Tartu – City of Good Thoughts
Tartu, home to about 100 000 people within an area of 38.8 km2, is the second largest city in Estonia. Situated 185 kilometres south of Tallinn, the Estonian capital, Tartu is also the principal hub of southern Estonia. The Hanseatic city of Tartu, with its prestigious university and abundance of museums, lies on the banks of the Emajõgi River. The first written records of Tartu date from 1030.
The University of Tartu, founded in 1632, is the oldest and largest university in Estonia. Tartu has successfully combined its rich historical heritage and youthful spirit to create the intellectual, scientific and cultural heart of Estonia. Being a university town – 20% of its inhabitants are students – it is a centre for science and education. Tartu is also the cradle of the Estonian Song Festival, Estonian theatre and the Estonian state; Tartu is the intellectual capital of Estonia, where the national awakening and culture of Estonia was born.
The symposium venue – the Dorpat Conference Centre – is situated in the heart of town, within walking distance from the old city centre with its pleasant cafes, museums and botanical garden.