The Baltic Sea is a clear expanse of Mediterranean water in Northern Europe, washing the beaches of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia, Poland and of course the Baltic States – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Any Baltic cruise will take you country-hopping along the many harbours so that you can taste-test a Baltic sampler. With so many intriguing countries and diverse cultures upon which to disembark, you won’t know where to start your on-land tour.
From mermaids to museums to monuments and much more – you want it, the Baltic has got it. Baltic cruises are perfect, especially if you want to see Europe’s most beautiful cities and experience fascinating cultural wonders. Let’s take a look at just three of the Baltic sights on offer.
The Little Mermaid is mounted on a rock beside the water of the Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen. This bronze statue was commissioned by the founder of Carlsberg, Carl Jacobsen, and created by Edvard Eriksen. Jacobsen had been taken by the ballet based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, and requested that Ellen Price, the ballerina, stand in as model for the statue. Though the head is modelled after Price, she refused to model in the nude; so, instead, Edvard’s wife, Eline, modelled for the body. Though small and seemingly insignificant, the Little Mermaid has become a Copenhagen icon, attracting tourists since 1913.
Though there are countless fantastic museums to choose from in the Baltics, the Estonian History Museum in Great Guild Hall presents Estonia’s extensive history in a resplendent fashion. Starting all the way back in prehistoric times, the museum walks you through 11,000 years of history, all the way up to the 20th century. With interactive displays and informational films, you will become part of the story, weaving your way into the Estonian tapestry byway of knowledge. Housed in the Great Guild Hall, which is, in and of itself, a 15th century relic of Tallinn, be sure to knock, using the great gilded lion’s head door knockers before you enter.
The Suomenlinna in Helsinki is a monumental fortress, an outstanding representation of military architecture. The Fortress of Finland represents the period’s distinct characteristics, and the general principles of fortification in the late 18th century. Located on islands off Helsinki, Suomenlinna’s history is linked with that of the Baltic region and of Finland. Many battles were fought against the fortress, and yet it still stands as a steadfast symbol of growth and prosperity for Helsinki.
With so many sights and so many countries, a Baltic cruise is an excellent choice, full of interesting sights and attractions and thrilling onshore excursions. Therefore, putting it in your travel itinerary is a must if you want holiday break that is very unique from the ones you’ve had in the past.