Part 2: Rakvere and Lahemaa national park
A merchant from bygone days would definitely take a day or more of a week to visit his cousins, perhaps Danish or German barons living in forts and mansions out in the country.
Sightseeing and activities
Rakvere fort ruins tower the small quiet town that lies below. Between the intriguing array of passageways, balconies and hidden staircases, you can play medieval football, claim your status in a knight's tournament and have a refreshing cup of love potion.
Where to sleep?
Vihula manor and its surrounding gardens and watermill were once a home to von Schuberts. The manor has since been fully restored and renovated, and now houses a fine restaurant and eco spa - essentially a great place to get bathed, scrubbed and rubbed, then feast on some wild bear and call it a night.
More history inspired travel ideas:
Ghost hunting in Tallinn Old Town.
Discovering Tallinn's rooftops with a chimney sweeper.
Touring the bastion tunnels.
Hanseatic festivals in Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi.
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