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Things to do in Haapsalu

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Ranked #1 of 20 attractions in Haapsalu
Category: Castles
Owner description: Come and acquaint yourself with the history of medieval Haapsalu, watch a video about the castle and visit the Cathedral.... more » Owner description: Come and acquaint yourself with the history of medieval Haapsalu, watch a video about the castle and visit the Cathedral. From the upper platform of the bell tower, you have a wonderful 360-degree view that extends for 20 km.Interesting facts: In medieval times, the ship traffic on the Bay of Haapsalu is said to have been controlled from the bell tower. The five-story bell tower is 38 metres high, and every day at noon, you can listen to a carillon. From the small castle you can purchase souvenirs and you may also happen upon a pleasant concert. « less
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Ranked #2 of 20 attractions in Haapsalu
Category: Castles
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Ranked #3 of 20 attractions in Haapsalu
Category: Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: Haapsalu, which is bordered by the sea on three sides, fits on a piece of land with a size of just 10.59 km2. The Old Town is... more » Owner description: Haapsalu, which is bordered by the sea on three sides, fits on a piece of land with a size of just 10.59 km2. The Old Town is located on a peninsula with two eskers, which continue to the north-west as a chain of islets (holms) connected to the mainland. There are low meanders between the holms – Suur and Vaike Viik.The culturally and environmentally valuable Old Town of Haapsalu can be divided into its medieval section and the 20th century health resort area. The medieval part is around the Episcopal castle, with the medieval network of Kooli, Jaani, Vee, Linda, Ruutli and Vaike-Mere Streets and buildings. It is surrounded by a belt of wooden houses and the Promenade, Aafrika beach and parks. « less
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Ranked #4 of 20 attractions in Haapsalu
Category: Museums
Owner description: This museum in Haapsalu introduces the thousand-year-old settlements of the coastal Swedes in Estonia. In the house... more » Owner description: This museum in Haapsalu introduces the thousand-year-old settlements of the coastal Swedes in Estonia. In the house inaugurated by the King of Sweden, you can acquaint yourself with their unique cultural heritage and see a 20-metre embroidered rug that depicts the life of the Estonian-Swedes. There is a scene where Swedish peasant bought Large-Pakri Island from the Padise Monastery for 34 gold marks in 1345. Swedish King Carl Gustaf had great words of praise for the pictorial rug! In addition, other interesting undertakings take place and traditional wedding feasts are held. Good to know: A wooden sailboat – Jaala – was built in the net shed next to the museum, which was modelled on boats from Ruhnu Island. « less
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Ranked #5 of 20 attractions in Haapsalu
Category: Specialty Museums
Owner description: Communication Museum offers a reviewof the development of telecommunications in Western Estonia and other. Do You still... more » Owner description: Communication Museum offers a reviewof the development of telecommunications in Western Estonia and other. Do You still remember old telephone terminals- and equipment from different time periods, starting from an old crank wall phone up to modern mobile phones? There's something interesting for everyone.Good to know:One museum room has been set up as a postal history room, they also use a special stamp. « less
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Ranked #6 of 20 attractions in Haapsalu
Category: Historic Sites; Castles
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Ranked #7 of 20 attractions in Haapsalu
Category: Specialty Museums
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Category: Historic Sites; Museums
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Category: Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: On the Promenade make a stop at the monument to Carl Abraham Hunniuse (1797-1851), who established the resort of Haapsalu.... more » Owner description: On the Promenade make a stop at the monument to Carl Abraham Hunniuse (1797-1851), who established the resort of Haapsalu. Dr, Hunnius was the first to notice that the local residents used the sea mud to find relief for their ailments and was inspired to start investigating the properties of the mud. At his initiative, the first therapeutic mud baths were established in Haapsalu in 1825. Interesting fact: Haapsalu was named an Imperial resort, and Russian Tsars Nicholas I, Alexander II, Alexander III and Nicholas II and their families all vacationed here and took the mud baths.Come and try a Haapsalu therapeutic mud bath in the Laine and Fra Mare Spa hotels! « less
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Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: There is sundial designed by artist Roman Haavamae on the Haapsalu seaside Promenade. The face of the dial depicts the life... more » Owner description: There is sundial designed by artist Roman Haavamae on the Haapsalu seaside Promenade. The face of the dial depicts the life of man – starting with a child and ending with an old man supported by a cane. On the Promenade also admire the decorative dolomite stairways and decorative columns by the same artist, as well as the ornamented stairs on both sides of the Assembly Hall. Interesting fact: The sundial shows the local sun time, which is about 90 slower than daylight savings time. Go and check to see if your watch is correct. « less
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Category: Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: Come and see this memorial to one of Estonia’s most famous composers, who grew up in Laane County - Cyrillus Kreek... more » Owner description: Come and see this memorial to one of Estonia’s most famous composers, who grew up in Laane County - Cyrillus Kreek (1889-1962). The memorial, which was created by Aime Kuulbusch, is located in front of the composer’s former home, on the shores of Vaikese Bay. Did you know...?*The majority of Kreek's works were created in Haapsalu.*Kreek's most important 'secret service' was composing sacred music and arranging sacred folk songs and choral canons, whilst publicly maintaining a standoffish attitude towards the church. « less
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: St. John’s Church in Haapsalu which is rebuilt from a 15th century warehouse differs from other churches for its location of... more » Owner description: St. John’s Church in Haapsalu which is rebuilt from a 15th century warehouse differs from other churches for its location of north-south orientation. When entering the church you should certainly pay attention to the 5-metre stone altar and the wooden pulpit.Interesting facts:St John’s Church has been a church for an Estonian congregation and many of the simpler citizens have been buried under the floor and in the churchyard.The clock in the tower of the church is one of the oldest in Estonia and the oldest in the west of Estonia.The church is accessible on the outside all year round; the interior of the church can be admired during the events in the church calendar. « less
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Category: Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: Poet Ernst Enno came to Haapsalu in 1919, when he became a school adviser in Laane County. His Haapsalu period was not the... more » Owner description: Poet Ernst Enno came to Haapsalu in 1919, when he became a school adviser in Laane County. His Haapsalu period was not the peak of his career, but it was here that he wrote his best children’s songs. If you are walking on the Haapsalu embankment stop by the park named for him and monument dedicated to him.Interesting facts: Ernst Enno’s grave is in Haapsalu’s Old Cemetery, where many famous cultural figures rest under the indigenous trees. The author of the monument is Roman Haavamagi, whose is famous for his sculptures, including monuments that are located primarily in Haapsalu. « less
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Category: Museums
Owner description: The museum is located in the former Town Hall in Lossiplatsi Square. Wander through the historic interior and learn about the... more » Owner description: The museum is located in the former Town Hall in Lossiplatsi Square. Wander through the historic interior and learn about the old times of Haapsalu. Exhibitions change regularly, so depending when you come you might get to know the old farmhouse, the once-famous resorts of Haapsalu, or the ancient history of the area. If you would like some more information about the history of Haapsalu, you are welcome to study it more in depth with the help of the staff of the museum. « less
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Category: Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: The splendour of Haapsalu, the famous Czarist era resort, is recalled by the seafront Promenade and its jewel -- the Assembly... more » Owner description: The splendour of Haapsalu, the famous Czarist era resort, is recalled by the seafront Promenade and its jewel -- the Assembly Hall with its wooden “gingerbread”. Walk on the sloping promenade and glance dreamily at the sea; check the time at the sundial and have a rest on the bench named for the world-famous composer Tchaikovsky. Interesting facts: The Promenade starts at the exotically named Africa Beach, and ends at the Chocolate Promenade, which is named after a former café. There is a children’s playground on the Promenade and the town’s only observation tower. There is also a monument to Carl Hunnius, the discoverer of Haapsalu’s therapeutic mud behind the band shell. « less
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: The Estonian Orthodox Maria Magdaleena Church is located in an idyllic area of Haapsalu – on the Promenade. Russian Tsar... more » Owner description: The Estonian Orthodox Maria Magdaleena Church is located in an idyllic area of Haapsalu – on the Promenade. Russian Tsar Alexander II attended the opening of the church in 1852. The church was restored to its present state only a few years ago. The church is open on Sundays from 9 am to noon. To visit at other times, please contact us in advance.Interesting fact: The church and the surrounding buildings are depicted in Ilon Wikland’s book Long, Long Journey. Ilon Wikland, who was the illustrator of Astrid Lindgren’s books, describes her Haapsalu childhood in the book. « less
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Owner description: The Haapsalu Shawl, an extremely fine knitted shawl that can be pulled through a woman’ ring, has been the symbol of Haapsalu... more » Owner description: The Haapsalu Shawl, an extremely fine knitted shawl that can be pulled through a woman’ ring, has been the symbol of Haapsalu since the last century. At that time, as well as today, they are highly regarded by women. The knitters of traditional shawls knitter are professionals; the skill is passed down from generation to generation. In the Shawl Museum, which is located in a jewellery workshop, you can see a permanent exhibition on the past and present of the Haapsalu shawl, examine the extremely fine patterns, and buy one of the masterpieces for yourself.Interesting fact: Haapsalu shawls have been presented as gifts to the women of the Swedish Royal Family as well as the Estonian President’s honoured guests. « less
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Owner description: The Polluotsa Farm Museum is located in the beautiful nature of Nova Rural Municipality in West-Estonia. Nature lovers will... more » Owner description: The Polluotsa Farm Museum is located in the beautiful nature of Nova Rural Municipality in West-Estonia. Nature lovers will find large bogs, numerous small lakes, expansive forest and beaches, as well as three nature preservers – the Nova and Laanemaa Suursoo Landscape Preserves and Leidissoo Nature Preserves. At the Farm Museum, you can acquaint yourself with farm tools and buildings from the last century, with exhibits of wood and stone. Good to know: all 10 buildings that comprised the farm complex have survived. In addition, you can order hikes to visit the region’s nature and other attractions, on orientation and hiking trails. « less
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Owner description: The works of Evald Okas, a great figure in the Estonian art world and an honorary member of the Florence Art Academy, can be... more » Owner description: The works of Evald Okas, a great figure in the Estonian art world and an honorary member of the Florence Art Academy, can be found in museum collections in Estonia and abroad. This museum has been enriching the art life of Haapsalu since 2003. The primary attraction is the constantly changing permanent exposition, exhibitions of works by Okas’ family and those of various other artists.Did you know...?*The building, constructed in the mid-19th century as a tavern, enjoys a unique aura*You can take part in art courses and attend interesting exhibitions*Since 1939, Okas’ works have been displayed in 50 solo exhibitions « less
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