15 Top-Rated Attractions in the Baltics

 

The Baltics has a few thousand-years-old cultures to draw on, from Teutonic castles to the pagan altars that dot the peninsula of the Curonian Spit. To discover the Best of the Baltic Trilogy, you’ll need at least a few days. Here are 15 Top-Rated Attractions in the Baltics, photos from Instagram:

Top-Rated Attractions

ESTONIA

1. Kuressaare Bishop’s Castle

Built in the 14th century by the Teutonic Order, the impressive Kuressaare Citadel now houses the Saaremaa Museum. Nearby, you can visit the Kaali meteor craters.

2. Kalamaja

Kalamaja is Tallinn’s cute hipsterville with some gorgeous historical architecture and cozy cafés.

3. Lahemaa National Park

Lahemaa National Park is sure to captivate you with its enchanting beauty, former fishing villages and waterfalls. Explore Estonian manor houses and take a slow walk on Viru Bog.

LATVIA

4. Miera Iela

Miera Iela is Riga’s artist’s quarter, a 20-minute walk from Old Town. Look out for vintage shops, glassware, and the crafts fairs that pop up in the summer.

5. Cēsis

Any visit to Latvia wouldn’t be complete without a day in Cēsis, a small town home to a 13th-century Castle, the Castle Park with an old brewery, cemetery, church, and an 18th-century manor house.

6. Jurmala

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The Latvian resort town of Jūrmala draws visitors each year with its Soviet-era resorts, long stretch of sand and seaside villas done up with Art Nouveau style. 

7. Rundale Palace

Rundale Palace is a grand Baroque palace in Latvia, built for the Duke of Courland. The story behind the “Baltic Versailles” is one of love and exile.

8. Sigulda and Gauja National Park

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Dubbed the “Switzerland of Latvia,” Gauja National Park is known for its historical sites: the town of Sigulda, the ruins of Sigulda Castle, Gutmanis Cave, Turaida Castle Museum, a beautiful stone art park and the grave of the Rose of Sigulda. 

LITHUANIA

9. Užupis

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Užupis is another bohemian quarter, in downtown Vilnius. In 1997, the district declared itself an independent republic, with its own constitution, flag, currency, president and cabinet.

10. Hill of Witches

Visit the Hill of Witches for Juodkrante’s beautiful and spooky collection of wooden folk art. Here there by witches, devils, dragons, gods and goddesses from Lithuanian pagan lore.

11. Kedainiai

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Kedainiai is an impressive citadel of the powerful medieval family of Radzivil. The town of Kedainiai is one of the oldest in Lithuania, home to the Jewish religious scholar Vilna Gaon, and three synagogues.

12. Trakai

Once the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Trakai attracts visitors to the magnificent 14th-century fortress in the middle of Lake Galve. Explore the interior to learn more about the Grand Duchy, archaeology and life of medieval Lithuania.

13. Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum

This Jewish Museum, in the heart of Vilnius, serves as a fantastic introduction to the heritage of Lithuanian Jews, known as Litvaks.

14. Curonian Spit

The Curonian Spit is a long peninsula full of sand dunes, forested pathways and seaside villages.

15. The Hill of Crosses

Another of Lithuania’s awesome hills, Siauliai’s Hill of Crosses is a wild collection of crosses and a major site for Christian pilgrims. No matter your religion, it’s quite a magnificent sight to behold.

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