The 10 Best Things to Do in Korgessaare, Estonia

December 20, 2017 Brain Ambrose

Korgessaare in Estonia, from Europe region, is best know for Lighthouses. Discover best things to do in Korgessaare with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!

1. Kopu Lighthouse

Kopu kula, Korgessaare, Estonia +372 529 9162
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5 based on 28 reviews

Kopu Lighthouse

The history of the lighthouse began over 500 years ago when a landmark was needed by the Hanseatic League in the first place, as their merchants were complaining about ships disappearing in the Baltic Sea. The highest hill (68 m) of Hiiumaa, the Tornimagi, became the location of the lighthouse.In 1531 a massive stone tower was erected.Interesting to know:• Kopu is the third oldest constantly active lighthouse worldwide• In 1660 iron stairs were constructed on the outer wall of the tower.• In 1810 a staircase was built inside the tower

Reviewed By Derettens - Tartu, Estonia

A second visit (previous in 2011). A combination of remembering the claustrophobia of the stairwell from the first visit and the proximity of heavy rainclouds that would have affected the view from the top, this time we chose to eat in the cafe.
Astonishingly the food was a whole lot better than the prices indicated - with a low of 3€ and a high of 6€. The food bill for 5 came to 21€!
The smoked cheese and vegetable soup was a new and delightful experience.

2. Hiiumaa Museum Long House

Vabrikuvaljak tn, Kardla, Estonia +372 463 2091
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Hiiumaa Museum Long House

The centre of the Hiiumaa Museum. Popularly known as the Long House (the longest wooden house in Kardla, over 60 m), the building was constructed in the 1830s as the residence for the directors of the Hiiu-Kardla Cloth Factory. It has been home to several generations of Ungern-Sternbergs and Peltzers. During the Soviet period, the building was used by various agencies.The Long House includes workrooms and offices, depositories, a library, concert and exhibition halls. In addition to the story of the development of Kardla and the factory, a factory worker’s residence is on display. Various short-term Exhibitions are also organized year- round.

Reviewed By Derettens - Tartu, Estonia

Standing exhibition on the Ground floor concerns the history of the woollen factory at Kardla, the development of social housing for the factory workers and a domestic display of the Baltic German Baron who was the estate owner.
Current ground floor 'art' exhibition is a display of 'plaid' murals by a local weaver.
Current 1st floor 'art' exhibition are half a dozen displays of ceramics by local potters.
The fee as for all Hiiumaa attractions is tiny - I seem to recall 2€ per person.

3. Tahkuna Lighthouse

Tahkuna kula, Korgessaare, Estonia +372 5818 0755
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Tahkuna Lighthouse

Tahkuna Lighthouse is situated on the north end of Hiiumaa. The construction of the cast iron lighthouse began in 1873. The lighthouse is assembled of cast iron parts of so-called Gordon system. System is based on prefabricated details, that are easy to transport. That's the reason why this high tower was rather easy to build. Interesting to know:• Czaric Russia bought the lighthouse from the world exhibition of Paris in 1871.• It's the highest lighthouse in Estonia - 42,7 m above the sea level.

Reviewed By Derettens - Tartu, Estonia

I'd hazard a guess the views from Kõpu lighthouse are better. But the ground area around this lighthouse is largely unspoilt and proves good access to the sea.... be warned much of the coast of Hiiumaa is either sharp pebbles/small rocky or reedbeds / marshes. But this is really 2 attractions in 1. The memorial to the children of the disaster of the ferry 'Estonia' is here.

4. Kardla Beach Park

Lubjaahju tn, Kardla, Estonia
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Behind the Hiiumaa Museum Long House there is a 3.3 hectare Beach Park. Once the location of a Swedish graveyard until Kardla baron Robert Eginhard von Ungern-Sternberg had a free-form park established instead. For a long time it was called the Baron’s garden. In the western side of the park on a small hill there is a cast iron cross, commemorating the Swedish graveyard. The main trees in the park are domestic. Foreign tree species include larches, white pine and several fir species. The most interesting tree – red beech tree – grows in the south-west side of the park. Altogether 34 species of trees and bushes have been counted in the park.

Reviewed By 46erling46 - Viimsi, Estonia

När man vandrar efter Kärdla beach brukar kommunen ha satt ut anordningar i parken så att den lilla stadens barn och turister kan leka i parken vid havet !

5. The Memorial to the Victims of the Estonia Disaster

Tahkuna kula, Korgessaare, Estonia
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

The Memorial to the Victims of the Estonia Disaster

Bronze bell – a ship’s or soul bell that starts ringing by itself in a strong wind. With the movement of its cross-shaped pendulum in a storm, it seems a bring a message from the sea – a bell tower in a way … symbolically. The incline of the monument has a visual and emotional impact and should also call to mind the last moments of the ship. Tender details are also added to the bronze bell – four child faces on each of the main points of the compass.

Reviewed By Derettens - Tartu, Estonia

Just about everybody I've met in the 10 years I've been in Estonia knew someone who died in the disaster. Every sizeable town and village has an 'Estonia' ferry memorial. This one, on the closest land location to where the ship sank, is to the children who either died, were not born (there were a number of pregnant women aboard) and those who were orphaned. This is not a state funded memorial - but designed by a school-teacher and funded by the public. Stand there too long and you might have to ask if anyone has a hanky!

Vabrikuvaeljak 4, Kardla 92411, Estonia +372 462 2232
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2.5 based on 2 reviews

Vabrikuvaljak

In 1830 brothers Konstantin and Eduard von Ungern-Sternberg brought the woollen textile factory from Suuremoisa over to Kardla. The factory that definitively influenced the development of Kardla and the whole of Hiiumaa grew very fast. In 1830 there were 210 employees, in 1880 already 770. With its 2000 citizens Kardla became a considerable centre of its time. In October 1941 the factory was destroyed but the houses of workers and the house of the baron (Long House) have survived. In 1982 a monument for the Kardla woollen textile factory was erected; the figure, placed on a granite base and cut hollow, symbolizes a loom.

Reviewed By Gabriel Y

Just a little park with a monument to the working people who laid the foundation for today's civilization.

7. Ristna Lighthouse

Kalana kula, Korgessaare, Estonia
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Ristna Lighthouse

The Ristna Lighthouse is located on the Ristna northern cape, which is relatively close to the Kopu Lighthouse, which is built on a rise in the middle of bogs and is therefore often concealed by fog. This was also the reason that the Ristna Lighthouse was built. It was ordered from France in 1873 and started working in 1874. A 7-pood copper bell was also installed in the lighthouse.

Reviewed By kahru - kent

Worth a look not as impressive as Kopu and not quite as customer freindly fairly remote and hard to get to but is ok

8. Hiiumaa Military Museum

Tahkuna kula, Korgessaare, Estonia +372 5627 6020
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4 based on 8 reviews

Hiiumaa Military Museum

The museum managed by the Hiiumaa Military History Society is located in Tahkuna. The crown jewel of the exposition is the BB-316 cannon barrel from the Tahkuna Kukeraba battery. The museum exposition covers Hiiumaa’s coastal defence structures, armaments, and ammunition. In a barracks atmosphere, visitors can examine surveillance and communications equipment. There is a reconstruction of a border strip in the yard.The armament collection is still modest. In the diesel house, there is a generator ready to start up. Simple fuel drums also comprise a collection: a riveted drum from the beginning of the last century, from the German Wehrmacht and Finnish Lentojoukut, as well as a Russian armament oil drum.

Reviewed By Derettens - Tartu, Estonia

Any thoughts of institutions like the Imperial War Museum in London - forget! This is local. The best display is inside the small museum building which shows the military history of the locality from Peter the Great's 'northern' fortress through to the Red army being based there.

9. Ruins of Puski Church

Puski kula, Korgessaare, Estonia +372 462 2232
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During the period from 1889 to 1891, an apostolic orthodox church and a schoolhouse for the children of the congregation were built in Puski. The peculiar choice of location has been explained by the fact that the first Russian priests of Puski did not know the local conditions. The land was owned by Ungern-Sternberg who, as an opponent of the attack of orthodox faith and religious conversion in general, donated a plot in the middle of nowhere. Nowadays there are ruins of the church and schoolhouse in Puski and a quiet village graveyard sleeping with the sough of wind in the pine grove.

Reviewed By kahru - kent

A good historical sight to visit easy to get to, an interesting place well worth visiting Beware of the peddlars in the layby

10. Kardla Meteor Crater

Palukula Kula, Puhalepa, Estonia +372 462 2232
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3 based on 6 reviews

Kardla Meteor Crater

It happened about 455 million years ago that a meteor with a diameter of about half a kilometre started moving towards the earth with the speed 30-40 km/s. The meteor went through a 100-meters thick layer of water in less that 0.1 seconds and a 140-meters thick layer of sedimentary rock and exploded with a force equal to 25,000 explosions of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The diameter of the crater is 4 km and it is one of the most remarkable ones in the world. The ring wall of the crater can be seen well from Palukula and Tubala. In Palukula there is a crater viewing tower. Near the viewing tower you can find a small limestone quarry which reveals the layer of limestone with its cracks.

Reviewed By strollingplayer - Europe

Well now. I'd love to have seen the Kardla Crater, it's really my kind of thing. We checked it out online, took a note of the map position and set out along the road from Kardla towards the airport, keeping an eye out for the signs. 15km later we turned back, figuring we must have missed it. Still no sign of any signs. We tried a few possible turn-offs, which resulted in some pretty hairy cross-country driving, but still no luck. We ended up back in the supermarket in Kardla, where we asked directions. (Bear in mind that I was travelling with two Estonians, both of whom have spent a lot of time on Hiiumaa.) The nice lady in Selver told us that we'd tried every turn-off except the right one, but that the aforementioned sign was a little way down the side road. Back we went, took the turn-off she suggested, and drove right past the sign - not hard to do, since it's buried in the undergrowth and almost invisible from the road. The sign had a satellite map, which was marked with 14 or so numbers, which would have been really useful had there been any explanation of what the numbers were or how to get to them. We drove around a bit more, but we still couldn't find the viewing platform I'd seen mentioned online. We then drove back towards the airport, in fact all the way to the airport, but by now even I had had enough and so we went home. I figured I must have misremembered what I'd seen online, so when we got home I checked it again, but no, we'd been exactly where the website said we should have been. I'd still love to see the Kardla Crater but I'm afraid I've run out of ideas on how to find it - if anyone has any more luck I'd love to hear about it!

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