A pristine land of historic architecture, serene nature and fascinating culture, the Baltic States are a hidden gem in Europe. Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania are largely untouched by tourism, making them appealing and unspoiled lands to explore. Radisson Hotel Group has a total of 15 hotels across Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Read on to get inspired by these wonderful Baltic capitals and discover the top things to see and do.
Riga’s Old Town and the Daugava River
The biggest city in the Baltics, Riga is packed with interesting areas to explore, architecture to admire and delicious food and drink to gorge yourself on. From Art Nouveau to Gothic, you’ll love the Old Town’s varied and colorful architecture. Highlights include Riga Cathedral and St. Peter’s Church, which allows stunning panoramic views of the city from its 72-meter watchtower.
Close to the city center, the Kipsala neighborhood is an island in the Daugava River that has stunning views of Old Riga and beautiful wooden architecture. Wander the cobblestone streets and visit the Zanis Lipke Memorial, a moving monument to a man who saved more than 50 Jews during World War II.
Feeling peckish after all that exploring? Spend some time in Riga’s Central Market. Packed full of traders selling traditional sausages, cheese, bread, fish and more, it’s the perfect place to pick up treats for your picnic basket. Stay at one of our many Radisson Blu hotels in Riga and head there by foot for a morning excursion.
Tallinn, a photo-friendly city
Tallinn isn’t short of beautiful, photogenic places. The Estonian capital’s skyline is filled with colorful and distinctive buildings including more than 20 churches. For the best panoramas of Old Town Tallinn, climb up Toompea Hill. Once at the top, you’ll be rewarded by three wonderful viewing platforms. Gaze out from the Kohtuotsa platform to see medieval spires contrasted with the modern TV Tower and Soviet-style apartment blocks.
At the very heart of the historic Old Town, the Town Hall Square is packed with medieval architecture. An important market place since the 13th century, the highlight of this plaza is the Gothic Town Hall, where visitors can ascend the 115-step spiral staircase for magical views of this UNESCO-listed site.
After climbing all those steps, escape to the calm greenery of the serene Kadriorg Park to discover a haven of natural beauty. With lush gardens, a tranquil swan pond and the Baroque Kariorg Palace, this 70-hectare site has no shortage of aesthetic appeal. 2km east of the Old Town and full of elegant sculptures and majestic trees, it's the perfect place to enjoy a romantic walk.
Choose from two Radisson Blu hotels in Tallinn, both offering a central base from which to explore the city's top sights.
Green and historic, Vilnius is a true pleasure to discover. This off-the-beaten-track European capital has a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Old Town and attractive shops. The Hill of Three Crosses is one of the city’s most recognizable attractions. These white crosses situated on a hill date from the 17th century, although the originals were destroyed during the Soviet occupation.
Enjoy the splendid views from the summit, get some shopping in. Wander along cobblestone streets such as Pilies Gatve (Castle Street), which is lined with stores selling amber jewelry and linen. Stikliu Street, once part of the medieval Jewish Quarter, is now home to trendy designer boutiques.
And finally, how could we forget the hot air balloon experience in Vilnius? Soar above the Lithuanian capital in style. This gentle flight will allow you to see the clay tile roofs and church steeples of this elegant city, as well as the fields, lakes and forests surrounding it. If you haven’t got a head for heights, you’ll enjoy spotting them hovering in the sky as you explore Vilnius. The image below was captured from from the rooftop camera of our Radisson Blu Hotel, Lietuva!
Psst! Check out our guide to hot air ballooning if it’s your first time!
Discover the Baltics with Radisson Blu
With so many sights in the Baltic capitals to explore, you’ll need several trips to experience everything in these historical cities. With their own distinct characters, the Baltic capitals make the perfect alternative to cities you already know and love so well such as Rome, Paris and London.