Insight into the Baltic Capitals Cruise

When thinking about embarking on a cruise holiday, the sunny climbs of the Mediterranean and the Caribbean often spring to mind. Often, northern Europe and the Baltic region are forgotten about and this area of Europe represents a diverse wealth of culture and heritage including Vikings, Scandinavian monarchies and Soviet history.

Pullmantur offer a variety of cruises around the Baltic nations; including journeys to the capital cities of Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Estonia. The seven-night Baltic Capitals Cruise will take you on an unforgettable journey to the capital cities of north and north-east Europe and includes a flight; bringing your holiday to your doorstep.

We take a closer look at the cities visited on the Baltic Capitals Cruise and what passengers can expect with this exciting journey from Pullmantur.

Malmo – Copenhagen

Malmo

The journey starts in Malmo, the third largest city in Sweden, where you will witness the Øresund Bridge - which connects the Scandinavian countries: Sweden; Norway; and Finland with the rest of Northern Europe. An excursion in Malmo will take passengers across the five mile Øresund Bridge to the capital city of Denmark, Copenhagen. This city exerts culture and heritage and features stunning modern architecture with many spires and cobbled streets.

There is so much to see and do within this huge city; but be sure to climb to the observation platform of the Rundetarn (Round Tower) where you will be able soak up the atmosphere of the city. Whilst admiring these stunning buildings, you may come across the odd discovery of a theme park (Tivoli Gardens) between the city hall square and the Central Station. It is the second oldest theme park in the world (the oldest is just outside the city) having opened in 1843 and many of the rides here are still in use. Once you have finished admiring the architecture; head to Strøget – at 1.1km long, it is one of the largest shopping streets in Europe.

Warnemunde – Berlin

Malmo

Northern Germany is home to the port city of Warnemunde, which also sits at the mouth of the river Warnow.

Traditional fisherman houses and a beautiful lighthouse greet visitors upon arrival and after getting a quick taste for German culture – you have the option to travel on to the capital city of Berlin.

Due to Germany’s heavy history of conflict, this city is home to many memorials and landmarks which reflect this including the remaining section of the Berlin Wall; Checkpoint Charlie; and a Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

This city was utterly destroyed during World War II, but has been restored and is now one of Europe’s greatest cities – with remnants of the past mixed with a dynamic and modern attitude which is depicted through landmarks such as TV Tower and the Molecule Men statue.

As well as a number of poignant landmarks from previous conflicts and devastations; there are also a number of churches in the city – particularly the Church of St Nicholas, which was built in 1230 and is dominated by two gigantic spires.

Nynashamn – Stockholm

Nynashamn

Nynashamn became a port town of national interest after a rail line was built to connect it with Stockholm in the mid-19th century. It is now a significant port of interest and provides an ideal gateway to the Swedish capital; which has come a long way since Vikings established significant trade routes in the city.

Stockholm covers 14 different islands, each connected by an array of bridges, and whilst each of them are very different; they all represent the city of a clean metropolis filled with bars, restaurants and museums; as well as a large collection of Viking artefacts and many historical churches. This archipelagic city boasts wonderful architecture epitomised by the Old Town and the Royal Palace; but there is also a fine mix of natural beauty amongst the islands.

The strange landmark of Ericsson Globe is a white spherically shaped building, home to The Sweden Solar System – the world’s largest scale model of the solar system. You may notice many sphere shapes monuments around the city which represent the planets of the solar system and these have all been placed in correspondence with the position of the sun, located at the Ericsson Globe.

Helsinki

Helsinki

Known as the “Daughter of the Baltic” Helsinki was founded in 1550 and became the capital city of Finland in 1812. The capital of Finland, towards the east of the Scandinavia region is where the sauna was first introduced to the world and has been used both recreationally and religiously across the country for thousands of years. You will arrive directly into this city on the Pullmantur Baltic Capitals Cruise and be greeted by a wealth of modern monuments; Scandinavian architecture; beautiful churches; and picturesque parks.

Helsinki was the host city of the Olympic Games in 1952 and a trip to the top of the Olympic Tower will provide visitors with tremendous views over the city. The churches and cathedrals here are absolutely stunning; but if you only visit one church in Helsinki during your visit, make sure it is the Church in the Rock. This beautiful minimalist church was literally dug out of from solid rock and resembles a crashed UFO.

World famous composer, Jean Sibelius, is the subject of many guided tours in Helsinki due to the fact there is an artistic monument – a series of 600 beautifully assembled organ pipes – located within Sibelius Park and is well worth a visit.

St Petersburg

St Petersburg

Enter Russia and travel to the city of St Petersburg regarded as “the Empress of the Baltic”. This city boasts an array of stunning architecture split up by various canals which glisten in the summer; giving it another title as the “Venice of the North”.

St Petersburg is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities on earth with a vast array of stunning architecture represented through multi-coloured spires and intricate design.

The enormous Palace Square was laid out in 1829 and is steeped in Russian history, having played its part in events of worldwide significance across the 20th century including Bloody Sunday (1905) and the October Revolution of 1917.

The Heritage Museum is also worth a visit; it is located within the Winter Palace of the Romanov Dynasty and houses some of the world’s oldest collections of art, treasure and antiques.

It comes as no surprise that this Russian city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in addition to the beautiful architecture, St Petersburg is also characterised by its strong and rich culture. You can experience this culture on a Pullmantur cruise with a fabulous excursion to attend a performance of the Russian ballet.

Tallinn

Tallinn

Your final destination (or first depending on which route you decide) is the capital city of Estonia, Tallinn; a real jewel of northern Europe and the Baltic.

After gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Tallinn was restored to architectural beauty with the preserved old town and red-tiled roofs. Dominated by the spires of the glorious cathedrals and churches; wandering through this Estonian city will feel like walking through a fairy-tale. Part of the old city wall remains in the Estonian Capital and will provide a deeper understanding of the history of this region.

Toompea Hill is renowned as the Danish Castle that founded the city in 1219 and was the home of the Danish aristocracy. This landmark is surrounded by thick city walls and a gate tower; and a climb to the top will provide the most stunning views available of the entire city.

The Tallinn TV Tower – despite being one of the more modern venues in the city – has been designed with historical architecture and is home to another observation deck where, on a clear day, you will be able to see Finland.

These grand Baltic cities provide an amazing platform for adventure, history, heritage and cultural enrichment.

Pullmantur Cruises will take you to all of these cities on a Baltic Capitals Cruise; and other cruise routes include: the Norwegian capital city, Oslo; the Dutch capital, Amsterdam; and the city of Bruges in Belgium.