Tartu

Town Hall Square

  Raekoja plats     09 Apr 2019
If you're standing on Town Hall Square, you've reached the very heart of Tartu. Since the 13th century, this spot has served as a marketplace, a cultural gathering point, and more recently, a massive outdoor café. Apart from the Town Hall, its most noticeable feature is the somewhat cheeky Kissing Students fountain. This is a relatively recent addition - designed by Mati Karmin and installed in 1998 - but locals have already adopted it as a symbol of the town. The buildings around the square all date from after the 1775 fire. Those on the north side are neo-classical, whereas those on the south side, which was wrecked during World War II, are actually Stalinist. Look carefully and you can still see sickles and hammers in the plaster. At the lower side of the square stands the 'Leaning House' (see below), and the Arch Bridge, which has spanned the Emajőgi since 1959. It replaced the much nicer 18th-century Stone Bridge destroyed in 1944. Taking a daring walk over the top of the arch has become a time-honoured student tradition.

Events at this venue

Saturday Jun 29
Tartu City Day
Saturday Dec 14 11:00–17:00
Christmas Fair
Saturday Apr 27 - Saturday May 4
Tartu Student Days: Spring 2019
Monday Sep 23 - Sunday Sep 29
Tartu Student Days: Autumn 2019
Dec 1 - Jan 10 2020
Christmas Town Tartu
Friday Aug 2 - Sunday Aug 4
Tartu Food and Wine Festival
Friday Jul 12 - Sunday Jul 14
Shell Helix Rally Estonia 2019
Monday Aug 12 - Sunday Aug 18
14th tARTuFF
Saturday Jul 20 - Sunday Jul 21
Tartu Hanseatic Days
Wednesday May 8 - Saturday May 11
International Literature Festival Prima Vista

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