Haapsalu a resort town on the West-Coast of Estonia. Haapsalu is most known for its curative mud, but the history of Haapsalu dates back to 1279, when it was chartered and became the centre of Saare-Lääne Bishopric for the next 300 years. Those early days remain today with the Episcopal castle with the biggest single, nave cathedral in the Baltic states. In the 19th century, Haapsalu became famous for its shawls, a delicate handcraft made by local women.
The cultural centre of town, the Promenade, and the Assembly Hall, built in 1898, are places where they can take a picturesque walk along the seaside. Narrow streets with early XXth century wooden houses bring you to the sea. Haapsalu has been called the Nordic Venice for this plenitude of water. The railway station is one of the architectural masterpieces in Estonia and since 1997 it has been home to the Estonian Railway Museum. The Old Music Festival, the strings festival Violin Plays and the Pjotr Tchaikovsky Music Festival are specially activity in the summer. Traditional sports in Haapsalu are fencing and ice-boat sailing.
A summer street basketball contest also offer much of interest people. The reconstruction of the sports stadium in 1996 has brought a good development of sports tourism.