Due to its close proximity to the capital city, Rapla County has been called the Bedroom of Tallinn. A naturally beautiful and relatively peaceful living environment appeals to many inhabitants of the capital city who are tired of the bustle of the big city, so they come establish their homes here. It happened likewise several centuries ago when the manors were built. The historians researching the manors value the architectural uniqueness of the local manors, and use this as a basis to distinguish the golden circle of the manors in Rapla County.
The nature of Rapla County is characterised by vast bogs and thick forests. Rapla County is mostly situated on the limestone plateau. In the Märjamaa rural municipality, fragile spruce stands, rare in the whole world, grow on limestone. The biggest karst caves in Estonia, Kuimetsa and Pae, are located in the Kaiu and Rapla rural municipalities.
One can get engaged in active recreation, like riding a hydrobike on the Vigala River or visiting a unique raft sauna www.parvematkad.ee.
Rapla County’s highlights in the cultural landscape would definitely be the Rapla Church Music Festival, the International Days of Wood at Varbola and the rock festivals, the best-known of which are Rabarock and Hard Rock Laager.