The Baltic Sea – lots of countries have at least part of their borders on it – Finland, Poland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and even small pieces of Russia and Germany.
But over time, the Baltic countries that are recognized as a geopolitical group are Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
The Baltic States Today
Today, all three have Western-styled democracies, are members of NATO, and the EU, and are thriving.
A great mixture of old and new is present in all three countries – modern skyscrapers co-exist with traditional architecture, some going back centuries. The major cities are thriving metropolises, and the economies of all three thrive as well.
Contrasting with the urban areas are some astoundingly beautiful forests, rivers, and farmland.
Tourism in the Baltic States
For years, the Baltic states have been a major vacation destination for Europeans – the entire region has a little bit for everyone, from ancient castles, rivers, lakes, parks with walking and biking trails, wonderful hotels, beautiful beaches, and a lively nightlife.
There are many attractions, but here are a few not to miss:
The Hill of Crosses where over 200K crosses have been planted by individuals in remembrance of those who fought and dedicated their lives to Lithuanian peace and independence. It is a pilgrimage site for Lithuanian Catholics to pray for peace and their country.
The Palace of the Grand Dukes is a museum in the city of Vilnius that captures the country’s history.
Don’t miss the Alberta Iela – a street in the city of Riga that features the “art nouveau” architecture of the early 20th century. Each building is unique and is a sight to see.
The Turaida Museum Reserve – this is actually a castle that provides tourists with a look into Latvia’s history.
The Estonian Open-Air Museum is actually an architectural complex, located in Tallinn, where tourists can view 80+ historic buildings.
Parnu is a popular resort town known as Estonia’s summer capital. Great beaches and parks. There are also a number of museums and a fun nightlife.
In short, the Baltic states offer vacationers a little bit of everything, and those who have never traveled there should put it on their bucket lists. It’s an amazing region, no matter what the destination goals are.
Know Before You Go
You’ll want to do some research on the Baltic states before you plan your trip’s itinerary. You can actually access an international dating app and speak to natives who can guide you to the best spots based on your travel goals and may even offer to act as informal travel guides once you arrive. Your other option is to go to any of the numerous online travel guides where you can pick and choose or have your trip planned for you.
If you’ve been curious about the Baltic states, hopefully, you are even more curious now – curious enough to pay a visit.