Matsalu National Park and Nature Centre

PENIJÕE MÕIS, Penijõe küla, Lääneranna vald, Pärnu maakond

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The area of Matsalu National Park is 48,610 hectares, and it was created to protect the nesting, moulting and migrating birds.
In 1976, Matsalu National Park was included to the list of wetlands of international importance under Ramsar convention.
The national park encompasses Matsalu Bay, the lower course of the River Kasari, coastal reeds, the flooded meadows of the River Kasari, coastal pastures, wooded meadows, and about 50 islands. There are many nature trails and 7 birdwatching towers in Matsalu.

Visitor Centre of the National Park is near Lihula, in the renovated Penijõe manor. The Nature Centre hosts an exhibition and has a classroom for nature education.

Times and prices
15.04–30.09

Monday–friday: 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday–sunday: 10:00 - 18:00

Monday–friday: 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday–sunday: closed

  • Free of charge

  • Free of charge

Features and amenities
  • Wheelchair access

Getting there

At the 43th km of Risti-Virtsu highway (highway No 10), turn right towards Penijõe (road sign "Matsalu rahvuspargi keskus"; highway No 16193). Drive 2 km until you reach the marked car park at the Penijõe manor. Matsalu Nature Centre is on the first floor of the manor.

Access
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By car
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Reviews
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Uku S

Uku S

Great time here

Take your time and start from national park center. Dependent of season, but a lot of different birds stop here.

Fargo2016

Fargo2016

Beautiful area - rich in birds and mammals

Stunning area. Beautiful (flat) scenery, wonderful bird life and mammals, almost deserted of people by West European standards. Facilities for wildlife watchers (even in the middle of nowhere) were...

M H

M H

Estonia's most famous birding site

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