Source: Kalju Juurik
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).
The city reminds of small towns in Sweden and coastlines of Finland. Lots of wooden houses, small streets where children can move around quite safely without need to be very nervous. It is a cosy...
Haapsalu is one of the hidden gems in Estonia. The old town can be very small, but is worth a visit. There are very old buildings, and well preserved.
Haapsalu old town is tiny, surrounding the castle but very adorable and sweet. From one side it is coasted by the bay which gives it even more romantic and kind of fresh feel to it.