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Free guided walking tours in Haapsalu – summer 2019

Free guided walking tours in Haapsalu from 2nd of July until 1st of August. Every tuesday tours in English and Finnish and every thursday tours in Estonian and Russian. Tours will start at 5pm next to the Haapsalu Tourist Information centre (Karja 15, Haapsalu).

Register yourself as an official Haapsalu vacationer!

From 1st of June to 15th of September, you can register at the Haapsalu Tourist Information Center (Karja 15) as an official Haapsalu vacationer. The idea comes from a resort card in Haapsalu in the first half of the 20th century.

There will be 20 different offer with the resort card.

All the buyers of the resort card will automatically participate in a draw organised on September 16th to win a accommodation package for two at Laine Spa in the value of 130 €.

Resort card history

At the end of the 19th century, the Russian government recognized Haapsalu as a nation-wide resort and giving the right ask resort tax from those who entered the resort. Those who entered in the season were enrolled, asked for a fee, and probably received a receipt or card.

Registering the vacationers continued also during the 1st Estonian time, while there was resort government (together with the address table). From 1st of June to 31st of August, the official holiday season was valid. Drove in holidaymakers had to register in the city government and pay the resort fee if they arrived for longer than 5 days. The resort card provided proof of this obligation. Seasonal fees could be paid for the whole season or for a shorter period. 10 – 16 year-old children were paid half of the fee; the servants, doctors and other public authorities were exempt from the tax. Taxes received by the city council, resort tax was a considerable part of it and was spent on promoting the resort.

People who rented their summerhomes  were also responsible for registering their costumes. The police also caught the vacationers who did not pay the resort tax. In the second half of the 1930s, summer vacationers who had spent 15 and more summers here were recognized with a honour card.

The number of vacationers varied considerably from period to period. The Tsarist period could reach 3000-5000 (more than 2000 population in town), 1930s. In the second half over 3000 vacationers during the season (population ca 4600).

Ice road between Haapsalu and Noarootsi peninsula is open! 15.02.2019

Today at 11am the ice road between Haapsalu and Noarootsi will be open. You can see road situation live in here: tarktee.mnt.ee

Ice road begins at Uus-Sadama street (Vasikaholmi beach) in Haapsalu and ends at Österby port pier. Ice road is 4km long. 

At Noarootsi you can visit Noarootsi shop, Roosta Holiday Village and Dirhami Fish Cafe and tomorrow there will be Noarootsi sauna rally 2019!

Ice road is open 8am-17.30pm.

Depending on a weather conditions there might be unexpected closing of the road. 

Rules of driving on a ice road:

  • ice road is open for traffic only during the light hours, if visibility on a road is less than 300 meters, then access to ice road will be prohibited.
  • recommended speed is less than 25 km/h or between 40-70km/h (on a speed 25-40 km/h vehicle might cause resonant wave that breaks the ice).
  • you can go to a ice road only from marked places, with minimum 2 min between every vehicle.
  • distance between every vehicle must be at least 250 m.
  • it is prohibited to pass the vehicle in front.
  • it is prohibited to drive anywhere else than the marked road.
  • seat belt must be open at all times and you must check if the doors are easy to open.
  • uneven places on a road must be passed with lowest speed possible.
  • it is prohibited to stop the car; speed; drive with snowstorm, with fog or in the dark.

When you are going to the ice road, please save the phone number of responsible inspector, which is marked on a info stand at the beginning of a road. Then you can call help if needed.  

Please don’t drive to any ice road which is officialy not open, it is life-threatening!

Haapsalu culture programme 2019

05.01. RUSSIAN FAIR
The fair will traditionally open at midday on Karja street and will last around two to three hours depending on the wather. You will find a selection of festive and farm food, warm driks and handycraft on offer. The mood will be kept up by a highspirited Slavic vulture programme.
www.kultuurimaja.ee

26.01. SCOTTISH CELEBRATION
A full day of Scottish Culture: curling, music, whiskey, men in kilts, dancing and poetry by Robert Burns.
www.kultuurimaja.ee

30.03. RANNALÕÕTS 2019 COMPETITION PLAYING
A spring event with according playing in Haapsalu. The competition will be held with the accordion and garmoshka playing against each other. 
www.kultuurimaja.ee

25. – 28.04. HAAPSALU’S HORROR AND FANTASY FILM FESTIVAL
Haapsalus’s Horror and Fantasy Film Festival is the biggest genre film festival in the Baltic Sates. It will bring to you the best, boldest and most original action, fantasy and horror films that have been released in recent years. 
www.hoff.ee

31.05 – 01.06. ITALIAN WINE PARTY IN HAAPSALU
During the Italian wine party in Haapsalu you will have an opportunity to taste and rate Italian wines over the course of 2 days.
www.kultuurimaja.ee

01.06. ITALIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Festival will bring  Ricchi e Poveri and Riccardo Fogli to the resort town.
www.monstermusic.ee

05.06. LÄÄNE COUNTY’S FOLK PARTY “ILMARATAS”
The party held in the bishop’s castle will hold about 1700 singers, dancers and folk mucisians in honour of the XXVII singing festival.
Läänemaa rahvapidu

06.2019 NARGENFESTIVAL’S KREEK DAYS
Nargenfestival has been a memorable event that celebrates people living close to the sea in the local area. The summer party that values music bu Cyrillus Kreek and Veljo Tormis who are famos traditional artists. The artistic director of festival is Tõnu Kaljuste.
www.nargenfestival.ee

26. – 29.06. HAAPSALU’S TCHAIKOVSKY FESTIVAL
The Tchaikovsky Festival returns and this time the concerts take place in historic and cosy avenues which give the festival a boutique like vibe. 
www.tchaikovskyfestival.ee

07.2019 THE OPENING OF HAAPSALU CASTLE 
The castle was founded in the middle of the 13th century and was in use until the end of the 17th century. These days, the Castle has a museum and in July a new customer interactive museum and visitor centre about the middle ages will be opened.
www.salm.ee

12. – 14.07. AMERICAN BEAUTY CAR SHOW 
American Beauty Car Show is an international event that is directed to american cars and culture lovers since 2001. American Beauty Car Show is one of the most unique car events in nearby countries for it’s location and concept. The event consists of car exhibition, reunion, drag race, glorious american car cruising through the city and of course entertainment by local and international bands. 
www.america.ee

19. – 20. 07. ROCK IN HAAPSALU 
The Rock Festival In Haapsalu is held for the third time and will bring jazz and pop star Katie Melua along with the romance king Chris de Burgh to Estonia.
www.rockinhaapsalu.ee

24. – 28.07. HAAPSALU EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL
An old music festival that started in 1994 in the beautiful Resort of Haapsalu is known as one of the weightiest in its genre in the whole of Estonia. It has attracted the attention of many famous musicians in Europe.
www.studiovocale.ee

27. – 28.07. YOGA FESTIVAL
The national Yoga Festival, that is held in Haapsalu for the 8th time, will bring cosiness a magical atmosphere and life in nice tents to Haapsalus’s fortress. The main act is the charming yoga instructor and mucisian Justin Michael Williams from the USA.
www.joogafestival.ee

02. – 04.08. AUGUST BLUES FESTIVAL
August Bluesfest will transform Haapsalu into a paradise for blues lovers for the 26th year. The main concerts of the festival will be held over two nights on the grounds of the ancient bishop’s castle. During the day workshops are held, a traditional acoustic concert in the railway station and a poetry concert at the Kuusaal.
www.augustibluus.ee

10.08. RANNALÕÕTS 2019 
The summery Rannalõõts concert is held for the 8th time on Haapsalus promenade with vendors from the coastal villages.
www.kultuurimaja.ee

10.08. PROMENADE OF FLAVOURS
A fun summery food festival will bring over fifty different street food vendors from Estonia and elsewhere to the streets of Haapsalu for the 4th time. The night will conclude with a traditional midnight retro disco which will get the whole buzzing vibe and the streets dancing.
www.visithaapsalu.com

16. – 18.08. THE WHITE LADY TIME AND HAAPSALU 740
During the closest weekend of August’s full moon Haapsalu’s old town will turn into a buzzing faigound where a colorful culture programme will be held from the early hours of the moring until the crach of dawn. When the darkness hits The White Lady open air show will be played at the Castle grounds. In addition to this Haapsalu’s 740th anniversary celebrations will be held.
www.kultuurimaja.ee

18.08. HAAPSALUS’S 8th LACE DAY
A day full of Lace of Haapsalu! A traditional lace day awaits for all of the knitting lovers and the admirers of Estonian cultural heritage. There will be workshops dedicated to lace, exhibitions and a fashion show. The main act of the day will be the knitting competition.
www.haapsalusall.ee

06. – 08.09. XV NOSTALGIC DAYS
A parade with soviet vechicles, trick driving and an outdoor exibition. Different shows, concerts, thematic restnights, filmprogrammes and a other events will be held across the town.
FB: Nostalgiapäevad

07. – 17.11. LÄÄNE COUNTY’S FOOD WEEK
During the dark nights of November the streets will be lit up in the lights of cosy food places. During the West County’s food week different restaurants, cafe’s and other food providers will offer special menus put together with quality produce.
www.laanemaatoit.ee

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Winter evening in Haapsalu Oldtown

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On 1st of December a lot of enterprises will be opened longer than usual and they are offering special menus and sales.
The main event of the evening will be 18:00 at Lossiplats when Christmas time in Haapsalu is opened.

13th Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (HÕFF) will take place from 27th to 29th of April 2018

Haapsalu Horror & Fantasy Film Festival is a three-day independent festival focusing on the best genre films from recent years, exploring the darker and odder side of cinema: from fantasy to horror, forgotten classics and special retrospectives to extreme films.

The festival has a vibrant event schedule including thematic events and parties, all taking place in Haapsalu, a seaside town in Western Estonia known for its healing mud and a haunting castle!

Read more about: http://2017.hoff.ee/eng/festival
Festival passes: http://bit.ly/HÕFF2018Pass