Gilded cities, majestic silhouettes, endless forest and cascading waterfalls, the Baltic shoreline has it all, along with thriving ocean life, an abundance of fresh fish on restaurant menus and yachts bobbing gently in marinas. From the imposing towers and medieval streets of Gdansk in Poland, to Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki raft in Oslo and the extravagant art collection of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the region opens up an ancient world that harks back to Viking ancestry. This month In Your Pocket turns the spotlight on the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to help you plan your next visit.
In Estonia, a former Soviet republic, locals boast that you are never more than a 30-minute drive from a forest or lake. Find out more about one of Europe’s most spacious countries with our 100 facts about Estonia.
Besides for having some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Latvia has a capital city that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architecture, and is known for its awe-inspiring Art Nouveau buildings. Explore Riga with our guide.
From bohemian artists to the biggest book fair in the Baltic states Vilnius in Lithuania is a European cultural capital, but that’s not the only reason to visit. Explore our picks of the best cities and towns.