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15 Venues to Hold a Memorable Event in Tartu

Tartu, a city in South of Estonia, has been awarded as one of the best environments to live in by LivCom Awards. The true diversity of Tartu shines through in the variety of events that can be held here. This city is unique and just the right size to offer any conference organizer plenty of opportunities. After a long day of panels Tartu is perfect for walking around. Be it wandering the picturesque riverside or sharing experience with fellow conference goers, Tartu will remain in everyone’s hearts. All you need to do is find the perfect location for your conference!

Lodjakoda – the Barge Complex


Located near the city centre and surrounded by nature, Lodjakoda is one of the most unique locations for events in Tartu. Not so long ago seeing a barge on Emajõgi river in Tartu was becoming ancient history. Barge Complex has revived an integral part of local history and you can see a barge taking shape right there and, of course, you can sail down the river on a barge as well. This unique complex also provides workshops on how to make your own tiny barge or how to become a sailor. 

Capacity: This one of a kind location offers a Seminar Staircase for 40 people. There is a Cinema hall seating 50 people. The Workshop (100 m²) with a stunning river view can fit 70 people. The largest space is the Shipbuilding Hall (330 m²) with great acoustics and it can hold 250 people in winter. In summer with movable walls you can be more flexible with the space. The Lodjakoja Hall (280 m²) and the amphitheatre with a floating platform in front of it give even more interesting opportunities for outdoor events. Naturally, there is also a sauna. It can comfortably fit about 15 people in its anteroom. 

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The Estonian National Museum – ERM


The Estonian National Museum (ERM) is Estonia’s largest museum with 6000 m² of gallery space and multiple multifunktional halls. It’s a perfect and easily adaptable location for any event. The different and fascinating exhibitions of the museum provide talking points and give great insight into Estonian history and Estonians. 

Capacity: Conference Hall, seating 250 people, is easy to adapt into a concert or a cinema hall. There are several smaller seminar rooms that can be used for side panels and group assignments. For a more artistic approach try the 200 seat black box Theatre Hall that can be arranged just the way you need. Larger receptions can be held at the museum’s “Bridge Area” – a gorgeous open area that fits a 1000 people standing and 600 seated. 

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The Gunpowder Cellar


And now, for something completely different – the Gunpowder Cellar. Located right at the heart of Tartu, the Gunpowder Cellar was used up until 1809 for ammunition storage. This popular and legendary restaurant in Tartu is filled with local history. Schramm Chamber or Catherine’s Room have the original arched ceiling and a rustic interior decoration, thus providing your event with a truly unique vibe. 

Capacity: The whole Gunpowder Cellar restaurant fits 300 people. There are smaller rooms that are rented out fitting 30 or 25 people. 

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The Science Centre AHHAA


The Science Centre AHHAA is the largest science and education centre in the Baltics and aims to bring the joy of discovery to all ages. AHHAA is a surprising and memorable location for conferences and gala dinners with a maximum capacity of about 1000 people. Naturally AHHAA is a great location for virtual or hybrid events. 

Capacity: Hall of Technology – the main science centre building fits 700 guests or 200 when seated at tables. Lektoorium is AHHAA’s conference hall that can seat up to 150 people and the smaller seminar room Apollo can seat up to 50 people.  

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Comb Factory – Kammivabrik


The Comb Factory, believe it or not, used to make brushes, combs, toothbrushes, etc. The manufacturing has stopped long ago and the facilities have been converted into spectacular event spaces. Kammivabrik offers two locations: the Clubhouse and the Factory. The Clubhouse provides space on two floors for up to 400 people. For larger events the Factory, with an industrial bactrop, easily fits 1500 guests. A true cherry on top? There is also a vintage car collection in the main factory area. 

Capacity: The Clubhouse has two separate halls. On the ground floor there is the Vikero Hall seating up to 100 people and on the second floor is the larger Kannel Hall seating 280 people theatre style. Depending on the nature of the event and your preferred set-up, the Factory provides a space for 1500 people. 

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Tartu Nature House


Tartu Nature House is Tartu’s Environmental Education Centre. Their aim is to educate and lead people towards sustainable lifestyle and to promote environmentally friendly way of life in Estonia. Located in the heart of Tartu and surrounded by a park, the Nature House provides a peaceful green oasis in the middle of the city. This is a great location for any eco-friendly or nature themed event. 

Capacity: The bright and spacious Auditorium on the ground floor can fit, depending on the layout, a maximum of 120 people. It can also be sectioned into smaller rooms with a screen. Tartu Nature House also has smaller rooms for workshops and seminars of all sizes, fitting 15 to 40 people. 

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Vanemuine Concert Hall


Vanemuine is Tartu’s most known and loved theatre and concert space. What many don’t know is that Vanemuine is also a modern, state of the art conference centre. The Concert Hall’s unique seating mechanisms allow you rearrange the space playfully and just the way you need it. You can turn the seemingly conservative space into something befitting a pop concert or a jazz hall, or maybe a banquet or a conference instead. 

Capacity: The Big Hall seats 850 people theatre style, with floor space of 400 m². There are three smaller seminar rooms that fit 60, 80 and 100 people in theatre style as well. 

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The White Hall of the University of Tartu Museum


The White Hall of the University of Tartu Museum is located in the historic ruins of Tartu Cathedral. This historic venue is partially reconstructed and partially still ruins. The Museum introduces the history of Tartu University and of higher education in the region since the 17th century. The White Hall on the third floor of the museum is one of the most prestigious and grand locations in Tartu, making it an ideal venue for black-tie events. 

Capacity: The White Hall fits 300 people standing and seats 100. In summer a larger event can be held in the open air of the Cathedral ruins. 

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Knorring Manor House


Named after the noble family of Von Knorring, this centuries-old building is considered one of the finest examples of classical architecture in Tartu. Its prime location in the heart of Tartu, adjacent to the Botanical Garden, Emajõgi River, Town Hall Square, and Toome Hill, creates a unique and unparalleled setting where every event gains an extraordinary significance.

At the Manor House, you can host weddings, concerts, exhibitions, birthday parties, conferences, seminars, and much more. Besides venue rental, they offer event management services to bring your wildest ideas to life, from conception to execution.

Capacity: The largest and most elegant hall, Caroline, can accommodate up to 5 round tables or approximately 50 seated guests (80 without tables). The Antoinette hall seats up to 30 guests (40 without tables). The Dorothea hall seats up to 30 guests (50 without tables). The Elisabeth hall seats up to 30 guests (40 without tables). The Mary Ann hall seats up to 20 guests (25 without tables).

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Ylicool House


The Ylikool House is a valuable addition to Estonia’s event venues, accommodating up to 600 guests. Designed as a flexible canvas, its two-story space can be divided, constructed, and arranged as needed, ensuring the venue adapts to any event rather than the other way around. The high ceilings offer creative freedom, allowing for diverse and imaginative setups or even the inclusion of aerial performers. Large lift doors provide the opportunity to extend events to the courtyard during warm season.

Capacity: 900m2 of space across two floors (including a 210m2 VIP area), up to 600 guests at standing events, up to guests 400 in seminar style + the VIP area, up to 280 guests at tables + the VIP area, a 7.5m x 5.5m stage for performers, backstage areas for artists and catering.

In addition to venue rental, YliCool provides high-quality catering services and full event planning and decorating services through YliCool Events.

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Alexela Loomelava


Located on the banks of the Emajõgi River in Tartu, the Alexela Loomelava is a multifunctional black box theater. It can be adapted to suit a wide variety of events. Specifically designed for performances, it features a sprung dance floor, ballet flooring, tiered seating, acoustic ceiling panels, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment.

The venue is perfect for concerts, webinars, theater productions, conferences, parties, talk shows, and fashion shows. Additionally, catering can be ordered from the in-house restaurant, Green Room Café.

Capacity: The black box theater spans 600 square meters, excluding auxiliary rooms and dressing areas, with a performance area of 10 x 15 meters. The movable tiered seating can be configured to accommodate 30-200 seats. During receptions, the hall can hold up to 300 people, during conferences up to 180 people and for seated events with round tables up to 130 guests.

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V Spa Hotel


V Spa Hotel and Conference Center is a four-star hotel, spa, and conference complex located in the heart of Tartu, within a multifunctional business district.

On the second floor of the hotel, the modern V Conference Center offers five different conference and training rooms, all equipped with top-of-the-line technology. These rooms can be interconnected to create the perfect setup for any client’s event. They are ideal for conferences, trade shows, receptions, concerts, and other large gatherings. Additionally, the hotel includes the restaurant JOYCE, which offers a variety of exquisite culinary experiences from different cuisines.

Capacity: The five conference and training rooms together can accommodate up to 600 people. For formal events with round table seating, the venue can host up to 250 guests. The two-level restaurant JOYCE can seat up to 120 people, making it suitable for smaller, private events.

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Hotel Lydia event center


The Hotel Lydia, located in a historic setting and known for its bespoke service, is an excellent choice for business, conference, or leisure stays. With 70 rooms, a spa lounge offering various sauna and relaxation options, a fitness club, Restaurant Hõlm, a lounge for business meetings, and a state-of-the-art event center featuring top-tier audio, lighting, and video solutions, the hotel provides a comprehensive experience.

The event center at Hotel Lydia is the perfect venue for celebrations, receptions, seminars, or conferences. Featuring spacious and versatile layouts along with elegant and eye-catching interior design, the event center is equipped with high-end audio and lighting solutions. It is also ideal for virtual and hybrid events, offering high-quality broadcasts to the client’s chosen website.

Capacity: theater style: 180 people, classroom style: 80 people, diplomat style: 54 people, gala style: 100 people.

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Restaurant Humal

Humal is a brand-new restaurant located in the center of Tartu. Drawing inspiration from pub culture, Humal embraces the authentic and vibrant atmosphere that comes with it. Their guiding principles are simple yet profound: the use of fresh ingredients, local sourcing, and maximizing the value of produce.

Humal is designed to host a variety of events – from private parties and internal company events to public gatherings, conferences, and seminars. You can choose to reserve the entire restaurant or specific sections, such as the cozy second floor or outdoor terrace, which can be opened up on warmer days. Each space is equipped with top-of-the-line audio-visual technology and a stage for live performances.

Moreover, Humal offers comprehensive event management services – from creative solutions and program development to technical arrangements and professional project management.

Capacity: Entire Venue: up to 300 guests standing or 185 seated. Second Floor: up to 75 guests standing or 50 seated, includes a private bar and audio-visual equipment. Terrace: ideal for up to 60 guests standing or 35 seated, also features local sound solutions.

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Riine Tiigi

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