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Lahemaa National Park
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Vihula
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

This is a huge national park that contains small towns, numerous war memorials/sites museums, wildlife and plenty of sea shore. Plan on spending plenty of time here to do justice to see all the various sites. We spent one day and used Google Maps to guide us and drove from Tallin all around the outline of the park. Could easily have spent more time there to enjoy and explore.

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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

This was an unexpected gem only 90 minutes from Estonia's capital city. With plenty of places to stay, appealing to all budgets and tastes, it's perfect for hiking, history and relaxation. The national park has quaint villages, coast lines and trails to follow. You can even climb to the top of Estonia's third biggest stone, see an old submarine base and visit an abandoned Soviet village. Such an interesting place. Accessible by bus from the city centre it's super easy to get to.

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Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

A 9 hour long journey at a comfortable pace , giving us an insight into the Estonian history and the marvels of nature in the country. The walk through the swamplands was both informative and enjoyable . The vantage point in the bog gives a marvelous view of the marshlands.

The manor houses in the national park are well preserved. We learnt about the life of the Estonian people that was interesting to even our 4 year old.

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Reviewed 25 July 2017

This fairly large nature park includes large areas that are in fact inhabited and used for various types of commercial or recreational activities.
This spoils the feeling of nature even though the sea shore itself is attractive.

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Reviewed 21 July 2017

It would be a challenge to find nothing suitable in the Lahemaa National Park.

For a half-day trip, I would recommend Kasmu & Viru Bog. We took the Kasmu first, as we live by the coast ourselves and presumed if would make less of an impression than the Viru Bog - so we saved the best for last. Both locations are in fact nature trails, 4 & 3,5 kilometer-long respectively. That might be misleading however, since the Kasmu Nature Trail forms a loop, while one has to find his/hers way back in the other case. But we'll get to that.

Kasmu is very easy to reach - just type in the name and drive till the road ends. Should there be no parking spots left, you can park a hundred or so meters back or by the church - it doesn't really matter, you will probably be making full circle anyway. If you are in a hurry, you can settle for the seaside with impressive stones - just make sure you come no earlier than mid-July (some areas are restricted before). After anjoying the seaside, the second part of the loop takes you through the forest - the stones are there as well, with a variety of mosses. This part is rather wild, so a trolley is out of the question.

The Viru Bog is quite different - it is an extensive swamp. You can reach this area close to Kemba from the north (Jõelähtme-Kemba) or from the west (Liiapeksi-Loksa). Most people seem to choose the latter, reach the Viru Bog after a few-hundred-meters walk, go directly to the observation tower, and... go back. It has one upside - you can use the trolley. The best part is further north though, and when you complete the trail you have to go all the way back through the forest and do a substantial detour to reach the parking place. If I did it again, I would choose approach from the north, go to the tower through the swamps (enjoying the best part) and then turn 180 degrees and go back same way again, not bothering the "civilized" part (as it is the least interesting).

Should you consider a full-day trip, Palmse Manor as well as Altja fishing village are both viable options.

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