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Location: At Nõmme, the southern borough of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, at Vana-Mustamäe 48.
History: The castle is named after its original owner and builder, a nobleman called Nikolai von Glehn. This man was also the founder of the town of Nõmme which eventually grew to be part of the capital city, Tallinn. The whole area of the borough was originally part of the estate of Jälgimäe, the owner of which was von Glehn’s father, the family originally hailing from Holland and Germany. When the son inherited the manor, he decided to trade in a piece of the land with a neighboring landowner and build himself a castle on the slopes of the moorland under the local pine-trees. The castle, which was planned by von Glehn himself, was completed in 1886 and was built in the style of a Medieval Swiss castle. The builders, by the way, were prisoners from a Tallinn penitentiary. The original furniture and interior, however, were crafted by von Glehn personally. Nowadays, only a large oak wardrobe remains of the items, kept in a nearby planetarium.
Access: The castle is only open for pre-arranged occasions (contact: +3726525076), therefore private visitors can only admire the exterior. There are discussions, however, of opening the castle to the public in the near future. The park is open to enter anytime.
Activities: There is a sports and skiing centre below the slope of the castle, open 9.00-21.00.
Other castles in the area: Burman villa, Saku manor, Saue manor.
Nearby cities: Tallinn, Saue, Keila, Haapsalu.
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