Palmse Travel Guide

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    Palmse Manor
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Palmse Things to Do

  • Vehicle Museum

    The former garage assembles all kinds of vehicles that may ever have been used in Palmse: old cars and trucks, bicycles, motorbikes, tractors and other agricultural machines, and even a pram with a teddybear.The car museum is located in the building on the right side of the front yard.

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  • The Orchard: Have an Apple!

    The garden area behind the greenhouse is planted with apple, pear and other fruit trees. Some old greenhouses are located along the back wall. The fruit trees are not just any random fruit trees: This orchard is a genetic database and storage. Old, half-forgotten varieties of fruit have been planted here to preserve them.If it's the season, you are...

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  • The Greenhouse

    The 1870s greenhouse is located behind a little canal that brings water to the lake. It served for both pleasure and utility. The central part has palm trees and other tropical plants, a little fountain and sculptures, chairs and tables to relax and dream of the South. The side wings, however, were and are used to plant grapes, lettuce, and...

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  • Palmse Manor

    Palmse was the first of the manors in Lahemaa National Parkthat has been restored to its former splendour. This makes it the most famous. Restorations started already in the 1970s, in Soviet times. The ensemble provides insight in the life of a Baltic noble family in the 19th century.The house, built in 1782-1785, is like a complete little palace...

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  • Interior of the Manor

    The interior of the manor is a museum. The rooms show how a noble family in the Baltics used to live in the 19th and early 20th century. All rooms are fully furnitured. However, note that except one chair none of the furniture has actually belonged to the owners of Palmse, family von Pahlen. They had to leave the manor in 1923. Afterwards it was...

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  • The Park

    The park of Palmse manor is a miniature version of huge palace parks. The part closest to the manor, terraced in two steps, is a baroque garden. Restoration works in the park are currently in progress. Further downhill the lawn leads to an artificial little lake (read: pond) with a couple of little buildings on its shore. The forest beyond the lake...

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Palmse Off The Beaten Path

  • Storks

    I know most Europeans are well-used to storks, but they don't come to the UK.I don't know why, and I haven't been able to find out.So it's always a thrill to see them when I'm in Europe.Coaches and cars park opposite Palmse Manor. If you look up at the chimney above the small shop (and if it's the right time of year, of course) you'll see a stork's...

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  • Land Reform monument

    As you walk round the lake look up the bank.Tucked away on the edge of the woods is a stone monument to the land reforms of 1919.The von der Pahlen family lost their land to nationalisation then, and were left with only a small estate surrounding the house itself.

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