This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Tartu. To help you make friends with Tartu before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Tartu, a very beautiful small city in the southern part of Estonia, is a famous student town because the University of Tartu is situated there. The university is one of the biggest and oldest in the Baltic countries and is popular for giving a very professional education. The river Emajõgi passes through the city and is crossed by many beautiful old and new bridges. One is called the Kaarsild (curved bridge); it is famous because many students have walked on the arch of the bridge, terrifying citizens.
Tartu has a very gorgeous old town filled with many old houses and beautiful views, including the City Hall also named the Raathaus. One can find a variety of classy cafes, restaurants, and small shops in the Old Town of Tartu. During the summertime, the square in front of the City Hall is filled with marvelous outdoor cafes where you can relax with an iced coffee or a cold beer.
It is possible to find different hotels and hostels in Tartu, ranging from quite cheap, small hostels to expensive and glamorous hotels. As it is such a small city (with a population of just over a hundred thousand inhabitants), it is not hard to find a place to stay, because if one Tartu hostel is full, the staff can definitely contact people from other Tartu hostels.
You should definitely consider visiting Tartu and Estonia on the whole because of the nice people and very beautiful nature you can find here!
Written by local enthusiast for Tartu hostelsJohn Smith