p>The Baltic Sea is located in Northern Europe, a region of outstanding beauty with some of the world's most spectacular scenery. Baltic Cruises sail to some of the most cultural and historically fascinating cities in Europe, which makes this region such a magical place to visit. Listed our 12 ports of call that are a must see on a Baltic Cruise.
- St Petersburg is Russia's northern capital, hailed as the ‘Venice of the North'. Crammed with lavish architecture and splendid palaces, tree lined avenues, canals and ornate bridges make St Petersburg a truly beautiful city to wander around. Highlights include the amazing Hermitage Museum, St Isaac's Cathedral, the Palace and Park of Peterhof, built by Peter the Great in the 17thcentury.
- The Latvian capital of Riga has survived two world wars and in Old Riga much of its 13th century architecture has survived. The narrow alleyways of old Riga are full of vibrancy and home to a vast array of open air cafes and beer gardens. Riga's magnificent Dome Cathedral built between 1883-84 houses the giant organ with 124 registers and 6828 pipes, whilst the beautiful St Peters church has an amazing Gothic facade.
- Visit the beautiful small town of Flam situated in the world's deepest and longest fjord. Flam has breathtaking scenery, roaring waterfalls towering mountains and deep valleys. Flam is famous for its 65 year old railway an amazing climb of nearly 900 meters from fjord to mountain top, reaching a view that is awe inspiring
- Gdynia is a lively port city in Northern Poland. Visit the Gdynia Aquarium home to two Black Tip reef sharks. The Gdynia museum newly opened in 2007 boasts thousands of exhibits charting the history of Gdynia. If your there in July or August visit the local theatre company who perform on the beach.
- Tallinn is Europe's city of culture 2011, the capital of Estonia. View Tallinn from the view platforms on Toompea hill, offering fantastic vistas of the city. Stroll around the lanes of St Catherine's passage home to craft workshops. Visit the 13th century St Olav's Church and Tower once the tallest building in the world, and Toompea castle home to Estonia's parliament.
- A Baltic cruise will also take you to the wonderful city of Aarhus in Denmark a fantastic place to shop; the Stregnet has 850 meters of tightly packed shops. Stop at the Latin Quarter for great coffees, and then stroll to the Mollestein a cobblestone street at the heart of Aarhus, a peaceful location, probably the prettiest part of the town. Also take time to visit the wealth of art galleries and museums.
- Stockholm the capital of Scandinavia is home to the Gamla Stan one of the best preserved medieval city centres in Europe, an area full of restaurants, shops, curios, and souvenirs. Visit the Stockholm Cathedral and the amazing Royal palace one of the largest in the world, and the Nobel museum. A must see is the famous Absolut Ice bar the world's first permanent Ice bar, wrap up warm.
- Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen the capital of Denmark is a chic and exciting city. Visit the stoget and Kobnagergade for great boutique shopping, and the famous flea markets in the city centre great for finding quality antique and vintage bargains. Take a walk to the Gefion Fountain, and then onto Louisiana Srken and Glypotek both amongst the best art museums in Europe.
- Oslo the thriving capital of Norway offers splendour of medieval architecture to modern day shopping and tourist attractions. Visit the Akershus Castle throughout the ages it has protected Oslo from numerous attacks. The Nobel Peace Centre and the Oslo Opera House are both a must visit, also the Vigeland Sculpture park Oslo's most visited attraction.
- Kristiansand in Southern Norway has a charming old town called the Posebyen, which is home to Northern Europe's largest collection of low rise wall-to-wall wooden houses. Take the city train for a guided tour of Kristiansand the best way to take in all that this fascinating city has to offer. For military buffs visit the Kristiansand Cannon Museum which has one of the largest existing cannons in the world.
- Helsinki the cosmopolitan capital of Finland is a bustling city packed with attractions. Start at the Market Square to experience the seaside community offering great food and souvenirs. The Suomenlinna is a sea fortress and a World Heritage Site, great for enjoying the park and the coast line, full of handicraft shops cafes and restaurants. The impressive Temppeliaukio Church built on solid rock has light pouring in through the church's glazed dome making it a magical place, this magnificent church is visited by half a million tourists a year.
- Kiel is a fascinating place to visit. From the 67 meter high tower of the town hall in the centre of Kiel you can enjoy views of the whole town. The old quarter of Kiel is home to the Church of St Nicholas where you will also find the famous ‘Ghost Fighter' sculpture. The historic vessels in the museum harbour are a must see, also the Kiel canal is the world's busiest man-made waterway take a look at the many locks, a fascinating part of this historic city.
Baltic Cruises are the best way to experience the many splendid cities of Northern Europe, from the mighty Fjords, Museums, Art galleries, and some of the best preserved historical sites in Europe.
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