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Kuressaare Episcopal Castle

Lossihoov tn 1, Saaremaa 93815, Estonia
(+372) 455 4463
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Ranked #1 of 27 Attractions in Saaremaa
Type: Castles, Cultural
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Type: Castles, Cultural
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Zagare, Siauliu Apskritis, Lithuania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Stone castle history starts already from the Long Hermann tower built in the end of 13th century that was the central tower of circle-walled castle type of fortress. The convent type castle task was to be the administrative centre of certain area, to make possible the gathering of rather large amount of people, that is represented in the architecture of... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Despite only a passing interest in history and historical architecture, I've been to many castles. Few are as complete and intact as this one, and few fit the classical concept of a castle so well. Even though we arrived in the evening, and in winter, there was much to see and enjoy, even in sub-zero temperatures. Kuressaare castle is surrounded... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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1,521 reviews 1,521 reviews
1,333 attraction reviews
739 helpful votes 739 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Kuressaare can boast the best preserved Medieval castle in the Baltic states. The castle dates to 1338 although the central tower could be even older. The grounds are free to enter but the castle houses the Regional Museum of Saaremaa which costs €2. Viewed from above, the castle is geometrically perfect, a diamond shape with substantial moat all the way... More 

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Espoo, Finland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Well made collection of things before Soviet occupation and WWII history. Not for people not liking narrow stairs.

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Klaipeda, Lithuania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
23 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Although I'm not very interested in architecture, castles also, it was a nice place to stop. It's a huge castle with a lot of activities in here (archery, pottery, etc. - we didn't try these). We didn't go in the castle actually as we hadn't enough time, but there were a lot to see in the yard and the surroundings.

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Tallinn, Estonia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Its very special place to go. Its very clean and quiet place . I think you only thing need to do in here is relax:)

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Budapest, Hungary
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Okay, once you are in Kuressaare it is a must-see, but we found it after much looking and asking (it isn't in the downtown), that by the time we got there we were pretty tired. We enjoyed the beach behind it much more, and there was some kind of fair too that we checked out. It was also a nice... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Interesting history of Saaremaa and Estonia in the 2. Worldwar...Take plenty of time to see all the details at the museum. There is also a cafe, but many stairs to climb before you get there.

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Moscow, Russia
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151 reviews 151 reviews
37 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We were impressed with this old and perfectly safe castle (though it is outer castle walls are not so good saved). Full of different historical places and corners inside to discover, this Castle also has the "Soviet KGB museum", funny and curious. Some spooky places exists inside. you can visit even the roof. Walk around and inside and you will... More 

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

We came at 10:50 am to see the castle and its museum in October during heavy rainfall. Instead of letting us wait inside in a sheltered place for the museum to open at 11:00 am a staff member sent us back outside, saying (in Estonian) that the museum would open at 11 o'clock sharp, not earlier. Quite rude. Remembered us... More 

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