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Bicycle tour on the southern shore of Matsalu

1. Ridala Church 2. RMK Haeska birdwatching tower and recreation area 3. Rannajõe Observation Platform 4. Kasari River and historic bridge 5. Kirbla Church 6. Ruins of Lihula Stronghold 7. Matsalu National Park and Penijõe Manor 8. Salumägi in Salevere

  • 1 day
  • 8 sites
  • 22 km

The Matsalu National Park is the best-known of all Estonian national parks, because it is one of the most important European stop-overs for water birds during migration.

It is a true paradise for bird enthusiasts; in addition to sights, you can visit several bird towers and hiking trails, see the unique coastal meadows of the region and enjoy the cultural heritage of the local rural area.

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Sites along route

Ridala Church

Attraction

Ridala Church is one of the most valuable churches in Läänemaa from the artistic point of view. It has been dedicated to Mary Magdalene whose figure in the church is one of the oldest sculptured…

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RMK Haeska birdwatching tower and recreation area

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One suitable location for getting an overview of Matsalu Bay and the abundance of birds in Läänemaa, is Haeska. In spring thousands of different species of swans and geese stop there; the birds are…

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Rannajõe Observation Platform

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A 110 metre boardwalk will lead you to the observation platform, which is 4 metres high and gives a beautiful view of the Kasari floodplain meadow. The tower and boardwalk are also accessible with a…

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Kasari River and historic bridge

Attraction

The now renovated pedestrians-only old bridge over the Kasari River was built in 1904. The 308-metre long and 7-metre wide bridge was at the time the longest reinforced concrete bridge in Europe. The…

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Kirbla Church

Attraction

Kirbla church built in the beginning of 16th century is one of the smallest stone churches in Estonia. Its length is 30 metres and its width 11 metres. According to the legend people could not agree…

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Ruins of Lihula Stronghold

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Lihula was appointed in 1211 by Riga archbishop Albert to be the centre of Estonia's bishopric. Instead of ancient Estonians stronghold that was on the hill a new stone stronghold was built in 1238…

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Matsalu National Park and Penijõe Manor

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Penijõe Manor was established in 1835 as a drove center of Lihula Manor. Here you can view slideshows or videos, get additional information about the hiking trails, catering and accommodation in the…

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Salumägi in Salevere

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Salumägi is one of the most beautiful places in Läänemaa. It is a type of relief designed by a mass of glacier ice and by the Baltic Sea. This limestone relief almost 400 million years old managed to…

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