Tours

A short description of Tartu

Tartu is a South-Estonian town that is known as a gathering point of academics since the 17th century. Today it also stands out more and more for its flourishing street art scene and highly promising alternative culture. Likely to hide a surprise behind each corner, Tartu offers a lot more during an evening stroll than an average urban landscape does.

Wandering through the cozy-looking wooded neighborhoods, one may encounter more than classical urban art usually offers. A remarkable environment is created by mixture of graffiti, narrative stencil art and decorations fabricated by the locals. Including other phenomena that occur within the everyday life, for example street indications sometimes pointing towards the sky, the particularity of this unique place cannot be forgotten.

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WALKING TOURS

Karlova’s street art & history tour

We start at the local cultural factory Aparaaditehas (directions below), wander through the art-filled neighborhood Karlova and stop for a quick break at the local bar Barlova. After the tour you may head back to Aparaaditehas, where you’ll find the restaurant “Aparaat”, the Estonian Printing Museum, the Balcony Gallery and the most awesome 2nd hand book shop Fahrenheit 451 (see images below!).

Languages: English, Estonian, French

Time: approximately 2 hours

Directions to Aparaaditehas:

The twisted history tour

We start on the Town Hall Square in front of the Kissing Fountain (see map below). During the city center tour we will explore the main attractions as well as some forgotten places. More, you will get to know interesting urban legends and tips about how to enjoy yourself in Tartu in the nice company of a talkative and always smiley guide. The tour ends at the vibrant and art-filled culture bar Genialistide Klubi where you can admire loads of art with vegan food and beer, listen to a concert or see a play!

Languages: English, Estonian, Polish

Time: approximately 2 hours

Directions to the Town Hall Square (Raekoja Plats):

Polish trails in Tartu

Did you know that in Tartu you can find many trails of the Polish? During a fascinating journey you will discover a rather unknown side of the city. We will find the historical remains as well as explore both old and new connections between Tartu and Poland.

We start on Town Hall Square and finish in Supilinn, during the walk we also visit the significant places like Toome Hill and Tartu University. The tour guide Agnieszka is originally from Poland.

Languages: English, Estonian, Polish

Time: approximately 1,5 hours

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Some photos of the most awesome bookstore in Tartu, Fahrenheit 451: