Ekesparre Residence Hotel
Lossi 27, Kuressaare, Saaremaa, 93815, Estonia
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A Welcome Bus Returns to take us back to Kuressare
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Travel Tips for Kuressaare
This is main (perhaps the only one) cemetery in Kuressaare, just outside of the town in a Kudjape village (north east of Kuressaare - about 2 km). Seems to be quite old cemetery, I noticed some graves as old as 150 years. There are also graves of fallen German and Soviet soldiers during WW2 - side by side. Both parts clean, no vandals.
If you are into hiking then there are heaps of wonderful walking tracks available on the island of Vilsandi. Pick-up a local walking track map from the tourist information centre in Kuressaare.
1. Harilaiu nature trail - 8kms through the peninsulia of Vilsandi National Park.
2. Loona - Kuusnomme - 10km walk through the forests of Vilsandi National Park.
3. Hilevalja - Jarvekula - 6.5km walk through rivers, lakes and forests.
plus at least 20 more walks.
This Monument in honour of those islanders who lost their lives in the War for Independence ( 1918~1920 ). The Monument was erected in 1928 and art made by well known Estonian sculptor A. Adamson. Soviet soldiers destroyed twice, in 1941 and 1945.
"A unique part of Estonia"
Kuressaare is the capital of Saaremaa Island one of Estonia’s largest islands which is saturated in history, beauty and isolated quaint villages and endless miles of forests, beaches and striking coastlines. The island is incredibly flat which makes it a cyclist’s paradise with empty roads which meander gently through the countryside where hidden little wooden villages can be found and explored.
The whole of the island including Kuressaare resembles a unique part of Estonia and to us, we found Estonia very under populated and at times; we almost felt totally isolated on our own little adventure through what seemed a timeless journey through a past era. Dotted through the countryside were wonderful mansions and manors once owned by the wealthy Russians and now resting peacefully amongst the landscape. Some date back to the 13th century and trickle with appeal, captivating their history, unique Estonian character and solitude.
The castle and the fortress are the main attractions of Kurressaare. It’s a beautiful castle surrounded by an artificial island and moat. The gardens and parks are gorgeous which lead down to a pretty sandy beach. We were lucky to land in Kuressaare on the day of the Castle Festival and it was truly amazing with all the locals dressed in their traditional festive clothes and heaps of medieval games and markets taking place. The fortress was built in the 14th century and is one of the best preserved medieval fortresses in the Baltic States.
The small village of Kuressaare is very appealing with its lovely wooden houses and leafy avenues and outdoor cafes blended with classical traditional buildings are perfect for a leisurely stroll for a few hours. The Kuresaare Town Hall has the largest canvas painting in Estonia and is well worth a visit to see and across the road the Weighing House which was built in 1663 still has the original sealed scales which were used previously for trade in Estonia.
The village has some wonderful wooden houses which ooze with charm and character and is a photographer's dream if one is interested in traditional authentic buildings.
The main reason most tourists visit Kuressaare is for the Spa Treatments which are offered through the two major hotels in the village. George Ots Hotel has a fantastic spa centre with an outdoor/ indoor swimming pool and several pools with jet spas, herbal baths and every available massage possible. The other hotel is Hotel Ruutil which also offers endless massages and treatments to keep anyone relaxed for days.
If visiting Kuressaare one cannot miss this very special treat. We had a fabulous time at George Ots just indulging in all what was offered and even hubby who hates being pampered totally enjoyed himself, especially in the different jet spa baths.
Tips – Its best to pre book your ferry trip over from Virtus the queues were long and it took us two hours to finally reach the port of Kuivastu. Ferries cam be booked through SLK Ferries.
We noticed pre booked cars just drove straight onto the ferry whilst we had to buy a ticket and queue with everyone else. We did however travel on a weekend with a festival happening in the Bishop’s Fort. The ferry ride takes approx 30mins and there are several ferries operating at the same time. There are at least ten ferry crossings a day.
However, this report could be wrong as we did travel to Kuressaare on the Castle Day Festival weekend, which was just good luck on our part. The Festival is on annually in early July. So not knowing if our experience was just a one off or if it did occur every weekend in summer.
for more details - wwwlaevakompani.ee
Before hiring our car from Tallinn we did check out other transportation to Saaremaa Island and Kuressaare.
Buses run from Tallinn and Kuressaare daily and it takes approx 4.5hours. You can also get a bus from Parnu, Muhu and Tartu. There were many buses on our ferry ride over to Kuressaare from Virtsu (the port).
Capital City of Saaremaa Island
"The Kuressaare Castle"
Kuressaare developed on the shore of the Livonia Bay where ancient islanders had their stronghold and trading place. After the German-Danish conquests in the 1230’s the control of Riga’s bishop over the island began to strengthen. Near the bishopric castle, erected in the 14th cent. and still there today, the town developed. From 1559-1645, Saaremaa belonged to Denmark and Kuressaare obtained the freedom of a town on 8 May 1563.From 1645-1710, Saaremaa was under the Swedish crown and these years marked a rapid economic and social development of the town.From 1710-1918, Kuressaare and Saaremaa were a part of the Russian Empire. In 1710 Russian troops set the town on fire, leaving only 5 buildings in Kuressaare. On 1 October 1990, Kuressaare was the first town in Estonia to re-gain the status of a local authority and since then Kuressaare has again witnessed a rapid development. Kuressaare today, is a place where you can meet open minded islanders with a friendly sense of humour in the middle of urban culture.
( From City Web )
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