Places to Visit In the Baltic States

Posted by Baltic Tours  |  June 25, 2019

Ancient Terra Mariana boasts seaside beauty, with pines and sand, drops of amber on deserted beaches, rebellious waves of the Baltic Sea, measured rhythm of life, and carefully preserved folk traditions. The modern Baltic states – Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia – continue this tradition. Despite their small size, the region offers a treasure trove of places to visit and activities to enjoy, making it a dream destination for city enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.


Discovering Lithuania: Beyond the Capitals

Lithuania, the southernmost of the Baltic States, has more to offer than the charms of its capital, Vilnius. Here, you’ll find a wealth of hidden gems.

  1. Viekšniai Water Mill: A Historic GemThis well-visited old water mill, built in 1897, had various uses over the years, from grinding wheat to carding wool. In 1928, it even supplied the city with electricity as an eco-friendly energy generator.
  2. Kėdainiai’s Old Town: A Journey Through TimeDating back to the 17th century, Kėdainiai’s Old Town is a charming mix of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classicism architecture. The Town Hall, a Renaissance-style building, reflects the city’s historical significance and prestige. Explore museums, cozy cafes, restaurants, and shops in this area.
  3. Mūša Tireli Wetland Complex: Nature’s BeautyThis unique natural complex in Northern Lithuania is a relatively recent addition to protected areas. It comprises high bogs, intermediate-type swamps, marshes, peat bogs, and wet forests, offering a glimpse of Lithuania’s pristine natural beauty.
  4. Curonian Spit: The Natural WonderJust a short drive from Vilnius, you’ll reach the Curonian Spit, a narrow strip of land along the Baltic Sea coast. Enjoy awe-inspiring sand dunes, dense pine forests, and quaint fishing villages. Nida, a charming town on the Spit, is a delightful stopover, with colorful wooden houses and the renowned Thomas Mann Cultural Centre.
  5. Trakai: The Castle on the IslandTrakai, a picturesque town near Vilnius, boasts a fairy-tale-like island castle surrounded by serene lakes. Explore its history and savor local Karaim cuisine, a culinary delight.


Hidden Wonders of Latvia: Unearth the Mysteries

Venture beyond Latvia’s capital, Riga, to discover enigmatic attractions.

  1. Gauja National Park: Latvia’s Nature MarvelLatvia’s largest national park, Gauja, is a paradise for nature lovers. Explore its underground lakes, unique icy waters, and the 19-meter-high Zvārte rock, a stunning sandstone formation. Hike the Amata nature trail along the riverbank.
  2. Velnezers: The Mysterious LakeDelve into the legends surrounding Velnezers (Chertoks) in Latgale. This enigmatic lake has no aquatic plants, and its color shifts from blue to emerald. It’s believed to possess special energy, often called the “Devil’s Eye.”
  3. Pokaini Forest: Unraveling Ancient MysteriesAt dusk, the Pokaini Forest takes on an aura of mystery. Explore its rock stacks and enigmatic history.
  4. Mikelbaka: A Lighthouse AdventureFor those unafraid of heights, Mikelbaka, Latvia’s tallest lighthouse, offers breathtaking views.
  5. Lake Kaniera and the Bird Watching Tower: Birdwatcher’s ParadiseLake Kaniera is home to 14 islands and an astounding 237 bird species. The bird watching tower is one of Europe’s most important bird-watching spots and a delightful walking trail.

Baltic Sea

Estonia’s Enchanting Islands: Saaremaa and Hiiumaa

Estonia’s islands provide a unique escape from the mainland’s hustle and bustle. Two enchanting destinations are Saaremaa and Hiiumaa.

  1. Saaremaa: A World ApartSaaremaa, the largest of Estonia’s islands, offers serene landscapes shaped by ancient meteorite craters and dense forests. Explore the medieval Kuressaare Castle, Angla Windmills, and the tranquility of the Viidumäe Nature Reserve. Savor local delicacies like juniper-smoked fish and black bread.
  2. Raunamägi Hill: The Island’s Highest PointThis 54-meter-high hill provides breathtaking panoramic views of Saaremaa’s landscape.
  3. Karija Katarijna Church: A Historical GemExplore the Karija Katarijna Church to discover the island’s cultural heritage.
  4. Viidumäe Nature Reserve: Pristine Natural HabitatEnjoy the tranquility of the Viidumäe Nature Reserve, showcasing Saaremaa’s untouched wilderness.
  5. Angla Windmills: Traditional CharmExplore the iconic Angla Windmills and learn about their historical significance.

The Baltics - Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia

The Baltic States have a wealth of hidden treasures waiting to be explored. Whether you’re captivated by Lithuania’s natural wonders, drawn to Latvia’s mysteries, or enchanted by Estonia’s island charm, these destinations offer unforgettable experiences beyond the well-trodden paths of the capitals. Pack your bags, embark on a Baltic adventure, and discover the secrets of this enchanting region.