Top things to do in Kuressaare

Top Choice Castle in Kuressaare

Kuressaare Episcopal Castle

Majestic Kuressaare Castle stands facing the sea at the southern end of the town, on an artificial island defended by stone-faced earth bastions and ringed by a moat. It’s the best-preserved castle in the Baltic and…
Top Choice Cafe in Kuressaare


The menu at this stylish little cafe-bar is deceptively simple (mainly burgers, with a few wraps, soups and seafood dishes thrown in), but Retro's kitchen works hard: making its own ciabatta and burger buns, and usi…
Top Choice European in Kuressaare

Ku Kuu

Occupying the elegant 1889 Spa Hall from which it takes its name (Ku Kuu is short for Kuressaare Kuursaal), this is Saaremaa's loveliest dining room. The wood panelling and coloured glass provide an atmospheric back…
Wine Bar in Kuressaare

Vinoteek Prelude

This cosy, dimly lit wine bar in an 18th-century building on Kuressaare's main drag is a great choice for interesting food and wine. Climb the staircase to sofas under the eaves, and choose from a menu of internatio…
Sculpture in Kuressaare

Suur Töll & Piret

Kuressaare's jauntiest statue, created in 2002, features Saaremaa's legendary gigantic hero, Suur (meaning 'the great') Töll and his wife, Piret, carrying a boat laden with fish on their glistening, naked shoulders.
Museum in Kuressaare

Saaremaa Museum

Occupying the keep of Kuressaare Castle since the late 19th century, this museum is devoted to Saaremaa’s nature and history. A large part of the fun is exploring the warren of chambers, halls, passages and stairway…
Estonian in Kuressaare

Saaremaa Veski

How often can you say you’ve dined inside a 19th-century windmill? Without being too touristy, this place keeps quality and ambience at a premium, with plenty of hearty local fare – including wild boar hotpot, beetr…
European in Kuressaare

Gospa Restaurant

Picture windows make the most of the marina views in the bright and airy dining room of Georg Ots Spa Hotel. The food is light, fresh and creative, making good use of local produce, and there's a separate kids' menu…
Church in Kuressaare

St Nicholas' Orthodox Church

Built by Catherine the Great in 1790, Saaremaa's oldest Orthodox church has twin steeples and an impressive dolomite and wrought-iron gate. A faint image of its name saint has survived on the exterior wall facing th…
Cafe in Kuressaare


Attached to a hotel of the same name, this bakery-cafe has an appealing vibe, with its timber-and-stone interior and black-and-white photos hanging from dark-orange walls. The counter has an appealing selection of s…