Top things to do in The Baltic States

Top Choice Architecture in Rīga

Alberta Iela

It's like a huge painting, which you can spend hours staring at, as your eye detects more and more intriguing details. But in fact this must-see Rīga sight is a rather functional street with residential houses, rest…
Top Choice Monument in Šiauliai

Hill of Crosses

Lithuania's fabled Hill of Crosses is a symbol of defiance as much as a pilgrimage site. More than 100,000 crosses have been planted on this low hill, many of them strung with rosary beads that rattle softly in the …
Top Choice Castle in Kuressaare

Kuressaare Castle

Majestic Kuressaare Castle stands facing the sea at the southern end of the town, on an artificial island ringed by a moat. It’s the best-preserved castle in the Baltic and the region’s only medieval stone castle th…
Top Choice Castle in Sigulda

Turaida Museum Reserve

Turaida means ‘God’s Garden’ in ancient Livonian, and this green knoll capped with a fairy-tale castle is certainly a heavenly place. The red-brick castle with its tall cylindrical tower was built in 1214 on the sit…
Top Choice Park in Druskininkai

Grūtas Park

With Soviet-era paraphernalia arranged across leafy parkland, Grūtas Park (aka ‘Stalin World’) pays black-humoured homage to a dark period of history. Statues of Lenin that once dominated Lithuanian towns now sulk a…
Top Choice Market in Rīga

Rīga Central Market

Haggle for your huckleberries at this vast market, housed in a series of WWI Zeppelin hangars and spilling outdoors as well. It's an essential Rīga experience, providing bountiful opportunities both for people-watch…
Top Choice Museum in Tallinn

Estonian Open-Air Museum

If tourists won’t go to the countryside, let’s bring the countryside to them. That's the modus operandi of this excellent, sprawling complex, where historic Estonian buildings have been plucked and transplanted amon…
Top Choice Museum in Tartu

University of Tartu Museum

Atop Toomemägi are the ruins of a Gothic cathedral, originally built by German knights in the 13th century. It was substantially rebuilt in the 15th century, despoiled during the Reformation in 1525, used as a barn,…
Top Choice Museum in Kaunas

Museum of the Ninth Fort

Lithuania's dark 20th-century history is powerfully and poignantly told at the Museum of the Ninth Fort, 7km north of Kaunas. Begin in the main museum, a modern gallery space with a church-like interior, which detai…
Top Choice Church in Rīga

Rīga Cathedral

Founded in 1211 as the seat of the Rīga diocese, this enormous (once Catholic, now Evangelical Lutheran) cathedral is the largest medieval church in the Baltic. The architecture is an amalgam of styles from the 13th…