The cradle of the word is silence - a thought from Cistercian prayer


Withdrawing from the world helped the Cistercians to follow strict rules in practice. Everything needed to build a monastery was water, a mill and a garden. In Estonia, too, the location of the Padise Monastery was carefully chosen according to the original rule - a forest-covered area near a water body, which provided an opportunity to build fishponds, and a watermill.

At Padise, visitors can walk the former paths of the Cistercians and take some time out, as the first monks in the desert said – the bow cannot always be tight, otherwise it will break.

The surroundings of Padise Monastery and the beautiful scenery of Northwest Estonia offer an opportunity to find harmony and balance.

Padise Old Hill Fort

Padise Old Hill Fort is located on the right bank headland of the Kloostri River, about one kilometre south of the ruined Padise Monastery. There, in a naturally well-protected place, was the Estonian ancient fortress, surrounded on three sides by the river. There is a marked hiking trail to Old Hill Fort, which is part of the State Forest Management Centre`s (RMK) Peraküla-Aegviidu-Ähijärve hiking route and an RMK campfire site awaits travellers on site. We recommend to everyone to set foot on ancient paths and to take the opportunity to refresh their body and mind.

Visitors who want a longer retreat from the world can set foot in the wild for longer hiking trails.

RMK Peraküla-Aegviidu-Ähijärve hiking route. From Padise you can head west to Nõva Recreation Area as well as south to Karula National Park.

For more serious hikers, the Baltic Coastal Hiking, which is a long distance hiking route that starts at the Lithuanian-Latvian border in the village of Nida in Latvia and finishes at the Port of Tallinn in Estonia, is sure to be a delight to discover. The eighth point is the Northwest Estonian coast and waterfalls.

See the map of Western Harju County here.