A lively university town, Estonia's second city punches above its weight. It is the oldest city, dating back to 1032, and if you ask the inhabitants they will tell you that Tartu is Estonia's spiritual capital. This claim is supported by Tartu being the home of Estonian national revival: the country's flag, the first Estonian-language newspaper, and one of Northern Europe's oldest universities - still the only classic university in Estonia - all saw the light of day in Tartu. Visitors not interested in history can take comfort in plenty of other reasons to linger. The romantic old town is full of both 18th-century buildings and a nightlife propelled out of proportion by the 20 000 students. Tartu also sports one of the largest museums-to-inhabitants ratios in Europe including museums on Estonian sports, beers, toys, the KGB, 1830 interior decoration, and of course the university's history as well as the Estonian National Museum. At the university, you can also visit the old students' lock-up, a small cell where ill-behaving students would spend up to three weeks.