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Haapsalu Episcopal Castle

Lossiplats 3, Haapsalu 90502, Estonia
+372 472 4346
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Guided Day Tour to Western Coast and Haapsalu from Tallinn
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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
+372 472 4346
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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
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
Reviewed 15 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
Reviewed 26 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
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
Reviewed 8 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
Reviewed 1 August 2017

You can enter the inner courtyard without paying anything, which is nice. You can also find a free playground for kids inside the walls.

1  Thank Jellona
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

What a huge spaceous park behind the walls of this castle. Really nice to spent sone time strawling around

Thank Lucas d
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Our kids aged 5 and 7 loved exploring the castle grounds, it got us talk about how living conditions have changed and of course they loved the great playground too. It is easy easy to get to as it is in the middle of the...More

Thank Vilma f
Reviewed 19 July 2017

This old castle was filled with beautiful vintage american cars.truly magnifisent place to the American beauty car show.

Thank kuhnas2
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