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Tartu - a city full of good thoughts

Tartu is a university town and a city of youth! The time-honoured university, museum-rich and Hanseatic city of Tartu lies on the banks of the River Emajõgi. The capital of southern Estonia is the second largest city in the country ( but the largest in terms of student population!) and the oldest in the Baltic States. Tartu is a modern city with a rich historical heritage and culture. There are lot of things to do in Tartu.

It is the cradle of the Estonian Song Festival, Estonian theatre and the Estonian state; Tartu is the intellectual capital of Estonia where national awareness and the culture of Estonia was born.

Now you can fly to Tartu! Come and See!


Our neighbours - The Widget Factory (Aparaaditehas)

The Widget Factory is an old factory complex that during the Soviet times was used for manufacturing refrigeration equipment, secret submarine parts, and, in order to mislead the public, also non-functioning umbrellas and zippers. At its heyday in the middle of 1970s, the factory provided employment for almost 1,500 people, it had its own health centre with a sauna and a pool, a canteen and enough administrative premises to occupy several buildings.

In 2006, the complex of the Widget Factory was purchased by new owners, and since 2014, the 14,000 m2 centre has been developed into a culture factory.

By today, the Widget Factory and its surrounding city block have become one of the most rapidly developing areas in Tartu. This universal culture factory brings together creative entrepreneurs, artist and designer studios, commerce and entertainment. Currently it hosts three restaurants and two cafeterias, it is the home for the Müürilille flea market, and the even more historic Printing Museum, and provides rooms for numerous small and exciting design shops.

See you at the factory!


  • Buy a fresh brick of the traditional Muhu Bread from the Muhu Bakers
  • Enjoy true Italian tastes & learn Italian cooking at MyItaly
  • Refreshing & natural beer, wine & other drinks can be found in the SIP wine and beer shop 
  • Fresh-rosted coffee can be enjoyed at Tartu Coffeeling
  • Get some Estonian design from Estonian designers from NOOS
  • Sustainable fashion is the new trend – find it at slow
  • Feeling hungry? Try out the Aparaat or Trikster Tihane

And as a bonus, walking around the Widget Factory and Hektor, you might encounter a curious kitty – Johannes Gutenberg, the cat of the Printing Museum & everyone’s favourite creature.

Things to do in Tartu around the year, with friends & family!

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