From wonderful Copenhagen and the gems of Helsinki, to beautiful Stockholm and St Petersburg with its gilded palaces and stately squares, the cities of the Baltic are well known for their treasures and attractions.
But the Baltic also has many hidden highlights: here are just a few to whet your appetite. It’s your invitation to discover this glorious and fascinating part of the world, and there’s no better way to do it than on one of our relaxing cruises.
The capital of Estonia, is waiting to enchant you with its maze of cobblestone streets, Gothic spires and medieval market squares, all confined within a mostly-intact city wall dotted with watchtowers. Walking around the old streets is like stepping into a fairy tale – mystical, tantalising and addictive.
In contrast, Saaremaa is a quiet, isolated Estonian island blessed with rich flora and fauna. It has retained a charm of yesteryear, and you should look out for its thatched houses and people who still wear beautiful national costumes.
Riga in Latvia is the largest of the Baltic capitals, and this country is still championed as one of the hidden gems of Europe. But the word is getting out and this little beauty will not remain hidden for much longer. Riga old town is an architectural gem, recognised with a UNESCO listing. Of particular interest is the most impressive collection of German art nouveau, known as Jungendstil.
Also in Latvia is delightful Ventspils, known as the flower capital of the country. Discover its unique flower sculptures, from ‘The Bobsleigh Team’ to ‘The Ladybirds’. It is also renowned for its many sculptures of cows, left over from an international art festival named ‘Cow Parade’.
South of Latvia is Lithuania, a country with a turbulent past, which has at different times been part of Prussia, Sweden, Russia and the Soviet Union. Since the country’s independence in 1990, Klaipeda has become one of its most buoyant and one of Europe’s jolliest spot. Take in the atmosphere sitting at a German-style tavern around the waterfront, and go in search of the numerous small sculptures in the old town.
Discover these hidden gems on one of our cruises to the Baltics.