City of Saue (Harju County)

The city of Saue is included to the county Harju County and to the canton Saue linn

Presentation of the destination

A recreational destination near the capital

Saue is a small city that is located in the county of Harju, in the northwest of Estonia, only 18 kilometers from the capital of the country, Tallinn. Because of this proximity, Saue has become a place frequented by many residents of Tallinn who want to be in contact with nature, but close to the big city. But it is also drawn as an important tourist destination, since in its vicinity there are many interesting places to discover. Saue was born as a recreational city in the shadow of Hacienda Saue, a large property founded in 1792. As for the resident population, the city has 5,096 inhabitants, according to data collected in 2007.

Points of interests / things to see

La Hacienda Saue, a mansion surrounded by beautiful gardens

Among all the places that can be visited near the city of Saue, the Hacienda Saue stands out, which has its origins around the sixteenth century. His interest resides, among other things, in his architecture, since the building is one of the clearest examples of the characteristic classic architectural style of this area of ​​Estonia. The property was acquired by Friedrich von Fersen in the year 1774, at a time of great economic splendor. It was he who commissioned the architect Johann Schultz the project to build the mansion in which each room is decorated with its own and different spirit, with spectacular stuccos of different colors and elements of Baroque and Rococo style. The beautiful old tiled stoves are surprising, present in many rooms of the house, which has about 900 square meters. They also highlight the work of carpentry, of great beauty, especially the main doors. The wonderful gardens that surround the house, with English reminiscences, were created at the end of the 18th century. In the Manor Park, of about 15 hectares of extension, it has been tried to reflect a natural landscape in which the trees and the prairies abound, as well as the sculptures of mythological subject or the kiosks and greenhouses. More information on tel. 372 553 51 25 or at

The Harju County Museum

It is one of the most interesting cultural visits of Saue. A very special museum that is housed in the Keila Mansion since 1988. This impressive master house was built in the 19th century by order of its owner Carl Reinhold von Koskulli. With the passage of time, various buildings were built, such as the one that houses the museum today. There was also a printing press on the property, a distillery, and between 1929 and 1934, and between 1938 and 1947, an agricultural school. In the last decades of the twentieth century, specifically in 1988, the Keila mansion has hosted the Harju County Museum. Its last owner, Arne Kalm, donated the building to the state of Estonia in 1995. Currently in the museum there is a permanent exhibition on life in the Harju region. This exhibition was inaugurated in 2005 and tries to show visitors how life was and is in Harju from ancient times until the end of the 20th century. All aspects of society are analyzed, from economic, labor, religious activities, etc. The background of the museum includes numerous printed documents, photographs and various objects that help us to know the life in the area. Hours: from October to April, from 11:00 to 16:00 h. From May to September, Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tel .: 678 16 68. E-mail: Price: general admission, 2 â,¬. Children under 8, free.

The Old Town of Tallinn, a World Heritage Site

Despite not being in the city of Saue, but in nearby Tallinn, only 18 km away. of the first, it is worth mentioning this wonderful old town that is a real gem, and one of the most interesting things you can see when you are visiting Saue. The historic center of Tallinn is so beautiful and relevant from an artistic and architectural point of view that it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. And with all reason, since it is one of the best medieval cities preserved throughout Europe. It is composed of the Old City (or Vanalinn) and the highest part, called Toompea. It is worth visiting both areas and walking quietly through its streets, delaying to contemplate the old buildings that make them, most built from the thirteenth century until the fifteenth. Despite the antiquity, they remain in an optimal state of conservation. It is not only houses, but also workshops, barns and warehouses that today make up one of the most beautiful corners of the city.

The Estonian Museum of Art

A cultural visit to Saue and its surroundings would not be complete if we did not get to know the Estonian Museum of Art, located in Tallinn. It is one of the most important art centers in the country, as it houses a very important collection of works of art, without a doubt, the best in all of Estonia. There we can contemplate the works of the best Estonian painters and sculptors. The collection covers works from the 18th century to the present. It is advisable to reserve enough time to see this museum, since it has five offices in Tallinn, among which the KUMU Art Museum stands out, which was inaugurated in 2006. However, to get an idea of ​​the magnificence of this artistic collection, it is not You have to miss the other four venues of the museum: the Niguliste Museum, the Kadriorg Palace, the Adamson-Eric Museum and, finally, the Kristjan Raud Museum. To visit it during the months of April to September you have to go from Tuesday to Sunday (Mondays are closed), from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesdays remain open until 8:00 p.m. From October to March it closes also on Tuesdays. More information at: +37 2602 6000, and at

The estate and the castle of Laitse Manor

This manor house that is located in the vicinity of Saue had its origins around the year 1630. It is a castle of medieval aesthetics that had many owners, most of which were families of the German nobility . It is believed that it was built in the early 1890s by Woldemar von Uexküll and is one of the most representative constructions of the neo-Gothic style, quite typical in this area of ​​Estonia at the end of the 19th century. One of the things that surprised the visit to the Laitse castle is the good state of conservation in which it is located. A curiosity: during the period of Soviet occupation of the area, an auxiliary building of the mansion hosted the radio station Laitse. At present the castle is a private property that is open to the public and that can be visited upon payment of a medical entry. It also houses a cozy restaurant and a small hotel with 16 rooms, equipped with conference rooms and spaces for the celebration of events of various kinds. In fact, it is a place where the celebrations of numerous weddings take place. In 2013, the Chapel of the White Castle was also inaugurated. Hours: every day, from 12:00 to 22:00 h. Tel .: (+372) 671 7555. Web: E-mail:

The National Park Lahemaa

It is 69 kilometers from Saue and is one of the many natural parks that Estonia has, whose natural environment is quite impressive. Therefore, spend time to know the wonders that nature gave to this country is a good alternative leisure. The Lahemaa National Park was created in 1971 with the objective of preserving the natural resources that this region possesses. Today is the perfect destination to spend a very special field day. In addition to spectacular and lush forests, we can discover high cliffs at the edge of the sea of ​​great beauty.

The beautiful coastline of Haapsalu

In the west of Estonia, the city of Haapsalu is located 84 km away. of Saue. It is configured as an interesting alternative to schedule an excursion, since it is a famous place due to the healing properties of its marine waters. In fact, it was an important spa town during the 19th century, the perfect destination for a holiday of rest and relaxation. It is worth visiting the coastline of Haapsalu, a coastline of about 14 kilometers and hiding corners of great beauty. Like the Africa beach where there is an ornithological nature reserve where more than 600 species of birds meet during the spring season. It is also worth visiting the Haapsalu Castle, a fortress whose origins date back to the thirteenth century, although the current castle is from the mid-seventeenth century.

The Mahtra Nature Reserve

Part of Harju County is occupied by the Mahtra Nature Reserve, an area whose total extension is 7,569 hectares. It is relatively close to Saue and is one of Estonia's natural treasures. It was created in 2007, grouping several areas that already enjoyed some protection because they are areas of natural relevance, such as the Atla Reserve or Lake Järlepa. The Nature Reserve was founded with the aim of preserving the biodiversity prevailing in the area and the original aspect of such an impressive landscape. The reserve includes the marsh Mahtra, a sheet of water 4 kilometers in diameter of great beauty.

The Sooma National Park

Another of the natural wonders of this part of the country is the Sooma National Park, a land plagued by marshes and seaweed that exhibits a peculiar and truly surprising environment. So much so that the area is very frequented by visitors and tourists, who come in large numbers every year to enjoy this swampy and special landscape. It is located 158 km. of Saue. To move around the national park it is necessary to move by boat on the land, especially during the rainy season. However, that is when the place reaches its highest levels of beauty. Lovers of wildlife and animals will find Sooma paradise, since there reside many animal species that can not be found so easily in other ecosystems.

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Surrounding towns

  • Peetri ~17 km
  • Saue ~0 km
  • Laagri ~5 km
  • Tänassilma ~4 km
  • Tabasalu ~12 km
  • Aespa ~13 km
  • Rae ~18 km
  • Harku ~7 km
  • Ääsmäe ~10 km
  • Kohila ~20 km

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Transfers by train or bus

- By road: most tourists and visitors who come to Saue by car do so from the capital, Tallin, which is 18 km away. from the city. Then it is more than likely that they will arrive driving on the road that connects Tallin with Pärnu, which goes through Saue.  - By airplane: the closest airport to Saue is the one in Tallinn, also called Ülemiste Airport, with connections to practically all of the countries in Europe. Once there, you would have to travel to Tallinn by bus or taxi, and then transfer by train or bus to Saue.   - By bus: this is one of the most used means of transport in the area and, in general, throughout the country. Saue is connected by bus to the cities of Tallinn and Keila.  - By train: the city of Saue has a train station on the line between Tallinn and Keila. Actually, it's the Tallinn-Riisipere / Paldiski line.

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