Tartu - Unique and charming in all seasons
There are not so many places in the world, which have such clearly separated seasons and diversity as Estonia. The eventful Tartu in the warm summer months with its street cafes, festivals and concerts rotates with a colorful autumn with whispering leaves rustled in the streets by the many young people bustling between lecture halls, organizing student events and enlivening up the city with openness and great cheer.
The slopes of Toomemägi, the ruins of the Tartu Cathedral, the promenade on the side of River Emajõgi and the old town with the main building of University of Tartu and Town Hall Square create a charming journey worthy of a walk for the residents of the city and visitors of all ages. Summer outdoor events are held in unique venues of Tartu and Estonia's oldest professional theater Vanemuine opens a new season, playing both the classics of the world, as well as of Estonian originals. The same has been done throughout South Estonia: the Viljandi Guitar Festival, the folk ambiance concerts and performances of the Estonian Traditional Music Center are just a few examples of ongoing events in the autumn and winter period.
The autumn is replaced by a merry and bright winter season featuring fluffy snow. Crunchy snowy walks are warmed by brief stops in cozy cafes, and the town is bright with decorations in the pre-Christmas period. In the Christmas month, Tartu becomes once again a beautiful sparkling lit Christmas town with many bustling activities. The highlight of the Christmas season is the glamorous New Year’s party, where at the Vanemuise ball one can be a part of the best musical and classical performances of all kinds of genres.
By participating in the marathon in Tartu, thousands of skiers all over the world find a real challenge in the snow. Those who love competitive sports, in turn, might come to Otepää to watch the European Championships in Biathlon and the Cross Country World Cup.
Then, the winter will give over the reins to spring, when in brightly glimmering Tartu begin to take place activities of a completely different nature. Tartu is a city that is never the same and is seasoned just right!
Deputy Mayor of Tartu
Tartu and South-Estonia publications:
“Our Tartu” ENG
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN TARTU? 2014 ENG
South-Estonia - A guide for culture lovers ENG
South-Estonia - A guide for all friends of nature ENG
Nature Reserves and Hiking Trails in Tartu County ENG
North-Tartu County Tour ENG
South-Tartu County Tour ENG
Cultural Vacation in Tartu and in Tartu County ENG
Family Vacation in Tartu and Tartu County ENG
Tartu County image publication (Tartu County) ENG
Tartu – conference city with spirit ENG
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