Rostock Universität (3) - The University of Rostock, founded in 1419, is the oldest university in the Baltic region.

Germany-Rostock Universität - The University of Rostock, founded in is the oldest university in the Baltic region.

Skip Stockholm, Visit Tallinn. Estonia’s capital city boasts a fascinating melding of Russian and Scandinavian influences. The supremely walkable Tallinn is also home to one of the best-preserved medieval sectors of the Baltic region, thanks to its inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

9 Overlooked European Cities You Have to Visit Before You Die

Skip Stockholm, Visit Tallinn. Estonia’s capital city boasts a fascinating melding of Russian and Scandinavian influences. The supremely walkable Tallinn is also home to one of the best-preserved medieval sectors of the Baltic region, thanks to its inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Park of New Sigulda - Castle Sigulda - Latvia - Latvia, officially the Republic of Latvia , is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by Estonia, to the south by Lithuania , to the east by the Russian Federation

Park of New Sigulda - Castle Sigulda - Latvia - Latvia, officially the Republic of Latvia , is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by Estonia, to the south by Lithuania , to the east by the Russian Federation

Skip Stockholm, Visit Tallinn.  Estonia’s capital city boasts a fascinating melding of Russian and Scandinavian influences. The supremely walkable Tallinn is also home to one of the best-preserved medieval sectors of the Baltic region, thanks to its inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

9 Overlooked European Cities You Have to Visit Before You Die

Skip Stockholm, Visit Tallinn. Estonia’s capital city boasts a fascinating melding of Russian and Scandinavian influences. The supremely walkable Tallinn is also home to one of the best-preserved medieval sectors of the Baltic region, thanks to its inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Ready to travel beyond the usual tourist destinations in Europe? Keep reading as we round up 9 of the best alternative European cities.

A Day in a Fairytale in Tallinn Estonia - Baltic Cruise - Cruise Ship - Northern Europe #tallinn #estonia #balticcruise #cruise #northerneurope

A Day in a Fairytale in Tallinn Estonia - Baltic Cruise - Cruise Ship - Northern Europe

Baltic region worried about Russian missiles in Kaliningrad

Baltic region worried about Russian missiles in Kaliningrad

While Russia enhances Cold War-era Soviet Union survival measures, nearly 330 American Marines prepare to deploy to Norway in January.

Cesis is undoubtedly one of the most attractive towns in Latvia and indeed, the entire Baltic region, at just 90 kilometers from Riga.

Cesis - The Castle Town in Latvia

Cesis is undoubtedly one of the most attractive towns in Latvia and indeed, the entire Baltic region, at just 90 kilometers from Riga.

The capital city of Latvia, Riga

Golden autumn on the Riga canal in Latvia, a country in the Baltic Region of Northern Europe.

The largest state, Poland, was linked to the West by shared Roman Catholicism. By 1600, Polish aristocrats weakened the central government and exploited peasants.

The largest state, Poland, was linked to the West by shared Roman Catholicism. By Polish aristocrats weakened the central government and exploited peasants.

10 Awesome Things to Eat on a Baltic Cruise

10 Awesome Things to Eat on a Baltic Cruise

When stopped at these cruise ports in the Baltic region, here's where to find 10 delicious regional specialties.

Visiting Riga as part of a Baltic cruise? Skip the prearranged shore excursion and see the city through the eyes of a local! Here's what not to miss.

Visiting Riga as part of a Baltic cruise? Skip the prearranged shore excursion…

Approximately 150 US Army Soldiers from 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team,Airborne,from Vicenza,Italy,depart from Aviano Air Base,Italy,April 23,2014,for Poland,on 2 USAF C-130J Super Hercules.Will conduct joint NATO training,1st in series of expanded US land force training activities in Poland & Baltic region scheduled for next few months.Additional companies from 173rd IBCT will arrive in Lithuania,Latvia & Estonia for similar exercises in the coming days.(USAF Staff Sgt.R.J.Biermann)

Approximately 150 US Army Soldiers from 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team,Airborne,from Vicenza,Italy,depart from Aviano Air Base,Italy,April 23,2014,for Poland,on 2 USAF C-130J Super Hercules.Will conduct joint NATO training,1st in series of expanded US land force training activities in Poland & Baltic region scheduled for next few months.Additional companies from 173rd IBCT will arrive in Lithuania,Latvia & Estonia for similar exercises in the coming days.(USAF Staff Sgt.R.J.Biermann)

Sigulda, Latvia | Step into the Middle Ages at the Turaida Castle, a restored 13th-century red-brick castle. For a bonus thrill, fly down Sigulda's world-class bobsled track, which has hosted four World Championship races.

Sigulda, Latvia Step into the Middle Ages at the Turaida Castle, a restored red-brick castle. For a bonus thrill, fly down Sigulda's world-class bobsled track, which has hosted four World Championship races.

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