else, which are located on the floor in ordinary residential houses, are located on the ceiling in Tagurpidi Maja. Even the cat!
Well, they are actually on the floor, but as the floor is the ceiling and the ceiling is the floor, it is just that you are upside down.
If this left you confused, come and see Tagurpidi Maja on your own, and you will find that everything that you just read is actually true.
At the Botanical Garden of the University of Tartu, visitors can go for a walk, relax in a rotunda in the middle of a pond, and children can use our playground. You can also explore local and exotic plants in the garden. In the greenhouses, you can take a look at plants from rain forests and deserts. The Botanical Garden of the University of Tartu was founded in 1803. The garden was designed under the supervision of world-famous botanists, Prof. Ledebour and Prof. Bunge. The greenhouses are open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors must buy a ticket. The outdoor collections are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. between 15 April to 15 October. Between 16 October to 14 April, we are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors do not have to buy a ticket.
Toomemägi 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 central point of the local population, later becoming the site of an episcopal castle – the heart of medieval Tartu.
In the early decades of the 19th century, it was turned into a public park on the initiative of the university’s plantation committee, with alleys of trees, paved roads and bridged gulleys. Along with the library, anatomical theatre, observatory and clinic it formed the intellectual focal point of Tartu.
The one-letter name of our V Spa is inspired by vitality. Everything good in this life begins in water. Relax while getting an underwater massage in the pool and have lots of fun with water attractions in the children’s pool.
You can also enjoy our sauna rituals every evening! V Spa offers different treatments, which are inspired by the local Estonian nature and distant lands as well. The packages of V Spa include a range of massages, face, hand, foot, and body treatments for both children and adults.
We offer treatments from Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m and on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The spa is open from Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m and on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Aura Centre offers the best athletic entertainment for visitors of any age. Our pool, water park, and health club are perfect for the entire family to enjoy themselves, relax, and exercise. The stars of the water park are the 55- and 38-metre slides.
The health club offers relaxation in a pleasant environment. We have 9 different saunas, as well as a hot tub and a 40°C Japanese bath.
The water centre provides various activities and is the best place for a birthday party or some other event.
Aura Centre is waiting for you to come and enjoy yourself!
The largest indoor adventure park is waiting for you above the ice rink of the biggest shopping centre in Southern Estonia.
We welcome both first-time climbers as well as all other adventurers. You will be faced with three tracks of varying degrees of difficulty consisting of over 30 elements, all ending with a zipline ride across the ice rink.
We also have the pride and joy of the virtual world – 9D cinema capsule – which enables you to experience adventures that would not be possible in real life. We have movies suitable for children and adults.
Lõunakeskus is the biggest shopping centre in South Estonia.
Lõunakeskus is a valued recreational destination for the whole family. It hosts a year-round ice rink and ice arena, Apollo cinema with 6 halls, hotel Sophia, sports club, adventure park and other fun activities.
Lõunakeskus also has a wide selection of cozy restaurants so that no one has to go home hungry. All restaurants provide free WiFi.
Kvartal Business and Leisure Centre at the city centre of Tartu offers the citizens and visitors of Tartu many shopping opportunities and a chance to spend time at its cosy cafés. Since the autumn of 2016, V Spa Hotel, which houses Estonia’s most enjoyable water park and sauna centre, is also open in Kvartal, along with a welfare world, a luxurious hotel, and a conference center.
The slogan of Kvartal, ‘At the Heart of Tartu’, confirms that this is a business quarter that loves Tartu with all its heart and breaths in the same rhythm with the events that take place in the city.
Kalev chocolate shops offer a wide variety of traditional Kalev sweets as well as exclusive hand-made chocolate candies and glorious marzipan figurines. We also offer beautiful gift boxes of different sizes and shapes containing sweets of your choice.
Similarly the Kalev special editions and new products are always firstly available in Kalev chocolate shops.
Vein ja Vine is a cosy wine bar that offers quality wines at affordable prices with a great ambience and friendly service. We offer wine courses to those who already know a little about wine and those who know slightly less! We can draw up a course plan according to your wishes and make it an enjoyable experience with some great wines. You can also rent our premises for various events, such as private parties or meetings.
Welcome to restaurant Vilde & Vine! The restaurant is located in an old brick printing house and combines the finest things in life. Here, art, wine, delicious meals, and good company come together! We have a wide selection of light meals and delicious main courses, as well as daily selections of tapas. Vilde & Vine also organises wine tastings and blind dinners.
Unique beer restaurant right in the middle of Tartu
Brick arches of more than 300 years of age (height 10,2m)
In addition to its unique menu the Gunpowder Cellar guarantees its visitors a memorable experience. Exciting interior design will take you back in time, away from your daily routine. Come and see for yourself!