At the end of the 13th century Tartu quickly gained an influential position in the Hanseatic League having signed the Hansa Treaty with Lübeck and Visby. Being the central transit town of Livonia, Tartu controlled the Pskov-Novgorod trade route and together with Tallinn and Riga gave instructions to organize Livonia city assemblies.
At present, our Hansa Hotel offers you a stay with hints of the past in rooms named after Hansa towns. If you visit us in June, you could participate in the Hanseatic Days held in the city centre. While sitting in our inner yard and having a meal, you could sense the river Emajõgi flowing just a stone’s throw away from our hotel and imagine how the ships, called Hansecoggen, heavily loaded with furs, wax and honey, pass you by.
When the sun starts to set and the cargo ships land, samples of the goods are taken to be convinced yet again that Hansa merchants are honest and keep their word – they won’t trade in low quality merchandise. A dignified olderman might join our company and after a delicious meal and a mug of fizzy beer, tell you about the Hansa town govenring and its court practice.
Here you will realize how profitable it was for a town to be a member of the Hanseatic League. It brought money and freedom to travel and trade to other Hansa towns. A Hanseatic town was exempt from taxes, got custom discounts and was saved from violence that accompanied the right of salvage.
Once this exciting past starts wearing you out, you can relax our sauna built from smoke-impregnated logs, taste Estonian cuisine in Hansa Tall and then go discover the Hansa town at night. Just as it was profitable for a town to be a member of the Hanseatic League, you will profit from the stay in our hotel. It saves you money and gives you freedom to travel both in the old Hansa town Tartu as well as in South-Estonia with our assistance. You will have an exciting but safe stay here.