Onion Route

Departure from Tartu (the Dorpat Hotel parking lot, address Soola 6)
Lunch at Kivi Tavern
Alatskivi Castle museum and park
Kostja Onion Farm
Arriving back to Tartu

Organisers have a right to make changes to the tour programme.

NOTE: Most places will not accept debit or credit cards. In order to buy souvenirs plase bring some change with you. 

The day starts at the Estonian Crop Research Institute. For the purpose of maintenance agrobiodiversity, the institute breeds new varieties of agricultural crops,  quarantees maintenance breeding of registered varieties, preserves plant genetic resources and produces and distributes certified seeds of various agricultural crops. It also provides scientific expertise for advisory system, state officials and development of legislation. Tight collaboration with farmers and industry is prerequisite for implementation of research results into the practice. 


On the Onion Route you will meet three local cultures on the shore of the biggest lake in Estonia, Lake Peipus - Russian Old Believers, Baltic German manor culture and Estonian peasants. Our next stop, is an Old Believers Worship House at Raja village. It is believed that the Raja congregation of Old Believers was established in the first quarter of the 18th century. The congregation was given permission to build its own church only in 1879. The church was destroyed during the Second World War – the only thing left is the belfry.


After the luch, the next stop is the heart of Onion Route - Alatskivi Castle Park. The biggest park in Tartu County (130 ha) – was established by squire von Stackelberg in the end of the 18th century. The Alatskivi Castle built according to the designs of Arved von Nolcken with the surrounding park is one of the main sights in the area.

57 buildings and objects belonged to the manor ensemble in the 19th century, 41 of them are still in their original place now. The towers and terraces of the castle offer beautiful views of the lakes, the church and the surrounding landscape. 


Our next stop is at the Kostja Onion Farm. The farmer Konstantin (Kostja himself) will introduce you to the old believers traditional onion farming, how the onions were grown in the old days and how is it done nowadays. 

The last stop, after we head back to Tartu is the Kolkja Museum of Old Believers. The Russian Old Believers – starovery – have been following their religious traditions rigorously for more than a 1000 years. In Kolkja Museum of Old Believers you can see the traditional clothes, everyday items, handicrafts, tools, photos, books and many other items associated with the Old Believers.