The first obligatory site to see is the Kuressaare fortress, situated in the middle of the Town Park, overlooking the whole town. The fortress is a good place to begin with the island’s history – it has seen rulers from Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Russia and Estonia. The only full fortress extant in the Baltic States stands as a symbol of the troubled history of the island. It is a masterpiece of late gothic architecture and it holds a museum of Saaremaa that introduces the history and nature of the neighbourhood as well as the role of the fortress itself. Art exhibits are available as well as the tower café which provides a wonderful view of the surrounding city and sea. The courtyard is also well worth the walk, especially in the summertime when various events take place and different handcraft workshops are open.
Grove of Head of States.
This grove can be founded in the newest part of the park., where the tradition of recognising foreign heads of state was instigated in 2002.
Address: Pärna 19 Kuressaare
The Windmill Tavern offers traditional Estonian cuisine. It is the perfect place to host birthday parties, company events, weddings, get-togethers, meetings and other gatherings. If requested in advance, you can also enjoy a display of folk dancing, which you can also try your hand (or rather feet) at! Live music can also be requested.
The author of Kurhouse building idea is believed to be local pharmacist. The construction of the house lasted 8 months and it was ceremonially opened on June 11 (23), 1889