Keila-Joa Loss Schloss Fall: muuseum, butiikhotell & restoran

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Keila-Joa Castle is located 32 km from Tallinn, in the beautiful coastal area of Keila Parish, where the whole region has for centuries been a popular place for recreation and leisure.

Famous Estonian composer Arvo Pärt Center, small boats and yacht marina in Lohusalu, which cleanliness and environmental performance has been considered worthy of the blue flag for many years, 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 eateries. Just as in Keila-Joa Castle, a variety of different open-air concerts take place close by during summer.

Keila Waterfall

A part of the Keila River, Keila Waterfall is of the waterbody that runs through the small borough of Keila-Joa in the Keila Rural Municipality of Harju County. A full 6 metres high, and tens of metres wide, Keila waterfall is thus the third largest waterfall in Estonia; after the Narva and Jägala Waterfalls. Did you know?: There is a renovated hydroelectric power plant at the Keila waterfall; and one of the grandest renovated manor houses in Estonia, inspired by the Neo-Gothic style, is located in the vicinity. A lovely hiking spot, there is a path that runs along the riverbed and over two suspension bridges that go from the park to the waterfall, and you can explore the exciting landscape over a 3 km long nature trail . For more information, location and gallery:

Nature trail in Keila-Joa Park

The 3 km long round nature trail in Keila-Joa Park runs along the banks of River Keila and through the Keila-Joa Park, where there are a number of stairs and suspension bridges. There is an information board with a map and general information at the beginning of the trail, and 8 information points on the trail introducing the most important natural objects and the park’s history. Make sure to check out Mati Karmin’s sculpture of hearts, to which newlyweds attach their wedding padlocks At the beginning of the trail, there is a car park. The trail is also suitable for families with children. The renovated stairs will not cause any trouble for our younger visitors, as they can easily climb them by holding onto their parents’ hands. Additionally, there are a number of benches on the trail, which are perfect for resting your feet or stopping for a refreshing drink. For more information, location and gallery:

Keila-Joa Hydroelectric Power Plant

The earliest mentions of a water mill at Keila-Joa date back to 1555. In 1928, Keila-Joa hydroelectric power plant began producing electricity; at the same time, there was also a fish farm here, and an old grain mill continued operating. The ancillary buildings of the fish farm were extended in 1936, when a new water intake channel was constructed and the power station was modernised. Further extensions were completed in the late 1950s. In 2005, its owner, Eesti Energia, restored the exterior of the hydroelectric power plant to its original state of the beginning of the 20th century; the historic complex can be viewed from the outside. The manor’s water mill belongs in the National Registry of Cultural Monuments. For more information, location and gallery:

Lohusalu Marina

Lohusalu Marina is one of the marinas in Harju County. There are 10 berths for visiting vessels, there are electrical connections, it is possible to receive drinking water and use marina services. In addition, there is a pub in the marina building. Useful to know: Vessels of max. length of 20 m and draught of 2.2 m can enter the marina. You can contact the marina – Channel 10 and 16, “Lohusalu Marina”. For more information, location and gallery:

Laulasmaa beach

Laulasmaa (“singing grounds”) beach, located near the Lahepere Bay, got its name from the so-called local singing sands. The beach is full of white sand and surrounded by a beautiful pine forest, which makes it a popular place for swimming and sunbathing. There are ball courts and you can rent beach equipment from the nearby Laulasmaa Spa Hotel. Additionally, a surf school operates on the beach and offers trainings for windsurfing, kitesurfing, and SUP. A beach bar located directly on the beach offers shade and refreshments during hot summers. The seaside is also an ideal place for sports, as it offers wonderful opportunities for running, cycling, or Nordic walking. Always follow the safety rules when swimming and keep in mind that you are responsible for yourself when going into the water. For more information, location and gallery:

Laulasmaa Surfing School

Come and spend an active and relaxing summer holiday in the wonderful countryside of Laulasmaa! Laulasmaa beach is perfect for learning various styles of surfing. Trainings take place in a safe lagoon where the the water is always warm and shallow enough to be safe even for the youngest of surfers. We can teach you windsurfing, kite surfing and paddleboarding. Are you looking for an idea for your company’s summer retreat, do you wish to celebrate a summer event or would you like to have a wonderful family holiday? Surf&Chill make a summer holiday memorable and offer excellent solutions to everyone! For more information, location and gallery:

Laulasmaa Spa Hotel

You can relax and unwind in the water park and sauna centre, where you can enjoy new and exciting saunas. At the spa, you can choose from a wide range of procedures. On the second floor of the hotel you will find our contemporary à la carte restaurant Wicca, which has repeatedly made it to the list of the 50 best restaurants in Estonia. For more information, location and gallery:

Kloogaranna Beach

This several kilometres long sandy beach is bordered by a beautiful pine forest, on one side there is the Lohusalu Peninsula and on the other side Pakri peninsula. The area was a popular summer destination already in the 19th century, when the interest in sea-side resorts started rising. At the time, Laulasmaa – Kloogaranna area became a popular outing destination among Baltic nobility. Kloogaranna Society and locals have cleaned the beach, installed cabanas and set up facilities for sports on the beach. The beach has no lifeguard and swimming is at your own risk. For more information, location and gallery:

Treppoja Cascade

Treppoja Cascade is located in the place where Illurma Klint starts, is about 10 km long and has a catchment of 20 km². Treppoja descends via limestone plateau slope into Lahepere Bay. Along a hundred metres, with a width of 2-15 m, there are up to six, maximum 1,5 m high, cascades here- it is a wonderful natural spectacle! Due to low quantity of water, the cascade has been unable to develop a canyon valley, but with its gentle waters, the cascade is a real attraction. Treppoja is one of Estonia’s most beautiful cascades and visiting it, no matter if it is summer or winter, is always exciting. A pedestrian bridge, from which it is secure to view the surroundings, has been constructed for the convenience of visitors. For more information, location and gallery:

Kõltsu Manor

Kõltsu Manor, that is towering between Laulasmaa dunes, offers a unique experience, the likes of which is hard to find among the manors of Estonia. The rare beauty, the murmur of the waves, the clean sea air, and stylish wooden architecture, together with the windows decorated in Karelian-Russian style lace, distinctive gable roof and coloured mosaic glass decorated porch, Kõltsu Manor creates a memorable impression, and allows you to forget where you are for a moment… Manor rooms are suitable for meetings, consultations, concerts, theatrical performances, seminars and formal receptions. The building was originally completed in 1893 and completely restored in 2007-2010. For more information, location and gallery:

Niitvälja Golf

Niitvälja is the home of Estonian Golf – located 30 km from Tallinn, the golf course has become a synonym for Golf in Estonia. The creator of the Park-course is a Swedish architect Åke Persson, and the author of the further development in 2006 is an Englishman Peter Chamberlain. 18-hole Park-course is mainly characterized by natural beauty, clean forests and numerous bodies of water, all of which combined provide a superb golf experience. PAR20-course is aimed at beginners, and five-hole Pay and Play course is an ideal place for introduction to golf. The practice ranges are the largest in the Baltic States, both in area and the possibilities For more information, location and gallery:

Historic Journey to Paldiski

Paldiski city and Pakri peninsula have an extremely exciting and enticing history and the nature there is worth discovering and offers a lot of surprises. In the city and it’s immediate vicinity, there is a lot to explore: the Sea Fortress of Peter the Great, Muula mountains, the old and the new Pakri lighthouse, the studio-house Museum of A. Adamson, Leetse Manor, Paldiski St. Nicholas Church, St. George’s Church, Paldiski Naval School, and the naturally unique Klint. In addition, there is the rich heritage, the remains of the Soviet army campus, with it’s military secrets- submarines with nuclear warheads used to dock in Paldiski for repairs. Programmes offered according to your wishes! Duration up to 2 h. Bus tour max 56, walking tour 10-25 persons. Tour in Estonian 45 € Fascinating facts: Paldiski is second biggest city after Tallinn, with the area covering the city and the peninsula. For more information, location and gallery:

Bastion of Peter the Great’s naval fortress, or Muula hills

Paldiski harbour was destined to become an important stronghold in the Russian defence system, and Czar Peter the Great designed the Dutch type fortifications himself. The fortress with five bastions, located on Pakri peninsula, was cut into the high limestone as one solid construction; the earth walls were 4 m high and 17 m above the sea level. In 1790, the fortress had over 40 cannons. Between 1939 and 1940, oil storages were built in the moat and a railway branch was extended to the fortress; however, the branch was destroyed during the war. During post-war period, gravel was taken from the earth walls for construction and roads, thus destroying walls between the east and south-east bastions. Bastions afford a wonderful view of the sea. For more information, location and gallery:

Pakri lighthouse

This lighthouse is situated on the north-western tip of the Pakri peninsula on a high slate bluff marking the water’s edge of a very important shipping lane along the northern coast. A similar structure has stood here since the time of Swedish rule. A new slate lighthouse was ordered to be erected here by Peter I in 1724. Another, even bigger (48-foot) lighthouse replaced it in 1760 – possibly a reconstruction of the original. A new stone lighthouse was completed 80 metres from its predecessor in 1889. Due to natural collapse of the cliff face, the old structure had ended up too close to the edge and had to be demolished. For more information, location and gallery:

Türisalu klint and platform

Türisalu klint is one of the most impressive nature object on the Northern Estonian limestone coast, towering up to 31 metres. Platform of the Türisalu klint with its romantic sea view and easy access is a popular destination among the citizens of Tallinn; the high vantage point affords a breathtaking view of the sea and Vääna-Jõesuu beach. During a windy day, you can enjoy the view without leaving your car in the car park by the platform. If you would like to get closer to waves, then you should use a trail descending along the klint. Trails go in both directions from the platform; if you go east, or to the right, you can see the wonderful limestone klint from underneath. For more information, location and gallery:

Rappelling from the Türisalu cliff

It is possible to perform a variety of tricks on the Türisalu cliff – push yourself as far as you can from the fall and you will softly land back. You can also run on the cliff and go for a 360-degree spin around your own axis. It is easier than it seems. The two slopes are approximately 5 meters away from each other, which means that you can go down with a friend and try to perform the same tricks at the same time. For more information, location and gallery:

Vääna-Jõesuu beach

Vääna-Jõesuu beach, frequented visited by several thousand people during hot summer days, has a swimming area with the maximum depth of 1.8 m, surrounded by buoys. In addition, information about the quality of water is displayed during the summer season. The beach is comfortably sandy, and the water gets deep fast, is clean and forms fun bow waves with western winds. For more information, location and gallery:

Vääna manor and manor park

Vääna manor, its park and ancillary buildings have a special value due to their interesting cultural history and works of art dating from various eras. The earliest information about Vääna manor dates back to 1325. Until 1919, it used to belong to von Stackelbergs who constructed one of the most peculiar late Baroque manor buildings here. From 1920 until today, the manor has housed a kindergarten and a primary school; during the last two decades, restoration work has been performed in the building. Interesting to know: in the 19th century, artificial ruins, which still stand here, were constructed in the park in order to create a romantic atmosphere. For more information, location and gallery:

Suurupi lighthouses

The upper Suurupi lighthouse is open from May 2017! The cylinder-shaped lighthouse made from limestone was built in 1760 to make it possible for ships to find shelter from storms between Naissaar Island and Suurupi. The lighthouse is surrounded by a walled campus from the 1890s. The lighthouses and campuses are under state protection as cultural monuments and together, they show the way to the ports in Tallinn. The bottom Suurupi lighthouse is currently closed for visitors and can only be observed from the outside. The gable-roofed tetrahedral wooden lighthouse, shaped like the frustum of a pyramid, was completed in 1859. The lighthouse is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. For more information, location and gallery:

Arvo Pärt Center

The world famous Estonian composer Arvo Pärt Centre was founded in 2010, at the initiative of Arvo Pärt and his family, with the aim to create opportunities for preserving and studying the composer’s creative heritage in his home country and native environment. The centre is located in Laulasmaa, 35 kilometres from the capital, on the scenic peninsula, near the sea, on the edge of a pine forest. The centre house is named Aliina – a name that stands as a symbol of Pärt’s music, and in the context means new beginnings. Piano piece “For Aliina” marked the start of the unique tintinnabuli style in music. For more information, location and gallery: