Haapsalu is a major seaside resort famous for its range of spa hotels and fine beach. The old town is popular too and Haapsalu Castle, haunted by a white lady, hosts many events including various music festivals.

Haapsalu, formed in 1279, is well-known for its historic and maritime ambience, warm sea water, curative mud baths and friendly residents.

Haapsalu is a wonderful little town with narrow streets, a miniature town hall and romantic wooden dwelling houses. On the seaside promenade standsKuursaal, one of the finest wooden buildings in all Estonia.

The first Haapsalu mud spa opened its doors in 1825 and since then Haapsalu has attracted spa lovers from all over the world including the Old Russian czars.

The Dome Church of Haapsalu is the biggest single-naved church in the Baltic States and is the most important historical and cultural monument of the town.

A small yellow house in Linda Street is the childhood home of Ilon Wikland, who grew up there and later illustrated children's books by the world famous Swedish writer Ast­rid Lind­gren.

Haapsalu is well known for its White Lady Days, Old Music Festival, Violin Festival and the August Blues Festival. Throughout the summer the streets and the open-air stages of Episcopal Castle are filled with folk music, opera and rock.

Haapsalu will not only appeal to lovers of mud baths, history or different festivals but also to those people who enjoy sandy beaches, parks and peaceful surroundings.

It's an ideal location for families and romantic couples who enjoy having picnics,walking, visiting spas and taking mud baths, sailing and swimming.

And if you are in Haapsalu, don't forget to buy a typical unique hand-woven woollen Haapsalu shawl, which are known locally as "miracles in lace".

Legend of the White Lady - On the Baptistery's circular window built into the southern wall of Haapsalu Dome Church a female figure appears during the full moon nights in August.


Toimetaja: TÕNU PARBUS