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!

This church is thought to have stood in Jämaja since the 13th century, although nothing remains today of the original building. The church we see today, in Historicist style, was constructed in the second half of the 19th century. What makes it special is its proximity to the sea: the subject of its altar painting could only be found in a church where the sounds of the sea are heard through the window. Jämaja cemetery is located a little away from the church, practically on the beach. It is the only cemetery in Estonia this close to the water's edge.
Jämaja küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93238
The main hall and spacious foyers of the Cultural Centre are used for exhibitions of art, handicrafts and cultural history.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93819
The idea of Kuressaare Weighhouse comes from Swedish statesman Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie who ruled Saaremaa in 1648-1654. The building was finished in 1663, it is a baroque style building decorated with hewed volutes in apex of scaled gable. The smithed wind flag on top of the gable dates 1664. Interesting to know: Weighhouse was used for weighing the goods. Until the end of 19th century the post office or horse post station situated in Weighhouse. In 1906 in Weighhouse situated the first Saaremaa private phone network switching exchange.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93819
Orissaare alevik, alevik, Saaremaa vald, vald
Lööne küla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 94339
Muhu craft shop sells unique handicrafts and souvenirs characteristic of the area. Muhu embroidery is highly esteemed, finely made, and very colourful. This folk art will bring joy to every woman's life.
Liiva küla, küla, Muhu vald, vald, 94701
The home gallery of artist Külliki Järvila offers her graphic drawings, watercolour paintings and bookplates. You can make an appointment to see how graphic drawings are printed.
Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93812
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
Viirelaid, which was historically called Paternoster (‘Our Father’ in Latin), is an islet by the southeastern coast of Muhu. Its area is 81 ha.  According to the latest data, the first navigation mark was erected on the Paternoster islet in 1836. The new wooden tower was built in 1857. As the wooden tower often needed repairs, plans for a new metal tower were made. In 1880, the construction of a tower, a lodge, a sauna, and a fuel warehouse started. The complex was completed in 1881.  It is possible to see the Viirelaid lighthouse every day. The boat leaves the port of Virtsu every day at 12 p.m. and takes you back at 2 p.m. Transport to the island and back costs €25.    
Võiküla, küla, Muhu vald, vald, 94713
By its ground plan stronghold is almost rectangular. In the middle of app. 4800 m² plain yard there is noticeable dimple, a former well place. Clearly are visible the locations of the gates in the north-east and north-west parts of the embankment. In winter it becomes a popular place for sledging. Interesting to know: There were found a part of spiral bracelet and crosshead breastpin dated from 12th-13th century. Inside of the embankment were found carbonized stumps of beams that digger associated with wooden fortification of the stronghold.
Kaarma-Kirikuküla, küla, Saaremaa vald, vald, 93752

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