Baltic Sea cruise

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1. Posted by Queenslander (Budding Member 28 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Have any of you done a cruise around the Baltic Sea ,if so what do you recommend ,as in places to see whilst stopped at the different ports of call .

2. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 851 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

You should probably list the cities you are stopping at, or help to know what to recommend.

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1832 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Some quick thoughts :

St Petersburg - church of spilled blood

Helsinki - rock church

Tallinn - old town buildings

Copenhagen - Tivoli gardens, round tower, canal cruise, changing of the guard at Amalienborg

Oslo - Bygdøy peninsula museums (Fram antarctic explorer ship, Kon Tiki, Viking ship museum, Landsmuseum), Holmenkollen skijump stadium, and last stop on the Holmenkollen metro line ends in a forest with a walk to the tv tower. In Akershus fortress is the wartime resistance museum. Gustav Vigeland sculpture park. Nobel institute museum. Palace tour.

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1406 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I did a Baltic cruise on HAL (Holland American) in 2009. We started in Copenhagen https://grandmarbaltic.travellerspoint.com/s3/

5. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 851 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

If you do visit Tallinn get yourself a map and walk around the old town. It is really easy to self navigate this city. The city is in two parts, one part is on a hill (which will require walking up) which is where all the viewing platforms are, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, government buildings, embassies and consulates. The rest of the city is sprawled out at the foot of the hill. There is a wall that encircles the lower town and you can pay to climb parts of the wall but if you visit the free viewing platforms the wall isn't that great. If you have time there is a museum in the lower part of town that is free and gives a great breakdown on the history of Estonia.

If you visit Helsinki I would recommend visiting the waterfront area, they have some amazing street food and all the historical buildings are around that area. I personally found the rock church underwhelming. It is little bit out of the way from the main city centre, but Google Maps should help.

If you visit Riga check out this website:

Art Nouveau in Riga

It is a good list of the top examples of Art Nouveau buildings. Obviously you won't have time to visit all of them, the sites are quite spread out but if you know what area you are visiting you can pick the buildings from that area. If you stay in the historical centre check out XL Plemeni. They sell a traditional Latvian tortellini and since it is self service charge by weight you can make your own taster plate. If you did have time I would recommend checking out the Riga markets, I thought they were really interesting and they sell Kvass on tap though go to the bar that is inside the hangars (the bar also has traditional Latvian beer) as it half the price of the outdoor sellers and personally thought much tastier.

If you stop in Gdansk it is another easy self navigate place. In fact the historical centre is pretty small so it won't take you long to visit everything. I would recommend the Periogana here, it was one of our top three perioganas during our trip around Poland.

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7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1406 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Some quick thoughts :

St Petersburg - church of spilled blood

Helsinki - rock church

Tallinn - old town buildings

Copenhagen - Tivoli gardens, round tower, canal cruise, changing of the guard at Amalienborg

Oslo - Bygdøy peninsula museums (Fram antarctic explorer ship, Kon Tiki, Viking ship museum, Landsmuseum), Holmenkollen skijump stadium, and last stop on the Holmenkollen metro line ends in a forest with a walk to the tv tower. In Akershus fortress is the wartime resistance museum. Gustav Vigeland sculpture park. Nobel institute museum. Palace tour.

Good list.

We embarked in Copenhagen

I'd add
Tallin - Fat Margaret Tower which is now a Maritime Museum, St. Olafs Church and Alex Nevesky Cathedral.

St Petersburg - the Hermitage (early entry), and Peterhof

Helsinki - we had a tour which took us out into the country where we saw Porvoo Cathedral-one of the oldest in Finland from 15th century. We stopped also at the Rock Church and at Senate Square

Stockholm - I wanted to do a harbor tour and the Vasa museum. But all we could manage was the Viking Museum

Berlin - We docked at Warnemünde and we had a very long ship's tour which included East and West Berlin and Potsdam. It may be possible organize a private tour

Aarhus - we didn't get off the ship here because we were tired from Berlin. I understand there is a historic open air museum

Oslo - we did a glassworks and the Viking ship museum but I would rather have gone to the Kon Tiki museum

Disembarked in Rotterdam. Visited Kinderdijk on our way to our hotel and then took a train to Amsterdam where we spent a couple of days before flying home.

8. Posted by SZ (Full Member 16 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Other harbours not mentioned above:

Ystad - Sweden
- old town and nice area to ride bike, even to Kalmar

Ronne and Nexo - Denmark (Bornholm)
- moody towns and their areas to ride bike, even from one of them to another

Świnoujście, Szczecin, Kolobrzeg, Darlowo, Ustka, Gdynia - Poland
- monuments and museums (castles in Szczecin, Darlowo and Slupsk, Malbork and Gniew castles, cathedrals in Kamień Pomorski, Szczecin, Kolobrzeg, Koszalin, Pelplin, Gdansk-Oliwa and Frombork, churches in Stargard, etc.), parks (Świnoujście, Szczecin, Kolobrzeg), Wolin National Park with European bisons, Slowinski National Park, rose garden in Szczecin, Crooked Forest near Gryfino, Szczecin Lagoon and Uznam and Wolin islands, molo in Miedzyzdroje and Sopot, spa centers, beaches, paths for biking

Wolgast, Greifswald, Stralsund, Rostock, Wismar, Lubeck, Kiel, Flensburg - Germany
- a lot of monuments (e.g. old towns in Lubeck, Greifswald and Usedom, Doberan Abbey in Bad Doberan, Plön Castle, Schwerin castle with garden, Ueckermuende castle), museums (including small towns: Wolgast, Anklam - especially Otto-Lilienthal-Museum, Ueckermuende in the castle of Pomeranian Dukes - about Szczecin Lagoon, etc.), marinas as in Ueckermuende, Usedom and Rugen islands, beaches, paths for biking

It is worth to know about direct conections between Świnoujście and Ystad, Ystad and Ronne, Nexo and Kolobrzeg.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Jan-2020, 16:51 GMT by SZ ]