One of the most interesting destinations - the Baltic Sea - offers no less interesting places than the Mediterranean. Let's talk about the most entertaining cities on the Baltic coast, which can be reached by yacht!
Helsinki is one of the most famous and adored travel destinations. It is here that you can find an absolutely stunning and unique combination of modern architecture, rich history and classic Scandinavian spirit.
In this city you can find unique architectural monuments - the Cathedral, the Parliament of Finland, the National Museum and much more. If you are a fan of gastro tours, then be sure to check out the Kauppatori market. There you will not only be able to fully enjoy the local delicacies, but also buy souvenirs as a keepsake.
If after a long sailing trip you want to relax a little, then you can take a walk in the beautiful Kaisaniemi Park. And Linnanmäki Park has a full-fledged amusement park.
You will probably stop by Helsinki for a short time, but there is something to see in the surrounding waters. Head to the island of Suomenlinna, where there is an old sea fort.
Among travelers, Stockholm is also called the Venice of the North - and for good reason. Like Helsinki, Stockholm attracts tourists with its interesting architecture, historical and cultural attractions.
The city is located on 14 islands and is also part of a giant archipelago. In total, there are about 30,000 full-fledged islands. The archipelago can be explored both independently on board a boat and with a guide.
There are many museums in Stockholm that are definitely worth a visit. Among them, the Vasa Museum is especially interesting for sailors. It houses the 1628 sailing ship Vasa, miraculously preserved to this day, which sank during its first trip to the sea.
In addition, Stockholm also has an open-air museum called Skansen. Here you can get acquainted with the traditional Swedish buildings, see how the Swedes ran households and were engaged in crafts for centuries.
Well, where without the royal residence - the Royal Palace. You have to see it with your own eyes once. Stockholm also has an old part of the city, where picturesque streets, squares and historical monuments are located. Don't forget the traditional Swedish cuisine when you get hungry; There are many restaurants in the city that serve excellent local dishes.
Continuing the theme of Sweden, one cannot help but recall Visby, a city on the island of Gotland. Due to the fact that the island and the city itself are perfectly preserved, tourists and travelers have a great opportunity to see local historical sites in excellent condition. For goth lovers, we advise you to visit the Cathedral of St. Mary of the XII century.
If you like a variety of plants, then you should definitely look into the local botanical garden. Nowhere without museums, because there are many of them on the island: there are museums dedicated to the Vikings, art, heritage, games and entertainment.
Tallinn is one of the pearls of the Baltic Sea. This is a very entourage, charming and original city with a rich history and unique architecture. Tallinn offers not only a catchy and memorable visual wrapper, but also a rich cultural life.
One of the main attractions of the city is the Old Town. It is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Also worth visiting is Toompea Castle and the delightful Kadriorg Park. There are also a lot of museums in Tallinn - sailors are recommended to visit the Estonian Maritime Museum, and art lovers the Kumu Art Museum.
Under sail, you can visit the nearby islands. In addition, the Lahemaa National Park will provide an excellent opportunity not only to admire the local views, but also to take a walk surrounded by natural beauties.
A real cultural center with a rich history – Riga fits this description perfectly. Riga has its own Old Town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. By the way, the city has a fairly active nightlife, so even late at night you will find something to entertain yourself with.
For lovers of modern architecture, it is recommended to take a walk in the Riga Art Nouveau quarter, which is located very close to the Old Town. Here you can clearly see what the Art Nouveau style is. In addition, the quarter is an excellent representation of the development of style in Europe.
If you are in awe of nature, then not far from Riga is the Gauja National Park, and you can ride a boat along the Gulf of Riga. After a busy trip through the Old Town and the National Park, it is worth stopping by local restaurants. Be sure to try traditional Latvian dishes.
It is difficult to find a city in Eastern Europe that would have such a rich maritime history as Gdansk. Except the Old City, which is… Yes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So, in addition to the Old Town, here you can enjoy the beauties of Polish modern architecture and a variety of cultural events.
By the way, one of the points of interest can be the Westerplatte peninsula. Not everyone knows that it was here that one of the many fateful events for Europe took place - one of the first battles of World War II.
For us, yachtsmen and sailors, the port of Gdansk, which is located in the Old Town, will be of particular interest. From here, you can get to almost anywhere in the city relatively quickly. One of the first places tourists go to in Gdansk is the Long Market. This is a historic street with a great variety of delightful medieval houses with colorful facades.
Other sights include St. Mary's Basilica. This is the largest brick church in the world and a must visit even if you are not a big architecture lover. In addition to the basilica, it is worth visiting the Cathedral of St. Mary, which is one of the largest churches in all of Poland. Also in Gdansk there is a fountain of Neptune, which is one of the symbols of the city. Around it you can often meet crowds of tourists who came here for a photo with a remarkable sea deity.
It is also worth a look at the Tricity Landscape Park, where you can enjoy nature. Another natural attraction of Gdansk is the Kashubian Lake District and the Hel Peninsula. The local cuisine is represented in a number of restaurants where you can enjoy traditional Polish dishes.
German port city with a rich history. Many museums and galleries will not let you get bored, and local attractions will be of interest to sailors. The Kiel Maritime Museum is one of the brightest points of interest for yachtsmen. For connoisseurs of art, the road lies in the Kunsthalle Kiel - one of the most interesting galleries in Europe. It is housed in a neo-Baroque mansion in 1909.
Kiel Castle perfectly conveys the spirit of its era, and the U-Boot-Ehrenmal memorial will appeal to history buffs. In addition, Kiel is famous for both local sailing and windsurfing. Fishermen will also like the city.
One of the hallmarks of Copenhagen is that it is a very versatile city with a variety of attractions. So, from the harbor of Copenhagen you can get to Nyhavn - at the same time a port, a canal, and a place of rest within the city. It is here that you will find the famous multi-colored houses, which have long become one of the main attractions of the city. From here you can also go further along the canal and explore the city in detail.
The next stop will be Copenhagen Castle. This castle is one of the most important and popular buildings in all of Denmark. Hundreds and thousands of tourists flock here every day. Further on the course is Amalienborg, which is the residence of the Danish royal family. Here, like the British royal castles, there is a daily honorary changing of the guard.
Then you can go to one of the many different Danish museums. Among the most interesting is the Danish National Museum. It presents not only masterpieces of modern art, but also expositions with drawings of prehistoric people.
Do you love gold and jewelry, but don't have enough money yet to buy on a royal scale? Then head to Rosenborg Castle. It is here that you can see the royal treasures. The castle exhibits some of the rarest and most expensive items in the Danish crown collection.
The local parks are also among the most interesting in all of Europe. Among them is Tivoli Park, which is one of the oldest theme parks in the world. Also, do not deprive Kongens Have of attention - another pearl in the crown of Denmark. There is an interesting labyrinth and a lake.
If you are a fan of outdoor activities, then in Copenhagen you can ride a bike with a breeze or go boating along the canals. Outside the city, you can visit the Deerhaven deer park.
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