Lahemaa National Park Manors (Estonia)
Welcome to Lahemaa National Park Manors
The Lahemaa National Park, in the north of Estonia, just 70 km away from Tallin is the largest nature park in the country. It covers 725 km and has a diverse landscape – endless plateaus, coastal plains, several waterfalls, beaches and forests. Rich and diverse flora and fauna complement the beautiful landscape. Lahemaa is a perfect place to rest and enjoy the natural environment. In this beautiful setting, you can find three Manors – Palmse, Sagadi and Vihula. Each of the Manors is unique, yet all three of them have common features which complement the beautiful surroundings.
Regeneration and revival
The 20th century was a rather challenging era for the manors. Economic decline and nationalisation led to the misuse of the Manors and their subsequent decay. Fortunately, in the last few decades a lot has been done to restore the historical beauty of the complex. Palmse was the first of the three to be completely renovated and was developed into an open-air museum, hosting lots of events, such as: music concerts, wine tasting and traditional food festivals. Sagadi house is now home to the Nature School and the Forest Museum. Hiking trails of different lengths offer walking opportunities and there are also guided excursions to the forest from the house. Tourists and locals can now visit the house and learn about the natural heritage of the region. Vihula is now a luxury holiday and eco-spa resort, offering an array of body treatments using local herbs. It is a perfect escape from the bustling life of the city. Extensive collaborative efforts between the tourism authorities and local entrepreneurs ensured a diverse holiday package, which offer guided tours, excursions, spa packages and other programmes catering for every visitor.
- taste some local wines at the Palmse manor. There are tasting sessions in the wine cellars
- visit the Forest Museum at Sagadi Manor, a former granary and carriage house. Here you can see more about the history of the region
- why not go on a Viking long-ship adventure in Kasmu and learn about the history and traditions of the Vikings
- board a long-ship and listen to sailors tell their stories. It is a great experience for anyone interested in history