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Fran from Montgomery asked

I am taking a visit to the Baltic states and St Petersburg. Suggestions?

I will be visiting Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and St Petersburg, Russia. What must I see in each place?

Estonia   Latvia   Lithuania   Saint Petersburg (Russia)

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answered by
Sarah from Hamburg

Hi Fran,
I loved Riga for it's culture, the beautiful art nouveau, the central market and the bars!

Jurmala is a cute beach town only a 20min drive from Riga and definitely worth a trip.

If you have some time on you hands, you should check out the Hill of crosses in Lithuania, which is only a two hour drive from Latvia.

I've written a few stories about the cities and you can find them here:

and here:

Have fun,


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answered by
Gunars from Riga, Latvia

In Lithuania - Trakai - mid-eval castle some 35mi from Vilnius, Old Town Riga, small but very very nice. In Estonia I like Saaremaaisland, very different nature and peace comparing to the rest of the region. Saint Petersburg (Russia) - been there few times but have blurry memories! :) Recommended time of the  year early/mid May to end of June. 

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  6. Saint Petersburg (Russia) (city)
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top answer by
Rafael from Helsinki

Latvia: Riga the capital is a must, some nice jugend/art nouveau architecture there etc.

Estonia: the old town in Tallinn is a must even though it can be crowded with tourists, its a lovely place just to stroll arround in.

Kadriorg has a park and the museums for Art and lots of old oak threes is worth seeing  (tram 1 10 min. from centre  or take a cab approx. 6 Eur)

Have a glimps of the seaside & Pirita River and the monastry ruins in Pirita, allso the beach is almost across the street (buss 8 or 1A from Viru Square center / 15 min.)

Wow Russia is big and allso Saint Petersburg (Russia), if you are in to art and architecture the Winter Palace is not to missed, take your time its a huge place.

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  2. Riga (city)
  3. Estonia (attraction)
  4. Tallinn (city)
  5. Kadriorg (attraction)
  6. Pirita River (attraction)
  7. Viru Square (attraction)
  8. Saint Petersburg (Russia) (city)
  9. Winter Palace (attraction)
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answered by
Alisa from Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Some basic places to visit in Saint Petersburg (Russia):

State Hermitage Museum

Savior on the Spilled Blood

St. Isaac's Cathedral

Faberge Museum

Catherine Palace


do a canal cruise if the weather is fine (if you are coming from May to early October). 

Optional less visited (but interesting) places -

PavlovskLomonosovRussian MuseumYusupov Palace

The majority of people come from may to September because of the weather. It's extremely busy period as cruise ships come during the same time as well. In my opinion, less busy period with relatively nice weather are May, September and beginning of October.  Late autumn, winper and early spring are best for art lovers as museums are empty compared to summer, but the weather may be not perfect. 

I live in St Petersburg and have a tour company here, so if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. 

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  2. State Hermitage Museum (attraction)
  3. Savior on the Spilled Blood (attraction)
  4. St. Isaac's Cathedral (attraction)
  5. Faberge Museum (attraction)
  6. Catherine Palace (attraction)
  7. Petergof (city)
  8. Pavlovsk (attraction)
  9. Lomonosov (city)
  10. Russian Museum (attraction)
  11. Yusupov Palace (attraction)
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answered by
rich from Athens, GA

In Tallinn you have to go to Patarei Prison.  

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