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!

Having trouble deciding what to bring home to friends from Muhu? The best choice is Muhu bread – a bread that grew out of a plan to bake delicious bread for the family. Our bread has a nice balance of taste and health – once you try it, you will want more and more of it. The recipe for making a good Muhu bread: first-class bakers, the best ingredients, constant direct feedback from consumers, and constructive cooperation with resellers. The bakery in the dairy building sells fresh bread straight from the oven. You can find us by simply following the pleasant smell.
Liiva küla, küla, Muhu vald, vald, 94701
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
Leisi adventure trail awaits in the centre of Leisi, in a beautiful small pine forest. Many obstacles from different ropes, nets, and cables have been built between the trees (up to 150 cm from the ground) and it takes balance, skills, and strength to tackle these. This is a great place to test yourself physically and to get a rush of adrenaline. The low adventure trail is perfect for children. Useful information: completing the trail is on your own responsibility and no special safety equipment is used.
Leisi alevik, alevik, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94202
Pöide küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94520
The construction of Valjala Church was started in 1227. The oldest part of the church is the choir room to which the nave was later added. At Valjala Church you can see a Romanesque baptismal font from the 13th century, which is believed to be one of the most unique pieces of carved stonework in the Baltic states. In the choir room of the church you can marvel the murals which depict six apostles and are painted at the time when the original chapel was built - the later choir room part. Good to know: * Valjala Church is the oldest stone church built on the territory of Estonia. * In the third quarter of the 13th century, the church was transformed into a fortified church * The church tower was built in the 17th century above the vestry.
Valjala alevik, alevik, Saaremaa vald, vald
This building with its hipped metal roof and limestone first floor blends in perfectly with the roof landscape that characterises the Old Town of Kuressaare. The department store houses the shops "Rahva Raamat", R-Kiosk, Vekkeri Kellaäri (Watch Shop), Elisa and Tele2 (Mobile Telephone), Reisibüroo (Travel Agency) Estravel.  Good to know: A committee of specialists named Ferrumi as the best building in Kuressaare in 2002.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93819
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
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
The former main building of Saare KEK (Saare Kolkhoz Construction Office), one of the most outstanding constructivist buildings of the Soviet era, is a museum and event venue. The three-storey architecturally elegant lobby hosts exhibitions on the Soviet era, the history of Kuressaare, and the most important moments of Estonian marine culture history and more. Together with the Estonian Jazz Union, the music event jazz.ee and Saare KEK Live concerts are organised here.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93815
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

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