Haapsalu Old Town

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 Väike 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, Rüütli and Väike-Mere Streets and buildings. It is surrounded by a belt of wooden houses and the Promenade, Aafrika beach and parks.

Take a look at the aerial panorama (picture by Joel Tammet).


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  • HilkkaL HilkkaL

    Charming small city

    We have enjoyed all of Haapsalu immensely. The old town is tiny, but interesting. Everything is within walking distance, several beaches included, there is very little traffic and free parking is...

  • wamone wamone

    Friendly small town

    Easy walking, great seaviews from the prominade and cozy cafe's. Went for Italian Wine tasting weekend and concert. Very enjoyable weekend except for one restaurant experience

  • Jaana K Jaana K

    Didn't feel authentic

    Ar the time we visited the place there were wine festival going on. Hard to say what was act and what was the real thing. One thing that was notable, was the amount of Italian restaurants and bistros...

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