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Kaali field of meteorite craters
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Country Estonia
Place Kaali village on Saaremaa island
Short Description The rarest nature wonder in Estonia, being at the same time the most spectacular in Eurasia
Visitors 2010

The approximate time of Kaali meteorite fall is 7,500-7,600 years ago. Meteorite fall caused big damages on already inhabited Saaremaa, it could be compared to explosion of atomic bomb. At the height of 5-10 km meteorite fell apart and came down to the ground in pieces the biggest of which created a big crater with diameter of 110 m and depth of 22 m and 8 smaller craters. Interesting to know: Among the world's giant craters Kaali crater is on 8th place. Kaali field of meteorite craters on Saaremaa is the rarest nature wonder in Estonia, being at the same time the most spectacular in Eurasia.

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About the Heritage Site

  • Country: West Estonia
  • Location: Kaali village, close to Kuivastu and Kuressaare on Saaremaa island
  • Type of location:Natural and geologycal site with museum and outside activities.
  • Experience offered: The Kaali Crater Museum of Meteoritics and Limestone.

Here at Kaali we have a museum with information and an audio-visual programme telling the story of the giant meteorite that fell on Kaali. On show are are pieces of meteorites and other items found during various expeditions. Learn about the characteristics of meteor deposits, limestone and dolomite and the history of Kaali village.

Things to See and Do in and around Kaali
You may choose from:
Excursions to Kuressaare fortress and the most beautiful spots in Saaremaa
Knowledgeable and entertaining local guides
Healthy cycling
Horseback riding is offered by Kõljala stable
Boat trips to small interesting nearby islands
Treatments in spa-hotels in Kuressaare
Transport throughout and outside Saaremaa
To relieve tensions and stress try our creativity lessons in silk and glass painting
Kaali Külastuskeskus MTÜ, Kaali village, Pihtla commune 94 102,
Saaremaa isalnd, Estonia
phone: +372 51 05 393 or +372 5154 205; fax: +372 45 91 184

Accessibility of Heritage Site

  • Opening times:
Kaali visiting centre:june-august 24 hours; Museum opened 9.00-20.00:
Kaali visiting centre: september-may according to orders

  • Entrance fee:
Adults € 1.30
Children, students, penisioners: € 0.65
Family € 2.60
  • How to get there
By car:From Kuressaare take the 10th road and ride 18 km from Kuressaare and turn left to Kaali village
From Kuivastu port take 10th road and ride 68 km towards Kuressaare then turn right to Kaali village
By boat: See Tuule Laevad
By plane:30 minute flight from Tallinn to Kuressaare


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  • Museum of meteoritics and limestone, conference room to 60 people, Hotel and guesthouse and sauna, shop and souvenir shop, dining at Kaali Tavern
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Facts about Kaali field of meteorite cratersRDF feed
Coordinates58° 22' 22" N, 22° 40' 10" E  +
CountryEstonia  +
Heritage Site CategoryNatural Site  +
PlaceKaali village on Saaremaa island  +
Reference Year2010  +
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