Kuressaare Episcopal Castle, Saaremaa

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Originally constructed by the knights of the Teutonic Order, Kuressaare Episcopal Castle represents one of the country's most well-preserved medieval defense structures of its kind. Pay a visit to the fortification, located on Estonia's largest island, and discover the castle's crucial past role as the administrative center of the surrounding town. Explore the grounds and defenses of the structure, including the internal courtyard, religious buildings, and attached guard tower standing 37 m (121 ft) high. The complex today houses the Saremaa Museum, which documents the ecology, history, and anthropology of the island and also is home to concert halls and exhibits. Put Kuressaare Episcopal Castle on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Saaremaa trip builder.
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  • August 15, 2017
    You can see the castle for free without buying a ticket for the Museum, but can only view the outside. Nicely restored, with the views from the ramparts being especially good.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The castle and area around is really worth to visit. But the exposition inside could be better. Also a little bit information missing which doors you could open and find something and which ones are d...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Kuressaare Bishop's Castle is one of the few preserved from the era of late sredvekovja castles in Estonia and Latvia. And one of the largest. The castle is surrounded by earthen bastions 18 century and ditch, which in turn is surrounded on 3 sides by Park and one side goes to the sea. Very picturesque picture. On the bastions of the cannon.
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  • June 25, 2017
    Incredibly well preserved castle! Plan at least 4 hours to roughly and quickly see all rooms it has to offer! Nice exhibitions on history of Estonia, particularly Soviet Era and ancient times.
  • June 14, 2017
    Definitely one of the most popular tourist spots in Saaremaa. Nice historical atmosphere for a outdoor walk.
  • May 26, 2017
    Compact and neat castle available 24h (fortress, not castle itself). A lot of to see inside
  • July 3, 2017
    Very interesting exchibition about history of Saaremaa
  • April 29, 2017
    Love it so much we got married here, beautiful all year round.

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