Muhu Things to Do
The Muhu Museum, Koguva village
The museum in the village of Koguva is centred around a series of traditional farm buildings. Most are from the late 19th and early 20th centuries but the oldest storehouse is from the early 19th century. The museum began as a memorial for the writer Juhan Smuul, born in the village in 1922, and soon expanded to what it is at present. The buildings exhibits the equipment and utensils necessary for working and living on the farm. There is also a nearby school-house and an exhibition of local costumes and textiles. (Rather surprisingly, the colour orange is prominent in these.)
Information is now available in English (and it is spoken by at least one of the custodians). The museum is only a part of Koguva village, the rest of which has very similar buildings and is a museum piece in itself.Related to:
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
Muhu stronghold (hill fort)
In this place in 13th century was wooden castle of Estonian islanders who in winter (January and February) 1227 tried to defend it against German crusaders and their allied (already conquered) local tribes - Liivs, Latgalians and Estonians from mainland. As it was winter the invaders crossed the frozen sea, reached stronghold and the fighting began. The battle was fierce and after 7 days of resistance the defenders were defeated - many were killed, others captured and the castle set on fire. After this fight crusaders were heading to Valjala castle in central part of Saaremaa. But when in Valjala heard the news of heavy defeat of their neigbours, they surrended and converted to Christianity. If you understand Russian you can read about the battle here: http://www.junik.lv/~link/livonia/chronicles/henricus/chronicle/albert_year28.htm - this is Russian translation of medieval Chronicle of Henry of Livonia. In Russian this hill fort it called Mone.
Unfortunately the stronghold is partly ruined.
??gu pank (??gu bluff)
is the largest and most attractive of Muhu's bluffs. It is located about two kilometers from Nõmmküla and it is somewhat inland from the shore. The base of the bluff is about five to six meters from sea level. It is almost 300 meters long.
Unfortunately, much of the bank has been destroyed. Before World War I, dolomite was quarried for St. Petersburg metallurgy foundries. The places where dolomite was quarried can be seen clearly even today.Related to:
- Road Trip
By Virtsu-Kuivastu ferry
There is a ferry every 1-2 hours from Estonian mainland. Timetables and prices you can find here: http://www.laevakompanii.ee/index.php?v_id=1&av_id=35. If you are going on weekend and in summer it is better to book in advance - just send the number of your car and how many passengers you will be to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. We went on early June 2006 which was very cold and rainy and the touristic season hasn't begun yet, but some of vehicles had to wait for the next ferry one or two hours later. So, you can imagine what happens when the real tourist season has began.
Muhu and Saaremaa are connected by road - few km there is sea on both sides of the road.
Muhu Tourist Traps
That is a nice small church which is located in the biggest village-Liiva in Muhu. It is on the 12th KM on the Kuivastu- Kuressaare road. The church was built in 1267 and it is one of the nicest churches in Estonia from the early gothic period.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel