Tchaikovsky's Bench in Haapsalu

P. Tshaikovski puiestee, Haapsalu

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The world-famous Russian composer Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky stayed in Haapsalu in 1867. To commemorate him, a memorial bench was erected on the Šokolaadi Promenaad (Chocolate Promenade), where the maestro loved to watch the sunrise from the shore and marvel at the swans.

Interesting to know: in Haapsalu, Tchaikovsky continued to work on his opera 'Voyevoda' and composed the cycle of piano pieces 'Souvenir de Hapsal.' After having heard the Estonian folk song "Dear Mary", he later used the melody in his famous VI Symphony, the first notes of the tune were also carved into the dolomite memorial bench. Today, the bench is equipped with a technical solution with the aid of which you can listen to the composer's music and information related to him.

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24 hours

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  • Wheelchair access

Getting there

You can reach the Tchaikovsky's Bench when you walk along the promenade, from there to Supeluse street and back to the beach promenade, drive towards the direction of the Promenade Hotel. If you travel by car or bus, stop on the Sadama street by the SPA Hotel Laine, and then walk to the waterside from there.

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  • On foot only
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Music and information whille you were sitting on a bench

This is a place to sit after having a walk on a beach side of the city. As you approach the bench, you begin to hear the composer's music and information about him.



Sit and listen to the music

The musician's bench is a great place to relax for a few minutes after walking along the promenade. You can press a button and you will hear some of his music/



Maybe the best bench

This is maybe one of the best locations to be where Tchaikovsky may have once sat. You can listen to his music while musing if he did or didn’t ever sit here.

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