Tourism is more or less being dealt with in almost 10 manors, six of them (Purtse, Maidla, Saka, Kukruse and Mäetaguse) have created an NGO Ida-Viru Mõisad (The Manors of East Viru County).
We have adopted the aim to develop many-featured manor tourism in East Viru County and thus make ourselves more visible. Together we can do more!Estonia reached the world map as well as European cultural space at the beginning of the 13th century, when the crusades reached then the pagan east coast of the Baltic Sea. The area of Estonia was conquered and baptized, and the immigrants of mainly German origin became the ruling class.
The Livonian War in the middle of the 16th century left the local castles in ruins but intensified the formation of manors. In connection with the disappearance of the Order and the dioceses the vassals started to play a more and more important role in this state system.
In the 18th century the glorious days of manors and the local nobility autonomy started. At the beginning of the 18th century during the Great Northern War between Russia and Sweden, the Estonian areas succumbed to the Russian Crown in the condition that all former rights and privileges of the nobles would be retained, the so-called Baltic Special.
The source: The Estonian Manor PortalHome