Seaside Resort architecture

4 January 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks

Ahlbeck Pier © Niteshift/cc-by-sa-3.0

Ahlbeck Pier © Niteshift/cc-by-sa-3.0

Resort architecture or Bäder architecture (German: Bäderarchitektur) is an architectural style that is especially characteristic of spas and seaside resorts on the German Baltic coast. The style evolved since the foundation of Heiligendamm in 1793, and flourished especially around the year 1900, when resorts were connected to big cities via railway lines. Until today, many buildings on the German coasts are built in the style or feature distinct elements of resort architecture.   read more…

Christiansø in the Baltic Sea

5 November 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Christiansø Harbour © Arne Møller Jensen/cc-by-sa-2.0

Christiansø Harbour © Arne Møller Jensen/cc-by-sa-2.0

Ertholmene, generally called Christiansø, is a small archipelago situated approximately 18 km northeast of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. Its permanent population is at around 100 and its area is 39 hectares (0.39 km2). Ertholmene belongs to Denmark and has the country’s easternmost point.   read more…

Karlskrona in Sweden

3 June 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Main Square © Magnus Bäck

Main Square © Magnus Bäck

Karlskrona is a locality and the seat of Karlskrona Municipality, Blekinge County, Sweden with 35,000 inhabitants. It is also the capital of Blekinge County. Karlskrona is known as Sweden’s only baroque city and is host to Sweden’s only remaining naval base and the headquarters of the Swedish Coast Guard.   read more…

Sopot in Gdansk Bay

9 May 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Sopot Pier © Diego Delso/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sopot Pier © Diego Delso/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sopot is a seaside town in Eastern Pomerania on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Poland, with a population of approximately 40,000. The name is thought to derive from an old Slavic word sopot meaning “stream” or “spring”.   read more…

Helsinki is the capital and the largest city of Finland

13 February 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General, European Capital of Culture

Downtown Helsinki © Tpienonen

Downtown Helsinki © Tpienonen

Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland. It is in the region of Uusimaa, located in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. The population of the city of Helsinki is 596,233, making it by far the most populous municipality in Finland. Helsinki is located some 400 kilometres (250 mi) east of Stockholm (Sweden), 300 kilometres (190 mi) west of St. Petersburg (Russia) and 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Tallinn (Estonia). Helsinki has close historical connections with these three cities.   read more…

Allinge-Sandvig on Bornholm

24 January 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Sandvig © Jens Bludau/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sandvig © Jens Bludau/cc-by-sa-3.0

Allinge-Sandvig is a small town on the northern coast of the Baltic island of Bornholm in Denmark. Its population is 1,633. It was part of the former municipality Allinge-Gudhjem.   read more…

Sandhamn, in the eastern part of Stockholm’s archipelago

10 January 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Arild Vågen/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Arild Vågen/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sandhamn (“Sand Harbour”) is a small settlement in the central-peripheral part of the Stockholm Archipelago in central-eastern Sweden, approximately 50 km (30 mi) east of Stockholm. Sandhamn is located on the island Sandön (“Sand Island”), which is, however, colloquially referred to as Sandhamn.   read more…

Helsingborg in southern Sweden

9 December 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Dunkers Kulturhus © Jesper Olsson

Dunkers Kulturhus © Jesper Olsson

Helsingborg is a town and the seat of Helsingborg Municipality in Skåne County. It had 97,122 inhabitants in 2010. Helsingborg is the centre of an area in the Øresund region of about 320,000 inhabitants in north-west Scania, and is Sweden’s closest point to Denmark, with the Danish city Helsingør clearly visible on the other side of the Øresund about 4 km to the west.   read more…

Tallinn in Estonia

20 November 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General, European Capital of Culture, UNESCO World Heritage

© Brunswyk/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

© Brunswyk/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. Tallinn occupies an area of 159.2 km2 (61.5 sq mi) and has a population of 432,000. It is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, 80 km (50 mi) south of Helsinki, east of Stockholm and west of Saint Petersburg. Tallinn’s Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is ranked as a global city and has been listed among the top 10 digital cities in the world. The city was a European Capital of Culture for 2011, along with Turku in Finland. Tallinn is the financial and business capital of Estonia. The city benefits from the high level of economic freedom, liberal economic policy and has a highly diversified economy with particular strengths in information technology, tourism and logistics. Daily Mail called Tallinn one of world’s seven smartest cities. Tallinn is internationally renowned as a tourist destination, receiving more than 1.5 million visitors annually. The number of visitors has been growing steadily over the past decade. Tallinn Passenger Port is one of the busiest cruise destinations on the Baltic Sea, serving more than 520 000 cruise passengers in year 2013. From year 2011 regular cruise turnarounds in cooperation with Tallinn Airport are organised.   read more…

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