Posti 43, Haapsalu, Estonia
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Bishop's Castle in Haapsalu
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Travel Tips for Haapsalu
It is said that on a moonlight night in August one can see a lady´s figure in one of these windows of the Dome church.
The story tells that the lady who was the dean´s lover, challenged the destiny and stepped over the castle´s threshold.
The punishment was very severe - she was buried alive in the walls of the castle! And thus she appears there once in a year. Unfortunately it was July and a daytime when we visited Haapsalu, so I can't really tell if this is true...
See the old castle at the...
See the old castle at the heart of Haapsalu! Every now and again they arrange a temporary outside disco/concert inside the castle-ruins. A must! The town has several very small and lovely little restaurants. A walk in the old city combined with a great dinner is all it takes in Haapsalu.
his is the old fortress, in...
his is the old fortress, in the old center of the city.Arounded by a nice garden, it is very good for walking and resting. You can go on the tower and see all the city and the sea.If it is good weather you can also see the 2 bigger islands in front of Haapsalu Hiuuma and Vormsi. this is the old station.It is famous because here was taked the famous movie' Anna Karenina'.
Haapsalu is a centre of knitting and their most famous products are fine, lace-like scarves. These scarves are made from very thin wool and can be pulled through a ring, they say - I have not yet tried with mine but it might work. They come in many different patterns.
In a building along the Swedish Market, address Ehte 4, you can see a small exhibition on Haapsalu scarves, the different patterns etc. They even have bridal dresses knitted in the traditional patterns on display - marvelous.
The building also contains some arts and crafts shops where you can buy the scarves and other local artisans' products of excellent quality. The price for a scarf is, depending on pattern and size, in the range of 650 to 850 EEK (2009), which is not much for elaborate handicraft like this.
Obolon Bar - A place where only Russian is spoken
We were walking outside and after having doing sightseeing for many hours we felt thursty and our feet started to ache; it was already evening. We decided to go to the nearest place; just to drink one beer and then back to the hotel.
We went in - and wanted to turn back. The place, at first look, did not look very nice, there was too much light and the tables looked like those long tables where kids eat at communal schools. We decided anyhow that OK, one beer, it doesn't take long.
Quite soon we realized that no-one spoke Estonian...nor English or other languages. I think we found one bartender during the evening who understood Estonian (we Finns understand some Estonian and vice versa). We had to use the very few Russian words and expressions we knew. We noticed that this was the place where the Russian people of Haapsalu met each other. Not the place for Estonians.
For some reason, after having followed the life inside, we noticed the people were really having fun. No dancefloor in the little bar, but they danced like crazy. Russian pop music and sometimes some waltz or more adult music. It was really interesting to follow...
...until we were taken with! Some people literally danced to us and pulled us from our arms to the dancefloor! It was kind of funny, but the people were really honest and hearty. We spoke with our hands, they spoke Russian to us, we answered in Finnish or English or Estonian.
We ended up to stay in the place until they closed in, in the whee hours of the morning! A different, fun night indeed.
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