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Baltic Cities You Must Visit This Year

Every time we plan a city break to Europe, the same kind of places pop up in our heads: Barcelona, Rome, Paris, Berlin… But what about going slightly further east and exploring the Baltic cities?

Not only those places are incredibly rich in their history but you also be able to spend very little there on your trip. Here are some places we think you should visit:

Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius is classified as a Gamma global city. It’s a great place to visit for its medieval architecture in the Old Town. This architecture has been named a UNESCO heritage site back in 1994. It used to be one of the largest Jewish centres in Europe too. If you dare, you can climb up what feels like countless steps of the Gediminas tower to get a wonderful view of the city. You will also find great pastries there – Lithuanian kibinai and wonderful beers. All are really cheap too.

Where to go:

Gediminas Castle Tower

Trakai Island Castle

Gate of Dawn

Užupis

St Anne’s Church

Where to eat:

Gaspar’s

Dublis

Sweet Root

Stebuklai

Etno Dvaras

 

Tallinn, Estonia

You should visit Tallinn if you’re looking for a medieval fairytale. You will find it located right on the Baltic Sea’s Bay of Finland. It has a beautiful port from which you can easily get to Sweden, Finland and even St Petersburg in Russia. The architecture of the city will make you feel like you have been transported to a different era. You will find circular watch towers there and gorgeous medieval brick walls. It was treasured so much that these areas have also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Where to go:

Kadriorg Art Museum

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Toompea

Tallinn Town Hall

Seaplane Harbour Lennusadam

Where to eat:

Rataskaevu 16

Vegan Restoran V

Von Krahli Aed 

Kuldse Notsu Korts

III Draakon

 

Riga, Latvia

Riga’s city centre is yet another UNESCO Heritage site. The city is filled with art nouveau style buildings which separate it a little from Vilnius and Tallinn. You will also find Europe’s oldest zoo and the largest food market there. More than 3,000 vendors sell their product at that market. Jurmala, also known as the Peal of Latvia, is a wonderful beach facing the Gulf of Riga. You can get there in about 20 minutes as well. It’s a very popular destination on the weekends so if you want to avoid the crowds, visit it during the week.

Where to go:

House of the Blackheads

The Freedom Monument

Riga Central Market

Riga Castle

Three Brothers, Riga

Where to eat:

Domini Canes 

Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs

3 pavaru restorans

Uncle Vanya

Easy Wine

 

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