Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Kuressaare

Kuressaare Castle

Majestic Kuressaare Castle stands facing the sea at the southern end of the town, on an artificial island ringed by a moat. It’s the best-preserved castle in the Baltic and the region’s only medieval stone castle th…
Museum in Kuressaare

Saaremaa Museum

Occupying the keep of Kuressaare Castle, this museum is devoted to the island’s nature and history. A large part of the fun is exploring the warren of chambers, halls, passages and stairways, apt to fuel anyone’s Ga…
Church in Central Saaremaa

St Catherine's Lutheran Church, Karja

The pagan and Christian meet in this fortress-like 14th-century church. Outside there’s an interesting panel about pre-Christian symbols with particular reference to some of the 13th- and 14th-century trapezoidal gr…
Windmills in Central Saaremaa

Angla Windmill Hill

Charge up those camera batteries: this is the site of the largest and most photogenic grouping of wooden windmills on the islands. By the early 16th century there were already nine windmills on this hill. Now there …
Farm in Central Saaremaa

GoodKaarma

Run by an English-Estonian couple from their farm outside the village of Kaarma, about 15km north of Kuressaare, GoodKaarma makes organic soaps from local ingredients such as juniper, pine and sea-buckthorn berries.…
Church in Western Saaremaa

St Michael’s Lutheran Church

Kihelkonna's tall, austere, early-German church dates from before 1280. It’s dark and gloomy inside, partly due to the wooden supports holding up the roof, but it's worth noting the Renaissance Last Supper triptych …
Museum in Southwest Coast

Sõrve Visitor Centre

For all the money that's clearly been spent on this whiz-bang centre in Sääre's old lighthouse-keeper's residence, it's not particularly interesting – for non-Estonian speakers at least. Displays are split over seve…
Museum in Southwest Coast

Sõrve Military Museum & Natural History Museum

Based in the old Soviet border guard barracks, this ramshackle museum showcases military detritus, much of which was gathered from the surrounding battlefield. Arguably more interesting than the collection itself ar…
Natural Feature in Western Saaremaa

Tagamõisa Peninsula

Much of the beautiful and rarely visited western coast of the Tagamõisa Peninsula is protected as part of Vilsandi National Park, including the Harilaid Peninsula. At its northwestern tip (accessible only on foot) i…
Church in Kuressaare

St Lawrence's Lutheran Church

Although this large church only dates from 1836, its prized feature is considerably older: a medieval stone baptismal font, probably from the early 15th century, carved with dragon-like creatures. Also worth noting …