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!

It is believed that a local pharmacist came up with the idea of building a Kuursaal (resort hall).  Construction took eight months, and it was officially opened on 11 June 1889. In the centre part, the so-called White Hall, housed a restaurant, while the right wing was home to a summer theatre and the left wing was used for a kitchen area and offices. The theatre mostly hosted performances by ensembles from Germany, but Estonian actors started appearing here after World War I. Good to know *In 1989 the kuursaal was named 'Best Building in Soviet Estonia 1988' *Today the Kuursaal accommodates a cafe, concerts and an open air cinema. There are cosy rooms in the guesthouse on the second floor. 
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93815
The church together with the gates from dolomite and surrounding wall is under protection as architectural memory. The church built in 1790 is three-naved in low-key late classicistic style. Interesting is built at the same time three-part gate. On each side of its main entrance wall surface hang two half-columns with Doric serifs. Interesting to know: Church was built by order of Catherine the II. Since the congregation was established there were 30 priests.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93816
All-natural materials and crafts made with love. Simple design. It is these principles that are the basis for all Sarapiku felt products. Real things. Made from real wool. We look forward to welcoming you at a modern handicraft farm. Here, you can pet sheep and participate in workshops. You can get to know the daily activities of the felt shop, talk with the family, and buy our products. Call us in advance!
Kaubi küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93882
Our small unique spa provides visitors with comfort and privacy. The spa offers a variety of treatments and massages for women, men, children, and young people, as well as a wide selection of different baths. We use products by the leading French cosmetics brand Cinq Mōndes and the magnificient Japanese brand Forlle'd. In addition to enjoying our warm water swimming pool, you can relax in our hot tub as well as our Finnish and steam saunas. Smaller groups can book the cosy infrared or private sauna, which also includes a Finnish and a steam sauna, and a spacious relaxation room with a hot tub. Throughout the year, we offer exciting training courses and seminars in our Tervise Boutique (Health Boutique) series.    
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93816
What makes Arensburg Spa so special is its cosiness and privacy. It offers a range of treatments and massages for ladies, genetlemen, children and youngsters, and also a wide variety of baths. We use leading French spa brands Cinq Môndes and Matis, as well as the luxurious Japanese series Forlle. In addition to the warm water pool, you can relax in the jacuzzi and the Finnish and steam saunas. Small groups can make use of our comfortable infrared or private saunas that have a jacuzzi. Exciting training events and seminars are held all-year-round as part of the Tervise Boutique range.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93816
Kiipsaare lighthouse was completed in 1933 and is 26 metres high. Initially, the lighthouse was constructed about 100 m from the coast; however, due to changes in the shoreline, it is now located in sea waters. Because of strong storms and waves, the lighthouse that is standing on a steep coast became tilted years ago. Therefore, the lighthouse received a nickname the Pisa Tower of Saaremaa. Strong gusts of wind and waves pushed the lighthouse into a more upright position later. Good to know: As the lighthouse is located on the territory of Vilsandi National Park, it can only be accessed on foot. The distance from car park to the lighthouse is about 4 km, and the lighthouse can only be viewed from the outside.
Kõruse-Metsaküla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93443
The Kuressaare episcopal castle, also known as the Kuressaare Castle, was built in the 14th century. Today, the castle houses the Saaremaa Museum. The permanent exhibition about the history of Saaremaa is in the cloister of the upper floor and in two big halls. The permanent exhibition of contemporary history is made up of two parts. The exhibition "Saaremaa 1939–49", which was completed in 2005, is in the three halls of the northeastern wing of the castle. The 2011 exhibition "Saaremaa 1950–94" is on the four floors of the Defence Tower. The department of nature of the Saaremaa Museum shows the bedrock, climate, and coast of Saaremaa. Children will find the department of nature especially exciting thanks to its different animals and birds.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93810
Ööriku Church was completed on the basis of a standard design in 1873, in honour of the Holy Trinity. The limestone five-domed church is in the shape of a Greek cross and built on four arcs. In 1900, the church was expanded and received a three-storey clock tower with a pyramid-shaped roof. The Ööriku Orthodox congregation itself was opened much earlier, in 1846, when it had the name of St. John's congregation. Later, it was re-named as Ööriku congregation. Before the church was completed, services were held in a stone barn in Tagavere farm and in a wooden building in Kavandi village. The Ööriku Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity is in the area of administration of the Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church. The Ööriku Holy Trinity congregation uses the church.
Ööriku küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94642
The making of the manor began in 1558. The mansion has its primal wide front stairway although building of the mansard floor on top of it and widening the windows has had a severe deforming effect. A special article of the manor is a system of paths and courses that are originated from the 18th century. These are surrounded by low stone walls with classy gates which are all well maintained. Good to know: Today there's an accommodation available in the manor. Now there is a hall for visitors that has a capacity of 100 people.
Jõgela küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93312
One-naved classicistic Kuressaare St. Laurence Church was established at the current location in 17th century. Individuality to the church is given by decorative details from dolomite. The pulpit and altar wall of the church are hewed from dolomite, all along the building is surrounded by columnar balcony. In the church You can see the first Sauer instrument of Estonia, the only organ of Kuressaare city. Interesting to know: Unique baptismal stone comes from crushed in 1944 Anseküla medieval church; Altar painting „Kolgata” author is Carl Siegismund Walther; The Empire style pin broach is inspired by St. Petersburg buildings.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93811

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