If you are planning to visit the Baltic States, you should know a little more about what is where and how best to enjoy your trip here. The Baltic States comprises of countries such as; Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia and each of these countries offer great attractions that make this region in Europe a must-visit for every adventurous traveler.
Did you know that the Baltic states became independent in the year 1991 from the USSR? The name, Baltic’s comes from their location point; that is the Baltic Sea, on the Eastern Shore.
The magic in the Baltic State should not be missed, and this article features 5 top attractions that are worth visiting with some of the best Baltic castles situated there.
1. The Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia
The capital of Estonia in Tallinn and it is the Northernmost of the Baltic States. This place is a home to a number of attractions. If you are in Tallinn, then you surely need to visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
And while at it, don’t miss the walk up the Toompea Hill. This hill offers an amazing view of the Old town, especially if you are visiting the Kohtuotsa viewing platform. If you happen to be visiting in December, then the Christmas market should be part of your stop-by spots. If you are fond of castles do visit Kadriorg castles as it is one of the best Baltic Castles in Estonia.
2. House of Blackheads, Latvia
Riga is the capital of Latvia and is a very central location, both in Latvia and the Baltic States.The House of Blackheads was built in 134 and was constructed to conduct various social meetings in Riga. This place also works wonders for celebrations. While in Riga, enjoy the nightlife there, and yes – the Riga Baltic castles are again an amazing option.
You can visit the Three Brothers houses and it is virtually difficult to ignore them. These three houses are the oldest in Riga. One of them was built in the 15th century, the other two in the 16th and the 17th century respectively. They are located in the MazaPils Street
3. Vilnius; Trakai Baltic Castles
Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and is located in the Southernmost area of the Baltic States. It is about 20 km from the West of the Belorussian border. While in Vilnius, make time to visit the Trakai Baltic castles; it is one of the most popular tourist attractions there.
The other Baltic castle is the Gediminas castle, located in the Upper Castle, Vilnius. It is a 3-story building that was built in the 15th century. All in all, the city is quite affordable so don’t shy off from splurging in some souvenirs. If you are a foodie, try the Gusto Blynine pancakes in the old town.
4. Alatskivi Castle, Estonia
The Baltic States is the home to some amazing and refreshing Baltic castles, and one of them is the Alatskivi Castle that was built in the 17th century. It is situated in Alatskivi Parish, Tartu County. A renovation in the 2000s era made it into a museum. This amazing castle is surrounded by different ancillary buildings and a forested park. This place is not to be missed.
5. Tallinn Town Wall
This wall connects the Sauna, Kuldjala and the Nunna towers. If you want to have a good view of the wall from the inside, head to these towers at the Northwest end corner of the Old Town. Visitors can climb up the tower top and explore the wall. Plus, it offers an amazing view of the red-tiled roof of the Old Town.
The Baltic States offer some affordable and stunning sightseeing places to visit. Don’t forget to visit the numerous Baltic Castles during your trip and learn more of the heritage of the locals here.
If you plan to visit this beautiful place, one option is to go on a Shore excursion.