Matsalu Nature Centre

Matsalu National Park and Nature Centre

Penijõe küla, Lääneranna vald 90305
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The area of Matsalu National Park is 48,610 hectares and was established to protect the nesting, moulting and migrating birds. In 1976, Matsalu National Park was added to the list of wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar convention. The national park encompasses Matsalu Bay, the lower course of the River Kasari, coastal reeds, the flooded meadows of the River Kasari, coastal pastures, wooded meadows, and about 50 islands. There are many nature trails and 7 birdwatching towers in Matsalu. The Visitor Centre of the National Park is near Lihula, in the renovated Penijõe manor. The Nature Centre hosts an exhibition and has a classroom for nature education.

Features and amenities

National Park



Free parking
Hiking trails
Information boards
Recreation area/picnic ground
Wheelchair accessible
Viewing platform


Additional services


Getting there

At the 43th km of Risti-Virtsu highway (highway No 10), turn right towards Penijõe (road sign "Matsalu rahvuspargi keskus"; highway No 16193). Drive 2 km until you reach the marked car park at the Penijõe manor. Matsalu Nature Centre is on the first floor of the manor.


Sealed access road
By excursion bus
By car

Times and prices

15.04 - 30.09

Monday-Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday, Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

01.10 - 14.04

Monday-Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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