Kuressaare Castle
Kuressaare Castle
4.5
Speciality MuseumsCastlesHistory Museums
11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 18:00
Thursday
11:00 - 18:00
Friday
11:00 - 18:00
Saturday
11:00 - 18:00
Sunday
11:00 - 18:00
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Kuressaare Castle-Fortress is built in the 14th century. Today, the castle houses the Saaremaa Museum. Saaremaa Museum is one of the oldest (founded in 1865) and biggest museums in Estonia and is visited by 70 000-80 000 people every year. As a county museum its main function is to preserve and strengthen the identity of Saaremaa as a region with extraordinary nature, history and culture. The museum tries to exhibit the essence of the castle and tells its story to the whole world.
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Carolina A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
I'm 2000 approximately, I saw a big stick floating in the air here and other people saw it too.
There was a girl sitting on her male friend's shoulders and the stick went up. I did not see any fishing line. I ran to find a long board to knock it down but the stick floated up. Was it an art piece or regular phenomenon?
Written 17 September 2023
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irwdubai
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I really enjoyed spending time wondering around the castle and park grounds.
Old style archery was great and the Castle Tavern had a real nice traditional feel with beers from the Pihtla Brewery served in pottery mugs.
Enjoyed watching families paying traditional games and trying to master walking on stilts (activities were free apart from archery)
Written 19 July 2023
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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH3,040 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This is among the most picturesque castles we have seen.

Kuressaare Castle sits in the center of a large moat and is beautiful from almost any angle and at any time of day. The red towers, moat (it looks more like a river), entrances, and clean lines make it feel almost like a movie set. There are wild birds all over adding to the overall feel. If you are here on a nice day you will come away with as many stunning photos as you can take.

The castle defenses are in a large star shape that is an excellent design and still very much intact. Walking around the castle, either within or outside of the moat, you will see countless attractive angles.

Inside, the castle houses a museum of local history (reviewed separately). This is actually more interesting than it might first sound because Saaremaa Island had great strategic value in the last world war. There were extensive and excellent materials relating both to the war and to the Soviet occupation. Note the risers on the stairs, which have jokes about life under communism.

There are also some older displays on life on the island before about 1900. They were OK, but few of the descriptions were in English.

The castle also gives you access to some open defensive areas on the walls that are good for scenic views and photos.

The castle is only a few hundred feet from the Baltic Sea. There is a nice small beach, although the water is a bit cold for swimming.

We walked through and around the castle several times. The charming Ekesparre Boutique Hotel actually sits on a kind of island next to the castle and is an excellent place to stay.
Written 24 June 2023
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Emma M
Bristol, UK112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Great museum! The museum is huge and there’s loads of information about Saaremaa’s history right from the medieval period up to their independence from the Soviet Union. The exhibition is full of information and great displays of Soviet items. The castle is absolutely stunning, too!
Written 27 October 2022
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hannu
Helsinki, Finland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Mideaval castle with park. Interesting walk along the wall the church was closed and the castle had renovation, but a Nice place for a picknick
Written 29 September 2022
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Aleksandra Z
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We visit it almost every time while in Kuressaare. Beautiful and calm place. Inside there is a museum or even two: one part of exhibition is devoted to nature, another to history of the state. Some stairs are a bit challenging for small kids.
Written 3 July 2022
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Sirje175
Tallinn, Estonia10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
Really enjoyed this maze-like castle and steep stairways. You get to travel through different eras and as growing up in soviet time i got to see many things from my childhood - toys, food stamps and so on. The most i liked exhibition about "forest brothers"
Written 13 April 2022
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infoW3620TP
Tallinn, Estonia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Wonderfully restored old castle and fabulous museum with interesting shows. I have been there 5 times already and planning definately go back
Written 30 October 2021
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IG Vellamaa
Tallinn, Estonia183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
My 1st visit there (or may-be not in a case I was there ca 40 years ago and just do not remember). Renovators have made a good work and the whole area is really nice. Also they have several permanent very interesting exhibitions about several historical periods there. Also a roof-terrace is open for a walk. Every summer famous "Saaremaa Opera Days" are organized by Estonian National Opera there (unfortunately I have not visited yet) and I can say that it is a perfect place for that opera festival!
P.S. Beach is ca 50m from there so take your swimming suit and towel with.
Written 23 August 2020
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Irina M
Riga, Latvia41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Very beautiful castle, the historical symbol of the city. Large inside exposition and big area outside to have a peaceful walk with gorgeous views. For additional fee you can try bow and arrow shooting. It’s a great place to spend time with family and get in touch with history.
Written 10 August 2020
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