One Day in Rostock & Warnemünde, Germany: A Perfect DIY Cruise Excursion

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Updated post: 10/01/2020 | January 2020 Rostock and Warnemünde, Germany are probably two of the most delightful places in northern Europe that you have never heard of. Situated in northeast Germany, Rostock is one of the country’s loveliest former Hanseatic cities. Warnemünde, on the estuary of the Warnow River, is the seaside resort of Rostock […]

One Day in Stockholm: Visiting Sweden on a Cruise

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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.

One Day in Tallinn: A Cruise to Estonia

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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.

One Day in Helsinki from a Cruise: A Walking Tour

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from my day in Helsinki. In the words of one friend, Finland’s capital is “boring, boring, boring.”  How damning!  But another friend told me, “I loved it and I think that you will too.” Helsinki, also known as the “Daughter of the Baltic”, occupies a peninsula and a fringe […]