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Haapsalu Castle

Lossiplats 3, Haapsalu 90502, Estonia
+372 518 4664
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The Episcopal castle in Haapsalu is a park for the ruins of a former stronghold. It is an architectural pearl dating from the 13th century that used to be the residence of local authorities until the end of the 17th century. This is the place where Estonia's most famous ghost - the eternal lover the White Lady - lives. At present the main building of the castle hosts a museum that gives an overview of the history of the stronghold and Oesel-Wiek Bishopric, the weaponry used in the medieval and early modern period and the ashlar found in the castle. The most important sights of the museum include the cathedral of the former Oesel-Wiek Bishopric located in the south wing of the castle, which was first mentioned in written records in 1279, and the watchtower now used as a belfry. While in the main fortress, one can enjoy a nice view overlooking Haapsalu and the surrounding sea. Historic fortresses have, over the course of time, been turned into parks. This is a unique symbiosis of architecture and nature that provides the joy of discovery for both adults and as children. Small visitors to the fortress can enjoy the playground inspired by the Middle Ages in the vicinity of the main fortress.
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Lossiplats 3, Haapsalu 90502, Estonia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Works are being carried out until April 2019 which mean the entrance was covered by barriers preventing from fully appreciating the building. They were also setting up for a blues concert due to take place on the weekend which meant the courtyard was busy and...More

Thank Anu P
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Reviewed 8 July 2018

The castle and cathedral are connected. The cathedral is in better shape than the castle. Just climb around its crumbling walls and enjoy yourself.

Thank Hugh B
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Reviewed 4 July 2018

We went looked round this castle two years ago and got to see everything inside and out Two weeks ago we couldn’t believe the building site. The walls of the castle either fell down or were pulled down as they were unsafe. Everything was fenced...More

1  Thank royandjeanette
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Activity playground for kids and something to see for the adults also. Nice historical information tables. Worth a visit!

Thank Laura P
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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

If you like old ruins and medieval history then you will like to take a walk in there. There is also very big playground for kids.

Thank Mariliis R
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

The ruins are very well preserved. It has an eerie, medieval, atmospheric feel. We were here in the fall, and at some points we had the whole place to ourselves. It was beautiful walking around and admiring everything. Really made me wish we could see...More

2  Thank AdventurousRetirees
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

Haapsalu is very renown sea resort on the west Baltic coast of Estonia. We travelled there from Tallinn, from the Bus station, near our Kunderi apartment in Kunderi street. This charming little town is at about 99 kilometres, toward the southwest from Tallinn. And day...More

Thank Oleg Y
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

Very close to the old town, a large castle with parts of the walls reconstructed so you can see how it would have been in former days. A large tower that you can climb and admire views over the surroundings and castle itself. Part you...More

1  Thank Alan C
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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Site is well preserved and allows the public a peak into the past. The height of some of the remaining walls is breathtaking. Interesting museum. Plan to spend some time there and even picnic in the grounds.

1  Thank Sandra S
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Episcopal Castle and St.Nicholas Cathedral there are most important attractions in Haapsalu and easy to visit, because Old Town with it's many shops and restaurants are right next to this. We have visited here before and this time were there 2 days because of August...More

1  Thank Halkidis
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