Thoughts of a cruise can bring on pleasant images of tropical islands and sandy beaches, but these aren’t the only alternatives. There are others just as good as the Caribbean or the Mediterranean. One such option for seeing the world by an ocean liner is to book Baltic cruises. In fact, it may be even better. They provide the opportunity to visit some amazing cities. Below are some of the ones that you’ll be most likely to call in on during your cruise holiday:

Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia is one of the lesser-known European destinations, although its capital city, Tallinn, is a popular vacation spot. Its history dates back to the construction of a fortress on Toompea Hill during the Middle Ages and this area is now the old town of Tallinn.

A stroll around the narrow cobblestone streets is one of the highlights of a visit, with landmarks like the Baroque palace on top of Toompea Hill and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The coastal district of Pirita has some nice beaches and sea views to enjoy. Kadriorg Palace, built on the orders of Peter the Great, is among the other places of interest.

Helsinki, Finland

The tree-lined avenues of Finland’s capital, Helsinki, are a joy to explore on foot and the city boasts some impressive sights. Many are present on Mannerheim Street, with sights to see on a walk along this including the National Museum, Parliament House, and Finlandia Concert Hall.

One of the other main attractions in the city is Temppeliaukio Church, also known as Rock Church, which is built completely into bedrock for a sublime natural finish. A place to relax and enjoy a coffee is the waterfront area around the Opera House, with this location having some picturesque coastal scenery to take in.

Copenhagen, Denmark

This is one of the biggest cities in the Baltic Sea area of Europe and this ensures that there’s plenty for visitors to see. As the capital city of Denmark, it’s one of the country’s most important places and its biggest attraction is Tivoli Gardens. This is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world and has been welcoming guests since the 1840s.

You should also take the time to check out Rosenborg Castle, the City Hall Square, and the Gefion Fountain. Visit the Langelinie Promenade and you can see the Little Mermaid statue, inspired by the famous Hans Christian Anderson story of the same name.

St. Petersburg, Russia

Although it may not actually be a capital city now, St. Petersburg was once the imperial capital of Russia. This city is one of the true gems you can experience on a northern European cruise and most trips will drop by it. The city was founded by Peter the Great in the early 1700s and much of its historic architecture is still on view, such as the Hermitage Museum which is home to works of art by eminent painters like Titian, Michelangelo, and Matisse.

Palace Square in the center of the city has been the scene of many events in history and is a beautiful place to visit. You should also place St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Anichkov Palace on your list of must-see places in St. Petersburg.

Take a cruise around northern Europe and some of the world’s major cities are likely to feature on the itinerary of ports of call. The ones above are some of the finest and most companies that run Baltic cruises will probably whisk you away to them. It’s cities like this, combined with the joy of travelling by cruise liner, that makes such holidays so memorable.

Make the most of them!

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