6. Tallinn: Half-Day Private Estonian Waterfalls
Rivers falling down from the limestone step form two waterfalls. The beauty of Keila Joa Waterfall was always valued, not only by fishermen who lived on the banks of the river, but also by noble knights. One of them was Alexander fon Benkendorf, notorious founder of first Russian Empire Secret Police in the 19th century. His neo-Gothic manor house is still on the bank of the river. On the way, have a photo stop on the picturesque 40 meter high cliff. See where the Gulf of Finland merges with the Baltic Sea. After seeing Keila Joa Waterfall, drive through the small and cozy town of Keila, which gave the name to the river. Here, you will see the real Estonian countryside.
You will also make a stop at one of partly ruined but well-preserved medieval monasteries to feel the real spirit on the Middle Ages. The second waterfall – Jagala is located on the river whose banks were inhabited by Estonian tribes nearly 4000-years ago. You will discover ancient burials and will know why the rivers are becoming more shallow over time. Waterfalls have a unique beauty during all seasons. In spring after the snow has melted and in autumn after heavy rains, the flow of water is greatest and waterfalls are bigger than ever. In summer, the waterfalls are much smaller, but there is an opportunity to swim in the river, stand under the waterfall and let the water massage your shoulders. In winter, waterfalls freeze, forming unpredictable shapes, icicles and ice caves. All year long, waterfalls attract photographers and nature lovers.
On the way back to the city center, you will see typical 1970s to 1980s Soviet districts and learn some facts about Soviet housing. At the end of the tour, you will have 2 to 3-hours of free time in the old town for discoveries of your own.