- Old Town
- tel, info: 472 4470
- 10:00-18:00 Tue-Sun mid-May-mid-Sep
Lonely Planet review for Bishop's Castle
Haapsalu's unpolished gem is the 13th-century Bishop's Castle. Today the fortress stands in partial but very picturesque ruins. A turreted tower, most of the outer wall and some of the moat remain. To learn about the castle's history and see some dramatically displayed cassocks and medieval weaponry, don't miss the museum and dome church. The church is actually a Roman-Gothic cathedral, with three inner domes - the largest such structure in the Baltics - and its acoustics are phenomenal.
The cathedral was not strictly Roman Catholic from the start, due to the lukewarm welcome Christianity received in these parts. It was assimilated into the Episcopal stronghold in the second half of the 13th century. Concerts are regularly held here. Inside the church keep your eyes peeled for the ghost of the White Lady. For fine views, you can climb the tower. There's a medieval-themed restaurant in the castle grounds.