10 Things to Do in Kuusalu That You Shouldn't Miss

April 6, 2018 Kelli Reichel

Kuusalu is a small borough (Estonian: alevik) in Harju County, northern Estonia. It is the administrative centre of Kuusalu Parish. Kuusalu has a population of 1,220 (as of 1 January 2010).
Restaurants in Kuusalu

1. Viru Bog Trail

Kolga alevik, Kuusalu, Estonia +372 329 5555
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Viru Bog Trail

Viru Bog trail is 1 km off the Tallinn-Narva highway (E20) on the road leading to Loksa. The 3.5 km trail starts at the car park on the Loksa road and ends at the car park on the Kemba road. The shortest walk along the trail (ca 1 km) is from the Loksa road car park to the viewing tower and back again. The bog is a perfect example of this typical Estonian land formation and its flora.

Reviewed By lojlomax - Mount Forest, Canada

This was a great outing in the Estonian country side. On one side, the pathway was wide and beautiful....on the other side much narrower but still very well done with periodic laybys for easy passing. An extremely quiet environment....even most visitors spoke quietly. Not much wildlife to be seen, aside from a few ducks.
One still grimaced at thoughtless smokers dropping their butts into the bog ! Ugh.

2. Estonian Golf & Country Club

Manniva, Manniva, Estonia +372 602 5291
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Estonian Golf & Country Club

Estonian Golf & Country Club Opened in 2005, the Estonian Golf & Country Club is the finest golf resort in Estonia, and one of only eight European PGA Tour Courses in Europe. Golf World elected The Sea Course into European Top 100 courses in 2011.

Reviewed By nota1timetraveller - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Just about 30 minutes away from Tallinn on the route towards Narva you will find this beautiful golf course with an award winning club house. The staff is very friendly, answer every question and help in every possible way.
At the moment they have a beautiful and challenging 18 hole golf course which takes you down to the sea and an other 9 holes (which they will be expanding to a full 18 holes).
For golfers a trip to Estonia has become more attractive. For non golfers a visit here to have lunch on the Terrace of the club house is a nice excursion to the country side.

3. Hara Submarine Base

Hara, Lahemaa National Park, Estonia
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Hara Submarine Base

Reviewed By Jessisaw

At the base, you can walk all along the pier right out to sea. Now decorated with graffiti, as you walk along you can imagine what life would have been like for the military personnel working out of this base. Especially in freezing winter. It really was interesting, if a little creepy. If you're in the area, do make a trip to visit the site.

4. Viinistu Art Museum

Viinistu Kula, Kuusalu 74701, Estonia +372 608 6422
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Viinistu Art Museum

In the little coastal village Viinistu you can visit Art Museum founded in an old cold store of fish. Viinistu Art Museum displays works of hundreds of Estonian artists throughout times. The owner of the art collection is Jaan Manitski. Exhibitions alternating each month in galleries converted from water tanks attract people. Concerts of different performers are also organised in the museum.

Reviewed By Inga K - Tashkent, Uzbekistan

If you are interested in Estonian art, this museum adds a lot. However, you need to be already a bit at home in what Estonian art really is, and who are the main artists to enjoy it in full (as it is a bit eclectic).

5. Kiiu Vassal Stronghold

Kiiu alevik, Kuusalu, Estonia +372 520 8079
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Kiiu Vassal Stronghold

It is located in Kiiu Manor Park. The central building in the mediaeval Kiiu Manor – the tower – was probably completed in the first quarter of the 16th century. It may be presumed that the construction work that was started during the time of Baron Fabian von Tiesenhausen who was the host of Kiiu for more than fifty years (1517–1566) was performed with the help of Kolga lay brothers before the liquidation of the local landed property in 1519 that used to belong to the Gotland Roma monastery. Thus the folk story does not call Kiiu a monk tower without purpose. The defensive structure that resembles the body of a windmill at a distance and which was brought to ruins in the interim years was restored under the leadership of art historian Villem Raam in 1974.

Reviewed By CopperTeaPot - Russia

It is not so easy to find this tower. It located about 500 meters from road, and there are no any information sign about it. But for normal tourists it is regrettable to miss it.
Nowadays this tiny castle is managed by two elderly ladies. They are very friendly, told us a history of this castle. We went upstairs, observing all rooms. The upper floor is turned into Rapunzel room – very nice! The wooden gallery around the tower on the 3rd floor is fantastic – it was penetrated by bindweeds or other plants and looked like in real fairy tale!
Finally we drank tasty coffee with pies sitting at a table in front of the tower.

6. Purekkari Cape

Parispea kula, Kuusalu, Estonia
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Purekkari Cape

Purekkari Cape is the northernmost place of Mainland Estonia. The cape is 1.5 km long, covered with rocks and boulders and located on the Parispea Peninsula in Lahemaa National park. There's a small island at the end of the cape, which can be reached only when the water level is low. Thorny Japanese rose bushes catch the eye during blooming and when the roses bear fruit in the autumn; then you can also see many migratory birds. Old military establishments and the RMK camping site are near the cape. The road to the parking ground is narrow and not accessible with a big bus.

Reviewed By Blumit

Purekkari cape is located on the Lahemaa national parks territory. Due to its location and wind conditions it's loved by windsurfers.
The whole area is beautiful and peaceful. Ideal place to relax, make a bbq, perhaps even stay overnight in tent. It's all free of charge!
Nearest groceries shop is in Loksa, that's roughly 15 mins away from the cape.

7. St. Lawrence Church

Kuusalu tee 23, Kuusalu 74601, Estonia +372 607 2205
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St. Lawrence Church

Kuusalu Church which is dedicated to protodeacon martyr St. Lawrence is considered to be one of the oldest stone churches in Northern Europe. It could have been the Gotlandish Cistercian monks of the priory of a Roma monastery locating in Kolga who started to build a house of God on the boundaries of their landed property in Kuusalu most probably at the end of the 13th century and according to their own custom next to holy Springs, not on a crest of a hill, but in a hollow. In addition to the pulpit, altar and tower clock the older art heritage in St. Lawrence Church in Kuusalu also includes a chandelier, candle holders and an embossed brass bracket from the 17th century and Eucharistic vessels made of tin.

Reviewed By Ig0r2014 - St. Petersburg, Russia

Храм носит имя архидиакона Святого Лаврентия. Является главной достопримечательностью и архитектурной доминантой небольшого городка Kuusalu. Прямоугольная церковь, судя по истории, построена в в первой половине XIII века (прим. 1220г.) и считается одной из старейших каменных церквей не только в Эстонии, но и в Северной Европе. К её созданию возможно имели отношение монахи-цистерианцы из монастыря в Kolga. Храм сильно пострадал во время Ливонской и Северной войн, а во время последней были сняты и увезены церковные колокола. Новая храмовая башня-колокольня в стиле барокко была возведена в 1760г., a наиболее полное изменение произошло в 1890 г. Сейчас вокруг храма довольна большая ухоженная территория за невысоким каменным забором с часовней и небольшим прудом с фонтаном.

8. Turjekeldri Waterfall

Kuusalu vald, Kuusalu, Estonia
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Turjekeldri Waterfall

Turjekeldri Waterfall is the fourth highest waterfall in Lahemaa: water falls down a four-metre sandstone bank of the Pakerort stage. The waterfall is exceptional as it is one of the few Waterfalls falling down from sandstone; our Waterfalls mostly fall down from a limestone escarpment.The waterfall receives its water from the stream originating from the plateau of Tsitre klint island. The waterfall is approx. 5 metres in height. There are also smaller escarpments (0.2–0.5 m) located upstream the river from the highest escarpment.Just under the waterfall there is Turjekeldri Cave.

Reviewed By Vivita N - Jurmala, Latvia

Scenic and unusual waterfall (4m high) that falls from a sandstone cliff. Underneath the waterfall is a shallow cave where in April there still was a large ice block. This was a totally different looking waterfall (because of the cave and sandstone cliff) than all the other Waterfalls (which are on limestone) that we visited that day in nearby surroundings. Maybe in summer there is no water. There were no direction signs, but we followed our Waze navigator and found it just fine. It was a short hike to the waterfall along farmland with grazing sheep.

9. St. Lawrence’s Stone

Kuusalu alevik, Kuusalu, Estonia
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In Kuusalu, just by Peterburi Road there lies a huge stone – St. Lawrence’s Stone or Path Stone. It is an ancient cult stone, but probably it also marked the border between Kuusalu Church and Kolga monastery. On the church side of the stone today you can see the image of the burning grate or the fire tongs and a cross cut into the stone as a symbol of St. Lawrence – according to a legend the martyr was tortured to death on a burning grate. On the Kolga side of the stone you can see the emblem of the monastery (two crossed abbot’s crosiers) cut into the stone. Interesting to know:- St. Lawrence was one of the most popular patron saints among old people

Reviewed By Мария Б

Жили рядом в Виинисту, поэтому решили заехать на него посмотреть. Если честно ничего особенного, поэтому кончено же надо знать его историю и чем он так знаменателен. А вообще - камень как камень, поросший мхом.

10. Majakivi-Pikanomme Trail

Virve kula, Kuusalu, Estonia +372 329 5555
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Majakivi-Pikanomme Trail

The 7 km long trail is located at the western edge of Lahemaa National Park in the middle part of Juminda Peninsula, in Juminda-Suurekorve special management zone. The trail starts in the car park just by Hara-Juminda Road running on the eastern side of the peninsula. 2 km of the total length of the eight-shaped trail forms boardwalk. The study trail has been marked with white and green signs on trees, there are 3 large and 9 small information boards on the trail.The trail passes the high middle part of Juminda Peninsula, where the intertwinement of former beach ridges and sand dunes, forest and marsh strips creates a unique and varied landscape. There is the third largest boulder in Estonia – Majakivi (House Stone) located on the trail.

Reviewed By Piia E - Tallinn, Estonia

There has a really nice trail what will lead you inside the forest. And there you can find the home size big stone at the middle of forest. There has even leder, that you could climb to the stone roof and look the surroundings. It's surprizes and it is really nice experience. I loved this! Unfortunatelly the trail wasn't in good condition, but it didn't spoile the journey to this stone. This road is ok.

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