Kuressaare Travel Guide

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    by Toshioohsako
  • Kuressaare
    by Toshioohsako
  • Kuressaare
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Kuressaare Things to Do

  • Glad this didn't fall on me!

    This is one of the biggest "Kaali Meteorite" craterrs - 110 meter in diameter. Is is estimated fallen around 660 plus/ minus 85BC. It is believed that the impact of the object was as strong as that of Hiroshima atomic bomb.

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  • Kuressaare Beach

    In a protective cove, under the wing of the castle, Kuressaare's beach looks hopefully out into the Baltic. This is where the locals gather on midsummer's night to dance, drink and burn great pyres. It's also a place for kids to play on slides that mysteriously disappear into the water, like Atlantis, and for gentle walks along the water's edge.

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  • Kuressaare Castle

    Kuressaare hosts a rather plain looking, but impressively intact castle on its coast. In fact it claims to be the only wholly intact medieval castle in all the Baltics. While not something that you'd come especially to Kuressare to see, it does make a pleasant sight sitting as it does in the still, green tinged waters of its moat.The castle also...

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  • Kuressaare Harbour

    On the opposite side of the castle to the beach is the town's harbour. Don't be confused by the ferry harbour down by the airport - that one is ugly and a long way away.This harbour is where yachts from Finland, Latvia, Sweden, Britain and other North Sea countries park up for the night, and where the town's most expensive hotels and restaurants...

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  • Kuressaare Castle

    The main object of attraction in Kuressaare is the old Teutonic castle. It was built in XIV and still is the best preserved castle in Baltic States. Impressive huge fortress stands in the middle of diamond shaped island surrounded by water and heavy stone walls. The corners od the "diamond" are shaped like spears. The views are really great both...

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  • Cycling tour of Kuressaare

    The whole of Saaremaa is flat so its absolutely perfect for cycling and there are some wonderful places to visit and explore. Many tours are available for cyclists and if you are driving be prepared to be alert for cyclists on the roads.For a 3 hour tour through the village of Kuresaare you can find out all information through this site....

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  • Spa treatments.

    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...

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  • Exploring Kuressaare Village.

    The small village of Kuressaare is very interesting with it's lovely wooden houses and leafy avenues and outdoor cafes blended with classical traditional buildings is 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...

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  • Kurressaare Yacht Harbour.

    The best way to experience the yacht club is by walking through the lovely park-lands of Kuressaare Castle down to the marina. You can take some wonderful photo's of the fortress from the yacht club. Drop into George Ots Hotel for a relaxing beer or vino afterwards. There is also a small cafe attached to the yacht club which is perfect for...

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  • Kuressaare Castle

    The castle and the fortress are the main attractions of Kurressaare. Its 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...

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  • Monument of the War for Independence

    This monument is built to commemorate the islanders who lost their lifes fighting for the indendence of Estonia in 1918-1920. It was twice demolished by Soviet authorities (in 1940 and in 1945). It's not surprising Soviets didn't like it - Estonian War for Independence was against Bolsheviks.

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  • Walk the streets of Kuressaare

    It is a pleasure to walk around the one of most beautiful towns of Estonia. There are very few houses which are from Soviet times or newer. So, nothing much has changed in architecture in past 50-100 years, I suppose. The centre of town is quite small (what else can you expect of a town with population of 15 000?) and it will not take much time.

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Kuressaare Hotels

  • Georg Ots Spa

    Georg Ots Hotel is situated overlooking the Tori Yacht harbour and the medieval Bishop’s Fort. It’s...

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  • Arensburg hotel

    ****I've decided to leave this page up, but Arensburg decided to jump into the spa buisness,...

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  • Spa Hotel Ruutli

    Pargi 12, Kuressaare, Saaremaa, 93810, Estonia

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Kuressaare Restaurants

  • Pancakes: Ruunipizza

    It's called Ruunipizza Pannkoogikohvik, which means it's a pizza/pancake cafe (literally Runestone Pizza Pancake Cafe). The pancakes are good, but the service indifferent the day I went. The location is great though, with a view over the main square. It's shame then that I got a sweet pizza with a savoury filling...The pancakes are good, and...

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  • Traditional Estonian fare

    This restaurant is built in and around a very large, old windmill and the tables are marble recreations of the original grinding stones which give it a great atmosphere. The food is VERY traditional Estonian(so my Estonian friends tell me) and very good( if you like traditional Estonian). Actually I think it is better than most of the "traditional"...

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  • Estonian: Veski

    I didn't eat here, but it's a popular tourist spot and gets good reviews for the local fare. The key selling point, however, is that the restaurant is built into an original old island windmill. It's worth a trip just to see that.Expect lots of meat on the menu, and your waiters and waitresses to be dressed in embarrassing local period costumes.

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  • Cafe/Bar: Chameleon Kohvik Lounge

    This place is so new it wasn't mentioned in any guide book, but it was so popular we decided it was worth checking out. We weren't disappointed. Tasty food, relaxing decor and music, and good service. It's a strange mix of a cocktail/coffee bar and a cafe/restaurant. It's like the owners can't make up their mind what they want. Or they think that...

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  • Italian: Ristorante la Perla

    I wouldn't have expected quality Italian food in a small town miles from civilization, but that's exactly what I got at la Perla. The pizza is ok, with a great sauce but iffy base. The pasta is the thing to order. It was so good I went back for seconds.The price is also very reasonable for the quality.

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  • Great for coffee

    the village of Kurressaare is only tiny so you can just stroll up the main street and see many cafes and restaurants to dine at. Most of the restaurants are placed around the main square of the town and can easily be reached by foot.

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  • George Ots Spa Hotel

    The hotel has two restaurants one indoor and also the terrace restaurant. The weather was perfect for us so we opted to dine outside on the terrace overlooking the swimming pool.The indoor restaurant is very comfortable with table/ chairs and also small booths if you want to have an intimate dinner. The restaurant also has lovely sea views which...

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  • Italian food

    Friendly innkeeper. Good choice of pasta and pizza's. Make a reservation or queue up if you are with more than 4 persons.We had two pastasa beer and a soft drinktwo desserts and two cappuccinosprice 370 lets (7-2005) Good tasty food.Tiramisu is not worth the try, not enough mascarpone, it was more like a cake.When it is busy it can take some time...

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  • Estonian food

    This Restaurant on the recommendation of Kuressaare information center. Tareke Restaurant inside the quiet and comfortable. I had a good Estonian food there. Estonian Traditional Food

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Kuressaare Transportation

  • Buses

    Local and cross-country buses all leave from the main station (Bussijaam) in Kuressare, on Pihtla Tee 2. Tickets can be bought here, or from the driver, but for the cross-country buses, especially to Tallinn, you'll want to book in advance. The cross-country buses require a ferry ride, but that this is included in the price of the ticket. Journeys...

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  • A pleasant ferry!

    This ferry takes you from Virtsu ( a Western city of Estonia) to Kuivastu (a port of Estonia's largest Isalnd-Saaremaa) in 30 minutes. Its cheap - it was 28 euros for return for 3 people with a car. You can book the ferry (see below). Please book in holiday seasons. The ferry has comfortable seats with a snack bar.

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  • Car rental/hire in Kuressaare

    So if youd like to rent a car, minibus or need a real bus in Kuressaare, Saaremaa or even from Tallinn airport to Kuressaare transfers.You can get help from this agency, theire a local company I recall them saying a family company and they have about 50 vehicles, but some of them are limos, some buses, some minibusses, some are trucks and all other...

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Kuressaare Shopping

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    by Openseas Updated Oct 1, 2007

    There is a good size supermarket selling essentials located in Kuressaare village, one block back from the main street.

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Kuressaare Local Customs

  • Tourist information centre

    The tourist information centre can be located at Tallinna 2, 93813 in the main square. www.kuressaare.ee

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  • ATM

    There are four ATM's in Kuressaare located in the village square. Just ask one of the locals and they will direct you to the right location.

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Kuressaare Warnings and Dangers

  • Find that toilet!

    Kuressaare is lovely place but it get's it share of tourists who drink too much beer and decide to relieve themself somewhere outside. If you are caught doing that you will spend a night in jail and pay significant fines for your stupidity.(disclaimer: this hasn't happened to me!)

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  • Nap in the middle of the street

    This is quite peaceful town, although I happened to see one real "strange" person. Kuressaare does not have traffic lights, instead there are plenty of pedestrian crossings. One sunny day on the busy street - right in the middle - one man in his 30s or 40s perhaps thought that street is a perfect place to lie down and take a nap little bit,...

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Kuressaare Off The Beaten Path

  • Kaali Meteor Crater

    This is quite a rarity - a meteor crater that struck during human history, around 600 BC. It's lived on in the legends of Estonia and Finland, and is even suggested to have been the source of the legends of Thule, when Greeks came wandering up to the land of the midnight sun, only to return with stories so amazing (sea ice!) that nobody believed...

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  • Angla Windmills

    In the centre of Saaremaare, about 30km north east of Kuressaare, is the last remaining group of windmills that once covered the entire windswept island. The five windmills, four of tradition local design and one Dutch style, stand out prominently by the side of the road, and make a great photo opportunity. But that's it. Five minutes of picture...

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  • Nature Trails.

    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...

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