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Rostock and the neighbouring Warnemünde are probably two of the most delightful places in Germany that you have never heard of. Situated in northeast Germany, Rostock is one of Germany’s loveliest former Hanseatic cities. Warnemünde, on the estuary of the Warnow River, is the seaside resort of Rostock and has a sensational broad sandy beach, the largest on Germany’s Baltic Sea coast. Warnemünde is also one of the world’s busiest cruise ports. However, the port is commonly marketed as Berlin (Warnemünde), enticing cruise passengers with the opportunity to visit the German capital. But I say don’t bother visiting Berlin. Don’t get me wrong; I love Berlin and have paid it a visit more than once. However, a shore excursion to Berlin from Warnemünde is a very long and expensive day trip. As the one-way journey by either bus or train takes around three hours, even with a long day in…

I loved my day in Stockholm and was utterly seduced by its setting and its medieval old town. With its Baltic Sea archipelago, Stockholm boasts the most spectacular approach of any port that I have visited on a cruise.

If like me, you are visiting Sweden’s capital as part of a cruise and have only 24 hours or less to seek out the best bits, you will need to make some tough choices. To help you make the most of your day in Stockholm, here are some essential practical tips, including how to get from the cruise terminal, and my pick of what to see and do.

tallinn-skyline

This is a tale of two cities.

Visitors justifiably swoon over Tallinn for its perfectly intact medieval centre. Founded in 1154, it lies on the northern coast of Estonia and is the country’s hub for culture and tourism, as well as its capital.

But there is more to Tallinn’s charms than its UNESCO-listed Old Town. Cross its railway tracks and you will discover a very different side of the city. Telliskivi Creative City with its street art, craft beer and designer studios, and the iconic wooden buildings of Kalamaja offer a refreshing alternative to the cutesy appeal of Tallinn’s medieval centre.