Railway & Communication Museum

Western Estonia & the Islands

Haapsalu’s attractive former train station, with its wooden-lace ornamentation and grand colonnade, opened in 1907 to transport the Russian nobility to the resort. Designed to keep the royals dry, its 214m-long covered platform was then said to be the longest in the empire. This boxcar-sized museum records the golden years of train travel, and there are antique locomotives to explore outside. Six times a day in summer, a road train runs between here and Old Town (€5).

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2. Haapsalu Episcopal Castle

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5. Ilon’s Wonderland


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