How about moving to… Türi?

If you love peace and quiet and gorgeous flower gardens, then moving to Türi is something to consider. It’s a town with several times more flowers than people.

Why Türi?

Probably everyone knows that a great flower fair is held in the Estonian spring capital. But have you heard that there is also an apple festival and it’s the site of the Estonian Broadcasting Museum? Many haven’t.

Türi is a small and safe green town – greenery forms a third of the city’s territory. The streets are lined with rows of beautiful linden and a garden with no apple trees or flowers isn’t easy to find.

According to the legend, the city of Türi was named after a screeching grey bird who flew over the church ruins and cried, “Türiiii-türiiii”. However, the first mentions about the village of Türi date back to 1564.

The village of Türi began to grow fast in 1899 when a wood-based cardboard factory was built there. People were also drawn in by the Tallinn-Viljandi railroad, completed in 1901.

In 1917, Türi became an official town and in 1926 a city. Currently it’s a city within a rural municipality, home to approximately 5,000 people. As of January this year, a total of 9,234 people live in the Türi rural municipality.

This is a city of spring, apple and flower festivals. It has lovely well-maintained parks, a lake to enjoy in sunny weather, good train and bus connection to other parts of Estonia, and friendly people.

 


Flowers at Türi flower festival Photo: Dmitri Kotjuh/Järva Teataja


What speaks against Türi?

While Viljandi, Pärnu or Kuressaare can boast an old town, Türi has no historical architectural beauties.

Türi also has no hospital, university, spa hotels, or a movie theatre. As in many other small Estonian towns, there isn’t much to do in terms of entertainment. This is why young people prefer to move to bigger cities.

“It’s nice here, but there could really be a lot more jobs,” one of the local people says.

How much?

A renovated 2- or 3-room apartment costs about 20,000 – 25,000 euros at Türi. The rent prices of a similar apartment are around 200 euros. An average renovated residential building at Türi (4–5 rooms) costs around 88,000–100,000 euros. Building plots with all communications and subscriptions go for 15–20 euros per m2.

Schools?

Türi has seen over 300 years of schooling. At present, there is one middle school, secondary school, and coping school for children with special needs. Hobby education is available at the sports or music school.

In 1996–2011, the spring capital also hosted an institution of higher education (Türi College) as part of the University of Tartu where people could study environmental sciences.

 


Türi artificial lake Photo: Dmitri Kotjuh/Järva teataja


What about jobs?

In the past, the people living in Türi were mostly workers of the cardboard factory, but today the main jobs are for teachers, farmers, gardeners and customer service staff.

At present, openings at Türi involve customer service workers at grocery stores, a firefighter for the rescue centre, a lifeguard, kindergarten teacher, and a saw operator for metal structures.

What to do at leisure?

Being the spring capital, Türi is most exciting in spring without a doubt. For example, this week is the salad week and food places of Türi offer interesting salads to celebrate. In May, there is a song and dance festival and of course the great flower festival.

There are a lot of fairs all year round at Türi in general. For example, the autumn fair, the recycling fair, etc.

 


Türi flower festival Photo: Dmitri Kotjuh/Järva Teataja

 

Another exciting event is the apple festival in autumn, where delicious jams, cakes and juices are sold. By the way, the apple is also the symbol of the Türi rural municipality.
In addition to festivals and fairs of all sorts, the culture centre also offers activities with nearly fifty active hobby groups and associations. Sports are also supported by the modern stadium, a lit skiing and health trail, a swimming pool, light traffic roads, and the recreational area by the lake.

It also pays to take a look at the Türi and Estonian Broadcasting Museum. The latter was founded at Türi because in 1937–1941 the National Broadcasting station was located here, with an aerial that was the most modern in Europe at the time of completion.

 


The mascot of the spring capital Photo: Dmitri Kotjuh/JÄRVA TEATAJA/SCANPIX


Where to eat?

Türi is small, but there are technically a lot of ways to eat out. Locals are sure to recommend checking out the café Kadri Tare for pastries and cakes. Other great places to try are the Kevade café at the community centre and the College café as a memory of the former college.

Recently, a new eatery named Pizza & Pasta was opened at Türi, selling locally made pizza and pasta, as shown by the name.

 


Delicious cakes are also found at the apple festival every year. Photo: Dmitri Kotjuh/Järva Teataja


Anything else?

  • Türi community centre contains a unique music studio which Estonian musicians, composers and filmmakers use. For example, the Ewert and the Two Dragons album Good Man Down was recorded at Türi.
  • Nearly 30 informative stands have been erected in the city to introduce Türi, covering the city’s sights through historical photos and descriptions. Visitors can tour the city without the help of a guide.
  • Composer Sven Lõhmus and politician Kaia Iva come from Türi.
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