Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Tartu

University of Tartu Museum

Atop Toomemägi are the ruins of a Gothic cathedral, originally built by German knights in the 13th century. It was substantially rebuilt in the 15th century, despoiled during the Reformation in 1525, used as a barn,…
Top Choice Museum in Tartu

Estonian National Museum

This immense, low-slung, architectural showcase is a striking sight and had both Estonian patriots and architecture-lovers purring when it opened in late 2016. The permanent exhibition covers national prehistory and…
Top Choice Square in Tartu

Town Hall Square

Tartu’s main square is lined with grand buildings and echoes with the chink of glasses and plates in summer. The centrepiece is the Town Hall itself, fronted by a statue of students kissing under a spouting umbrella…
Castle in Setomaa

Vastseliina Episcopal Castle

With a pretty setting high on a bluff above the gurgling Piusa River, right on the edge of Setomaa, these evocative ruins maintain a state of picturesque decrepitude. Only a section of wall and three crumbling tower…
Mine in Setomaa

Piusa Caves

Sitting on a band of sandstone nearly 500m thick, Piusa was the site of a major quarry from 1922 to 1966 when it was discovered that the stone contained 99% quartz and was perfect for glass production. The result is…
Historic Building in Sangaste

Sangaste Castle

British travellers might experience déjà vu gazing on this majestic red-brick manor house, as the influence of Windsor Castle on the architecture is unmistakeable. Completed in 1881 as the home of the 'Rye Count' Fr…
Historic Building in Lake Peipsi

Alatskivi Castle

Signposted off the main Kallaste–Tartu road, Alatskivi Castle channels the Scottish Highlands into a particularly verdant slice of Estonia – its white turrets and stepped baronial-style roofline inspired by the Brit…
Lake in Otepää

Pühajärv

According to legend, 3.5km-long, 8.5m-deep Pühajärv (Holy Lake) was formed from the tears of the mothers who lost their sons in a battle of the Kalevipoeg epic. Its five islands are said to be their burial mounds. P…
Museum in Palamuse

O Luts Parish School Museum

The future novelist Oskar Luts attended school in this rustic building from 1895 to 1899, as immortalised in his most famous book Kevade. The subsequent film adaptation was shot here and the schoolhouse now features…
University in Tartu

Tartu University

Fronted by six Doric columns, the impressive main building of Tartu University was built between 1803 and 1809. The university itself was founded in 1632 by the Swedish king Gustaf II Adolf (Gustavus Adolphus) to tr…