Tartu is the oldest city in Estonia. It is first mentioned in ancient chronicles in 1030. Its historical names include: Tarbatu, Jurjev, Dorpat. The second largest city in Estonia is situated on the picturesque banks of the river Emajõgi. Thanks to the river and the location at the crossroads of trading routes Tartu was an important Hanseatic town in the 13th-15th centuries linking Western Europe with Novgorod. Unfortunately wars and fires have destroyed medieval Tartu. Tourist attractions of Tartu today are the classical buildings from the 18th-19th centuries, districts with unique wooden architecture, the Dome Hill and the river Emajõgi.

Facts About Tartu

Area: 38,8 sq km
Population (01.01.2004): 100 482
Ethnic composition (01.01.2004): 79% Estonians, 17% Russians, 4% other.
Higher schools: 12
The number of students (01.01.2004): 21 879

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SELL Games

Students and sports belong together! Let the thought of participating in the SELL Games give you another boost of motivation and energy to  follow through winter trainings and compare your performance during the international competition that takes place already next spring in Tartu. I have always considered competing at the SELL games to be important – both while gaining the… Read More

The University of Tartu

The University of Tartu (UT) is the oldest and largest university in Estonia founded in 1632 by the Swedish king Gustavus II Adolphus. The current number of UT students is 17,500 that makes almost 1/3 of all students in Estonia. The student body includes about 500 international students from around 35 countries. With its 11 faculties, UT is the only… Read More