Soviet airport outbuildings and Ungru manor ruins, Kiltsi, Estonia

Visited by Skkye 9.4.2014. These places were actually in my guide book to Estonia and among the reasons why I wanted to bike to Haapsalu. There were a lot of signs telling not to go to the airport area but we chose to ignore them and run quickly inside the ruins to cover ourselves from potential guards. My friend was a little bit afraid of the ink bottle dark, wet and moldy cellars and didn't want to go there - probably he foreseed that there would be a pile of unidentified bones. Maybe a dog? The photo is quite unclear since the combination of crappy flashlight and lack of light but the skull is on the right corner of it.

Afterwards we went to see the ruins of Ungru manor. It was founded in 1523 and has a pretty tragic history. This is a direct speech from here:

" --- In 1830 Magnus de la Gardie bought the manor. After his death, Evald Ungern-Sternberg bought the manor. According to rumours, his son, count Ewald Adam Gustav Paul Constantin von Ungern-Sternberg had visited the renaissance style castle of Merseburg in Germany in the beginning of the last decade of the 19th century, where he fell in love with the daughter of the castle’s owner. When he proposed to her, the young lady claimed to be so fond of her father’s castle that she promised to stay there for the rest of her life. After that the count in love had promised to build exactly the same castle. Having received a promise from the lady to marry him as soon as the castle is ready, the man hurried back home, where in 1893 the construction begun.

In a couple of years the frame of the house and the roof were ready. Interior works took some longer time and they were almost completed when a message arrived informing about the death of the beloved lady. The count himself fell ill in 1908 during a trip to St.Petersburg where he died as well. According to his wish he was brought back to Haapsalu by train and then carried into the manor, where he spent, though already dead, his only night. Later he was buried in Hiiumaa, to his family’s burial plase in Korgessaare. --- "


  1. Eikä kuin traaginen tarina! Pelottavan siistin näköset nuo kartanonrauniot, ihan ku se olis tarkotuksella tehty rikkinäiseksi.

    1. Mä kiinnitin huomiota ihan samaan! Ilmeisesti puuosat on palanu pois aika siististi ja kaikki kivinen säästynyt suht vaurioitta. Ja niimpä, voi kauhee ku tuli sääli tota kreiviä!

    2. Niin varmaan joo :) mietin et miten se on voinu vaan sortua tolleen, et ehkä joku on siivoillu paikkoja. Kun toi kartanon ympärillä oleva nurmikkoki näyttää siltä et se ois leikattu?