Baltic Small Towns
From Vilna Gaon’s Kėdainiai to elegant Cesis, here are 9 of the loveliest small towns in the Baltics. Discover more towns on our Baltic Trilogy Tour.
Nestled on the Nevėžis River, Raudondvaris boasts a beautiful basilica of St. Theresa, museum, parks, and iconic tombstones from the powerful Tyszkiewicz family. Just 10 kilometers from Kaunas, the town is also home to an elegant Manor Castle and accompanying gardens, stables, and orangery. Built in 1615 by the powerful Radziwiłł family, the palace was once known for its fine arts collection, which included paintings by Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Rubens and others.
Kėdainiai is a charming town that maintains much of its old atmosphere from the 17th century. Its rich Jewish heritage is still evident in remnants of synagogues and a Jewish cemetery. For some reason, it’s often overlooked by tourists–but not by Jerulita Travel. On our tour through Lithuania, we introduce you to the town’s beautiful market square and the wooden St. Juozapo Church.
A favorite spot for many beachgoers and summer vacationers, Nida is one of the most idyllic towns along the Curonian Spit. With its thick forests, impressive stretch of sand dunes, and a stunning lagoon, Nida makes for a perfect summer getaway.
West of Riga is Sabile, a small town that is home to the northernmost open-air vineyard in the world. If you’re lucky enough to visit in July, be sure to stop by the annual Wine Festival. Sabile is also where you’ll find the Open-Air Museum at Pedale Manor, created by famed Latvian sculptor Ojars Feldbergs.
Full of fascinating historical sites, castle and natural wonders, Cesis is a must-see for any visitor to Latvia. You could easily spend a whole day touring the region’s outdoors. In town, medieval remnants abound, from the 13th-century St. John’s Church to the ruins of Cesis Castle, once held by the Livonian Order and now home to the Cesis History Museum.
Ludza is Latvia’s oldest known town, mentioned as far back as the 10th century. The once-great Ludza Castle was the far eastern outpost of the Livonian Border, and served as a crossroads and trading post among Latgalians, Belarussians and Poles.
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The small town of Alatskivi is something out a fairytale, with the fine Gothic Alatskivi Castle. You’ll also find the romantic Alatskivi Lake in a cozy nature setting, as well as Lake Peipus, the fifth largest in all of Europe.
The small town of Keila is easily overlooked by visitors, but the ancient village has been in the northwestern corner of Latvia ever since the 10th century. Nature lovers might find wonders in the million-year-old limestone, the Keila River, and the marvelous waterfalls that simply shouldn’t be missed.
Quiet and peaceful Saaremaa Island is one of the most beloved regions in all of Estonia. Here, the city of Kuressaare is home to Kuressaare Castle, first built in 1380 and now home to one of largest and most popular museums in the country.
Folk have spoken of the healing seawaters of Haapsalu for hundreds of years. This quiet town avoids the bustle of many resort towns yet retains its charming, pleasant atmosphere. The area is also home to a picturesque castle and old town, which make for a very photogenic weekend recess.