Kuressaare Town Hall

Kuressaare, Estonia

Kuressaare town hall was built in 1654-1670. The initiator of town hall building was count M. G. De la Gardie. Town hall is simple and dour but appears to be grand representative of so called northern baroque the decoration of which is hewed portal that dates 1670.

Reference: Visit Estonia


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Founded: 1654-1670
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Swedish Empire (Estonia)


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Elvis Kõll (3 months ago)
Location/Interior - 5/5 - Romantic historical building, nicely renovated. Possible most posh place to eat in town. Service 5/5 - I don't remember anything about the service - so as it should be. Food/Value 4/5 - Maybe little too pricey, but the fish was something you cannot get elsewhere.
Margus Rebane (3 months ago)
We came here for quick lunch. There is a lot of staff and not full house but we had to wait around 10 minutes to get served. It looks like kitchen is super busy as they forgot to add half ingredients to my salad. It got fixed in the kitchen when I pointed out missing one written in menu. The taste was good though. Overall I can recommend this place but there are better places with cheaper places around.
Petra Pajala (3 months ago)
The local fish dish was great, as was the local appetizer. The pike was a bit on the dry side, and we had to wait quite some time to get the waiters' attention to ask for the bill. Milieu was beautiful and overall it was a great place for lunch!
Ott (4 months ago)
Best place with outdoor seating in Kuressaare. A superb view of the castle and the moat. Excellent local food and great desserts accompanied by very friendly and pleasant service. This place is also very child-friendly. There's a play area outside and a park nearby to explore. Takes no reservations so don't be late!
Semjon Galajev (4 months ago)
3/4 party members enjoyed their food . I did not. Waiter who worked with us was polite, fast and understanding. Ice-cream had a nice touch to it. I recommend you not to order fish cutlets. Absolutely not to my taste. Suspiciously sour and rather "fishy".
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