What to do and see in Vihula, Estonia: The Best Places and Tips

July 15, 2017 Esmeralda Fenner

Vihula in Estonia, from Europe region, is best know for National Parks. Discover best things to do in Vihula with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Vihula

1. Lahemaa National Park

Viitna | Laane-Virumaa, Vihula 2128, Estonia +372 329 5555
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4.5 based on 138 reviews

Lahemaa National Park

Reviewed By Jellybellydancer - Burscough, United Kingdom

Lahemaa is Estonia's largest national park and includes coastline, forest, peat bogs and large Ice Age boulders. An hour away by car, it makes a perfect day trip from Tallinn, although you easily spend much longer exploring.
We started our visit at the national park visitor centre at Palmse Manor. Although small, the staff were friendly and knowledgeable and small maps were available to buy with all the main sights clearly marked. There were interesting displays about the area, but most of the descriptions were only in Estonian so we did't stay long.
The manor looked very impressive from the outside, but we'd been advised that it took a few hours to explore, time we unfortunately didn't have, so we admired it from afar and carried on.
Our next stop was Kasmu, on the coast. We drove to the end of the road, parked up and joined the start of the Kasmu Nature and Culture Trail. It was clearly signposted with plenty of information about the area. We were particularly interested in the erratic boulders which are randomly scattered everywhere.
We had a very tasty lunch at a little cafe that was signposted from the main road in Kasmu before continuing to Tammispea to see an even bigger boulder that's hidden in the forest there. At nearly 8m high, it is very impressive.
As we headed back towards Tallinn on E20, we took a slight detour to follow the Viru Bog Nature Trail, a boardwalk across the peat bog. A nice gentle walk that passed a viewing platform; well worth climbing up for a fantastic view of the area.
Our final stop was Jagala waterfall, not strictly in Lahemaa, but at 8m tall, well worth a visit.
There was so much more that we could have done, but it was lovely to get out of the city and explore some of Estonia's natural charms.

2. O-korts

Joe 3A, Vosu 45501, Estonia
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4 based on 16 reviews

O-korts

Reviewed By John N

We stayed for seven days in Võsu. During this period we often visited this restaurant.
The people that work there were very friendly and spoke enough English for good communication.
The menu (also in english) has lots of good and tasty dishes to offer including good beers and white/red house wines.
They have an exellent cook who can grill meat & fish aswell as prepare tasty salads and pasta's.
My favorite was the grilled salmon with french fries. The ice with fresh fruit as favo desert...
There's plenty of parking space in front of the restaurant that also has a sunny Terrace.
When we visit Võsu again we know where to eat. ;-)

3. Rakvere Castle

Vallimagi, Rakvere 44307, Estonia +372 5333 8160
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4.5 based on 258 reviews

Rakvere Castle

Medieval adventure! If you come to visit us you will arrive to the 16th century! We have a thematic park where children and grownups can enjoy the day, wear knight and warrior clothes, play games and study the life of medieval people. One of the main reasons to come and visit Rakvere Castle are the Chambers. Torture Chamber, Chamber of Death and HELL. Worth of visit is also Red Lights street, Medieval Brothel, Barber shop and Alchemic room. Quests are welcoming also different animals and the gloriest of them al is a Donkey called Mickens!

Reviewed By Jaana J

Was surprised to see a lot of effort put in the area: a medieval fair with people dressed up as medieval people and you were allowed to climb and go almost everywhere. However, the minus comes from listening all of the explanations (e.g. torture chamber) in Estonian but not even available in English - which is weird since the entrance fee is relatively high for locals. Our Finnish skills helped us to say on board with the info but I can only imagine what the other nationalities were getting out of it.

4. Palmse Manor and Open-Air Museum

Palmse kula, Vihula 45435, Estonia +372 324 0070
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4.5 based on 76 reviews

Palmse Manor and Open-Air Museum

Palmse Manor is one of the grandest baroque mansions in Estonia. The mansion and open-air museum were the first fully restored manor complex in the country. They are surrounded by the beautiful natural environment of Lahemaa National Park and provide an overview of Estonian manor life and architecture throughout the ages. The open-air museum boasts parks, Gardens and historical buildings and features Exhibitions, workshops, a training centre, a Palm House, a wine cellar, a romantic café and a tavern serving national dishes. Did you know...? - You can take part in different events at the manor that are designed for children, history enthusiasts, adventurers and romantics- The manor is a popular venue for Exhibitions, plays and Concerts and the perfect location for training events, conferences, weddings and receptions

Reviewed By princesspentium - Bridgwater, United Kingdom

Visited Palmse as part of our Baltic capitols tour. We were lucky the weather was fine and we were able to explore the beautiful grounds.
The interior the house is a delight. Especially for myself, being able to be photographed in a crinoline dress and bonnet!

5. Aqva Hotel & Spa Water Park and Sauna Complex

Parkali 4, Rakvere 44308, Estonia +372 326 0010
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4.5 based on 90 reviews

Aqva Hotel & Spa Water Park and Sauna Complex

Aqva Hotel & Spa's water park and sauna complex is situated in the heart of Rakvere. It boasts a 25-metre pool with 6 lanes and a host of attractions – a wave pool, a counter-current swimming lane, a fun pool with massage features, an outdoor pool open all year round and the Black Hole waterslide with special lighting effects. There are also pools for children and babies. A wide selection of refreshing beverages and cocktails is served at the water park's bar. The sauna complex features steam saunas, aromatic steam saunas, a salt sauna, a sanarium, a steam salt sauna and an infrared sauna. There is also a cold water pool, contrast foot baths, a warm relaxation bench and jacuzzis.

Reviewed By Vladimir Š

Great location in the middle of the town, most of other attractions are in the walking range. Very friendly staff. Definite highlight was a "banya" ritual experience in the sauna complex.

6. Vihula Manor

Vihula Kula, Vihula, Estonia +372 326 4100
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

Vihula Manor

The first written record of Vihula manor in Lahemaa National Park dates back to 1501. At the time it belonged to the Danish baron Hans von Lode. The manor was damaged by fire during the Great Northern War, after which it was purchased by the Wekebros, who bequeathed it to their daughter's family, the von Helffreichs. In 1810 it was purchased in turn by Alexander von Schubert. The manor you see today at Vihula was built during the era of the von Schuberts, between 1820 and 1880. It has since been fully restored and renovated, and now houses a fine restaurant and luxury spa hotel. It hosts Concerts, conferences, weddings and other receptions.Did you know...?- Visitors are welcome to wander the grounds and admire the views of the manor

Reviewed By Richard G - Boston, United Kingdom

We stopped here for lunch after a really gruelling morning. The lunch was a set menu but very pleasant. Alternatives were cheerfully produced for one woman with allergy problems. Drinks were available at uninflated prices, which was a nice surprise. Highly recommended.

7. Kasmu Sea Museum

Merekooli 4, Vihula 45601, Estonia +372 323 8136
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Kasmu Sea Museum

Kasmu Sea Museum is situated in Laane-Virumaa beautiful captains' village Kasmu. Museum is located starting from 1993 in border guard station building of tsar times and presents the history of legendary Kasmu captains' village. Exhibits reflect all the areas connected to the sea - seagoing, fishing, smuggling trade and also the sea as a part of nature and the object for photography and visual arts.Interesting to know:- We organize museum days for children on two subjects: captains' village and viking time- Sea day, Concerts and Exhibitions take place- By request you can celebrate in museum your special occasions

Reviewed By Satu56 - Tampere, Finland

This little sea museum is kept By a retired sea captain. He has collected all kinds of old things that have something to do with sea. Two beautiful and friendly Irish Setters welcome visitors. In the yard sometimes also summer theatre or orher fun.

8. Kasmu Nature and Cultural History Trail

Laane tee 7, Vihula 45601, Estonia +372 329 5555
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Kasmu Nature and Cultural History Trail

Kasmu nature trail looks at the development of the Kasmu peninsula and Estonia’s biggest natural accumulation of rocks. The trail begins in the car park next to the chapel and is 4.2 km long. The trail is well marked with signs, and the trees along the trail have white stripes painted on their trunks.Kasmu is one of the country’s most beautiful seaside villages, and the local museum provides an excellent overview of its maritime history.

Reviewed By SariLindqv

Wonderful nature relatively near to Tallinn. Suitable for long walks and birdwatching. There are also lots of beautiful Beaches. Not too much services at present. Take your own pocketlunch and drinkingwater along.

9. Altja

Altja kula, Vihula, Estonia
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4 based on 28 reviews

Altja

Altja was first mentioned in written records in 1465 and is a typical seaside village, with all of its houses stretching along one street. The Uustalu and Toomarahva farms at Altja are typical coastal farms and have been restored by Lahemaa National Park. On the point at Altja you can see the fishing net sheds which were reconstructed on the basis of old photographs and the memories of the villagers. The village also has its own swing and tavern, where you can try local dishes.

Reviewed By John L - Grand Bend, Canada

Altja is a small fishing village hugging the coastline in the eastern portion of Lahemaa Park. The village includes abandoned fishermen's huts, fishing sheds, old boats and timber houses with thatched roofs.Be sure to include a visit to this picturesque little village on a day trip ito the National Park.

10. Toolse Order Castle

Toolse kula, Vihula, Estonia +372 322 5500
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Toolse Order Castle

The Order castle of Toolse is one of the more recent medieval Castles on the northern coast of Estonia, it is also the castle located closest to the sea. The initial fortified manor house was probably erected by the order in the 14th century with the purpose of protecting the port, trade location and routes. During the Livonian war the castle passed on through many hands and finally ended up in the possession of Swedish troops. It was entirely destroyed in the Northern war in the beginning of the 18th century.Today inside the ruins:· Excursions are offered providing insight into history· An exciting adventure path was created· A pirate ship· Treasure quests and games of skill are organised on advance notice

Reviewed By Derettens - Tartu, Estonia

Only if you have an interest in the Teutonic Knights and their Order Fortresses, enjoy atmospheric ruins, and are in the locality and it is NOT raining, Toolse is worth seeing. The car park is free of charge, the Castle is a ruin and the Visitor's information board is almost totally non-existent. But with a little imagination it is possible to see why the Order built this Castle, here.

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