Being the oldest city in the Baltic States, Tartu successfully combines modern infrastructure and facilities with green and friendly environment: the city is very compact and easily accessible. A serene park with medieval ruins and a river running through the city give it a romantic appeal. Part of its appeal is the way Tartu blends old and new. Walking through the city, one can literally touch its history, at the same time feeling a renewed energy and curiosity about what the future will bring. The balance between the past and the future is an essential part of the celebrated spirit of Tartu.