The tourist information about Haapsalu makes quite a point about the fact that Piotr Tchaikovsky spent some time during the summer months of 1867 in Haapsalu and indeed was inspired by a folk song heard in the town from which he developed the melody for his sixth symphony.Apparently the composer would sit on the promenade and watch the sun go down...more
I'm not a railway enthusiast but I couldn't help but be impressed by the small collection of engines that are located at the sidings at the old station. Sadly there is no longer a working rail service connecting the town to a national rail network but the building is itself a bit of a museum piece. The town's website provides further details about...more
The best is to go there with bikes! Really, you can buy map of the island in the Hullo Kauplus (one of the shops). There you can see the lighthouse. It sounds pretty funny, i know :) But there are just those small and funny things! Anyway you can really enjoy it because the coast is so beautiful. Also there is a path, you will be able to see it on...more
Rain shoes, warm jacket, rain coat, umbrella! It can be really windy and cold. Mosquito spray. Anything what is necessary for you. Because when i was there, there were only 2 shops open. They have only the most important things there. So you the best what is really essential for you :) You should have battery - i was desperate for one :)! Also...more
The castle belonged to vassals of feudal state Bishopric of Ösel-Wiek - Western part of nowadays Estonia as well as part of Saaremaa and part of Hiiumaa. It was built in 15th century, but didn't last for a long. It was destroyed already in 16th century. Now the ruined walls are few metres high, but it really looks that there is almost nothing. That's because grass and bush is growing on the ruins. It is located near the sea on the left side of the road (if coming from port) some 200 m behind the petrol station. You can see on this page how the castle once looked: http://www.virtsu.ee/ajalugu/linnus.html.
The reserve centre is in Penijõe Manor, an 1835 example of the manor houses that Estonia is known for. The trails start from here and, in particular, lead to an observation tower, the view from which gives a good idea of the habitat on the reserve. I visited in mid July - and any bird-watcher will tell you this is not the best time because very little is singing, (except, on this occasion, a few warblers and a Golden Oriole near the manor house).
The storks nest near the manor house. Any bird-watchers reading this will be more interested to learn that, while I was taking this photograph, a pair of adult White-tailed Eagles was circling high overhead. An impressive list of what may be seen at the right time of year can be found on the website below under "Nature".