There is no official pre- or after-event of NBRC 2019, but we can suggest many different activities and events in Tartu if you are interested to spend some extra days in Estonia (and you should
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Before the congress
The week before our congress will be dedicated to traditional Tartu Student Days. This is a time when students take over the city and have crazy fun for 8 days straight! From the 27th of April till the 4th of May there are over 100 events taking place in Tartu in large range from Boat Race to poetry evenings and from Mud Wrestling to movie nights. Especially you are very welcome to take part in the LEGENDARY Student Night Song Festival on the 4th of May, it is a must-visit for every student! You can find the program from the festival webpage, many more events are still to come.
After the congress
Just after the congress, the City of Tartu has been taken over by bookworms. Tartu International Literature Festival Prima Vista will take place 8th-11th of May. In the program, there are many meet-ups with writers, book fairs and lectures. Programm will be soon published on the webpage.
Main attractions in Tartu
Estonian National Museum is a perfect place for you if you are interested in history and culture of Estonia and Finno-Ugric nations.
Science Centre AHHAA is the biggest science centre in Baltic States. Endless possibilities to get acquainted with science and technology in a fun and playful way!
Natural History Museum of University of Tartu is the oldest museum in Estonia, but recently renovated and very interesting for all nature lovers.
University of Tartu Museum is located in the most glorious place in Tartu – in Dome Hill – and exhibits things and stories related to Estonian oldest university and science made in here.
Look for more opportunities: https://visittartu.com/
Short introduction to the history and story of Tartu:
First mentioned in 1031, Tartu has a long historical and cultural background. For centuries it has been the centre and capital of Southern Estonia. In 13th century, the Catholic cathedral was built on top of the central hill in Tartu. In medieval times Tartu was a membering city of Hanseatic League and an important town between east and west.
First university in Estonia and Baltics was founded in 1632 – Academia Gustaviana, today known as University of Tartu. Historical traditions are to some extent kept alive even today, as Hanseatic Days are celebrated in every summer and Tartu is a lively student city where almost a quarter of inhabitants are students. Every autumn and spring Tartu Student Days take place including numerous events addressed to students throughout an entire week.
Tartu is a mix of different ages in city landscape – historical city centre, old wooden houses in Karlova and Supilinn (“Soup town”) built more than a century ago, soviet time block houses and modern university buildings on a field right in the outskirts of the city. It’s like a little sight into Estonian history and it is worth to wander around in Tartu.
In city centre the “must go’s” are the main building of University of Tartu (1806), Town Hall square and fountain called the Kissing students. The main street for grabbing a beer or two – Rüütli – starts from Town Hall square and ends with bar Zavood, where all nights and parties end (you should definitely visit it). There is also one very special place for students, just behind the Town Hall, park Pirogov which is the only public place in Estonia where it’s allowed to drink alcohol. Two brand new attractions to visit are Aparaaditehas (The Widget Factory) and Estonian National Museum.
You can always have a nice walk in the oasis of the city – the Botanical Garden of University of Tartu that is totally free of charge so you can even have a picnic there. The entrance to the green house collections costs 3€ for adults, 2€ for kids/students.
Enjoy Tartu’s street art: murals, stencils etc. Every year, Tartu holds a street art festival Stencibility where the town becomes artists’ canvas. You can even see a map of more significant works https://goo.gl/2EWyae.
It is also a great chance to meet up with some of our geographers in the town so if you decide to come, feel free to contact us and let’s enjoy it together!