we spent two lovely days in the leafy town of students, intellectuals, and creatives. It is home to one of Northern Europe’s oldest universities. Tartu is very compact, with most sights, restaurants, and nightlife nestled across a couple of parallel streets. We have parked on the main road (10 € / 24 hrs) just a few steps from the Town Hall Square, where we have enjoyed great reasonably priced food (starters 3 € / meal 9 € / steak 18 €) at Pubi RP9 restaurant. Tartu’s main square is lined with grand buildings and its centerpiece – the Town Hall itself, fronted by a statue of students kissing under a spouting umbrella. There is also nice St John’s Church dating to at least 1323, this imposing red-brick church is unique for the rare terracotta sculptures. Fronted by six Doric columns, the impressive main building of Tartu University was built between 1803 and 1809. The university itself was founded in 1632 by the Swedish king Gustaf II Adolf.

Tartu – parking location: 59.4286950N 24.7601100E