The magic of the Baltics – places to visit and fall in love with

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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 ciruocity, 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, Lithuania

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.

 

Summer mussicians in Vilnius, Lithuania
Summer in May – streets are flooded with talented musicians and lively crowds.

 

discover the architecture in Vilnius, Lithuania
Religion and architecture work together to make sure your wide-angel lens pays off.

 

explore Vilnius, Lithuania
The moon have just won the brightness competition. Street lights defeated.

 

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.

 

Park your boat and explore Trakai Castle in Lithuania
Park your boat and walk the bridge to the castle.

 

Mushroom soup in a bowl of bread near Trakai Castle in Lithuania
Eat mushroom soup in a bowl of bread at the only place recommended by a local.

 

Trakai castle - hidden on an island in Lithuania
Trakai Castle – restored and shining – and waiting for your visit!

 

Klaipeda, Lithuania

Klaipeda hides the charm of and 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.

 

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The harbour in Klaipeda in Lithuania
Can you see it? A manually driven old-style bridge.

 

Jazzy Klaipeda in Lithuania
And they decided to call… it…jazz!

 

Sunset from the Old Port towards the Curonian Spit in Klaipeda in Lithuania
Sunset from the Old Port towards the Curonian Spit

 

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.

 

personal beaches on the Curonian spit in Lithuania
Hundreds of meters of sandy beaches … waiting for your footsteps.

 

Wooden boats and poppy flowers on the Curonian spit in Lithuania
Random view from the car – cheeky poppies and a shy boat.

 

une-climbing on the Curonian spit in Lithuania
The reward of climbing dunes in a hot day and surviving the nasty fly attack.

 

Šiauliai, Lithuania

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!

 

chocolate books in Šiauliai in Lithuania
We love books! We love chocolate! And most of all we love chocolate books!

 

golden boy in Šiauliai in Lithuania
They have not just a boy, but a golden one!

 

huge bike in Šiauliai in Lithuania
We love bikes! Especially when you can ride them on the main walking street!

 

Jurmala, Latvia

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.

 

Every house in Jurmala in Latvia is that beautiful!
Every house in Jurmala is that beautiful!

 

The colorful main walking street in Jurmala in Latvia
A place where it is hard not to relax…

 

Jurmala beach in Latvia
The beach in Jurmala – freezing waters, naughty wind and shiny mood all over the place.

 

Riga, Latvia

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.

 

The brotherhood of the Blackheads left their signature in the Old Town of Riga in Latvia
The brotherhood of the Blackheads left their signature in the Old Town of Riga

 

The hidden and very narrow Rozena street - a detour through a magical fairytale in Riga in Latvia
The hidden and very narrow Rozena street – a detour through a magical fairytale

 

Restaurant ambiance in Old Town Riga in Latvia
Restaurant ambiance in Old Town Riga

 

Pärnu, Estonia

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!

 

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As soon as you leave the main street in Pärnu in Estonia an invisible time machine takes you there
As soon as you leave the main street an invisible time machine takes you there.

 

suprises in Pärnu in Estonia
They know how to serve salmon with lime.

 

a cloudy day in Pärnu in Estonia
The yellow house gives a warm welcome in a cloudy day.

 

Tallinn, Estonia

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.

 

night at Tallinn in Estonia
Night or day? Photo created at 11 p.m.

 

view from our trip to Tallinn in Estonia
Imagine you can wake up to this view…or at least stay there and absorb for few hours…

 

Tallinn in Estonia welcomes you with treats like this one
Tallinn welcomes you with treats like this one.

 

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.

 

the village Käsmu - National park Lahemaa, Estonia
Käsmu has seen lots of occupation and sad times but also used to be the most prospering trade location.

 

National park Lahemaa offer comfort and relax to travelers in Estonia
Lahemaa National Park offers comfort and relax to their fullest.

 

Bog walking is a national sport here in Estonia
Bog walking is a national sport here. Stay on the wooden track or sink into a bog – you choose!

 

 

Cēsis, Latvia

Cēsis is a detour we are glad we took. 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.

 

trip to Cēsis, Latvia
Sun.Stop. Shade.

 

traveling to Cēsis, Latvia
Latvians call themselves “a nation of singers”. As we noticed in this rehearsal, they might become “a nation of dancers” soon!

 

trip to Cēsis, Latvia
Imagine walking in the park and stumbling across medieval walls…

 

 

Malmö, Sweden

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.

 

Park your boat in front of your home in Malmö, Sweden
Park your boat in front of your home?

 

In the very center one can rarely see peacefulness - Malmö, Sweden
In the very center one can rarely see peacefulness.

 

check out the view from the top of the Turning Torso - Malmö, Sweden
Does anyone have friends who live there? We’d love to check out the view from the top of the Turning Torso.

 

 

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen will treat you with a beer by the sea, or show you hot to gather sun 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 sea.

 

Nyhavn - an area, a street, the signature of Copenhage in Denmark!
Nyhavn – an area, a street, the signature of Copenhagen!

 

Keep calm and ride a bike in Copenhagen in Denmark
Keep calm and ride a bike in Copenhagen!

 

The famous Danish flag saying hi from a majestic water vessel in Copenhagen
The famous Danish flag saying hi from a majestic water vessel.

 

 

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

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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!

 

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