Let yourself fall in love with a place, a region or a country. Let the Magic do its work and absorb you. The Baltic region hat its special magic – it will capture your senses, it will sparkle your curiosity, it will welcome you!
We are happy to present you the magic of the Baltics, the way we experienced it during our amazing Baltic road trip in the end of May 2016. Yes, we totally got into the Baltics summer vibe back then. We are still going strong with memories…
So let’s dive into some magical moments from all the towns, cities, natural phenomena we visited. Here is the list in order of appearance. May the Magic be with you!
Vilnius we will remember for the music festivals running through the old town, architecture, and history to be admired, and the long dusk to let you recap the day while waiting for the night.
Trakai Castle, Lithuania
Trakai castle is a major tourist attraction – the only castle on an island in Lithuania. But you can enjoy it off the beaten path by finding the authentic local restaurants where they recommend you want to eat and drink (you can’t read the menu anyway) and walk all the way away from the crowds where the real royalties went once upon a time.
Klaipeda hides the charm of an old-time port town and modern jazz city. Industrial romance or skyscraper views to the never-sleeping reality? You can decide for yourselves and give a chance to the off-the-beaten-track culture.
Curonian Spit, Lithuania
Curonian spit, geographically, is a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. In reality, it is a magic land full of surreal landscapes, human-sorcerers to keep you constantly smiling and sometimes evil fly-beasts to examine your stamina.
Šiauliai is probably one of those towns you will visit only if you have friends there. And you will be greeted by the golden boy, the cute details everywhere around you and the chocolate aroma. Good, we had a friend to reveal the town’s charm for us!
Jurmala is not the resort where only rich people build their mansions and enjoy the short summer. The place is for those who want the fresh breeze in the hair while enjoying the perfect glass of wine during the long sunset with some fine sand between the toes.
Riga is that kind of city where you will meet smiling business people in the freshly looking restaurants, a city where you will sin with fine dishes, a place where hidden tiny streets lead to major landmarks.
Pärnu may not be a top tourist attraction and that’s why we loved it! The whole main walking street just for you! The whole bunch of tasty local dishes just for you! And a crazy souvenir shop featuring local artists! Hurry up and visit this lovely town before it gets crowded!
Tallinn will charm you with its two-level Old town, you have to climb your way up to those magnificent views and late sunsets. And there is a special blanket for everyone willing to dine in the open air and admire the traditional cuisine and architecture.
Lahemaa National Park, Estonia
Lahemaa national park will not only enchant you with its stunning nature – endless forests, the eyes of the bogs, sparkling beaches, but it will also tell you some forgotten stories about its people and history.
Cēsis is a detour we are glad we took. A small medieval town with summer festivals that bigger cities might only envy. A huge park is a home for traditional dance massive rehearsals and also lonely medieval walls and affordable traditional cuisine.
Malmö invites you to cycle its long wide streets or to jump in the cold sea waters. Parks and buildings will examine your walking abilities while you can always come with a boat and party at the wharf.
Copenhagen will treat you with a beer by the sea, or show you hot to gather solar energy in spring or invite you for a colorful view with colorful ice cream, or refresh you with nasty winds and solid architecture in-land and on the sea.
Copenhagen can be a pure delight in spring. Check this article out to find where the most charming spring spots are.
Vilnius, Lithuania | Trakai, Lithuania | Klaipėda, Lithuania | Nida, Lithuania | Šiauliai, Lithuania | Jūrmala, Latvia | Riga, Latvia | Pärnu, Estonia | Tallinn, Estonia | Viru raba, Estonia | Vainupea, Estonia | Cēsis, Latvia
So those were the magical stops of our charming road trip through the Baltic countries, plus some unexpected day trips on the way back home. Hope you got inspired to visit and feel the magic of all those places!