By Carissa Hickok
Although the three neighbor countries of Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia are somewhat different in terms of sightseeing and things to do around the city, they all bear a historically important base, which is reflected in the “Old Town” part of each capital city. In addition to many wonderful architectural and historical landmarks, the Baltics region can also compete with numerous places where nature remained intact and rich in many wildlife species, which cannot be seen elsewhere. If you are not just staying overnight or for a weekend, it might be a good idea to visit and see the following places in the Baltic region.
AHHAA Science Centre in the city of Tartu, Estonia is the biggest science center in the whole region, but what’s special about this place is the interactive and frankly fun way it invites people to learn and at the same time, entertain themselves. If you decide to give this place a visit, you’ll be in for a variety of workshops, exhibitions, planetarium and even theater shows.
Narva Castle (also Hermann Castle) was founded in 1256 by the Vikings of Denmark, but it was later purchased by the German Livonian Teutonic Knights order, making this castle a true scribe of history, in the middle of Estonia. It is one of the best-preserved defense castles in Europe, and if you decide to visit it, you’ll get to learn more about the history and lore of the country, especially if you visit the museum the castle hosts.
This town still bears witness to the medieval times, with its castle that was founded by another medieval order – the order of the Livonian Brothers of the Sword. In addition to the ruins of the said castle, Cesis is also the home of the oldest brewery in Latvia, so you’re sure to get a freshly brewed pint if you find yourself in that region.
The town of Aglona is the home to one of the most beautiful baroque churches of the region. The construction of this church dates back to the 18th century and it is a rather popular pilgrimage site. However, even if you’re not a believer, this magnificent building is sure to leave you speechless, especially when you think about the time it was built.
While there’s no denying the terrific architecture and rich history of the Baltics region, the resort town of Jurmala offers you a chance to explore the unspoiled nature this region has, as well. The main attraction of this town has to be the sandy beach, which is overlooked by pine forests that are sure to give you much-needed shade on a scorching day.
The Curonian Spit is a natural wonder that was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It stretches across 98km spit, which is composed out of sand dunes, nestled between the Baltic Sea and Curonian Lagoon. Be sure to bring your camera along with you, as the mere sight of this place is a thing of wonder.