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Haapsalu is a small town located on a peninsula, surrounded by bays and reeds and islands. For whatever geology reason the terrain here is rising by 3 millimetres per year. Haapsalu once had a sea harbour but this has long been given up. The former harbour basin is turning into a lake. The shores of the bay are covered with reeds, the water is shallow.
Haapsalu has become a laid-back, quiet place, as not to call it 'sleepy'. The town centre mostly consists of one- or two-storey wooden houses, most of them in good shape and painted in pastel colours.
At a closer look the town reveals its much more glorious role in history. In the middle ages it was the seat of the bishops of Ösel-Wiek. Their castle and cathedral are Haapsalu's most impressive sights. Later it became a centre of Swedish trade and culture in Estonia. The last Russian Czar used to spend his summer holidays here. To him the town owes its beautiful train station, which unfortunately is not in use any more.
The little baroque town hall looks tiny next to the castle. Even for the administration of a small town like Haapsalu it... more travel advice
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