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 Georg Ots Spa Hotel tennis courts are situated next to the yacht harbour in Kuressaare. Racquets and balls can be borrowed from Reception. And after a hard game, why not relax in the spa's pools and saunas?
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93813
St. John's Church in Saare County is one of the few baroque country churches built in Estonia before the Great Northern War. It was named after the patriarch of Alexandria, St. John the Merciful, who was the protector of the poor and the sick. The church building was completed around 1703 and rebuilt in 1840. The Late Classicist west tower was completed as late as in 1842. The keystone, which was removed when the tower was being built, was placed in the rock garden of the church. In the church, there is a four-register organ, which still works, although it was built as early as in 1890. Today, the owner and user of the church is the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John of Saare County.
Jaani küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94653
Visitors to the water park can use the four-lane standard size swimming pool.  Children can have fun with the 52-metre water slide and in the children's pool. The Jacuzzi can accommodate ten people.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93810
The monument was erected to commemorate those who lost their lives in the War of Independence (1918-1920). The author of the monument is Amandus Adamson, a well-known sculptor in Estonia whose best known work is the Russalka (mermaid) monument in Tallinn. The construction of the monument began in Italy in 1927. The monument was opened in 1928. Later 2 bronze plates were added to the monument containing the names of the inhabitants of Saaremaa who were wounded or have died in the war. Good to know: This figure is not the original. The original was tossed into the sea by Soviet troops and was never found. A local sculptor from Saaremaa recreated it.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93819
Muhu Adventure Park has places to climb and heights to defeat that are perfect for both the old and the young, as well as for beginners and the advanced.  The total length of the trails is about 1,200 meters. The trails are interesting and challenging. Our most difficult trails are definitely one of the most challenging trails in Estonia. In the summer, you can try night climbing, box climbing, and wall climbing. There is a playground, a sandpit, and swings for children. If you are not interested in climbing, you can also explore the Soviet military tracks. The nature and study trail near the adventure park provides insights into the military heritage and species of plants, birds, and insects that can be found in the area.
Piiri küla, küla, Muhu vald, vald, 94730
According to the legend Piret, the wife of Suur Tõll, was carrying rocks to Audla for a sauna stove that was being built. Unfortunately her apron strings were torn and a rock hit her foot. She started crying because of all the pain and sadness. Her tears dropped all around and formed into a bog. The bog is still called the Naistesoo, 'The Women's Bog' in Estonian. Good to know: The Boulder is 6.1 m long, 5.8 m wide, 3.8 m high and its circumference is 17.9 m.
Kõiguste küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94421
In 2008, two wrecks of ancient ships were discovered in the ground in Salme rural municipality which changed the course of naval history. This is the oldest ship wreck found in Estonia that dates back to the 8th century. The ship was discovered with the skeletal remains of seven people, two swords, a couple of spear heads, about ten knives, gaming pieces and some dice. According to archaeologists, this find is unique in the entire Europe because never before has anyone discovered a so-called warrior burial dating from that period and containing so many fallen warriors. The ancient ships were covered with soil after research was completed. Today, a row of concrete benches indicating the size of the ships and an information board stand at the site.
Salme alevik, alevik, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93201
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 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
In 2012, the former house of the Vilsandi Lighthouse keeper that was built in the 1870s was restored and renovated into a low-energy building. In addition to information on the history of the building, there are displays on the use of alternative sources of energy, and the principles of renovation and low energy consumption. Art and cultural treasures are also displayed for an aesthetic touch.  The atelier-hall in the building accommodates up to 75 people for concerts. A seminar room, sauna, handicraft workshop, kitchen and atelier can all be rented. Excursions are available for groups of up to 8 persons.   More information available here: 
Vilsandi küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93421

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