Top 10 reasons to visit the Baltics

1. Riga Central Market

Riga Central Market
Riga Central Market

When the Riga Central Market was first unveiled in 1930 it was the largest and most technologically advanced market in Europe.

2. Art Nouveau Architecture in Riga

Art Nouveau in Riga
Art Nouveau in Riga

Art nouveau architecture is one of Riga’s claims to fame, and we’ll tell you why.

3. Bobsleighing in Sigulda

Bobsleighing in Sigulda, Latvia
Bobsleighing in Sigulda, Latvia

Only an hour’s train ride from Riga, fans of adventure sports flock to the legendary bobsleigh track in Sigulda. Its 1200m-long run regularly hosts international luge and skeleton competitions.

4. Karosta Prison and Abandoned Naval Port in Liepāja

Become a prisoner for the night at the Karosta prison
Become a prisoner for the night at the Karosta prison

Explore Latvia’s own version of Alcatraz, but without the water, and the former naval port, once completely off limits to civilians, that has become Liepāja’s main tourist attraction.

5. Riga Baltic Way footprints

The Baltic Way: The Day 2 Million People Held Hands for Freedom
The Baltic Way: The Day 2 Million People Held Hands for Freedom

The Baltic Way was an unprecedented event in world history when roughly two million Latvians, Estonians and Lithuanians joined hands to form a 600km-long human chain from Tallinn to Vilnius via Riga.

6. Tallinn Fortifications: A mighty fortress

Tallinn Fortifications: A mighty fortress
Tallinn Fortifications: A mighty fortress

Medieval towers and a fortress wall are part of what makes Tallin such an enchanting place.

7. Vilnius Paneriai Memorial

Vilnius Paneriai Memorial
Vilnius Paneriai Memorial

A sombre site, it was at this former Soviet oil storage depot between July 1941 and August 1944 that approximately 100,000 people, of whom some 70,000 were Jewish, were murdered by the Nazis and their willing Lithuanian accomplices.

8. Vilnius – Hill of Three Crosses

Vilnius - Hill of Three Crosses
Vilnius – Hill of Three Crosses

Legend has it that long ago seven Franciscan monks were crucified here.

9. Tallinn Estonian Maritime Museum – Seaplane Harbour

Tallinn Estonian Maritime Museum – Seaplane Harbour
Tallinn Estonian Maritime Museum – Seaplane Harbour

The highly interactive Seaplane Harbour, literally, has ‘tonnes’ of reasons why it’s the most popular museum in Estonia.

10. Kaunas Mega Aquarium

Kaunas Mega Aquarium
Kaunas Mega Aquarium

At 10 metres high, the aquarium inside the city’s Mega shopping centre is the tallest marine aquarium in the Baltic States.

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