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
Ruhnu's New Church was built two meters from the old wooden church. The walls of the church are made from rocks cut to shape on location. Only the church tower was built from wood. The New Church was consecrated in 1912. Good to know: Proud standing on the church balcony is Nikolaus Bell, one of the oldest church bells in Estonia. Only candlelight is used for lighting services. In 2006, the congregation of the small island with a population of 60 used their own resources to repair the leaning cross at the top of the tower, and the tower top shot full of holes by seal hunters.
Ruhnu küla, küla, Ruhnu vald, vald, 93001
Kuressaare beach is one of the warmest sandy beaches in Estonia. Thanks to its low water level and the fact that the bay warms quickly, it is perfect for families with small children. The beach has its own toilets and changing cabins. There is also a children's playground where the little ones can have fun climbing, swinging and in the sand, all of which parents can keep an eye on in comfort. The official beach season is from 1 June–31 August. Lifeguards are on duty from 11:00 to 20:00 every day. Keep an eye on the flags: green means it is safe to swim and that the water is warmer than 18ºC; yellow means swimming is not recommended for small children and the elderly; and red means swimming is not recommended for anyone, as the water is cooler than 16ºC.
Kuressaare, linn, 93815
An important part of the Angla Tuulikumäe complex is the Angla Heritage Culture Centre, which was opened in 2011. The centre has a museum introducing local peasant culture, a café, a souvenir shop, and a party hall. Upon reservation, we conduct various workshops: felting, carding-spinning, ceramics, wood, stone, smithy, and bread baking. The centre also hosts various events introducing folk culture, such as folk dance evenings, rye bread week, heritage culture days, and much more. We consider it important to teach children the craft skills of our ancestors.
Angla küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94244
The Night Battle of Tehumardi took place in the late hours of 8 October 1944, and it was one of the bloodiest battles of World War II that took place in Saaremaa. The battle was fought between Soviet troops making their way towards Sõrve peninsula and a German convoy that was retreating from Kuressaare. Occasionally, the bloody battle turned into hand combat; both sides suffered heavy losses. Good to know: In memory of the dead, a monument was erected – it has the shape of a sword bearing depictions of male faces.
Tehumardi küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93222
The Sport Centre has three full sized basketball courts where you can also play volleyball, floor hockey and indoor football. The Sport Centre also has a athletics hall with two tennis courts, a weight room, weight equipment, a wrestling and judo hall and an aerobics hall. Badminton (4 courts) and table tennis (3 tables) can also be played. The Centre also has a café, a seminar room for up to 35 people and saunas.     
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93819
One of the oldest department stores in Saaremaa is in the centre of Kuressaare. You can find anything from household goods to cosmetics on the two floors. A phone store, pet shop and pharmacy are on the first floor of the department store. Parking is easy: just use the large guarded car park behind the store.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93814
Orissaare alevik, alevik, Saaremaa vald, vald
Kuressaare town hall was built in 1654-1670. The initiator of town hall building was count M. G. De la Gardie. Town hall is simple and dour but appears to be grand representative of so called northern baroque the decoration of which is hewed portal that dates 1670. On top of the portal on the cornice You can see the writing in Latin: SEMPER OFFICIO FUNGITUR UTILITATI HOMINUM CONSULENS ET SOCIETATI ANNO MDCLXX Interesting to know: The ceiling of town hall second floor hall is decorated the biggest ceiling painting of Estonia of all times. On the first floor of town hall there are town hall gallery and tourist information office, on the second floor - Kuressaare City Council
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93819
Lossi Stonemasons is where one of the experts in this field, Taivo Parbus, makes dolomite souvenirs and shows anyone interested how he goes about it. Offering its own excitement nearby is an archery range where apart from trying your hand at the sport you can mint your own coins.
Kuressaare, linn, 93815

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