These are the must-see places that one should visit if they find themselves in this part of northern Europe.
When we talk about the “Baltics,” we’re generally referring to that part of northern Europe touching the Baltic Sea. This includes the countries of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden, Finland, part of Russia and even other nations such as Denmark and Poland. There are many ways to experience the beauty of these areas, but probably the best is to find a cruise that passes through most (if not all) of them.
Below is an essential list of the five cities that one should visit if they find themselves in this beautiful (but often cold) region of the world.
Stockholm, SwedenProbably one of the most famous ports on the Baltic Sea is that of Sweden’s capital, Stockholm. The city is replete with things to do including the historic Old Town, a.k.a Gamla Stan, the Royal Palace, the famous Vasa Museum and the gardens, galleries, open air museums and cafes of Djurgården. If you’d like a more relaxing trip, then simply a cruise in Stockholm’s harbor may suffice.
Of course, being the home of H&M and other famous brands, Stockholm is a great place for shopping as well.
Kalundborg, DenmarkNot too far from the Danish capital of Copenhagen is the Baltic town of Kalundborg. This port is most famous for it’s iconic five-steeple church, traditional half-timber houses and cobble-stoned streets. There is also the Kalundborg Castle, dating back to the 14th century.
Tallinn, EstoniaTallinn is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s most visited cities. Sure, it’s a technological and internet hub of the future, but the city can also take you back in time with its storybook castles and beautiful scenery. In fact, Tallinn is known to be one of the world’s cleanest large cities in terms of air quality.
Sure, there’s a lot to do here in terms of culture, museums and hip spots to eat, but probably one of the most fun and unique things is simply to explore the city’s 45 kilometers of idyllic Baltic coastline. It’s a city that pretty much all who visit never forget.
St. Petersburg, RussiaThis is possibly the most beautiful city in all of Russia, if not Europe. This of course was done on purpose. Russian Czar Peter the Great wanted to make his new capital the most envied urban center in all of Russia. Thus, the czar went to great lengths to build exquisite palaces, parks, cathedrals, theaters, opera houses and waterways, making it Russia’s answer to Venice.
It is one city that lives up to the hype.
Helsinki, FinlandFinland’s capital is considered to be one of the most livable cities on the planet. It is a bastion of culture too. Take a stroll down Mannerheim Street or visit the world renown Finnish National Museum of Art. However for great views of the Baltic Sea, venture over to the city’s most famous market area, Kauppatori, and then from here take a ferry to see the fortified Finnish islands of Suomenlinna.
You can’t go wrong visiting any of these Baltic beauties.
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