Kuressaare Travel Guide

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Kuressaare has been a favourite destination for people on holiday for centuries! Kuressaare is the capital of Saare County on the island, Saaremaa in the West Estonian Archipelago. It has a population of approximately 15000 people. The town is served by Kuressaare Airport and you get there in 45 minutes by plane from Tallinn (200km). Kuressaare is known for its' many Spa Hotels and for good health and for clean air. It is a member of World Health Organisation European Healthy Cities Network.

Arensburg is the historical name of Kuressaare. It is a direct translation of the Latin expression arx aquilae: "Eagle's Castle" or Fortress. The town has been called Kuressaare since 1917.

The Episcopal castle in Kuressaare is one of the most unusual architectural monuments in the Baltics and one of the best preserved examples of citadel architecture in all of Northern Europe.

Kuressaare was the first city in Estonia where self-governing status was restored in October 1990.