Haapsalu Castle

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Haapsalu Castle
4.5
07:00 - 22:00
Monday
07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 22:00
Thursday
07:00 - 22:00
Friday
07:00 - 22:00
Saturday
07:00 - 22:00
Sunday
07:00 - 22:00
About
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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KollaneMaja
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Fabulous museum
Jul 2021
The exhibitions of weapons and battle gear are well displayed inside the castle walls. The frescos of people performing their castle duties set a very nice tone.

The museum gives the choice of a tight spiral castle staircase, a modern stair case with hand rails and an elevator for easy access for everyone in the group. The museum coffee shop has a perfect location for a snack of coffee and ice cream. Great staff too.
Written 24 July 2021
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Margus T
Tallinn, Estonia16 contributions
Haapsalu's gem
Jul 2021
Castle area is well managed and quite large for a small town castle. There is some walking trails beside the wall and throughout castle "park". Many benches to rest your feet and large playground for children.
Written 23 July 2021
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Karin K
Tallinn, Estonia20 contributions
Place for the whole family
Jul 2020 • Couples
Historical museum with modern interactive exposition. Quite large territory. Good view of the town from the castle wall. Also features nice wooden medieval themed playground for the kids on the castle grounds.
Written 10 July 2020
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Dani Moti
Berlin, Germany15 contributions
Totally unexpected
Mar 2020
I did not expect to find such a huge castle in such a little town, It is really well preserved and you can stroll around this magnificent place, climb the towers and visit the museum. Also great for kids.
Written 15 March 2020
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Thank you!
Written 25 May 2020
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Rachel L
14 contributions
Interactive
Sep 2019 • Friends
Nice castle, quiet, lots to do:
Play with swords and helmet, climb the towers, play with water clock, nice views, interest and big.
Written 6 September 2019
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NswAustraliaDidi
NSW AUSTRALIA1,196 contributions
Loved it
Sep 2019
Right in the centre of the Old Town of Haapsalu, quite amazing when one considers its age and its huge size and it is still standing many centuries on. Was lovely just walking around the grounds and up onto what remained of the old walls.
Written 5 September 2019
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Liisa I
17 contributions
A nice place for a long walk.
Sep 2018
It is a very nice place for a long walk. They have upgraded it a lot and now there are a lot of things for kids too.
Written 22 August 2019
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KatrinJ_est
Tallinn, Estonia217 contributions
Nice museum!
Aug 2019 • Family
Very nice and interactive museum about castle history. Also its nice to walk around on the wall. Also church is very nice!
Written 18 August 2019
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Tarlan Ahmadov
Langkawi, Malaysia11 contributions
Very nice to visit.
Aug 2019
Very nice to see the exhibition on the ground floor. Enjoyed the view from the top of the castle to the city.
Written 18 August 2019
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Sigrid T
Tartu, Estonia81 contributions
Fun in the castle
Aug 2019 • Family
The Haapsalu castle museum has been completely renovated and is joy to visit. The new exhibition has many interactive pieces the kids/teens can try out. We enjoyed it very much. The staff is also very friendly, welcomin and helpful, first experience for me in an Estonian museum. So definetely the top attraction for us in my favourite resort town in my home country. Also the greater castle area features a magnificent playground for younger kids.
Written 4 August 2019
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