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Kuressaare Episcopal Castle
Ranked #1 of 51 things to do in Saaremaa
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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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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 be very much satisfied with its atmosphere and historical milestones.
LIKE IT!

P.S. You can spend hours there and around! Be ready! Restaurants around the castle with scenic view will help you to rest and enjoy!
Seashore is just nearby and if hot - you can try to swim in Baltic sea!
Price is reasonable but not cheap.
We didn`t found the parking near caslte (may be it exists) but we used downtown parking zone (free one) - not far away to walk, also discovering old Kuressaaare.

2  Thank Stalevar
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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 at a similar experience in 1981 in Moscow's airport.
The museum itself has some parts that were created before 1990 obviously. A rather erraneous collection of old things, old photos beside old cameras. Not very exiting itself, but together with the museum's staff a perfect sample og how was life in Estonia in Sovjet time.
Most of the staff must have been working there since 1990 at least, and this part of the museum was not changed since. Not nice, but really informative.
The newer part of the museum shows some nice photos of the old Sovjet Estonian political l leaders , some good political jokes.
All this gives quite a good impression of Estonian past since 1950.
We were quite impressed about a film on sovjet border guards. The day before an inhabitant had told us they were not even allowed to swim in the sea, as Estonian islands were restriced border areas.
The old castle has a somewhat depressing atmosphere in autumn.
Conclusion: Kurressaare Episcopal Castle is a Must on Saaremaa.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We came by sailing boat from Stockholm, sailed across the Baltic the second year in a row.. The marina is great; it is close to the city centre has a sauna and a restaurant.
In Kuressaare you must visit the castle. Now restored partly just a old castle , partly a museum showing the turbulent history of this island.

What we loved most was the atmosphere, the people, the friendliness and the lovely tree houses. We had lots of fun during the night and managed to pour surprise to discover a nightclub and some nice bars. Prices are generally very affordable compared to western Europe.

You do not need to plan two or max three days for the city of Kuressaare and a tour of the island.

1  Thank Nahoj
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

We went more to see the building than the museum, but the museum is also very good. Children will love the hidden staircases and exploring this well kept old building.

1  Thank JanetBrussels
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