After Helsinki, I took a short ferry ride to the first Baltic state of my trip: Estonia. I wanted to visit Estonia’s capital city Tallinn after learning about its fascinating history and medieval heritage. While I was in Tallinn I stayed at a hotel in Old Town, the medieval heart of the city. This small part of Tallinn is surrounded by castle walls and is home to the world’s best preserved medieval streets and buildings. Long story short, my experience here was truly unforgettable. Sleeping and waking up within castle walls made me feel as if I had stepped into a whole different dimension. I spent hours and hours wandering around the old streets of Tallinn, and I can still hardly believe that there’s such a place on earth where it seems as if time had never passed.
The most interesting thing about Helsinki is that it’s a modern metropolitan city engulfed in the most beautiful natural scenery. Although my visit to Helsinki was short, I still found time to admire the natural side of Finland at Seurasaari, a small island that’s home to some walking trails and old Finnish wooden cabins. If I had more time, I would have loved to make a day trip to one of Finland’s massive national parks because other travelers that I met raved about their magnificence. My experience in Finland was so perfect, I hope my next visit isn’t too far away!
Although Disneyland is supposedly the happiest place on Earth, I think Helsinki is the place that tops my list. I flew to Helsinki after Stockholm without really knowing what to expect at first. After settling down, I rented a bike to explore the city because Helsinki is small and relatively flat. Hours later, Helsinki worked its magic on me and I fell in love the city. With its amazing biking trails, lack of pollution, coastal scenic beauty, and delicious food, Helsinki is hard not to love. On top of all this, Finnish people are extremely kind and were always willing to help me out. This is definitely a city that I wouldn’t mind living in! It truly makes me happy
These photos were taken in front of the Drottingholm Palace, the residence of the Swedish royal family. Originally I had intended to go on a tour to see the inside of the palace, but unfortunately it was closed to the public on the day of my visit due to preparation for a royal event. Nevertheless I was still able to tour the exterior of the palace and also its garden.
Various travel guides I read had told me that a visit to the Stockholm Archipelago is a must. The archipelago is a group of hundreds of islands along the Swedish coast, most of which could only be accessed by water It is possible to go island-hopping for a few days, but since I could only fit a day trip in my itinerary, I settled for a short trip to a nearby island named Vaxholm that is only an hour’s ferry ride away from Stockholm.