Saaremaa attractions

Saaremaa has always attracted its guests with our wildlife, history and friendly people. Add some beautiful sandy beaches and joyful culture events for a truly memorable holiday. The top 6 Saaremaa attractions throughout the years have been:

 

  • Kuressaare bishopric castle-fortification, telling a colourful story of the past of Saaremaa with its rooms full of history. Today the castle houses the Saaremaa Museum.
  • Kaali meteorite crater, demonstrating the power and unpredictability of the nature. The approximate time of Kaali meteorite fall is 7500-7600 years ago. Meteorite fall caused big damages on already inhabited Saaremaa, it could be compared to explosion of atomic bomb.
  • Angla windmill hill and heritage culture centre, teaching us about ancient traditions and way of life. Four out of the five windmills on Angla Windmill mount are typical trestle windmills characteristic of the island of Saaremaa. A slightly taller windmill is Dutch-style windmill. At Angla heritage cultural centre you can take part of number of workshops - trying your hand at pottery, felting, bread-making and more.
  • Panga bluff, painting a picture of the Ice Age, crust uplift and ancient plant and insect fossils. Panga cliff is the highest bedrock outcrop in western Estonia and its islands.
  • Vilsandi National Park, allowing us to admire the beauty of wildlife in orchids, flocks of migrating birds and lighthouses. Vilsandi is the oldest nature protection area in the Baltics, founded as a bird reserve in 1910.
  • Sääre lighthouse, which is the highest with it’s 52 meters in the Baltic Sea, guarantees a beautiful view to the surroundings from the viewing platform
Top attractions in Kuressaare
Top attractions on Saaremaa

In addition to traditional attractions...

... sunny hiking trails, galleries full of art, handicraft workshops, architecture full of history and unspoiled wildlife are yours to discover. For more inspiration read our travel magazine Visit Saaremaa online here. From the magazine you will find inspiration for where to go and what to do, what to eat on the island. You can read about local folk clothing and bonnets (tanud) and about the convent at Reomäe. Saaremaa waits to be discovered!

The unique Kaali Meteoritics and Limestone Museum provides an overview of the study of meteorites in Estonia and around the world, and displays fossils and other discoveries found on the island of Saaremaa. Visit and soak up the powerful energy of the Sihhote-Alini meteorite, or take an opportunity to marvel at the museum's Kaali meteorite films.
Kaali küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94143
The windmill was opened to visitors on May 17th 1980. The predecessor of a windmill is a quern, which was first turned manually, then with the power of water and later also wind. Small farm windmills of Western Estonia and the islands are rather unique nature in the rural architecture; similar features can be noted in Scandinavia and Western Finland. Good to know: Although the windmills have lost their economic importance by today, the Eemu trestle windmill has remained the acknowledged symbol in Muhu, enriching the landscape and witnessing the tough work, done by our ancestors.
Linnuse küla, küla, Muhu vald, vald, 94727
Carl Oswald Bulla, a photographer from the Russian Imperial Chamber, is certainly the best-known photographer who has ever lived in Estonia. His success is closely connected with the Russian emperor's court, but he also photographed the city of St. Petersburg and the Sõrve Peninsula.The photographer left Russia in 1918 and moved to Saaremaa. He lived and worked in Sõrve for 11 years, capturing photographs of the islanders in folk costumes and their activities. The exhibition of the house museum consists of two parts – one gives an overview of the photographer's work in Russia, and the other of the final years of his life on Saaremaa. In addition to many photos, you can also see Carl Bulla's treasured camera.
Iide küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93101
Hoppet (Hope), the most beautiful ship of the Republic and the only remaining fore-and-aft schooner of the era, was built in 1926 and is still sailing the seas! Up to 50 people can board the ship at once. The salon of Admiral von Bellingshausen seats 22. There are a total of seven cabins in the ship, accommodating 26. Concerts on board, sunset and bay voyages, Abruka Island. There is a galley (kitchen), a bar, two toilets, fresh water, and a shower. The ship was renovated in 2011–2014 and offers charter voyages on the gulf and to islands. It is also possible to organise celebrations and weddings onboard. Welcome abroad Hoppet!
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93815
On the west coast of Saaremaa, you will find one of the most unique farm museums in Estonia – the Mihkli Farm Museum. Mihkli is a farm typical of western Saaremaa, with many architectural sights and interesting items. There was no need to search for items for this farm museum – in addition to a complete set of buildings, it had a rich collection of everyday items. Almost all of the items were made by the inhabitants of this farm. Good to know: eight generations of a single family have lived in the farm.
Viki küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93454
The mill was constructed in 1899 on the location of the Kuressaare First Apostolic Orthodox Church. The windmill was operational until 1941. After the war, it was used as a storage and the living quarters of the miller were used as a flat. In order to improve catering options in Kuressaare, the mill was rebuilt into a café. During the renovations, an effort was made to preserve the original structures of the Dutch stone windmill. In 1974, Café Veski was opened for visitors. Immediately after opening, the café became one of the most popularplaces in town, and today, it is the oldest working catering business in Kuressaare.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93814
We welcome visitors from near and far! For more than ten summers, archers have gathered in the courtyard of Kuressaare Castle and set up their scoresheets, bows-crossbows-arrows, and invited both young and old visitors to try out their skills.  They are happy to instruct anyone who has never picked up a bow and arrow before. You can also rely on them to help you choose the right bow and arrows for you. 6 arrows will cost you €2, while a bow and a handful of arrows for 15 minutes will cost you €6, and half an hour €10.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93810
Thule offers protection from the winds! The expositions of the Alternative History Musesum of Thule Koda introduce the world-historical role of Saaremaa as the Ultima Thule. The mythical journey of the ancient Greek explorer Pytheas can be enjoyed through various expositions and games. The exhibits are humorous and somewhat self-ironic and their motto is ‘Don't believe everything that you see!’ The stylish and comfortable Thule Hall and private and cosy Kaali Hall in the THULE CINEMA offer a versatile programme for both young and old guests. The café serves light meals and drinks.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93814
Leisi alevik, alevik, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94202
At the activity centre, you can spend some lovely time, take a step back in time (for a couple of hundred years), and try everything out on your own. The building, which is nearly 200 years old, includes a hall of guns and armour, a medieval torture chamber, an ancient clothing showroom, and an artisan's workshop. In the courtyard, you can try shooting a bow or a crossbow, pet rabbits, see a water wheel with a unique area for water games, a ballista, a smithy, visit an area for woodwork, try coin minting, play other skill and mind games, and much more. But let us leave that for you to discover. It is possible to organise celebrations and events for groups outside the opening hours of the centre at an agreed price.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93811

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