Baltic states refers to the northeastern region of Europe containing the countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea.
Now, let us first have a glance at the best of Baltic states and its surrounding areas.
MAJOR CITIES & BEST PLACES TO VISIT
Tallinn is the capital city of Estonia that combines the comforts of modern world with rich cultural scene in the local historical setting. Its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there you will find original cobblestone streets dotted with beautiful Gothic architecture, medieval churches and exquisite shops.
Old City Hall, Estonian Open-Air Museum, Kadriorg Palace and Park, Hill of Toompea.
Riga is the capital city of Latvia. It is the largest of all three Baltic capitals, and also an exciting European metropolis at the crossroads of eastern and northern Europe. The historic centre of Riga was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.
Riga Dome, St. Peter's Church, House of Balckheads, The Three Brothers, Riga Castle, Riga Central Market, Swedish Gate.
Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, is known for its rich history and charming Old Town. Its Old Town is one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Northern Europe, and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the diverse combination of buildings of different periods that makes Vilnius townscape exceptional.
Arkikatedra Bazilika, Vilnius University, Gate of Dawn, Church of St. Peter & St. Paul.
The Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
The Hill of Crosses near Šiauliai is a hill covered with thousands of wooden crosses. During the Soviet era, these crosses were removed by the authorities, but locals continuously replaced them. In 1993, Pope John Paul II prayed here, and he often mentioned the sacred site in his homilies and speeches. He later sent a crucifix to Lithuania which was placed on the hill, and today pilgrims begin and end their journeys at this location.
Trakai Castle, Lithuania
Trakai Castle is one of Lithuania's most visited attractions. It is located on an island near the village of Trakai. With its red brick walls rising up from the green grass and trees, the gothic architecture is a photogenic one.
Gauja National Park, Latvia
The Gauja National Park is the largest and oldest of the national parks in Latvia, characterized by great biological diversity, variety of landforms, natural springs, sandstone outcrops, picturesque views and unique natural, cultural and historical monuments.
FUN FACTS ABOUT THE BALTICS
Tallinn Christmas Market was awarded the Best Christmas Market in Europe 2019.
According to the World Health Organization, Estonia is one of the countries that has the cleanest air in the world!
Latvia has almost 20 hours of daylight at midsummer, and locals make the most of it by partying outdoors and relaxing in nature.
Latvia is a wifi paradise. It has fast internet connections, and with almost 1,000 free connection points only in its capital - Riga.
Lithuania is among top five countries with the largest number of hot-air balloons and balloon pilots per thousand residents!