A tourist destination and a resort PDF Prindi


Curative sea mud has played an important role in the development of Kuressaare for 160 years. The first mud treatment establishment was opened here yet in 1840. The first known tourist group arrived in Kuressaare 165 years ago. The town had regular boat connections to Riga, Helsinki, Stockholm, Pärnu and Tallinn and there were the consulates of Germany, Holland, Sweden and Finland down here. The Soviet period stopped all connections to other countries.

During recent years interest in Kuressaare has increased steadily and the number of visitors here has reached over 200,000 a year. There are a number of hotels, cafés and small bars in the town. Kuressaare Sanatorium, providing professional mud treatment, has become highly popular with Finns. Now, people from other countries are discovering the good rehabilitation opportunities here. The year round occupancy rate of Kuressaare Sanatorium is twice as high as of the hotels of Saaremaa on average.

The main attraction of Kuressaare is the 14th –18th cent. bishopric castle-fortification. The mediaeval stone castle is the only one in the Baltic countries that has survived throughout the centuries in its entirety. The old town with its baroque and classicistic buildings from the 18th-19th cent. is one of the greatest assets of Kuressaare.

The distance from Kuressaare to Tallinn – 216 km, to Tartu – 330 km, to Narva – 429 km, to Pärnu – 152 km and to Viljandi 249 km.



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