The first thing you’ll see when approaching Rapla from Tallinn are 2 silvery towers. This is the church of Maria Magdalene (Maarja-Magdaleena), the only two-towered church in rural Estonia.

In addition to the interesting architecture, Rapla’s church has fabulous acoustics and many people visit Rapla town to attend the concerts organised there. Repertoires range from contemporary piano and pop music to classical religious choirs and religious masses, so most musical tastes are catered for. During the past 20 years, Rapla town and the Church of Maria Magdalene have hosted the national Rapla Church Music Festival, which is one of the main summer events in the Rapla region.

  • Rapla is the childhood home of one of the most beloved of Estonian composers, Raimond Valgre. Be sure to visit the museum room of Raimond Valgre in the Rapla Cultural Centre.
  • In 1858, a bloody conflict known as the Mahtra war took place in Rapla county, when Estonians troops clashed with the German punitive. You can learn more about this event, its background and results in the Mahtra museum just 15 drive fromthe town of Rapla.  
  • The Kuusiku Agricultural Park attracts those interested in farming technology – they have a permanent exhibition of historic farming and land tilling technology and organise annual themed events.

Dining in Rapla town

There are several dining choices available in Rapla town and the surrounding areas. If you are interested in a more authentic, historic experience, visit Krantsi Kõrts (Sly Dog Tavern) or Arturi Trahter.  Both are known for their original atmosphere. Nõmme Kõrts, slightly outside the town, is a popular venue for traditional weddings and jubilee parties – they serve hearty Estonian meals and during weekends, there is live music and dancing.

Rütman Gallery in the centre of Rapla town offers fresh coffee and exhibitions: what a wonderful way to combine culture with indulgence! 

More information about Rapla

  • Enjoy the rich cultural life and beautiful nature in Rapla
  • Visit local Tourism Information Centre for tips, suggestions and maps to get assistance on planning your activities in Rapla county