Spa opportunities and sights around Tartu


Kubija Hotel & Nature Spa

In the middle of South Estonian pine forests and lakes you can find a cosy and comfortable hotel Kubija Hotel & Nature Spa. In the hotel you can enjoy pampering body treatments, visit the spa and sauna center or find harmony with the nature and with ourselves.

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At 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. Surroundings of lake Pühajärve and the nearby town Otepää offer lot of opportunities for different activities as well as just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful Estonian nature.

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Close to Russian border, Setomaa and its capital Värska offers an interesting insight to 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 leisure area with bubbles shakes your body.

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Alatskivi castle

The snow white Neo-Gothic castle (built in 1880-1885) in the Heard 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.

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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 to both nature and culture lovers. The cherry on top of the cake is the large nearby lake beach, offering boat rentals and regular trips.

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The Onion Route

The Onion Route is located at a perfect distance from the university town of Tartu – the heart of the Onion Route, Alatskivi, is just 40 km away. It is perfect for a day trip from Tartu. There are a lot of things and places to see, as well as opportunities to get involved.

Although people sometimes wonder what is so special about an ‘onion root’, The Onion Route is in fact a chain of meandering villages on the shore of the Lake Peipus, inhabited both by Russians and Estonians living side by side, and which is famous for its rich cultural diversity. Three cultures to explore here: Russian Old Believers, Manor Culture of the Baltic Germans and Estonian peasant culture.

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