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Revision as of 12:13, 25 November 2009
Muhu   is the third largest island in Estonia although the size of the island is fairly small - 198 square kilometres.
It's located between Saaremaa Island and the mainland.
Over the centuries Muhu has developed at its own pace and its traditions are well known throughout Estonia. The famous famous Muhu patterns are a refined expression of folk-art.
The inhabitants of Muhu call themselves Muhu people; a self chosen title which radiates a certain pride and feeling of being different from mainlanders or communities on other islands.
Muhu is well connected by a network of buses from most other cities in the region and from Tallinn. Bus schedules can be found at Bussireisid.
Muhu Island is connected by a frequent ferry service from Virtsu on the mainland to Kuivastu on Muhu. The ferries take cars and make the crossing in 25 minutes. Reservations are highly recommended specially during weekends. The ferries are operated by Saaremaa Laevakompanii.
By ice road
During winter time an ice road connects the mainland to Muhu.
An ice road differs by letting people drive at quite a high speed with safety belts open. The speed is reduced only while approaching the cracks that one have to cross over the boards fixed on the cracks. It takes approximately 20 minutes to cover the distance in case of favourable conditions. You can even pass the ferries that "drive" on the next line.
The island doesn't have any cities - the nearest one is Kuressaare (located in Saaremaa). Muhu can be reached there with a 45 km drive.
- Pädaste Manor, Pädaste village, . *Pädaste Manor, Pädaste village, . The earlier history of the manor begins with 16th century. In the end of 17th century there was also an orchard created in addition to the mansion and other manor buildings. By the 19th century the number of peasants had risen up to two hundred. The facade of the mansion and the lawn is framed by two rows of imposing rubble stone buildings. The manor had its own wind mill, lime furnace and brickfield. Today the mansion is occupied by luxurious SPA hotel.
A typical old farm building in Muhu
The nature of Muhu has largely been left undisturbed in the past fifty years. It's the natural habitat to 23 species of very rare orchids. Muhu is also home to many migrating birds, which take temporarily shelter in the various bays.
Villages on Muhu are even today still headed by traditional village aldermen who take up the role of voluntary counsel. Many of the villages are charming in their simplicity and worth having a look (especially because in terms of tourism, Muhu has remained rather untainted so far).
- St Catherine Church. It's one of the oldest in Estonia and is notable for its trapezium-shaped tombstones with pagan symbols. The most intricate tombstone depicts the pagan Tree of Life.
- Üügu Bluff. It's the largest and most attractive of Muhu's many bluffs being ca. 300m long.
- Muhu Museum, Koguva küla, Muhu vald, Saare maakond, . The museum is located in the beautiful Koguva village. It's also the birthplace of Estonian writer Juhan Smuul.
Each midsummer a jazz music festival takes place in Muhu, features famous international musicians and attract jazz fans from far and wide.
- Pädaste Manor, Pädaste village, . The earlier history of the manor begins with 16th century. In the end of 17th century there was also an orchard created in addition to the mansion and other manor buildings. By the 19th century the number of peasants had risen up to two hundred. The facade of the mansion and the lawn is framed by two rows of imposing rubble stone buildings. The manor had its own wind mill, lime furnace and brickfield. Today the mansion is occupied by luxurious SPA hotel.