A cruise offers a great way to see a range of destinations over a short period of time. When considering a summer or autumn holiday, the Baltic may not be the first region that springs to mind, but each of these nations is home to a range of architectural wonders, charming old towns, towering castles and relaxing parks.
Warnemunde offers a point of access for the German city of Rostock which, in turn, also provides an opportunity to visit the capital city of Berlin. This historical city is home to many insightful landmarks that hold undertones of the devastating conflict of WWII. Checkpoint Charlie is well worth visiting, as are the remaining sections of the Berlin Wall. The Brandenburg Gate is one of the only landmarks to remain entirely intact after the war, but there are also many historical churches worth visiting during your time in this iconic city.
Compact and easy to navigate, while also offering a bustling metropolitan centre. The Danish capital of Copenhagen. There are many iconic galleries, museums and libraries that are housed in beautiful buildings, while the city is also home to many ornate Royal buildings including the palaces of Amalienborg and Rosenborg.
Oslo is another city that is known for its royal architecture, with English tours of the iconic Royal Palace available every day. The city itself is quite historical in terms of its architecture, with religious buildings including Oslo Cathedral and Arkerhus Festning – where you will find a 13th-century medieval castle and fortress.
Stockholm offers a wide range of sights that are widely considered to be worth visiting. Much of this can be found in Gamla Stan – otherwise known as the Old Town – which is where you will find Riddarholmskyrkan – a beautifully-preserved medieval church. You will also find one of the many impressive Royal Palaces here. Stockholm is also known as a modern, cosmopolitan city and this becomes apparent upon visiting the wide range of museums, galleries, restaurants and much more.
Helsinki is a city that surprises many visitors with its range of quirky and interesting landmarks. Much of the city can be visited from the expansive Senate Square, which was designed by Carl Ludwig Engel. From here, you can admire landmarks such as the University of Helsinki, the Lutheran Cathedral and the Prime Minister’s Office. One landmark certainly worth visiting is The Church in the Rock, which was literally dug out of solid rock and resembles a crashed UFO.
Towering spires are threaded through with cobbled walkways to create a unique city that looks like something out of a fairy-tale. This wonderfully-preserved city gained UNESCO World Heritage status in 1997 and has recently received a string of modern shopping streets that are reminiscent of what you may find in Austria or Switzerland. During your time in the Estonian capital, be sure to visit the Medieval Old Town, Toompea Hill, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the many palaces.
St Petersburg is one of the most iconic cities on earth and a real gem for anyone embarking on a Baltic cruise. Threaded with glistening canals and connected via an array of baroque bridges, the pathways of this city will lead you to magnificent palaces, vast squares, ornate cathedrals and colourful churches. One of the most impressive of these is the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, which features many twisting, brightly-coloured spires.
There are many surprises awaiting in the Baltic nations and you can see them all in the comfort of a luxurious cruise ship. Sailing out of one of the many ports around the UK, visiting the Baltic nations has never been easier.