Tartu, Estonia

In 1763 Russian Empress Catherine II ordered to fortify Tartu again. It was decided to build a gunpowder magazine (Püssirohukelder) in the former city moat. The responsibility of the building was assigned to Field-Marshal General de Villebois. His engineers started to build magazine in 1768. The bricks are brought from the old Mary Church (about where the University Main Building is now) and the ruins of the bishop settlement on Toome Hill demolished in 1708. The magazine completed in 1778.

Today Püssirohukelder offers Estonian and German dishes and has room for up to 300 people.

Reference: Püssirohukelder


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Lossi 28, Tartu, Estonia
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Founded: 1768-1778
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Estonia)


4.5/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Teemu Lantz (2 months ago)
A very nice and unique experience. The food is not fancy, but it is good. They also have a fair selection of drinks.
Hannah Perez (4 months ago)
This is already heavily labeled as a dining/drinking institution around Tartu and I agree with that. It is an interesting place with a piece of history that’s cool to know. The high ceiling provides an amazing openness to the space, with the mood lighting still creating the cosy pub vibe. I ordered the blue cheese burger: portions did not disappoint my big appetite although the patty’s flavor has been lost to the blue cheese (not at all bad in my preference though).
Giga Abashidze (4 months ago)
Great draft beer and tasty dishes. I recommend the fried bread with garlic. Large space, atmospheric but may be a bit chilly. Definitely worth a visit.
Merle Sasi (10 months ago)
Delicious food, good service and good beer. Good prices and full plates. Bon appetite!
Kaspars Dolgis (10 months ago)
Nice staff, nice place. We loved it. But 1 less star cuz outdoors could be more cozy ? Thank you for wonderful time.
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