Ilon’s Wonderland

Western Estonia & the Islands

Showcasing the works of Estonian-Swedish illustrator Ilon Wikland, who spent her childhood in Haapsalu and is best known for her illustrations for the Pippi Longstocking books, this gallery is fabulously set up for kids, with many artworks hung at their viewing level, plus opportunities to get crafty, play, and watch a film on the eponymous illustrator.

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1. Town Hall Museum

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Built in 1775, Haapsalu's former town hall now houses a charming little museum with displays on the history of the resort town, regional history, a re…

2. St John’s Lutheran Church

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Although it has its roots in the 16th century, the exterior of this whitewashed church owes much to a renovation in 1858. Inside, look out for the…

3. Birdwatching Tower

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Broad, shallow, reedy Haapsalu Bay is a key habitat for migrating waterfowl in Estonia, and is listed as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance…

4. Haapsalu Episcopal Castle

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Haapsalu’s crumbling heart is its bishop’s castle, which was western Estonia’s centre of command from the 13th to the 16th centuries but now stands in…

5. Haapsalu Kuursaal

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This fairy-tale wooden confection, painted pale green and white, sits plumb on the waterfront, surrounded by rose gardens. Stepping into the airy spa hall…

6. Africa Beach

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People still take to the waters at this pint-sized beach, despite the water being murky and full of weeds. It earned its name from the statues of wild…

7. Promenaadi

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8. Tchaikovsky Bench

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Erected to commemorate the visits of Tchaikovsky to Haapsalu, this stone bench is inscribed with the first few notes of his VI Symphony. There's also an…