A guide around Vilnius Lithuania and the Repulic of Uzupis | Baltic Trip Part 4

Vilnius_Old_Town

After a 4 hour coach ride from Riga we ended up in Vilnius the capital city of Lithuania and the 4th country on our Baltic Trip.  Like Riga, Vilnius has also been voted as a European City of Culture, and it’s Old Town is also a World Heritage Site.  So yes we were excited to explore Riga, stretch our legs and find things to see and do.

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Tangled up in things to do in Riga, Latvia | Baltic Trip Part 3

Stopping off at Riga Central Market

The next stop on our Baltic trip was Riga.  We arrived in the capital of Latvia suitably relaxed and refreshed and got off at the main coach station to start our Latvian travel adventure.  We had to walk through the Central Market to reach our accommodation and it was bustling!

Riga is the largest city by population in the Baltics and the Riga  Central Market is not only the biggest market in Europe but also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The raw hustle and bustle of daily life at the market was a marked difference in atmosphere to the picturesque Tallinn.  The energy that hit us immediately after stepping off the coach widened our eyes and only increased our excitement for things to do in Riga  during our 3 day stay in the characterful city.

Riga has a beautiful Old Town filled with Art Nouveau buildings, but unlike Tallinn it feels as though the Riga Old Town is for locals as much as tourists.  It is abound with fashionable boutiques, galleries, hip restaurants and bars.  After a relaxed day of discovering the Riga’s old town, we hit a few of these bars.

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Estonia Travel Guide: A Picturesque Medieval City and Lush Landscapes | Baltic Trip Part 2

4 Highlights of Estonia

We began the second part of our Baltic trip by entering Estonia and the World Heritage site of Tallinn via the Gulf of Finland by a high-speed hydrofoil which covered the 85 km in less than 2 hours at a cost of 20€ each.  Tallinn is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and this was apparent with the cobble-stoned alleyways and picturesque buildings  we saw as we entered Tallinn Old Town.

The old town is no doubt touristy with its pristine streets and many “traditional” restaurants, but it is beautiful nonetheless.   There are sprinklings of the new and hip with modern culture graffiti and retro cool Soviet style cafes such as Kohvik Must Prudel facing ornate orthodox churches and historic residential buildings.

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