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!

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 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
Leisi alevik, alevik, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94202
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
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
Glass artist Peeter Rudaš set up Laugu Glass Workshop in his summer home. You can visit his studio and observe how the master makes beautiful souvenirs out of molten glass by using different tools. You can also buy the works of art created in the workshop. In 2016, glass artist Mare Saare joined the glass workshop to make unique beads on a flame burner in the workshop. Her products are both exhibited and sold.
Laugu küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94233
A lighthouse with a red metal cylindrical tower made in the Le Havre plant in France was erected on Håubjärre Hill, the highest spot on Ruhnu Island, in 1877. The metal tower is more than a hundred years old and still in working order. Interesting facts: • the height of the lighthouse is 39.5 metres, 65 metres above seal level • it is the only lighthouse of its type left in the Baltic Sea region • the tower was designed by the same engineer who created the detailed plan of the Eiffel Tower (Gustave Eiffel)
Ruhnu küla, küla, Ruhnu vald, vald, 93001
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
We organize sailing trips and recreational activities on the sea. - The island of Abruka – the pearl of Riga bay (island excursion and transportation on the island, if necessary; in addition, delicious local food). - Seal observation tours. - Trips to the island of Ruhnu. - Trips to Latvia (Roja, Mazirbe, Jaunciems). - Diving with seals or to ship wrecks. PHOTO SHOOTS on the sea!!! FAMILY HOLIDAYS!!! Every trip is different; therefore, the price is based on agreement!
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald
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

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