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Observatory of the University of Tartu

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Nice building and history

Unfortunately we did not have time to go inside but the guide said that the view from up the tower... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2018
erna o
Pretoria, South Africa
2005 UNESCO Struve Geodetic Arc-Old Dorpat Observatory.

We climbed up Toome Hill to visit this historic site where German-born Russian scientist Friedrich... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2018
Gene R J
Silver Spring, Maryland
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Observatory of the University of Tartu - in its time one of the most important centres of astronomy in the world - is the pearl of Estonia's scientific history. It was constructed between 1808 and 1810 to the designs of university architect Johann...more
Lossi 40, Tartu 51003, Estonia
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Reviewed 11 September 2018

Unfortunately we did not have time to go inside but the guide said that the view from up the tower is excellent. She did relate the history to us and we just walked pass the building. Hope to return and visit soon.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank erna o
Reviewed 21 August 2018

We climbed up Toome Hill to visit this historic site where German-born Russian scientist Friedrich von Struve worked from 1816-1855 to establish the exact size and shape of the earth. I was exposed to this scientist way back in school and am impressed to see...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Gene R J
Reviewed 27 June 2018

I had to do a very quick walk-through of the museum since I arrived shortly before closing on a Friday and the museum was closed for holidays during the rest of my stay in Tartu. Even such quick tour, though, indicated what an interesting place...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank LMOverby
Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

If you are even a little bit interested of astronomy this is a place you have to go to. There are interesting specimens of retracting and reflecting telescopes and related equipment. Observatory is also closely related to Friedrich von Struve and was the beginning point...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Klaus K
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Very interesting incite into the history of astronomy. At one point housing the largest telescope in the world. Great views of Tartu from the top.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

An interesting place for history of astronomy fans, but not of a special interest for an average tourist.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Mariusz M
Reviewed 23 September 2016

As a part of a walking tour in the city of Tartu, this Observatory is definitely worth of visiting, as it gives you understanding of how advanced the Estonian scientists have been in observing the wonders of the skies and also in mapping the globe....More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Pentti S
Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

This is lonely old building included nuseum and watch tower with a view in Toome hill. A little bit old fashioned but very cute and peaceful place.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Raivo T
Reviewed 10 July 2016

I am always looking for great views and this was the easiest climb to catch a better view of Tartu and at the same time combine some information of the world of astronomy. There is a exhibition of apparatus; collection consists of calculation devices through...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank vivianl70
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Fairly interesting museum with a beautiful location and view featuring the largest telescope in the world.

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank jeffthecheff
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