The church is Hajlala's most distinguishing feature. Its white spire towers above the town. It's a stone church, with classical, austere Lutheran lines. It dates back to the 14th century, when it was built on the main road from Tallinn to Narva.
Lahemaa National Park is Estonia's biggest. It's also the one closest to the capital, Tallinn. It's most famous for its long sandy beaches along the Baltic sea, the vast swathes of old forest, and the three grand manor houses. Like much of Estonia it is dotted with great boulders that give the landscape an eerie feel.
The only public transport option to Haljala is the bus. It usually stops here on the route between Tallinn and Rakvere, but there are other routes. It takes about an hour and a half from Tallinn, and 30 minutes from Rakvere. It only costs a few euros.
There are two bus stops. The main one, Haljala, is in the centre of town, but only has one bus a day. The other bus stop is over a kilometer from the town on the main highway, but has a more regular bus service. That one is called Haljala Tee.