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Photos Baltics

Photos - Baltics 2006

Comtourist usually flies to a destination in the former communist world, travels around by Taxi, Train, Boat or aircraft and stays in Soviet style hotels. In 2007 the time had come to explore the three Baltic States, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and we decided to make it a camping holiday this time.

We took a ferry from the former GDR port Rostock to Estonia via Helsinki and would from there drive back to Amsterdam. The Baltic countries have excellent camping facilities both in the capital cities and in the beautiful nature reserves. Our four week Baltic tour would take us trough six former communist countries, and many beautiful and interesting places. Both Rostock and Helsinki are places of interest with communist architecture and monuments. In Estonia we camped in beautiful Tallinn and the Island of Saaremaa. In Estonia we canoed and relaxed in Gauja national park and enjoyed the capital Riga. Then we visited Vilnius, Trakai and the Curonian Split in Lithuania. The most extraordinary part of our trip was the three day stay in Kaliningrad, a piece of Russia inside the EU. After brining our way out of Russia we drove back to the Netherlands via Poland and East Germany.

Rostock - Baltics map

Our route by ferry and car trough the Baltic countries in 2007

Rostock - Lange strasse

Hochhaus building from the fifties at Rostock’s main street

Rostock - Fountain of joy

Brunnen der Lebensfreude (fountain of joy) a 1980 GDR fountain

Helsinki - Helsinki ferry

Tallink ferry Superfast VII docked in the Helsinki harbour

Baltic Sea - Ferry breakfast

Ferry breakfast looking over the Baltic Sea with coffee and toast

Baltic Sea - Baltic sunset

The sun sets over the Baltic Sea, seen from the ferry to Helsinki

Helsinki - Czarina Stone

Monument for the 1835 visit of Czar Nicholas and Czarina Alexandra

Tallinn - Tallinn harbour

Ferries and Cruise ships with old Tallinn in the background

Tallinn - Tallinn City Camping

Estonian breakfast in front of our tent on Tallinn city camping

Tallinn - Tallinn City Walls

Guard towers at Tornide valjak part of the Tallinn City Walls

Tallinn - Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral on Toompea hill in Tallinn

Tallinn - Patkulie viewpoint

View on the old city of Tallinn from the Patkulie viewpoint

Tallinn - Raekoja Plats

Tourists enjoying terraces and shops on Raekoja Plats in Tallinn

Tallinn - Toompea hill

Narrow streets with cobblestones on Toompea hill in Tallinn

Tallinn - Tallinn KGB HQ

Building of the former Estonian KGB headquarters in Tallinn