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
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Estonia)


4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Rene Pruljan (4 months ago)
Came here for a late lunch on a Friday, and it was quite quiet. The atmosphere was very idyllic and cosy, with good service. The solyanka in the bread bowl was exquisite - wonderfully smoky and rich. However personally I don't think the bread added anything and I'd rather have the soup in normal bowl with black bread on the side. I also had the mushroom pasta which was wonderfully creamy and pasta very nicely al dente. Finally I also tried the schnitzel with potatoes and sauerkraut, which was also very delicious - garlicy butter on a crispy schnitzel with herby and crunchy oven baked potatoes, and a nicely punchy sauerkraut.
Aistis Bar (5 months ago)
A rating of 4,5/5, similar to what it is now, suits this location best. Amazing hall, feels spacious and comfortable, table layout is great, it only seems uneasy to spot when searching for the first time. Have not seen somebody really mention it, but the parking spots for cars are well-thought of : park your horse aka automobile between wooden beams like in medieval times. Most importantly, food is great, national dishes are recommended and drink selection is decent!
Lorenzo Cadei (7 months ago)
Great atmosphere. We randomly got a concert night which was pleasant surprise. The waitress was absolutely wonderful! Keep up with her good work. The food was good (I've had only vegetarian dishes which were very good, especially the grilled dumplings). Plenty of beers to choose from. Highly recommend
Hema K (7 months ago)
I was about to rate 4 Stars, but it is not fair to blame this Pub for my bad planning. Speed of Service was the only problem I had but I should have been prepared for the European style of dining. Ambience is what impresses you, as soon as you walk in. I read that this Pub is 300+ years old, and I didn't have any trouble believing it. The brickwalls, ceiling, decor, etc., all give an Old World feel. I ordered a couple of items from the Snacks section, and 1 soup in a Bread Bowl, and everything tasted really good. Soup itself was very filling, so I ended packing the Snacks.
Antonio Crespo (8 months ago)
We had dinner and it was an incredible experience.The service was very nice and the main course: pork ribs were delicious and the house beer too. Totally recommended! I attach some fotos to have an idea ;-)
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