While the summer hotness is actually melting you down, it’s the best time to think about things, you could do in winter! It’s probably one of the best ways to fresh up – well, at least your mind. So we took a look to our beloved Baltics and found some interesting activities you would definitely enjoy in Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn. Check the list and choose your favorite!
Take a walk on a frozen lake in Trakai!
…or grab a pair of ice skates and let yourself to feel the wind in your hair. Just imagine – fresh air, snowy forest and teeny-tiny snowflakes on your cheeks. The only sound you would hear will be your own thoughts… or laugh. Because it’s always fun! Don’t worry if it’s going to be a bit cold – after all we will definitely treat you with a cup of warm, steaming tea!
…again on a frozen lake. Only this time add the hidden places of the beaten track. It will be fun and active leisure, that won’t let you feel the winter’s cold. Let yourself to breathe in a bit of pure Lithuanian nature. Who knows – maybe you will meet a rabbit or even a deer?
Enjoy Christmas market in Vilnius!
…and find the perfect presents to all your loved ones! We all know, that Christmas can be really stressful. That’s why we strongly recommend you to take a weekend brake in Vilnius. Instead of never-ending running through always full malls, you can enjoy calm promenade at the Christmas village. Savor small talks with the local crafters, fell celebrating city vibe and sink to a winter adventure!
Reveal in Riga’s wonderland!
… and discover a whole new world! Riga is always like a small city from a fairy tail, but… if there is a season you should visit Riga, it’s definitely the winter! Cozy small old town streets will let you feel like you would be in a magical labyrinth, but there is always a way out. Let yourself to get lost in this labyrinth for a while, enjoy small bulbs light and the local’s hospitality. Then definitely go to a candle workshop and dedicate your morning to this amazing meditation. Don’t forget to stop by the Christmas market – believe us, there would be something you would like to take home!
Enjoy cultural Tallinn’s experience!
… or forget all your struggling and take a good cup of Estonian culture! Meet charming medieval Tallinn’s side, feel Christmas magic on every corner. Would like to know important city sights? Let’s do this! Wanna find unique Christmas presents? Join guided shopping tour and be amazed by your results. After all, don’t forget to treat yourself with a little bit of culture in best Tallinn’s museums and end your day in a warm, relaxing SPA. So… what could be better than this?
Work up a Sweat at the Sauna!
This is a tradition that is very popular among locals. The sauna is as fun as it is good for your health. There is nothing quite as exhilarating as going from the hot wood-fired sauna and plunging naked into a frigid pool of water. Or even in the frozen lake! And we are not talking about fancy center for all tourists – you should really try this true local experience! Would like to read some more? Check it here.
Attend the Opera and Ballet in Vilnius or Riga!
Ballet is something we are really proud of, it’s just sometimes we forget to mention it. The truth is, that you can spend an amazing evening in Vilnius or in Riga, if you decide to watch a ballet. The same is about opera – if you are interested in it, you shouldn’t miss a chance to check an opera concert in Vilnius. And keep in mind that the prices in Baltics aren’t as high as in other countries, but the view and the sound could surpass your expectations!
Fine dining in one of the many restaurants!
There are so many options, it could be a little dizzy. And yes, sometimes the big variety doesn’t mean good quality, but this is not about that! Just imagine – cold, dark winter evening in a cozy, elegant place with an appetizing smells from fresh ingredients and chief’s creativity! Sweet Root, Ertlio namas, Dziaugsmai – all three deserve to be visited! They say that it is worth to climb mountains and cross the seas for Lithuanian food; and now you have an opportunity to taste this, but better. So, how about that evening in the city?
Bet yourself a new Friend!
Take a cup of coffee or a light snack in company of… 15 cats! Yes, it is not a new thing – the first Cat café is opened 20 years ago, somewhere in Japan, but that doesn’t change the fact it is a great experience. You can find one cozy Cat café in Vilnius and say hello to Nika, Bob, Leila, Simba and other guys or you can stop at Café Nurri in Tallinn! You know, there is nothing better than a fluffy, soft and always welcoming host, right?
Try the craft local beer!
There are some strong traditions that Lithuania as well as other Baltic states are famous for. Well, be sure that the beer making is one of them! We are talking about secret recipes, conceded from generation to generation, about uncountable time, spend searching the best combinations of different tastes. Going to Vilnius? Try Prohibicija and let yourself in an adventure with professional beer enthusiasts. Planning to stop in Klaipeda? Then definitely check the brand new Svyturys brewery where you can not just taste a local beer, but actually see the whole making process! If this is not enough, you can always check Aldaris beer museum!
Warm yourself with a shot of local vodka!
And if we are talking about traditions and drinks, it is impossible to forget the strong ones. There are stories teling about the grand dukes of Lithuania – their table was always full of mead, legendary drink made of grain, honey and water. Is it good? Yes. Should you try it? Definitely! And then don’t forget to try old good Riga’s balsam – the taste you won’t forget for a long time. Last, but not least trial in Estonia – local vodka. Don’t even think to say you don’t drink strong beverages, because it’s not about the drinking, it’s about tasting and getting warm. After all, these tips are for a long, cold winter nights…
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Written by Edita Norkevičiūtė