How to get to Tartu
Conference Agenda
Conference packages

General Information


Tartu is the second largest city of Estonia. It is located in southeastern part of the country, about 185 kms from Tallinn. This cosy town has about 100000 inhabitants, but it is still small enough that many of the targets can be reached by walking. We can see two parts – the historical area and the business area. The centre of the city is the Town Hall Square (Raekoja Plats). The University of Tartu is the oldest and the biggest in Estonia. Its main building is located in the historical area.

Our conference will include a walking tour in Tartu on Saturday and during that most important sights of the centre will be seen. Tartu has several interesting museums. For those who want to take closer look we recommend an extra day in Tartu, but during the conference it is also possible to visit briefly 1-2 smaller museums. Here is a list of some museums and other attractions. More can be found at Visit Tartu.

Estonian National Museum is located about 2 kms from the city centre. This fairly new museum is huge – we recommend to reserve several hours to visit that.

A small but impressive KGB Museum is at Riia highway, not far from the centre.

Tartu Toy Museum is a speciality in the historical centre.

The Estonian Sport and Olympic Museum is also located in the historical centre.

The Tartu University Museum is in the Toompea hill, in the old cathedral.

A Le Coq Beer Museum is located close to the historical centre.

The Tartu University Astronomy Tower is at Toompea Hill and gives you a beautiful view over the city and its premises.

AHHAA Science Centre is right behind our conference hotel.

TYPA Art Galleries (widget centre) have nice workshops available. Kastani 42, near the railway station.

St Paul’s Church of Tartu was designed by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen. It is located at Riia highway near the railway station.

Villa Tammekann was designed by Alvar Aalto. It is located at Kreutzwald Street in a villa area, not far from the centre.

The Tartu University Botanical Gardens are in the centre.

How to get to Tartu

First of all, we offer a reasonably priced bus ride from Tallinn on Friday 20th of September at 12.30 hours. The bus will take us first to Türi in central Estonia, where we’ll visit the Estonian Broadcasting Museum. A small lunch break in Türi will also be made. We hope that many of you will join this ride.

From Helsinki Finnair serves Tartu with two daily connections. A bit more expensive but quick and easy way to get there. Tartu airport is located about 11 kms south. Taxi to the city should be max 15 euros. Currently no other flights to Tartu airport are available. Referring the news regarding the problems at Tartu airport in April and May, we are happy to tell that the airport should by now be updated with new equipment.

Bus connections from Tallinn bus station run at least hourly through all day. Our conference hotel is located right at the Tartu bus station. Bus connections between Tartu and Riga are also available, four times daily. Look Bussireisid.

The train connection from Tallinn doesn’t differ much from the bus connection, but there are not many connections daily. The train station in Tartu is located somewhat further (about 1,5 kms from the conference hotel).


Our conference hotel in Tartu is called Hotel Tartu. It is an elderly hotel with basic working services. A new part was built recently with good conference and sauna facilities and some new rooms. We recommend staying here, because attending the conference is thus flexible.

For those wanting to have some luxury or maybe good spa facilities, we recommend to check Hotel V Spa (near the conference hotel), Lydia Hotel or Antonius Hotel (both in the historical area).

Conference Agenda

Friday 20 September

A group transport from Tallinn will leave the D-Terminal at 12.30 and pick up passengers at Ülemiste bus stop (at the airport). This transport will also visit The Estonian Broadcasting Museum in Türi (central Estonia) and it should arrive at the conference hotel in Tartu at 18 hours.

The following agenda is preliminary and subject to changes. Note that there is space for more presentations so please take contact, if you are ready to host a forum.

18.30 The conference opening. (All conference presentations take place in conference room Meloodia unless otherwise stated).
18.45 Presentation by Jopi Nyman. Topic to be announced.
19.30 Panel discussion featuring the history of the European DX Council.
20.30 Notes on DX and shortwave meetings around the world. Risto Vähäkainu

Saturday 21 September

08.00 Breakfast
09.30 The presentation of Tartu by the Tartu2024 office
10.00 The FM DX season 2024. Jukka Kotovirta
11.45 A walking tour in Tartu (two groups, one in English and one in Finnish)
13.00 Lunch at the Gunpowder Cellar
14.00 Finnish SW radio today: Scandinavian Weekend Radio, Real Mix Radio
15.00 DXpeditions to Lapland. Presentation of the Aihkiniemi site by Jim Solatie.
16.00 Coffee break.
16.30 MW-masts project, an update. Dan Goldfarb
17.15 Presentation by David Mawby featuring his life on radio starting during 1960’s in London and ending up to Turku, Finland.
19.30 EDXC Banquet at the hotel restaurant

Sunday 22 September

08.00 Breakfast
10.00 Panel discussion upon the present and the future of DX in Europe
11.45 Closing of the conference
13.00 Bus trip to Valga
20.30 Return to the hotel

Monday 23 September

08.00 Breakfast
No official agenda.
Return to Tallinn.

Conference packages

Note: the hotel has run out of basic single and double rooms. So only superior rooms are available as double or single. The hotel has also a few family rooms with a lower price, but those rooms are only for groups of 3-4 persons

Full conference package
-3 nights in a superior double room (including breakfasts)
-bus from Tallinn including the Estonian Broadcasting Museum (Türi)
-lunch Saturday
-trip to Valga
250 euros

- same in a superior single room
345 euros

Prices with only two nights or without some services can be counted upon request.

Please inform us, if you need special meals or other special services.


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