Vilnius Castle

The castle of Vilnius is one of the best places to visit. Located near the city center, it allows you to have a breathtaking view of the whole city. He does the tour on a clear day, as one can have a view of all sides of the city.

The Vilnius Castle Complex is a group of cultural, and historic structures on the left bank of the Neris River, near its confluence with the Vilnia River. The buildings, which evolved between the 10th and 18th centuries, were one of Lithuania’s major defensive structures. The complex consisted of three castles :the Upper, the Lower, and the Crooked.

The Crooked Castle was burned down by the Teutonic Knights in 1390 and was never rebuilt. The Vilnius Castles were attacked several times by the Teutonic Order after 1390, but they did not succeed in taking the entire complex. Its complete capture occurred for the first time during the 1655 Battle of Vilnius. Soon afterwards, the severely damaged castles lost their importance, and many buildings were abandoned. During the Tsarist annexation, several historic buildings were demolished; many more were damaged during the fortress construction in the 19th century.Today, the remaining Gediminas Tower is a major symbol of the city of Vilnius and of the nation itself. Annually, on 1 January, the Lithuanian tricolor is hoisted on Gediminas Tower to commemorate Flag Day. The complex is part of the National Museum of Lithuania, one of the largest museums in the country.

Riga historical center

The historic center of Riga is also one of the must see places in Latvia and the Baltic States. There are many streets with typical architecture. One of the pluses is that one can find many parks in Riga right next to the historic center. It is therefore extremely pleasant to walk, navigating between streets as well as in parks. The mixture thus makes it possible to have a very pleasant feeling on the city center. For the rest, a lot of typical street, restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops and many other things. It is also possible to make the historic city center of Riga on foot.

The Old Town is the oldest section of Riga as well as the center of the city. It is the city’s most popular area with tourists. In 1997, Riga’s historic center was included in the Unesco World Heritage list. The old town has highly diverse architecture, and the majority of buildings have the status of a cultural monument. The city’s architecture represents various periods like Romanticism, Gothic, Baroque, Classicism, and Modernism. After the restoration of the independence of Latvia, many buildings in the Old Town were reconstructed or rebuilt to restore the historic look of the area. The most impressive buildings in the Old Town are the Riga Cathedral and St. Peter’s Church, offering a wonderful panoramic view on the city of Riga from a 72 meter observational tower.

The Old Town’s streets and squares have numerous restaurants and cafes for all tastes. The Outstanding Universal Value to be preserved also resides in the spacious panorama of the Historic Centre of Riga with an expressive skyline. The medieval core of Riga is located on the right bank of the River Daugava, allowing a picturesque view on the skyline saturated with numerous church towers from the different perspectives of the left bank. Historic buildings are relatively low, with only church towers creating vertical dominance. Riga always has had a role in the cultural, scientific, social, artistic, industrial and educational development of the region, being one of the biggest harbour cities and trade centres in the Baltic Sea Region, and thus, providing the exchange of the achievements of Western and Eastern civilizations.

Tallinn shopping center

Local designers, international high street brands and signature Estonian handicraft can all be found under the same roof in larger Estonian supermarkets. Even though Estonia as a country is one of the smaller ones, the shopping centres are big enough to lose track of time and spend a day there. A day out in a shopping centre can be as pleasant as sightseeing, with many Estonian shopping centres showing off pristine interiors and housing a range of restaurants. Also entertainment like a cinema, skating rink and sport clubs may be found in many shopping centres. And if you get hungry experiencing all this – you have quite wide selection of sushi, pizza and other cafes and restaurants on the spot.

Viru Keskus is more than just a shopping centre – it is Estonia’s fashion mecca, the heart of the city, a great place to meet, an entertainment complex, and the flag-bearer for contemporary culture. You can easily fill a day here – browsing the city’s best stores and most popular brands and enjoying concerts, fashion shows, and a range of other events. Viru Centre is connected to Tallinna Kaubamaja, another big shopping centre.

The modern Solaris Centre is a combination shopping mall and cultural centre located right in the heart of the downtown area. In addition to a number of stores and restaurants, it encompasses a 3D multiplex cinema, an art-house cinema, and the grand Alexela Concert Hall, which seats over 1800 spectators. At Solaris you will also find several design shops offering local Estonian design.

A location close to the Passenger Port D terminal makes this shopping centre convenient for anyone heading out on one of the Tallink ferries. Nautica Centre has approximately 60 shops, new leisure and entertainment facilities and extensive dining options.

Tallinn Pirita area

A bit futher out from Kadriorg there is another district that provides an very good escape from the downtown bustle. This is the area of Pirita. , only a 10 minute ride from the city centre. If like me you love the sea, this district of Tallinn is a great place to relax and walk by the water. For a few kilometers it is possible to follow the ocean from the center of Tallinn to Pirita beach. One of the best summer getaways.

Even if Tallinn stay a quiet capital, when you get here though, you would never believe you were in the same universe as the rest of Tallinn because you are surrounded by dense forest, fresh air and amazing view on the ocean. This is the advantage of not very big cities, being able to get out of the city quickly in a few minutes. This is the advantage of not very big cities, being able to get out of the city quickly in a few minutes.

The run to Pirita, the neighborhood to the northeast of Tallinn, is notable for the great views of the Tallinn Bay from the 4 km waterfront path. Pedestrians have their very own lane along the water making this one of the safest and most popular running spots in the city. In addition, the most fun way to go is to rent an electric scooter, the popular means of transport in Tallinn, even more used than the bicycle. It is the land of scooters, easily accessible through an online application. The other option is to take a bus or just walk. I really like the electric scooter for its playful aspect.

Tallinn Kadriorg Park

Kadriorg Park is the most outstanding palatial and urban park in Estonia, covering around 70 hectares. Elements of park design from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries can be seen here. The most popular places for a stroll in the park are the flower beds surrounding the Swan Pond and the promenade leading from there to the president’s palace.

Nowadays the oak, lilac and horsenchestnut trees give shade to strollers and picnickers, the formal pond and gardens provide a genteel backdrop for romantic promenades and wedding photos. There is a park information centre, housed in a pretty 18thncentury cottage near the main entrance, to see a scale model of the palace and its grounds. One of the other advantages is that the park is located close to the ocean, so it is possible to enjoy the park and then walk along the coast.

You can also find Kadriorg Palace, a baroque beauty houses Art Museum devoted to Dutch, German and Italian paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries, and Russian works from the 18th to early 20th centuries. The pink palace is exactly as frilly and fabulous as it ought to be, and there is a formal garden at the rear.

From central Tallinn, tram 3 stops right by Kadriorg Park. It is also possible to reach the park by walking 20 minutes from the city center. One of the other advantages is that the park is located close to the ocean, so it is possible to enjoy the park and then walk along the coast.

Discover Tallin

Back on a trip again after a difficult period. I had to go on an adventure and live new experiences. For this reason I chose Estonia and its capital Tallinn as my destination. Let’s discover Baltic countries. It is a pleasant place for the summer season since the days are long and the weather is mild. So I discovered this city halfway between Scandinavia and Russia. When the weather is nice in summer, the weather is ideal because it is neither too hot nor cold, so you can navigate easily with a pleasant climate. It does happen to rain, but there can be many beautiful days with sunshine and a temperature of 25 degrees, all in long days, ideal. It remains the northern countries, which means that there can quickly be afternoons at just 17-18 degrees.

We feel that this is European culture, but there are still some differences. One of the major attractions of the city is its historic center which is simply magnificent. If you want to experience the beauty of Europe’s historic buildings in a healthy and relaxed atmosphere, you will be served. It is possible to walk for hours on foot in the historic center, it is so pleasant to walk.

The capital Tallinn in summer is definitely a destination of choice, probably little known, but which is of enormous interest. Far from mass tourism and problems, a city on a human scale with all its attractiveness and serenity. I can say that Tallinn is a very pleasant place for both travelers and people who want to settle down longer during the summer season. Long days, a pleasant temperature, visits, a good quality of life and many places to breathe.