Knight’s Castle Keila-Joa Schloss Fall, which emerged already in the 19th century next to Keila River and one of Estonia’s most beautiful waterfall, has seen different times throughout history: it has been grand and glorious, but also forgotten… The castle’s history is a fascinating and lively snapshot of Estonian history, linking it to the mighty empires, shiny rulers and big personalities. According to the legend, it was here in 1833 that the future imperial Russian national anthem was first performed during a visit of the Russian Emperor Nikolai I.
Just 32 kilometers from Tallinn, near the sea, there is a beautiful park, which has been made unique by the Keila waterfall. Because of the falling water, the gem of this protected area was called Schloss Fall.
The castle, that was asleep like a Sleeping Beauty for decades, finally found new owners in 2010. Their dream – to awaken the Neo-Gothic style castle to a new life, became a reality three years later, when in honour of the castle’s 180th anniversary first restored former Volkonsky and Benckendorff living quarters were opened to the public. In 2016 the second floor, with luxurious suites in the style of the era, was completed. Today, Keila-Joa Schloss Fall Castle has a beautiful boutique hotel, a cozy restaurant, a museum, an exhibition hall and a wine cellar. There are many fascinating exhibitions, concerts, seminars and private events held in Keila-Joa castle.
SCHLOSS FALL HISTORY
The Keila-Joa castle dates back as far as the Order of the Brothers of the Sword, at which time it belonged to the castle at Tallinn. Estonians called this place Joa, while the Germans called it Fall (“place of the waterfall” is the literal translation from Estonian).
CASTLE’S SURROUNDING AREA
Famous Estonian composer Arvo Pärt Center, small boats and yacht marina in Lohusalu and a large spa complex in Laulasmaa are all located near Keila-Joa Castle. From the windows of the castle the quests can admire the majestic park and in the background one of Estonia’s highest and most beautiful waterfalls. There are also many long, clean white sandy seashores in the immediate vicinity. Local hiking trails, a surf school, and the internationally renowned Estonia’s oldest golf course – Niitvälja Golf, offer possibilities for active leisure. Within a radius of twenty kilometres there is a number of lighthouses with a long and distinguished history, restored manor complexes and historical sights, but also top class restaurants.
Pargi allee 5, Keila-Joa alevik, Lääne-Harju vald, Harju County 76701, Estonia
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