Many famous people from St.Petersburg have spent their summers in Haapsalu. The most remarkable among them:
– a world famous Russian composer Pjotr Tšaikovski. He was in Haapsalu in the summer 1867. A part of his first opera ‘The Vojevood’ and a cycle of instrumental pieces ‘Memories from Haapsalu’ were created here.
– a world famous Russian painter and artist Nikolai Roerich was in Haapsalu twice: in 1880 and 1910. His last visit inspired his well-known works “Beyond the seas there are the great lands” and ‘The Varjaag`s motive’.
– a famous Russian soil scientist, geographer and geologist Vassili Dokushajev visited Haapsalu and participated in an expedition around Haapsalu in 1881.
– a Russian public figure Alexander Gortchakov, who had an important role to play as a leader of the Russian foreign policy during the reign of Alexander II, was most probably born in Haapsalu in 1798.
Establishing a regular steamboat line in 1845 further enhanced the relations between St.Petersburg and Haapsalu. In November 1905, a railway line Haapsalu-Keila was opened, enabling those who were afraid of seasickness take a train to Haapsalu on route St.Petersburg-Tallinn-Keila-Haapsalu.
The Museum of Läänemaa