Best landmarks in the Baltic States

Parent Category: ROOT Published: Thursday, 26 March 2020 Print

Places to visit in the Baltic States

Although Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania occupy a relatively small part of the land, each of these countries has a distinct history and culture. Furthermore, they tell a story through landmarks and stunning landscapes.

Each of the sites we will cover in this article will help you to get the most out of these three distinct cultures. From stunning architecture to small villages and most unique landscapes, these landmarks are a must to grasp the unique spirit each of the Baltic States carry.

 

Riga, Latvia

Riga – the capital of Latvia holds many surprises for first-time visitors as well as for experienced travelers. Over the past, German culture has influenced the appearance of this city. Therefore, it is quite different than Vilnius or Tallinn.

Many travelers claim that the Old Town of Riga is one of the most picturesque cityscapes they have visited. Webbed with narrow streets and tall historic buildings, the Old Town is a great place to get lost. The Old Town is also part of the UNESCO cultural heritage. Apart from the Old Town, Riga is well-known for the sheer amount of Art Nouveau architecture.

 

Vilnius, Lithuania

The capital of Lithuania – Vilnius, has a rare authenticity to it. The whole city offers an authentic cityscape with various hills you can enjoy the view from.

Similar to Riga, one of the most renowned landmarks in Vilnius is its Old Town. Marvelously intact, it is protected by UNSECO. You can discover many unique period buildings by walking on its pebbled streets. Furthermore, you can get the most authentic experience by exploring many local cafes and boutiques.

 

Tallinn, Estonia

The cultural world of Tallinn gives you the most spectacular churches, palaces, galleries, and museums in the whole country. Even though Tallinn is a small capital, it is packed with the most breathtaking landmarks both in the Old Town and in many other corners of the city.

Just a stone throws away from its modern business center, you will find the most stunning Old Town with medieval stone walls and church bell towers. Furthermore, the beautiful promenades and sandy beaches make up the most luring coastal view.

 

The Curonian Split, Lithuania

Protected by UNESCO, The Curonian Split in Lithuania is 98 km long natural wonder made of the sand dunes. This tourist attraction separates the Baltic Sea coast and the Curonian Lagoon.

The interesting part is that this natural wonder is shared by two countries – Lithuania and Russia. Its southern part is 46 km long and lies in the Russian territory. The rest of the 52 km stretches in Lithuania. The width of this natural wonder varies between 400 m and 3’800 m.

 

Cesis, Latvia

Situated in the Gauja National Park, Cesis is a small medieval town only 90 km away from Riga. It is well known for the medieval castle that has been built by the Livonian Brothers of the Sword. The castle was built around the 13th century and nowadays is a significant tourist attraction silently speaking about the history of the region.

Cesis is a lovely town where you will be able to peacefully enjoy your time. The town is close to many beautiful lakes as well as rocky cliffs along the rocky banks of the River Gauja.

 

Narva Castle, Estonia

The Narva Castle is a well-known tourist attraction within the Baltic States. Built in the 13th century, this tourist attraction offers the most complex and well-preserved defense system within the Baltic States.

Bordering with Russia, this castle was founded by the Danes and passed in the hands of the Livonian Order decades later. Today you can visit the museum within the castle’s walls and enjoy various workshops in the courtyard.

 

Basilica of the Assumption, Aglona, Latvia

This pilgrimage site in the Baltic States attracts many travelers each year. With its exceptional architecture, this Baroque church is one of the Baltic States landmarks you must visit.

The basilica was completed in the 18th century and its main features are the two 60-meter high towers, impressive groin vaults, and a collection of artworks like paintings and sculptures.

 

AHHAA Science Centre, Tartu, Estonia

AHHA Science Center is the largest tourist attraction of its kind in the Baltic States. The purpose of this tourist attraction is to entertain while teaching about science and technology. This is achieved by introducing various scientific occurrences in an amusing way.

With various exhibitions, workshops, planetarium, and shows, this center will be a great travel destination for families and curious minds.

 

Saaremaa, Estonia

Measuring at 2673 km2, Saaremaa is the largest island in the Baltic States. Its mild climate and rich soil have diversified the local flora and fauna. This makes the island a great place for those travelers who enjoy the outdoors. You can enjoy the national parks by witnessing thousands of migratory birds and wild orchids, or simply enjoy the peace of the island.

 

Overview

The Baltic States is a place with great history and character. There are many landmarks and tourist attractions that speak of the local culture and history. In this article, we described 9 of the best landmarks and places to visit in the Baltic States. Hopefully, you have found inspiration for your next travel adventure.

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