The Baltic Countries, popular for their picturesque surroundings and historical beginnings, is a very charming route for a lot of travelers to take. If you’ve ever planned to travel to the Baltic countries and haven’t done so until now, below we wrote 10 reasons to tempt you to finally nail that schedule and travel next to the Baltic countries.
Have you ever thought about visiting the Baltic countries? I´ve been visiting the Baltic countries twice and I will give you 10 reasons why you should doing the same. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania all of them are worth to visit. Great people, nice cities, nice beaches and landscapes! If you are visiting the Baltic countries in summer, it will be crowded but you will find an amazing nightlife. Also every country is full of history, museums, many plans to do, new food to try an a lot of interesting things to do.
10 reasons why you should visit the Baltic Countries now
The capital of Lithuania has the old town and the new town – both which show really great parts of the city. With the architecture, I personally prefer the old town buildings. Traveling around Vilnius, you’ll definitely feel the vibe of the history surrounding it, what with all the historical places and the curated museums to visit. We recommend visiting the Gediminas Tower in Vilnius, which is very close from the city center. A quick walk of about 15-20 minutes from the city center and you will experience the best views Vilnius has to offer.
The Trakai Island Castle is one of the most popular destinations in Lithuania for locals and foreigners alike. It’s just a half hour trip by car or by train from Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. And because it is a very touristic and historic place, you will find it always full with visitors. You’ll definitely love to have a tour inside the castle and you can even take amazing pictures before crossing the bridge to the castle. If you are lucky with the weather, you can enjoy the lakes around Trakai. The place is perfect for a wonderful afternoon.
3. Lithuanian beer
When I visit a new country, my favorite things to do are meeting local people and visit places. But I love trying local beers. And the best thing for you if you go on a budget about Lithuanian beers. Every time we I visit a new country, I look forward to meeting local people and visiting new places. But one I definitely make sure I don’t miss, is trying local beers. I tried Estonian and Latvian beers, and they were so good. But my favorite beers were from Lithuania. Best thing is that if you are traveling on a tight budget, this is something you can still try. They are the cheapest beers in Europe, and you can find beers at bars for less than 2 euros per bottle which is a bargain in Europe.
Tallinn is the capital and largest city in Estonia. It’s a medieval city and you will enjoy walking around downtown. There are some interesting museums to explore. There are also modern parts of the city and nice parks. My favorite thing in Estonia was the nightlife. Bars and restaurants were full of people. If you want to have an amazing view from the city, you should go to the Kohtuotsa viewing platform. You will see the views with San Olaf Tower church in the middle of the landscape. Tallin is only 3 hours by ferry from Finland, if you want to visit Scandinavian countries. And if you want to know more things to do in Tallinn, check out this article.
Klaipeda is a popular port city located in the Baltic sea – the third largest city in Lithuania. Klaipeda is great for walking around. I was even surprised at how nice their beaches were. You will find long beaches with white sand and the water is very clear and warm. If you visit Klaipeda in summer, you can enjoy the beach during the day and you can enjoy nightlife too.
The capital of Latvia. Riga is a mix of old and new city where you can find Art Nouveau architecture. There are many plans to do during the day in Riga like walking around downtown, visiting parks. There are many interesting museums related to World War II, if you are interested in history or you want to get to know the country deeper. At night, you should know check how great the nightlife is in Riga. My recommendation to visit in Riga is the House of Blackheads which is next to the City Hall and I liked their facade a lot. I enjoyed looking and taking pictures during the day and at night time.
I tried different dishes while visiting the Baltic countries. If I need to choose one, Potato and Groats Porridge from Estonia was my favorite one. Potatoes and barley groats are boiled inside the pot. After boiling, mash the potatoes and add salt and pepper. And you can serve with salad or bacon or your choice. Click here, if you want to read the recipe. Food is very affordable in the Baltic countries!
I love traveling by hitchhiking because you will make new friends and meeting local people. When I was hitchhiking in the Baltic countries, it was working great and it was even faster than public transportation. People are very friendly and they are happy to help you. It was really easy to cover 300 kilometers distance in 4-5 hours. I didn’t stay more than half an hour waiting for a ride. If you have never tried hitchhiking and you want to know more about it, make sure that you read our full guide about hitchhiking around the world.
9. Luxury day
Why not spending a great day quiet of luxury in a hotel? It can give you the rest that you need from traveling hard- these luxury hotels were made for you to get your amazing me time! It’s good to see a different perspective during your travels! I did this in Riga and I had an amazing experience staying at Gallery Park Hotel and Spa. If you want to know more details, read this post and you will discover if this fancy place is for you.
Narva is the third largest city in Estonia. All people speak Russian because the city is in the border, next to Russia. This is one of my favorite borders to cross overland, from Estonia to Russia. There are two nice castles separated by the Narva River and I really enjoyed Narva while visiting the Baltic countries. It was my last stop before visiting Russia. It was even worth to visit the Chemical lake, a few minutes driving from Narva. It will make you think that you are in a Caribbean beach – well without the swimming part! haha 😉
Now, you heard what I have to say! Did you enticed to travel and see the Baltic countries? Tell us what you have to say in the comments down below! Have your own Baltic countries experience? Share them because we definitely love to hear more. 😉
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