Kempinski Blog Article
The Baltic Coast is a popular holiday destination for European and international visitors alike. Although it may not have the sunny weather of the southern side of Europe, the locations here are just as exciting.
Combining stunning coastal landscape and breathtaking views of city life, there is a huge amount to do on a visit to this corner of the globe. However you are planning to travel, there is so much to see in both rural and urban areas of this coastline, and that is what we are going to explore here. Take a look at our recommendations for visiting the beautiful Baltic Coast by city below. You never know what you might discover!
Sitting on the coast in the north of Poland, Gdansk is perhaps one of the lesser-known cities in the country, but that’s not to say that it’s not worth visiting. In fact, many visitors claim that Gdansk has a very different atmosphere to the cities of Krakow and Warsaw, and that is in part due to its very different architectural style.
Once you have explored the cobbled streets and the delightful squares throughout the old town, you will be able to enjoy a range of historic and cultural attractions - after all, this city has seen plenty of action and drama in its past. Take a trip to the National Maritime Museum, or even the European Solidarity Centre - but don’t be long, our next stop of Kaliningrad is waiting.
Despite being nestled between Poland and Lithuania, Kaliningrad and its surrounding country is a part of Russia. Although the history of this area is unsteady, that shouldn’t detract from what a stunning city that sits before you today.
The region offers natural beauty that is as spectacular as some of the historic man-made sights, and as it sits on the Baltic Coast, is most definitely worth a visit. Famous for its beautiful amber, Kaliningrad is the stop-off of choice for jewellery connoisseurs world-over, and you will find a wide choice of beautiful amber pieces in the markets and shops here.
While you’re here, be sure to visit the stunning Kaliningrad Cathedral too. Anyone interested in philosophy is sure to be interested in the Immanuel Kant exhibition which sits on the first floor.
Though Vilnius is slightly inland from the Baltic Coast, we couldn’t let you pass by the area and not stop in this wonderful city, and of course, a stay at Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square Vilnius. The incredibly affordable capital of Lithuania is a bustling city, and though it has a difficult history (not unlike many of the cities in this part of Europe), today you will find a beautiful baroque-style city with a delightful old town to explore.
Be completely awe-struck with a visit to the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, or take a trip to the Museum of Genocide Victims, documenting an unhappy but important part of Lithuania’s history. After all, true travelling is about embracing all facets of a place.
Heading further north, and back onto the official Baltic Coast, you will find our next stop - Riga. Belonging to Latvia, the beautiful capital of Riga is home to many galleries, museum, exquisite restaurants, as well as the luxury five-star Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga.
Using this as your base from which to explore, you can easily set out on foot and truly experience all that this exceptional city has to offer. From the markets to the cathedral, and all the off-the-beaten-track hidden treasures of bars and restaurants you will discover down the quiet side-streets, Riga is a city that is worth a dedicated visit even if you can’t commit to a full Baltic Coast tour.
Heading further north again, you will find the Estonian capital of Tallinn. Within the city limits, you will find a city that has managed to combine modern vibrancy with its UNESCO-level historic Old Town - a rare treat we’re sure you’ll agree.
From the pastel, postcard-perfect buildings that line the streets in the historic centre, to the more modern areas, there is a reason why Tallinn is a popular stopping point for cruises as much as it is a city-break destination in its own right.
Simply put, there is just so much to do here! Once you have wined and dined your way around the town’s many restaurants and bars, you have art, open-air and architectural museums to discover, as well as the magnificent Town Hall and Town Hall Square. Pair this historic and cultural backdrop with a vibrant nightlife, and you will be planning your next visit back before you have even left.
Though no longer the political capital of Russia, today St Petersburg is widely considered the Russian capital for culture - and if there is anything to know about Russia, it is how well it excels in all things cultural. For exquisite ballet and opera performances, be sure to check the performance schedule for the world-renowned Mariinsky Theatre, and see Russian art in its many forms at the Russian State Museum.
Head outside and enjoy a stroll along the canal to enjoy the true atmosphere of the place, or head to the various palaces to admire the architecture in this historic city, especially the magnificent Winter Palace, Yusupov Palace, and Stroganov Palace.
Stay at the elegant Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 featuring fine dining restaurants and a luxury spa and fitness centre. Our concierge team will be able to give you recommendations of further things to see when it comes to St Petersburg too.
If you would like any more information about the Kempinski hotels which sit along the beautiful Baltic Coast, don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you to this part of the world soon!