Tuuletorn
Väike saar, suured elamused

Väike saar, suured elamused

Our story

Amidst the lovely junipers and wonderful quiet of Hiiumaa, we proudly announce that we have completed an impressive and unique experience centre called the Windtower. And we are not joking this time!

The island of Hiiumaa, that came with the wind, is an opportunity for each of our new and old friends to sense the magic. Be quiet, listen for a moment and notice: the winds of Hiiumaa will share their secrets with you. Our tower will speak to you in the real wind language, wishing to show you the best of Hiiumaa, all in one, and to send you on a journey to discover the island further.

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Our tower is quite monumental and with a hot shape, so that its flashing beauty could be seen from far away by the Hiiumaa islanders as well as mainlanders. It is 29 metres high, as we have heard that important buildings must be visible from a distance.

Just as the island of Hiiumaa is quite versatile with its colourful nature, culture and maritime traditions, the Windtower, too, is partly a museum, somewhat a research centre and a bit of a play world. Here you will notice entirely novel opportunities for discovering our small and quiet island.

Here with us, hustle and bustle are not going to get you. Instead, you can take a moment for yourself to behold the mysterious underwater Hiiumaa and enjoy the flight through the inspiring nature of the island with all your senses. The guest should be prepared, though, as Hiiumaa jokes are no joke: you will certainly hear and experience some peculiar humour here.

And that is not all. The Windtower features the highest indoor climbing wall in the Baltic countries, with 11 tracks. Everyone who wants can conquer the (so to say) mountains of Hiiumaa and test their courage here.

In order to make you enjoy your stay in the Windtower, with family, friends or on your own, we made our tower spacious enough to accommodate seminars and conferences, receptions and birthdays. We have exciting programmes and options to see our exhibitions with a spirited guide. Children are encouraged to bring their parents to play in the Windtower, to prevent life from seeming too serious. You can sample the cuisine of Hiiumaa in the cafeteria and find lovely souvenirs in the gift shop that will help you to remember the Windtower experience back home.

You can come by ferry or by plane. Or on a surfboard or your own boat. We will be waiting here, as nothing can displace this island. Not even a tornado.

Exhibition and services

  • 0 floorUnderwater Hiiumaa
  • 1 floorOn the coast of Hiiumaa
  • 2 floorStories of Hiiumaa islanders
  • 3 floorThe feel of Hiiumaa
  • 4 floorAbove Hiiumaa
  • 5 floorHiiumaa in the wind
  • The highest indoor climbing wall in the Baltic countries
  • Seminars and other events
  • Temporary exhibitions
  • Group visits
  • Birthdays
  • Café RUUDI
  • Gift shop

Underwater Hiiumaa

0 floor

The sea is Hiiumaa islanders’ life and destiny, dining table and horizon, work and route of connection. The sea brings winds and storms, love and tragic. You will be able to see a lot under the waters of Hiiumaa. Walk on the muddy seabed and discover how Hiiumaa was created. Admire ancient wrecks of ships or stand face to face with a NATO submarine. You can also see how we net fish and how we relate to seals. The little guests can second crabs in a fencing duel and become acquainted with the fishes of Hiiumaa. There will be bottomless amounts of fresh experience.

On the coast of Hiiumaa

1 floor

Hiiumaa begins and ends with the sea. Come and walk on the UNESCO-recognised pebbled coast, feel the tugging force of the wind and discover Hiiumaa with all your senses. It is here that you will learn the smell of wild thyme, tarred rope and wild strawberries. You can touch sealskin and take a closer look at rocks that have been rounded by the autumn storms and winter winds in Ristna. Compare the life-sized plants in the herbarium with a Hiiumaa that will fit in the palm of your hand. There is plenty to discover here.

For little pirates, we have the Hiiu breakwater, where one can actually pull start a boat motor and put on a pair of wellingtons to almost literally walk in the shoes of a Hiiumaa fisherman.

Stories of Hiiumaa islanders

2 floor

Indeed! You will find our miraculous stories about island life unfolding here in front of your very eyes. These stories originate from the daily lives, from the kitchen, shop or even sauna. Whether the fine art of storytelling is inherited by the islanders or transmitted through the sea air, is not known.

Hiiumaa islanders love words and stories. It is part of the island’s mystery. Words can be honed and tossed up into the air, caught and knocked up. And of course, words can also be eaten, even though we usually prefer smoked fish. Here you can learn about the language of Hiiumaa and test your sense of humour. But beware, Hiiumaa jokes are no joke.

The feel of Hiiumaa

3 floor

Take time out and give yourself some decent relaxation with the finest moments and views of Hiiumaa. What emotions are in fact caused by the wind, rain, sunshine, vastness, roar of the sea and quiet of the forest?

Look inside yourself but keep your ears open. You will hear then how the feel of Hiiumaa is described by our well-known composers, actors, athletes and other public figures.

Here you can lie in a hammock and meditate with a video slowly gliding over Hiiumaa’s charming nature. Every moment is full of poetry, and the walls are decorated with poems by Paul-Eerik Rummo, Ernst Enno, Ave Alavainu and other much-loved poets, inspired by Hiiumaa.

Above Hiiumaa

4 floor

Rise up into the sky and experience Hiiumaa from a bird’s-eye view. You will need a bit of imagination and dreams. Sometimes, dreams can turn into clouds, scattered by winds and shaken by gusts of rain. Some unfulfilled dream, though, may plop down from the sky and unexpectedly come true.

Let us suppose that you have dreamed about jumping on the clouds. You can do it in real life here.

Children can put themselves to the test on a thrilling net wall that can even be used for climbing to the next floor. If that is not enough, there is a surprising Tahkuna lighthouse in our building, awaiting to be discovered.

Or, perhaps, you have dreamed about controlling the weather? Be our guest! Sitting behind our Hiiumaa weather control panel, you will be able to conjure up rain, storm, thunder or northern lights. It will not be possible, though, to directly verify the old local saying ‘thunder and lightning means Our Lord eating herring’. But from the interactive game about migratory birds you will learn what the common buzzard feeds on. Or whether the Pied avocet has its tail up or down. Or whether the black-headed gull, also known as the ‘laughing gull’ in Latin, laughs at the jokes of Hiiumaa islanders.

Hiiumaa in the wind

5 floor

Come to embrace the wind! Up the spiral stairs to face the real breath of Hiiumaa. This island is not gone with the wind but it definitely came with the wind. Wind cleans the world. Wind gives birth to storms and makes ships move, breaks trees and wheels windmills.

Despite everything, you may start to like the wind in its waywardness – especially here, on the roof of our tower. It will sing you a genuine wind song, play in your hair and blow away any sadness. From this wuthering height, you can cast an eye at Käina bay and wave hello to the neighbouring Saaremaa islanders across the sea.

And when your eyes are finally adapted to looking at the distance, play a wind symphony with the wind chimes.

The highest indoor climbing wall in the Baltic countries

0 floor

Who said Estonia is so flat that you cannot do mountain climbing here? Hiiumaa islanders lent a hand and built an indoor climbing wall of dimensions unexampled in the Baltic countries. Not to mention the neighboring island of Saaremaa.

Our climbing wall begins from the lower ground floor of the Windtower and stretches nearly 20 meters up. The indoor wall has 11-13 routes, which should be enough for even the most passionate adrenaline lover. Be a professional climber or just about to discover the fascination of climbing – under the direction of an instructor, you will be able to safely test your abilities in conquering new heights.

You can use the indoor climbing wall individually or in good company, celebrating a birthday, or some other event here. School groups are cordially invited and we can also host corporate events. Training is available for all adults interested in developing their climbing skills.

Our experience shows that first-time visitors spend around one hour on our wall. Based on this, we also make reservations for an hour. We make exceptions for groups and experienced climbers.

We allow climbers on the wall from the age of 7. The age restriction comes from the difficulty of our routes, the nature of the service, and the equipment we use.

When planning a visit, please note that we accept reservations at least 24 hours in advance tuuletorn@hiiumaa.ee or +372 53 50 50 28. When planning a climb for the same day, a lively queue must be taken into account.

Due to the regulations, we do ask you to book time through us for your visit.

Please read the Rules, Liability Sheet and Registration Form.

Keep your eye on our climbing wall schedule here.

Seminars and other events

Hold a meeting, seminar or reception in the Windtower.

For a memorable experience, the event can be organised in the Underwater World, which can accommodate up to 50 persons.

Larger receptions or conferences can be held in the large and well-lighted seminar area on Floor 2.

By booking seminar rooms for an entire day, you will get a discount for the main exhibition area.

Catering for the events in Windtower is provided by Cafe Ruudi located on the first floor of the centre.

Further information and booking: tuuletorn@hiiumaa.ee.

 

Temporary exhibitions

2 floor

Exhibition “Unerännakud” (Dream Travel)

Everyone is welcome to visit new exhibition of photos  by Kristiina Gilts.

The idea for my series of photos came from one trip to New York. I stayed in ”Dream Hotel” and a lot of emotions and the noise of the city didn´t let me sleep at night. The dreams I saw were so strange and intense, but at the same time extremely realistic. What I saw during the day, my brain was synthesising at night. Being in the middle of the crowd in Times Square, suddenly I found myself on empty seashore of Hiiumaa. Languages and people got blended. It was possible to get on the subway from Kärdla and get off on the 5th Avenue. Quite naturally. In a Dream Hotel…

One morning sitting on my bed and looking out from the window, I got the idea that I should try to visualize my dreams with my photos.

My home is in Stockholm, my summer home is on Hiiumaa. I am an extremely urban person, I like the smell of asphalt and the noise of the city, but paradoxically I can feel an irresistible longing for the lethargy of Hiiumaa. Silence and peace, the sound of trees, the birdsong…

Living abroad, which is my voluntary choice, creates always a longing for Estonia and especially for Hiiumaa – for its language, its cultural environment and family. Dreamtravel is the best part of the world, where my brain chooses environments that blend smoothly, where there are no borders, no barriers, no language barriers, where there are only great journeys.

That is how I started, with my photos where I mixed New York with Hiiumaa. I love to travel. As an architect, I like to photograph urban architectural motifs. That is how my thoughts went to the different places I have photographed on my travels. As a humanist, I also like to portray people – so my favorite models came into my dreams. Some of the people are not among us today, but they have left a colorful mark on my life. Putting it all together, I discovered, with some surprise, that I am a complete romantic… All my dreamy photomontages take me from New York, Stockholm, Madrid, Milano, Reunion, North Sea back to Hiiumaa – to nature, to my garden. My longing and love for Hiiumaa is reflected in the delicate and hazy details. I need both sides: bustle and peace, asphalt and grassland, engine noise and birdsong in order to be balanced myself.

The charm of the dreams is that not everything is clear, but everything is possible. I have tried to convert this feeling by assembling different photos, where even I have to take some time to discover the smallest details. Each picture is one sequency from my nightly dream journey.

Short stories between photos are written by my sister Ingrid Gilts-Nittim.

HAVE A NICE YOURNEY!

Kristiina Gilts Stenhardt

Group visits

We are always happy to welcome large groups to our centre, which is why we offer a 10% discount on the Tuuletorn exhibition and climbing wall tickets for groups of 10 people or more.

Teachers accompanying the group (one adult for every 6 preschoolers and every 10 schoolchildren) can enter the centre free of charge during their visit. The school group discount does not apply to the climbing wall.

Send us your group visit request here:

    In addition, we want to:

    CateringGuide service (55€/1h)Other activities (I would like information about additional opportunities)Accommodation (I would like information about additional facilities)

    Birthdays

    Birthdays offering discovery and educative content will be memorable. In the Windtower, birthday events can be organised for children or adults, with fun and discovery for all ages.

    Further information and booking: tuuletorn@hiiumaa.ee.

    Café RUUDI

    1 floor

    There is a fun café in the new Tuuletorn experience centre. Our dishes are simple yet delicious, and a little mysterious, our ingredients are local, and our people are awesome. Very nice play area for children.
    RUUDI is a truly lovely place to spend time at.

    Opening times:

    15 May to 31 August

    Mon–Sun 11–21

    1 September to 14 May

    Mon–Fri 15–21
    Sat–Sun 12–21

    Information and reservations:

    E-mail: tuuletorn@hiiumaa.ee

    Phone: +372 53 50 50 28

    Follow us on Facebook and check the menu via our page Kohvik Ruudi

    Look at the menu here!

    Gift shop

    1 floor

    Would you like a memento of Hiiumaa or a special gift for someone? On Floor 1 there is a gift shop with an interesting selection of items, including local handicrafts and authentic tastes of Hiiumaa.

    “Covid-19 Safe & Clean” quality label

    While Covid-19 is still with us, all travellers need to address questions of safety. With the COVID-19 safety label, trusted to us by Visit Hiiumaa, we confirm that we follow the requirements and instructions of the Government and the Health Board of Estonia established for our industry or field, that we keep up to date […]
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    Wednesdays for senior citizens

    On Wednesdays, senior citizens aged 65 and over are welcomed in the Windtower for the special price of €6.
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    Prices

    Main Exhibition Area

    Buy your exhibition e-ticket here

    Standard ticket
    Adults aged 18 and over
    Buy your e-ticket here
    €10
    Discount ticket
    Pupils, teachers, retired (on the basis of a pension certificate) and persons with a disability (please present disability proof)
    Buy your e-ticket here
    €7
    Family pass
    Up tp 2 adults and their underage children
    €20
    Audiotour NEW!

    EE/ENG/RUS/FIN/LAT/GER. Exciting and windy stories under and above water. Exhibition entrance ticket will be added to the tour

    €2
    Monthly pass
    Valid with an ID
    €20
    Seasonal pass
    Valid for a period of six months
    €30
    Seasonal pass with discount
    Pupils, teachers, retired (on the basis of a pension certificate) and persons with a disability (please present disability proof), valid for a period of six months
    €20
    Seminar clients
    Valid when a seminar room has been booked for the entire day
    €6
    Free admission
    Children under 6, persons accompanying people with special needs, children with a disability, aged 16 or under (please present disability proof) and persons accompanying them, teachers accompanying groups for educational activity
    €0
    Wednesday ticket for senior citizens
    Persons aged 65 and over, Wednesdays only
    €6
    Ticket package: adults aged 18 and over
    10 visitor centres including Windtower (Hiiumaa Military Museum, Rudolf Tobias House Museum, Kassari Exhibition House of the Hiiumaa Museum, Long House of the Hiiumaa Museum, Mihkli Farm Museum, Suuremõisa castle, Sõru museum, Palade House of Rocks museum, Soera Farm Museum
    €30
    Ticket package: pupils, students or senior citizens
    10 visitor centres including Windtower (Hiiumaa Military Museum, Rudolf Tobias House Museum, Kassari Exhibition House of the Hiiumaa Museum, Long House of the Hiiumaa Museum, Mihkli Farm Museum, Suuremõisa castle, Sõru museum, Palade House of Rocks museum, Soera Farm Museum
    €20
    Guided exhibition tour in Estonian (1 hour)
    Fascinating and windy stories from below and above the waters of Hiiumaa. Groups of up to 20 persons, advance booking only
    €39
    Guided exhibition tour in English (1 hour)
    Fascinating and windy stories from below and above the waters of Hiiumaa. Groups of up to 20 persons, advance booking only
    €49
    School groups
    Groups of up to 20 persons. Larger groups will be divided into smaller groups according to the number of pupils.
    This will include admission to the main exhibition area and, upon request and as an additional service, a one-hour tour (to be booked in advance, surcharge). Admission will be free for teachers accompanying groups for educational activity (1 adult per 6 preschoolers or per 10 schoolchildren)
    €7 per pupil
    Repeat visit −50% (of the standard ticket)
    Valid with an exhibition ticket of a previous visit (not older than 1 year)
    €5
    Repeat visit −50% (of the discount ticket)
    Valid with an exhibition ticket of a previous visit (not older than 1 year)
    €3.5
    Repeat visit −50% (of the family ticket)
    Valid with an exhibition ticket of a previous visit (not older than 1 year)
    €10
    NB! Ticket sales at the desk end one hour before Windtower Experience closes.

    Free admission

    Admission in Windtower Experience is free for children under 6 years of age and for children with a disability, aged 16 or under, with persons accompanying them (please present disability proof). Admission is also free for teachers accompanying school groups for educational activity. Free admission will not cover the climbing wall, which can be used with a separate ticket or pass.

    Repeat visits for 50% of the price

    You can visit the Windtower again for 50% of the price to refresh your experience. A ticket for a repeat visit can be purchased by presenting a ticket of a previous visit (up to one year before the date). The discount for repeat visits will not apply to the climbing wall, which can be used with a separate ticket or pass.

    10% discount for group tickets

    We are always happy to welcome large groups. That is why we offer a discount of 10% for groups of 10 persons or more. The group discount will not apply to the climbing wall.

    School groups

    Windtower Experience offers plenty to discover for school groups. For best experience, a group can include up to 20 persons. Larger groups will be divided into smaller ones according to the number of pupils. The groups can see the main exhibition and we also offer one-hour tours. Admission is free for teachers accompanying groups (one adult per 6 preschoolers or 10 schoolchildren) for educational activity. The school group discount will not apply to the climbing wall.

    For seminar clients

    Participants in seminars or conferences held in the Windtower will get a discount for visiting the experience centre. The standard ticket will cost only €6 if a seminar room is booked for the entire day.

    The climbing wall

    Come and test your abilities on the highest climbing wall in the Baltic countries. Exciting experiences await amateur climbers as well as newbies. Read more about the climbing wall, sport climbing and safety here.

     

    Climbing ticket, 1 visit
    Adult, 1 hour
    €8
    Climbing ticket, 1 visit
    Pupil or student (please present the document), 1 hour (at least 7 years old)
    €6
    Climbing ticket, 1 visit
    Adult, 2 hours
    €11
    Climbing ticket, 1 visit
    Pupil or student (please present the document), 2 hours (at least 7 years old)
    €8
    Monthly climbing pass
    Adult, valid for 1 month
    €35
    Monthly climbing pass
    Pupil or student (please present the document),
    valid for 1 month
    €25
    10 times climbing card

    Adult (please present the document), no refund for unused climbs, valid for 3 months.

     

    60 €
    10 times climbing card

    Pupil or student (please present the document), no refund for unused climbs, valid for 3 months.

    45 €
    Belayer’s card (contains a test)
    Mandatory for all beginners
    €5

    Added to the cost of the ticket or pass:

    Bouldering, 1 visit
    Adult, student or pupil – FREE OF CHARGE
    €0
    Rental of a belay harness for 1 hour€1
    Rental of climbing shoes for 1 hour€2

    Climbing sessions

    Individual climbing session for one person
    1.5 hours, to be booked in advance
    inna.lepik@hiiumaa.ee
    €25
    Individual climbing session for 2 persons
    1.5 hours, to be booked in advance inna.lepik@hiiumaa.ee
    €49

    BIRTHDAYS

    Children’s birthday package in the main exhibition area

    Children’s (aged 7 or under) birthday in the main exhibition area
    Accompanied birthday party on Floor 4 (special children’s area), including the climbing net, with decorations
    €30/h

    Birthday packages on the climbing wall

    Birthday for up to 6 children on the climbing wall *

    €70/h
    Birthday for 7−12 children on the climbing wall *

    €130/h
    * Birthday for up to 6 children on the climbing wall
    Included in the price are 1 hour of instructed climbing, rental of climbing shoes, and use of the prepared and decorated birthday area in the cafeteria for 1 hour. To be booked in advance. Please arrive 15 minutes before the event begins. It is possible to order special birthday menu.

    SEMINARS AND RENTAL OF ROOMS

    The Windtower can accommodate seminars and conferences for up to 100 persons. Smaller seminars, for up to 50 persons, can be held in the fascinating Underwater World on Floor 0. Bigger conferences, for up to 100 persons can be conveniently held in the large and well-lighted seminar area on Floor 2. Booking a seminar room for the entire day will give a discount price for tickets to the main exhibition area. The building has also splendid rooms for birthdays or educational events.

    Rental of rooms

    ROOSTIK office rent Mon–Fri
    4–10 seats, 22,7 m2
    15 €/h
    ROOSTIK office rent Mon–Thur
    4–10 seats, 22,7 m2
    60 €/day
    ROOSTIK office rent Fri–Sun
    4–10 seats, 22,7 m2
    70 €/day
    ROOSTIK office rent
    4–10 seats, 22,7 m2
    270 €/month
    Tuuleait office, Mon–Thu
    4−8 seats, 22.5 m2
    €60/day
    Tuuleait office, Fri–Sun
    4−8 seats, 22.5 m2
    €70/day
    Tuuleait office
    4−8 seats, 22.5 m2
    €270/month
    Windtower Experience (the entire building), Mon–Thu 9−15 or 20−23
    Includes admission to the main exhibition
    €200/h
    Windtower Experience (the entire building), Fri–Sun 9−12 or 20−23
    Includes admission to the main exhibition
    €250/h
    Children’s birthday room (in the cafeteria), Mon–Thu *€15/h
    Children’s birthday room (in the cafeteria), Fri–Sun *€20/h
    * For up to 6−10 children. Included are 1.5 hours for using the room + 15 minutes for preparation + 15 minutes for cleaning. The birthday event will begin with congratulations. Catering can be ordered in addition from the birthday menu of the cafeteria. The birthday guests will have access to the entire exhibition if the room is booked for at least 3 hours. Please visit the exhibition as a group in order to avoid a situation in which unaccompanied children are running around in the main exhibition area. The birthday will end with a birthday cake or plaited sweet bread that can be brought by the birthday boy/girl.

    Seminar services

    Arrangements for a seminar in the Underwater World, Floor 0, Mon–Thu (arrangeable outside of exhibition hours)
    50 seats
    €30/h
    Arrangements for a seminar in the Underwater World, Floor 0, Fri–Sat (arrangeable outside of exhibition hours)
    50 seats
    €35/h
    Arrangements for a seminar in the seminar area, Floor 2, Mon–Fri (arrangeable outside of exhibition hours)
    70 seats
    €50/h
    Arrangements for a seminar in the seminar area, Floor 2, Sat–Sun (arrangeable outside of exhibition hours)
    70 seats
    €75/h

    Gift card

    Make the gift of an experience. Gift cards of different values are available in the Windtower. A gift card will be valid for six months after the purchase and cannot be returned or exchanged for money.

    Ticket package of SA Hiiumaa Muuseumid

    When you are in Hiiumaa, other interesting museums are also worth a visit to learn about the story of Hiiumaa in each of them from a different angle. The ticket package will give you access to the Windtower, the Long House in Kärdla, the Kassari Exposition Building of the Museum of Hiiumaa, the Mihkli Farmstead Complex and the House Museum of Rudolf Tobias. The ticket package can be purchased from any of the above museums or from Windtower Experience. The ticket package will be valid for one year after the purchase and give one-time access to each of the museums.

    Opening hours

    Windtower Exposition

    Mon–Sun 11–21

     

    The Climbing Wall

    Mon-Sun 11-21

    Keep your eye on our climbing wall schedule here.

     

    We will also open the center for groups and business clients at other times by agreement.

     

    User Guide

    Café RUUDI

    Mon–Sun 11-21

     

    General information and table reservations:

    E-mail: tuuletorn@hiiumaa.ee

    Phone: +372 58 70 00 19

    Facebook: Café Ruudi

    Opening hours during events and public holidays


    Please remember to use hashtags when posting about your Windtower experience:

    #tuuletorn #elamustorn

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