Flights to Haapsalu
Situated on the west coast of Estonia, Haapsalu is a seaside resort town that has been referred to as the Venice of the North because of its abundant water. Haapsalu has been a popular seaside getaway for Estonians for many years, and is now being discovered by tourists from around the world.
Haapsalu doesn’t have its own airport but the next closest one that handles major international flights to Haapsalu is the Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport (airport code: TLL), just a little under 100 kilometres away. There are several public buses that go between the two cities. Travelling from South Africa, South African Airways and Lufthansa both offer the same route for their flights to Haapsalu, stopping once in Frankfurt. Virgin Atlantic also stops once, but in London.
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The Tourist Attractions of Haapsalu:
Being a seaside town, one of the main attractions in Haapsalu are the beaches, and the surprisingly warm sea water, but this isn’t all that Haapsalu offers tourists. The town is also renowned for its healing mud baths, and it has a pretty charm and atmosphere that make this a popular destination with visitors of all ages.
Since 1825 Haapsalu has been curing people with its sea muds, beginning when a military doctor set up the first establishment to treat people. Today there are still several of these places around Haapsalu that you can enjoy a special therapeutic mud treatment, and this is one of the town’s popular things to do!
In terms of landmarks, the major one for the town is Haapsalu Castle. It was founded in the 13th century and was added to many times over the following centuries, but eventually fell into disrepair. The castle has been restored and is now one of the best preserved in Estonia. Within the castle confines is Haapsalu Cathedral, which was built in 1260, plus there is a castle museum to visit, and if you’re here during a full moon look out for Estonia’s most famous ghost, the White Lady.
Museums in Haapsalu
For a relatively small town Haapsalu has a good selection of museums. As well as the one within Haapsalu Castle, there is a general history museum that’s set within the old town hall in the centre of town. This is the Laanemaa Museum and its exhibits are constantly changing.
The historic Haapsalu Railway Station is home of the Estonian Railway Museum where you’ll find historic trains and carriages. The railway station itself is also an attraction with its long covered platform and architecture designed to please the Russian Tsars who used to holiday here.
Another museum in Haapsalu is the Museum of the Coastal Swedes and it introduces visitors to the culture of the Swedes who used to live in this part of coastal Estonia, while the Haapsalu Shawl Museum celebrates one of the industries that Haapsalu is famous for, fine shawl making.
Africa Beach is the main beach for Haapsalu and as well as being a place where you can come and swim in the renowned warm waters there are other attractions too. The promenade is popular, and there’s a children’s playground if you’re visiting Haapsalu with children.
When Should You Visit?:
The average high temperatures over the summer in Haapsalu aren’t particularly high, though daily highs can sometimes be a lot higher, reaching up into the high 20’s or even the low 30’s on occasion. July is usually the warmest month though, when the average high is 20.8C. Winters are the longest season, and temperatures drop down low, making this unfavourable for sightseeing.