Haapsalu Bishop’s Castle

The Haapsalu Bishop’s Castle and Cathedral, which was established in the 13th century as the centre of the Saare-Lääne Diocese, is one of the best preserved castles in Estonia. Visit the museum complex in the convent building where you will find exhibition halls with finds from the castle and mysterious vaulted cellars. Rent an audio guide for tour commentary in six languages.
Interesting facts: * You might encounter Estonia’s most famous ghost – the White Lady. * In the moat, you will find a stylized medieval children’s playground, a large chessboard, archery grounds and clay workshop. * Climb the 38-metre-high bell tower and at noon listen to the carillon that is heard throughout the city. * In the summer, take advantage of the busy events calendar.


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  • Michaela W Michaela W

    Informative, also in English and German

    Excellent timeline and all the information was multilingual. No extra costs, once you paid for the castle.

  • John L John L

    Be sure to look for the ghost

    Bishop's Castle and Cathedral were established in the 13th century, and is widely seen the best preserved castle in Estonia. The complex includes a museum (containing medieval weapons), a medieval...

  • JonWhist JonWhist

    Informative ruins

    Don't expect a complete medieval castle. The castle, or rather the ruins, was built by the prince-bishops of western estonia during the middle ages. The exhibition gave a good insight on the...

Features and amenities


Lossiplats tn 3, Haapsalu

Getting there

The Bishop’s Castle is located in Haapsalu Old Town. There are many entrance gates – from the Castle Square, Vaba Street, Karja Street and the courtyard of the Hermannus House. Cars and busses can be parked in the parking lots on the Castle Square or Vaba Street sides.


  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By public transport
  • By car


58°56'50''N 23°32'19''E | Download GPX file