Tartu is the second largest city in Estonia, but the largest in terms of student population. This is all thanks to a Swedish king named Gustavus Adolphus, who back in 1632 made a decree that there should be a university built here. Why would a Swedish king make such a proclamation? Well, you see back in those days, Tartu, which was called Dorpat, belonged to the Swedish Empire and a very fine gentleman by the name of Johan Skytte convinced the king he should do so. In the 1600s there were very few institutions of higher learning in Northern Europe, so the founding of a University in Tartu was a pretty big deal.
Even if you were never much into school or didn’t go to university, Tartu has something for everyone, loads of fun can be had here and there are plenty of other things to see and do in Tartu that don’t involve test tubes or long division.
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