One Day in Warnemünde & Rostock: Germany’s: Europe’s Hidden Gems

distinctive beach chairs seen in a day in warnemunde germany

Rostock and Warnemünde, Germany are probably two of the loveliest places in northern Europe that you have never heard of. Situated in northeast Germany, Rostock is one of the country’s finest 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 […]

One Day in Stockholm, Sweden: A Perfect Itinerary From A Cruise Ship

rover with boats and buildings on bank seen during one day in stockholm

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.

Visiting Tallinn, Estonia on a Cruise: A 1-Day Itinerary That Works!

red roofs of tallinn with church spire and cruise ship in distance

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.

Visiting Helsinki on a Cruise: A Free Self-Guided Walking Tour (+ Maps)

brightly colored buildings large white cathedral and boats along the seafront in helsinki finland

The approach to the cruise port of Helsinki is spectacular. Occupying a peninsula that is studded with over 300 islands, the so-called Daughter of the Baltic is surrounded on three sides by water. This natural seaport was founded by King Gustavus Vasa of Sweden (to which Finland belonged for many centuries) as a new trading […]