Tuhala is a village in Kose Parish, Harju County in northern Estonia. As of 2011 Census, the settlement's population was 105.[1] It is believed that settlement in Tuhala dates back around 3,000 years.

Vaida–Urge road next to Pirita River in Tuhala
Vaida–Urge road next to Pirita River in Tuhala
Tuhala is located in Estonia
Location in Estonia
Coordinates: 59°13′29″N 24°58′04″E / 59.2247°N 24.9678°E / 59.2247; 24.9678Coordinates: 59°13′29″N 24°58′04″E / 59.2247°N 24.9678°E / 59.2247; 24.9678
CountyHarju County
MunicipalityKose Parish
 • Total105

Tuhala Karst Area, named after the village, lies for the most part in neighbouring Kata village. It has Estonia's largest area of porous karst, with several underground rivers and sinkholes.[2] The karst area is best known for its Witch's Well (also in Kata).

Tuhala ManorEdit

Tuhala Manor was first mentioned in 1468 as Toall. During times it belonged to several Baltic German families: Tödwen (1468–1517); Delwig (1517 – mid-16th century); Ulrich (?–1663); Wrangell (1663–1693); Mellin (1692–1863); Lilienfeld (1863–1919). Famous cartographer Ludwig August Mellin, was born in the manor. The last main building had two storeys and was built ca. 1800. The Early-classical appearance was changed to more Neoclassical in the 1880s. The manor was burned down during the Revolution of 1905, along with more than 150 manors in Estonia. It was never restored; nowadays only few segments of walls have remained. Some of the outbuildings have preserved.[3][4]

Notable peopleEdit

  • Ludwig August Mellin (1754–1835), Baltic German politician, cartographer, writer and publicist, was born in Tuhala Manor.
  • Hjalmar Mäe (1901–1978), Estonian politician, was born in Tuhala.


  1. ^ a b "Population by place of residence (settlement), sex and age". Statistics Estonia. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  2. ^ Ellen Barry: A Hole in the Ground Erupts, to Estonia’s Delight New York Times, 8 December 2008
  3. ^ "Tuhala mõis". Estonian Manors Portal (in Estonian). Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Tuhala Manor". Estonian Manors Portal. Retrieved 27 September 2015.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Tuhala at Wikimedia Commons