Lahemaa National Park

First mentioned in 1465, this fishing village has many restored or reconstructed traditional buildings, including fishing sheds on the rocky point and an ancient-looking tavern (actually built in 1976). Altja’s Swing Hill (Kiitemägi), complete with a traditional Estonian wooden swing, has long been the focus of Midsummer’s Eve festivities, while the 3km circular Altja Nature & Culture Trail starts at Swing Hill and takes in net sheds, fishing cottages and the stone field known as the ‘open-air museum of stones’.

There are some good beaches between Altja and Mustoja, to the east. A scenic hiking and biking route runs east along the old road from Altja to Vainupea.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Lahemaa National Park attractions

1. Oandu Nature Centre

1.33 MILES

Housed in a 19th-century forestry office, with displays on Lahemaa's flora and fauna, outdoor exhibits including a plant trail, hay barn and ice-cellar…

2. Sagadi Manor & Forest Museum

3.33 MILES

Completed in 1753, this pretty pink-and-white baroque mansion is surrounded by glorious gardens (which are free to visit), encompassing a lake, numerous…

3. Käsmu Sea Museum

6.82 MILES

The former Soviet border-guard barracks at Käsmu now shelters this eclectic museum, displaying artefacts relating to sailing, fishing, smuggling and other…

4. Käsmu

6.85 MILES

Known as the 'Captains’ Village', from 1884 to 1931 tiny Käsmu was home to a marine school that churned out ship captains. At one stage it was said that…

5. Palmse Manor

7.31 MILES

Fully restored Palmse Manor is the showpiece historic building of Lahemaa National Park, housing the visitor centre in its former stables. The pretty…

6. Tammispea Boulder

10.47 MILES

Split into several pieces over millennia, this gigantic 7.8m-high erratic boulder, hidden within a lovely stand of forest, is still an impressive sight…

7. Viinistu Art Museum

13.26 MILES

It's extraordinary that an obscure, remote village near the top of the Pärispea peninsula should be home to one of the country's best galleries, yet…