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Kuressaare [1] is the capital of Saaremaa, the largest of Estonia's islands.


A tower of Kuressaare's castle

The earliest records of Kuressaare is a document written in 1381 that mentions that the town housed the fortified residency of a local Catholic bishop and that it was the main center for the islands of western Estonia. Kuressaare was previously known as Arensburg, and it received city status in 1563. Currently, the town has a population of around 15,000.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Kuressaare Airport [2] (IATA: URE, ICAO: EEKE) is situated 3 km from the town of Kuressaare and offers regular flights to Tallinn.

By bus[edit]

Several buses run daily between Kuressaare and Tallinn's main bus station. The trip takes 4 hours and traverses the strait between the mainland and the islands by means of a 30-minute ferry. [3]

Get around[edit]

  • Tourist Information Centre, Tallinna 2, 93819 Kuressaare. E-mail: [email protected], tel +372 45 33 766, +372 453 31 20, fax +372 453 31 20.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Kuressaare Castle. The fortress is well preserved and located in the city center. It houses the Saaremaa Museum with many historical displays.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Health spas. The city has a large number of spas.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Restaurant Everest [4]
  • Restaurant La Perla [5], Italian restaurant
  • Cafe Kessu [6]
  • Diner Reheköök [7]
  • Trahter Veski [8], tavern housed in an large windmill that was built in 1899.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Pub Vaekoda [9]
  • Cafe Wildenbergi [10]
  • Bar Kodulinna [11]
  • Club Diva [12]
  • Nightclub Privilege [13]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Arensburg Boutique Hotel & Spa [14]
  • Georg Ots Spa [15]
  • Grand Rose Spa [16]
  • Johan Spa [17]
  • Linnahotell [18]
  • Saaremaa Spa Hotels: Meri, Ruutli & Saaremaa Valss [19]

Get out[edit]

  • Pärnu, the summer capital of Estonia
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