Tartu and Southern Estonia newsletter
Summer 2011

Introducing... Tartu and Southern Estonia

Tartu – an ancient Hanseatic town and a modern university city renowned for its scientific achievements – is the gateway to Southern Estonia. With thousands of years of history and cultural heritage, Tartu has plenty to offer visitors, with more than 20 museums and 4000 events being held here annually. Families visiting with children will have a great time at the AHHAA science centre – the biggest of its kind in the Baltic States – which has attractions for young and old alike. Those with an interest in handicraft will be enchanted by the city’s many workshops, studios and fairs.

As a region, Southern Estonia – comprising Tartu, Põlva, Jõgeva, Valga, Võru and Viljandi Counties – boasts around 125 hiking, nature and health trails, more than 40 conservation areas and breathtaking natural landscapes. It plays host to a variety of national and international sporting events and offers adventure for everyone, whatever your age. The heritage of the region is equally rich: there are more than 140 sites of historical and cultural interest in the area, which hosts countless fairs, open air events, concerts and festivals, including many related to folklore. The region is also enriched by being so multicultural – it is home to the Mulgi people, the Setos (whose language and unique leelo singing style form part of the UNESCO World Heritage list) and the Old Believers of Lake Peipus, famed for their customs and traditions. Spa tourism is also popular in the region, which is well known for its small but unique spas and health centres, its locally grown organic food and simply the peace and quiet and privacy it offers.

We look forward to seeing you in Tartu and Southern Estonia!

Dear readers,

There is an old saying amongst Estonians: “Before you go to Paris, make sure you’ve been to Nuustaku!” This town in Southern Estonia – which now goes by the name of Otepää – is the country’s winter capital. This morning on the radio I heard them say that the official date for the melting of the snow this year had been set at 9 April, so I’m sure that the main square in the town will be completely clear by then! Although hillocks of snow are still dotted about the place, it’s clear that spring is in the air – and that’s something we’ve all been looking forward to very keenly this year! Of course, spring is also a time when people start getting the travel bug again, heading out to explore the areas around them and further afield.

This year, our spring newsletter, like the season itself, is ringing in the changes. You will now see that it contains information about cultural events and sights worth visiting in all of the counties in the region. The Tartu County Tourism Foundation, the City of Tartu and the Southern Estonia Tourism Foundation have worked together to produce the newsletter, creating new opportunities for you to plan your visits here – so hopefully those who to date have been fans of Tartu itself will now set off to explore the forests of Põlva County and the rolling hills of Võru County, too. And vice versa! After all, that’s the best and indeed only way to get a true overview of the region.

Have an exciting spring
and summer exploring Southern Estonia!

Ulla-Maia Timmo
Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Southern Estonia Tourism Foundation

Theatre in a Suitcase’ –
15th International
Puppet Theatre Festival

1st Estonian
Women’s Dance Festival

Europeade 2011
19th Viljandi
Folk Music Festival

Setu Kingdom Day

Calendar of events

  Get in touch

Tartu Visitor Centre,
Town Hall, Tartu 50089

+372 744 2111
Valga County
Viljandi County
Põlva County
Võru County
Jõgeva County
Tartu & South-Estonia
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  New products and services

The fascinating world of science is yours to explore at the AHHAA Science Centre

Who wouldn’t want to climb in an endless circle, ride a bike attached to a rope fastened to the ceiling, do laboratory experiments, put on your own piece of theatre, marvel at the wonder of the birth of life, admire fish from the world’s oceans, dig down beneath the ground, gaze up at the night sky and spin around in capsules?
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  Photo tourism
in picturesque Põlva County
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Tartu Observatory
renovations completed
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City breaks in Tartu  

Dorpat relaxation package

Includes one night’s accommodation for two people in a room overlooking the Emajõgi River, use of the Aura water park pool, breakfast buffet, use of bathrobes and slippers, two-course dinner at the hotel restaurant with a glass of wine and free entry (until midnight) to the Atlantis or Ahi nightclubs when you show your door card.
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  Parrot Party
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‘Try & Make’ seminar package (2 days)
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  Starest Hotel

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Õlle Tare
& Hansa Hoov
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  Holidaying in Southern Estonia

Sailing on Lake Võrtsjärv

Come and spend an exciting weekend with your friends or family at Järveveere Holiday Centre! You can go sailing on Lake Võrtsjärv or bring up the rear on water skis, tubes or bananas. You can then refresh yourself over dinner and unwind in any of our three saunas, our pool and our outdoor jacuzzi.
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for nature lovers

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‘Sleep well’
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  Sauna Land

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Põltsamaa: bridges, parks, roses and wine
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Windsurfing in Vooremaa Read more
Tehvandi Sports Centre, Otepää Adventure Park
& Otepää Winter Sports Museum
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Kambja Hotel packages Read more
Two-day paintball package
at Soo Holiday Home Read more

Medieval Piiri Tavern and Visitor Centre Read more
Circuit of Southern Estonia Read more


Heritage culture and ecofarms Read more
Family holiday at Aarde Villa Read more
OÜ Oltsi takes you hiking through
the ancient natural environment Read more
Kassioru Holiday Home
plus www.kanuuretk.ee Read more

Secret Salamaa: two-day excursion
in Southern Estonia Read more



Get in touch

Tartu Visitor Centre, Town Hall, Tartu 50089 +372 744 2111 info@visittartu.com
Valga CountyViljandi County Põlva CountyVõru County Jõgeva County
Tartu & South-Estonia


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