If you are interested in staying in Estonia for a little longer than just for Congress, you are welcome to search for different activities on the list below.
Or visit the Tartu Visitor Centre located in the Town Hall building!
BEST SPAS AROUND
MUSEUMS IN TARTU
Rakvere (about 130 km and a 1.5h drive from Tartu) is famous for its castle on Vallimägi Hill and the largest animal statue – Tarvas – located on the edge of Vallimägi Hill.
Aqva Spa Rakvere offers a wide variety of relaxation and fun. In Aqva Spa there is a Sauna centre with 8 different saunas as well as a Water park with slides and different pools. In the Spa centre, you can choose different treatments or enjoy the day packages that include different water park and sauna centre visits and procedures.
In the middle of South Estonian pine forests and lakes, you can find the cosy and comfortable hotel Kubija Hotel & Nature Spa. In the hotel, you can enjoy pampering body treatments, visit the spa and sauna centre or find harmony with nature and with yourself.
On the shore of Lake Pühajärve, you can visit Pühajärve Spa & Holiday Resort. In addition to the traditional hotel and spa, the complex includes a modern and bright 2-storey water and bowling centre. The surroundings of Lake Pühajärve and the nearby town Otepää offer lots of opportunities for different activities (even an adventure park!) as well as just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful Estonian nature.
Close to the Russian border, Setomaa and its capital Värska offers an interesting insight into the unique, centuries old Seto culture. There are several museums and historical places nearby, as well as many interesting natural sights to visit.
Värska Water park with its many attractions, pools and saunas is an ideal place for relaxing, as waterfalls and intense jets of water give you good massages and the leisure area with bubbles shakes your body.
Tartu Old Anatomical Theatre was constructed in 1805 on the south side of Toomemägi hill, close to town hall square. Outstanding anatomist A Rauber, pharmacologist
R Buchheim, physiologist F Bidder and surgeon N Burdenko worked in this building. Nowadays there is an interactive museum where one can see the equipment used by researchers in the 19th and the 20th centuries.
The renewed Estonian Sports and Olympic Museum offers a lot of knowledge and activities for sports fans of all ages! The permanent exhibition "History of Estonian Sports" honestly and attractively opens the most interesting moments of our sports history – from big victories to painful losses, from heroic deeds to doping dramas. However, the magnificent Estonian Sports Hall of Fame presents the achievements of our sports legends.
Of particular interest are the museum's many hands-on attractions, such as the rally simulator, VR with legendary sports arenas and stars, an interactive basketball corner, a retro room, a commentator corner and a historic gym.
The Estonian National Museum is an ethnologically and cultural-historically oriented museum which aims at reflecting everyday life and culture as a way of life, taking into account its periodical, spatial and social diversity. The museum focuses on collecting, preserving and studying material concerned with the culture and history of Estonians, Estonian minorities and Finno-Ugric peoples. Through the Museum’s exhibitions and events, one can take a look at Estonians’ everyday lives in different periods.
The Estonian National Museum has an amazing store on-site as well as an e-store providing souvenirs, jewellery, clothes and so much more. Click here to see for yourself!
The University of Tartu Museum gives an overview of the history of science and university education from the 17th century to the present day, as well as of the student life in the past. The museum is situated in the centre of Tartu on Toome Hill, the historic heart of both Tartu and the University campus.
The Congress Dinner will be held in the White Hall of the University of Tartu Museum.
The snow-white Neo-Gothic castle (built 1880-1885) in the Heart of Alatskivi was inspired by the Balmoral castle in Scotland. In 2011 the completely restored castle was opened to the public. Today, the visitors of the castle can admire the fascinating interior and learn about the history of the building and living in it, or just enjoy the surrounding park and hiking trails.
77 km from Tartu (about 1h drive), this adorable little town boasts impressive castle ruins, a former home of the ruling Livonian Order. The scenic views of the nearby lake and wooden architecture makes Viljandi a place of interest for both nature and culture lovers.