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!

Vilsandi Lighthouse was built in 1809. The important lighthouse was renovated several times, the most recent extensive repairs were done in 1957 and the lighthouse has not changed since. The period from 1910 to 1941, when the lighthouse was managed by Mr Artur Toom, was one of the most interesting in the history of Vilsandi Lighthouse. He established the Vaika Bird Protection Area, which grew into Vilsandi National Park. Interesting facts: • The height of Vilsandi Lighthouse from its foot is 37 metres and it is 40 metres above sea level. • Visibility from Vilsandi Lighthouse is 18 nautical miles.
Vilsandi küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93421
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93810
During World War II, many battles between the German and the Soviet forces took place on the Sõrve peninsula. To reach the most powerful and the most modern coastal defence battery in Saaremaa, leave the Sääre-Kaugatuma road on its 3rd kilometre. On the 4th kilometre of this road, about a hundred metres West of the road, there is the Sebel commando point with a concrete obelisk erected nearby. Good to know: The battery watchtower has been preserved. The Stebel battery consisted of the commando point, two underground cannon towers, watchtower, boiler house and the army campus.
Sääre küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93249
St. Madeline's Church in Ruhnu is the oldest known wooden building still standing in Estonia - its construction was started in 1643. After the Ruhnu Swedish left, the purpose of this house of God was forgotten for half a century. The wooden church was newly consecrated in 1999. Good to know: The collection of glass paintings from the Ruhnu wooden church is located in the History Museum in Stockholm. The oldest parts of the building are the polygonal choir and altar, and the nave. The altar is covered with a thin, polished stone slate; the oaken frame stands on sand and is open towards the south.
Ruhnu küla, küla, Ruhnu vald, vald, 93001
There are previous written memos about Kõljala manor dating from 1509. The earliest parts of the building preserved till nowadays in cellar of the main house however date from 17th century. Even though the master house of those days was one-storied limestone building it is known that the rooms were illuminated by ten brass chandeliers, in front of the windows were gold-braid curtains and on the walls twelve big Flemish carpets. New bigger construction period took place in the manor in 18th century. Interesting to know: In the manor there is 400 volume library consisting mainly of classics works from 17-18th centuries.
Kõljala küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94102
Small Loona manor-house in Kihelkonna is a vivid example of a long and complex story of reaching it's present form. Oldest parts of the building date back to Middle Ages, the cellar uses battlements of an old vassal-castle. Next major stage of building took place in 1785-6, when the building was given most of it's present appearance. Good to know: A pleasant park is attached to the complex. It used to have a multitude of park pavilions in a variety of designs, and decorative details made of dolomite, such as a lion statue, crater vases etc.
Loona küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93431
Kuressaare Theatre, which is thought to have been constructed in the early 19th century, has previously played host to the Estonian Society and was also the summer home of the Secret Adviser of St Petersburg. With a history rich in tradition, the building was given a new lease on life in the early 1990s when cultural figures from the island of Saaremaa were once again gripped by the utopian idea of restoring the theatre. And today that's what we have once more - Kuressaare Theatre, in its very own building!
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93819
This museum is to be found in the village of Jööri, in the centre of the island of Saaremaa. Located on Madise farm, it has exhibitions and displays of farm architecture, tools and household items from times past. The small blacksmiths on the farm is the ideal place to watch the smithy at work, and the owner will happily help you create your very own lucky nail!
Jööri küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94332
The earlier history of the manor begins in the sixteenth century. In the end of the seventeenth century, an orchard was created in addition to the wooden mansion and other manor buildings. By the middle of the nineteenth century, the number of peasants had risen up to two hundred. The lawn in front of the main building is framed by two rows of imposing stone outbuildings. Good to know: It is most likely that the stable and carriage shed were built first. The manor had its own windmill, lime kiln, and brickfield. Today, the mansion is occupied by the luxurious SPA hotel. Restaurant Alexander, which has been awarded several titles, offers the best food in the most central and honourable place of the manor house.
Pädaste küla, küla, Muhu vald, vald, 94716
Summer, sun, island, history – all you need is a sunset, the sea, and good music. You will find all this on the concert and sunset cruises on the sailing ship Hoppet in Kuressaare Bay, Saaremaa. The ship departs from Kuressaare Castle on summer evenings and it can accommodate up to 50 guests. There are concerts for everyone: lovers of ethno and traditional music, jazz, sailors' songs, and contemporary digital music. Book a private tour or join a planned event (tickets can be found on Facebook and the website). We also serve local coastal dishes and craft drinks on board.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93815

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