Tartu and South-Estonia Newsletter
Winter 2015-2016

Tartu and South-Estonia - a varied and magical destination

The landscape of southern Estonia is the richest in terms of its varied make-up in Estonia. In addition, as so many activities are offered by the region, it is certainly one of the most diversified destinations in this country. Tartu, in its turn, is the proud capital of this magical and unique region.

Tartu unites the cosiness of a nice small town with the rich depth of possibilities that are offered by a big city, being able to simultaneously provide high-level culture, perfect entertainment, the best catering venues, and active holiday options both in the city and, more broadly, across the southern Estonia region.

The Vanemuine Theatre and Concert Hall, the AHHAA Science Centre and the University of Tartu Museum, Tartu’s Black Nights Film Festival, and a niche event for a younger target group called the Battle of EST, plus the New Year’s Eve’s Ball, the idyllic Toomemägi district, and also the Christmas Town on Town Hall Square are only some of places and events that make Tartu worth visiting. Numerous cosy cafés and many excellent restaurants, in which the depth of quality may be compared to that of the big European cities, while at times perhaps surpassing it. Moreover, music lounges and clubs for fans of classical, pop, and alternative music are widely available. The winter capital, Otepää, is not far away, and neither are the magical Seto and Mulgimaa regions. There are many reasons to come to Tartu and South-Estonia (and these reasons only become more numerous over time).

  Verni Loodmaa
SA Tartumaa Turism, member of the supervisory board
Hotel Manager
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Winter 2015-2016

PÖFF Black Nights Film Festival
13.-29.11. Tartu

Opening festivities in the winter capital, Otepää
22.12. Otepää

New Year’s Eve on the Suur-Munamägi
31.12. Suur-Munamägi, Haanja, Võru County

44th Tartu Marathon
21.02. Otepää/ Elva

42nd Haanja Marathon

05.03. Tartu

Students Spring Days
25.04.-01.05. Tartu

The Night of Museums

14.05. South-Estonia counties


19.05.-21.05. Tartu

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Get in touch

Tartu Visitor Centre
+372 744 2111 info@visittartu.co

Tartu & South-Estonia




KIIGEMETS (FOREST OF SWINGS) – a very special meeting place in Tartu

Tartu Christmas City 2015 is a time at which the Christmas tree in Town Hall Square and a fir forest of swings is the best place to arrange meetings during the holiday season. People can examine the delightful wooden animals, meet up with acquaintances and friends, wait for one’s darling, sing along to the music or dance to it, or even simply take a break and listen to it and, of course, seesaw on the swings.

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The Estonian National Museum will open its doors in autumn 2016

From October 2016, the Estonian National Museum (Eesti Rahva Muuseum) will offer wide-ranging, and brand new high-quality exhibitions to Estonia and to the world, in the museum building that is currently being built at Raadi.

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Come and meet us at the tourism fairs

21-24 January MATKA 2016, Helsinki, Finland (Messukeskus / Fair Centre, www.messukeskus.com)
Welcome to the Tartu and South-Estonia fair stand, No 6b99, at the biggest tourism fair in the Nordic countries. Come and make use of the very best offers!
Additional information: info@southestonia.ee.

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New and interesting products and services  


The biggest Alpine skiing centre in the Baltics is at the ’Winter Capital’ of Estonia

The Alpine skiing centres of Munamäe and Kuutsemäe form the Baltics’ biggest Alpine skiing centre. There is a total of 4.5km ski tracks, of which 3.5km are illuminated trails.

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In January, the exhibition entitled ’Earth. Life. Story.’ will open at the University of Tartu Natural History Museum.

On 16 January 2016, a new permanent exhibition entitled ’Land. Life. Story.’ will open at the University of Tartu Natural History Museum. This long-awaited exhibition will unite the fields of geology, zoology, botany, and mycology.

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A new leisure activity centre Skatetown delights rollerskaters

Alongside the Tartu creative city, in the former printing factory building, an innovative entertainment centre is open called Skatetown. Coupled-wheel roller skates may be rented for skating in an indoor arena, whilst visitors may also be able to enjoy good music and nice company.

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Otepää Winterplace

Winterplace is an attraction in the centre of Otepää, in the Linnamäe valley, which offers active free time options for families.

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  For more information about a holiday in South-Estonia

Tartu and South-Estonia publications:

What’s happening in Tartu? 2015 ENG
“Our Tartu” ENG
Nature Reserves and Hiking Trails in Tartu County ENG
The tour of Northen Tartu County ENG
The tour of Southern Tartu County 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
South-Estonia - A guide for culture lovers ENG
South-Estonia - A guide for all friends of nature ENG

View virtual tours

See you in Tartu!
See you in Tartu! Flashmob!
Your next destination - Tartu

Tartu Observatory

Viljandi County
Viljandi nature
Võru County
Valga County

National Geographic project “Life on the border of two worlds”

UNESCO World Heritage Seto singing in Setomaa

Via Hanseatica

EDEN (European Destinations of ExelleNce)

2008 - City of Viljandi
2009 -
Soomaa National Park
2010 -
Lake Võrtsjärv

Get in touch

Tartu Visitor Centre Town Hall, Tartu 50089 +372 744 2111 info@visittartu.com
Tartu County Valga County
Viljandi CountyPõlva County Võrumaa County Jõgeva County • Lake Peipsi region Seto County Otepää Võrtsjärv
Tartu & South-Estonia

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