Lahemaa National Park (Lahemaa rahvuspark)

Lahemaa National Park


Location: 70 km East of Tallinn Map

Area: 725 km2 (280 sq mi)


Description of Lahemaa National Park

Lahemaa National Park or Lahemaa rahvuspark in Estonian is situated 70 km East of Tallinn. Lahemaa National Park covers and are of 725 km2 (280 sq mi). Lahemaa National Park is covered by forests, swamps and multiple bogs. One of the most popular bogs is Viru raba (Viru bog) with a 5 km (3 mi) long trail with a watch tower in the end. Lahemaa park is free and no permits are necessary to hike the area. However you should take in consideration that swamps and bogs are fairly dangerous. Stay on the trail for your own safety.


Palmse Manor House (Palmse Moisa) (Lahemaa National Park)

Location: 8 km (5 mi) North of Viitna

Tel. 324 0070

Open: May- Sep: 10am- 7pm daily

Oct- Apr: 10am- 3pm Mon- Fri

Palmse Manor House is located 8 km (5 mi) North of Viitna in the center of the Lahemaa National Park. The estate was constructed in 1677 by the von der Palen family. This German family moved to Russian Empire and served it for several centuries. Peter Ludwig von der Palen was a member of the imperial court of Catherine the Great and initially enjoyed sympathy of her son Emperor Paul I. However after falling in disgrace he devised a plot to murder emperor Paul in Saint Petersburg. Another von Palen, Carl Magnus, became general- major in the Russian Army and served in the Fatherland War of 1812 against Napoleon Bonaparte.


The manor that you see today was rebuild in 1785. Entrance gate of the estate dates to the same time period. Coach house, stable, greenhouse and a barn were preserved. In total there are about 20 buildings that still stand from the original estate. Von Palen lost their Palmse Manor in 1925. It was nationalized and turned into a museum. Cavalier House with a green house was turned into a hotel. Additionally the Palmer Estate has a wine cellar and a restaurant. The main house was a chief residence of the von der Palen family. It was divided into two sides. One for the women and another for the men of the family. The museum offers an unique chance to dress in old clothes.


As you walk around the Palmse Estate you can see several piles of stones. They were brought here by the local peasants. Von der Palen family offered locals grain in the time of famine. Once the famine was over the people who were saved would clear fields of the family from the rocks and stock them in piles. Several large boulders are also spread around. According to local legends the island the region was inhabited by the demons who turned into stone by the power of a Christian nun who came here to live and pray.

Vihula Estate Manor (Vihula Mois) (Lahemaa National Park)