Presentation of the destination
Tapa is a city in Laani-Viru county, Estonia. It is situated at the intersection of Tallin-Narva (west–east) and Tallinn–Tartu–Valga (north–south) railway lines. The city has been an important centre of transit for rail passengers and freight such as Russian oil and timber. The city has a total area of 17.32 km2 (6.69 sq mi) and a population of more than 6,551 inhabitants. The city played a major role in the Estonian Defence Forces. Since 1930's, it has been a home to soldiers, training young men and woman for military purposes. It was only a small village in the 13th century and eventually became a city in 1926. Tapa city combined with the municipalities of Lehtse Parish, Saksi Parish, and Janeda Parish, creating Tapa Parish in the year 2005. The currency circulated in Tapa is Kroon (EEK). The city of Tapa is one of the best places to visit in the country.
Points of interests / things to see
Lahemaa National Park is the oldest park in the country. The park, situated in Vihula vald, Lääne-Virumaa around 30 kilometers north of the city centre, was founded in 1971. Sprawling across 725 km2 (280 sq mi), it is one of the biggest parks in Europe. The Lahemaa National Park was established to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Northern Estonia and its natural environment. The Lahemaa which means “Land of Bays” was named after Kolga, Hara, Eru and Käsmu, the four bodies of water between its peninsulas. The Park, rich in flora and fauna, had been the country's top tourist attraction. It features wonderful landscapes, scenic bogs, pine forests nd rivers. You will also enjoy the sandy seashores and the magnificent 7,000-year-old Laukasoo Reserve. It boast many geological and architectural monuments that represents the history of the erea. The Korvemaa areas, located in the north of the park are beautifully covered with mires and well preserve forests. It is a home to some endangered animals such as moose, boars, brown bears, lynxes, foxes and many more. You can also explore beaver trails and learn about the life of the charming water creatures. A variety of birds such as the Ural Owl (Strix uralensis), and Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) will also make your visit more entertaining. Address: Palmse küla, Vihula vald, Lääne-Viru maakon Contact Number: +372) 329 5555
Korvemaa Nature Reserve, located around 40 kilometres from the city centre, is one of the most visited spots in Estonia. A panoramic view towards the stunning hills, forest, lakes, rivers, and lovely wild bogs will simply astound you. Its unique landscape and pleasant environment is perfect for picnic, hiking, camping and simply relaxing. The reseve is home to many rare species of animals, plants and flowers. Around 23 species of orchids can be seen here. It is also a nesting place for birds such as the golden eagle, lesser spotted eagle, black stark and many more. Visitors can climb up the top of the 351 feet (107 meters) high Valgemägi hill (White Mountain). The Simisalu watch tower is located on the summit of this legendary hill. It is the best spot to enjoy the 360 view towards the reserve. There are also a couple of water reservoirs, the Soodla and the Paunküla where you can explore. These reservoirs offer breathtaking scenery, perfect for picture taking. You can even enjoy picking a variety of wild mushrooms such as chanterelles, ceps, milk mushrooms and porcinis. The Korvemaa Nature Reserve features “easier” tracks for beginners. Visitors can also rent a canoe or a kayak and have an amazing adventure. The Reserve is absolutely the best place to visit if you want to be alone with nature.
Palmse Manor, a magnificent baroque mansion, is situated in Vihula vald, Lääne-Virumaa, around 25 minutes drive from Tapa. In the middle ages, the Palmse estate was owned by the convent of St. Michael. It was known as the manorial estate in 1510. The Palmse estate was occupied by the family of the Baltic German von der Pahlen from 1697 until the Estonian declaration of independence in 1919. In 1697, Gustav Christian von der Pahlen commisioned architect Jacob Staël von Holstein to build his mansion on the Palmse estate. During the Great Northern War in the 18th century, the housed was burnt down and was devastated. It was then rebuilt by architect Arend Dietrich von der Pahlen in 1730. Another restoration and renovation took place in 1782-1785, by a renowned architect Johann Caspar Mohr. Today, this old manor housed has been a major attraction in the country. Visitors can also explore the other well-preserved structures such as the old distillery, the greenhouse, and the barn and admire the stunning park with charming pavilions and a bath house. The Palmse Manor is located in the heart of the famous Laheema National Park, a must see park in Estonia. A visit to this historic manor is well worth your while.
The Janeda Manor is situated in the heart of Jäneda kula, around 25 kilometers from Tapa city centre. The Janeda estate was formerly owned by a number of aristocratic families in the 16th century. The manor building was constructed by Johan von Benckendorf in 1913-1915. The building was reconstructed and redesigned by architect Anton Lembit Soans in 1922. The tower features a planetarium created by the renowned composer Urmas Sisask. The famous Countess and eventually Baroness Moura (Maria Zakrevskaya Benckendorf) Budberg, owned the manor in 1900's. The manor has played a major role in the life of this famous Baroness who was also known as the “Mata Hari of Russia”. Today, this historic manor houses a museum and a conference room. The museum represent the 5000-year history of Janeda including it's last owners, the von Benckendorffs. The exhibition rooms are situated in the manor's main building. It showcases the history of the first agricultural school in the country. A range of activities can be enjoyed in this awesome masterpiece. Visitors can explore the other features of the manor such as the Urmas Sisask music observatory. You can also take a leisurely walk up the nearby Janeda hill or stroll along the charming coast of Lake Kalijarve. Its stunning scenery and pleasant environment is perfect for recreation. Address: Jäneda küla, Tapa vald, Lääne-Viru maakond Contact Number: (+372) 384 9770
The Kasmu Sea Museum is situated in Vihula parish in the county of Laane-Viru, around 40 minutes drive from Tapa. This outstanding museum is absolutely a must see while in Tapa. It was established in 1993 in the old guard station building. The museum houses a collecion that represents the history of Kasmu, known as the captain's village, The museum exhibits objects and artefacts relating to the history of fishing, smuggling, trade and even the sea itself. It also displays old items such as maps and artworks. The museum offers a pleasant environment and a perfect view towards the sea. The museum features a viewing platform which provides panoramic scenery that will surely captivate you. There are also activities designed for young visitors such as the “captains' village”, and “viking time” and the museum organizes concerts, exhibitions, and special occasions upon customers request. Outside the museum, you will see the Viking ship, an old boat built by the founder of the museum himself. Visitors can also enjoy boating on this Viking ship or simply have a leisurely walk along the charming coast of Kasmu. The museum is free of charge although heartily donations are welcome. A visit to the Kasmu Sea Museum is well worth your while.
Tapa Museum, housed in an old two-storey building built in 1934, was established on 10 June 1994. It is situated in the heart of the city. The municipality of Tapa purchased the old house, formerly owned by the Neguse Family. Tapa museum displays a valuable collection representing the history of the city. It exhibits objects and artifacts such as old photos and documents, showcasing the life and culture of the people in Tapa. The museum features items and exhibits, providing a general view of Tapa as a railway, a military, and a sausage town. The museum also offers special exhibits, celebrating the city's notable events and activities. Address: Tapa Lääne-Virumaa, 45106 Contact Number: 32 20060.
The "President's hiking trail" is located in the County Laane-Viru, around 30 minutes drive from the city centre. This 10 km-long forest trail begins in Aegviidu and passes through Nelijarve to Janeda. The trail is perfect for those who love outdoor recreation. It is offers fun and exciting activities like the famous “Presidents hike”. The former Presidents of the country Arnold Ruutel and Konstantin Pats participated in this wonderful hike very often. In fact, the “Presidents hike” was named after them. Konstantin Pats, the first President of the Republic of Estonia, also founded the Nelijarve tourism centre and Janeda Agricultural High School.
The charming Viitna nature studies trail, is located in Kadrina vald, 16 kilometers north of the city centre. It is the most stunning feature of the Viitna Nature Reserve. The 7 km long trail and is perfect for hiking and outdoor recreation. The Viitna Nature Trail starts in the small village of Viitna. Visitors will enjoy the panoramic views of the trees, flowers and plants along the path. The trail features a range of natural landscapes and lakes, providing a very relaxing sight. You will surely enjoy the pleasant temperature and the peaceful surroundings. The Viitna Nature Trail is something you should not miss while in Tapa.
The Church of St. Catherine, dating back from 15th century, is one of the oldest churches in the country. This historic church has played an important role in the history of Estonia. It was used as a stronghold during the 15th and 16th centuries. The triumphal arch, located in the church garden, holds a life-size figure of the wooden crucifix of christ. The church tower, built between 15th to 16th century is still visible today. Visitors will also enjoy the wall paintings, the 19th century built altar, the pulpit, and the antique organ. The Church of St. Catherine contains historic masterpieces that will surely astound you.
How to get there ?
The closest landing airport is the Tallin airport (Lennart Meri Tallinna lennujaam ), about 90 kilometres from the city. This Airport is open to both domestic and international flights. It is situated near the coast of Lake Ulemiste in Tallin, only an hour away from Tapa. For more information about the airport, please visit their official website at http://www.tallinn-airport.ee. Car rentals are also available around the airport with reasonable prices. From the airport, you can get to the city centre by bus. The bus operates every 60 minutes from 1-7:30 pm every day. You can also board the a train straight to tapa in Ulemiste train station, 800 metres from the airport. Tapa has an efficient transport system and getting around the city is very convenient. It is famous for its historic rail transport, connecting the city to other major destinations. There are also bus companies serving the city of Tapa. You can also tour around the city by a bicycle or by walking. Explore the city at your own pace and be rest assured that your visit will be enjoyable and unforgettable. Tapa provides its visitors with many incredible sights and a range of land and water recreational activities. It is one of the best place to visit in Estonia.
Hotels in Tapa (Lääne-Viru County)
Tapa Guest Apartment
45109 - Tapa
Indicative price : 45 EUR - 55 EUR
45106 - Tapa
Indicative price : 40 EUR - 40 EUR
Kalda Arendus OÜ
45105 - Tapa