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Old 05-15-2010, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Switzerland
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what do you know about Baltic States ??
I'm just curious to hear what do you know about thes countrys
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Old 05-15-2010, 05:35 PM
 
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I don't know much, but Latvia/Lithuania/Estonia don't seem to have as much interest as far as tourism as the Balkan states. I think the same goes true for the Nordic/Scandinavian countries too. The only Eastern European country that gets a lot of attention from Americans is the Czech Republic, specifically Prague. Many ppl combine tours to Vienna with Prague. Are the Baltic states popular with Swiss tourists?
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Old 05-15-2010, 08:04 PM
 
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I don't know much, but Latvia/Lithuania/Estonia don't seem to have as much interest as far as tourism as the Balkan states. I think the same goes true for the Nordic/Scandinavian countries too. The only Eastern European country that gets a lot of attention from Americans is the Czech Republic, specifically Prague. Many ppl combine tours to Vienna with Prague. Are the Baltic states popular with Swiss tourists?
It is really difficult for Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania to compete with Western European capitals as they do not have the developed travel industry as travel there from the West has been somewhat limited until the last 20 years.

I do NOT agree that the ONLY city that gets a lot of attention is Prague. I think that there is a lot of attention to Budapest, Warsaw, and a number of the major cities in Russia.

What I am curious regarding the Baltic states is the impact of the Soviet policy of relocating ethnic citizens to other parts of Russia while sending ethnic Russians into the Baltic states.
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Old 05-15-2010, 11:11 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Kraków was one of the top destinations last year for American visitors. Many Americans are going there because of the very favorable exchange rate. Poland seems to be the only country that didn't go into economic depression while most of the other countries did! They haven't yet switched to the Euro, so exchange rates are very favorable right now. I would highly recommend a trip to Kraków and other areas of Poland!
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Old 05-16-2010, 02:50 AM
 
Location: Switzerland
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Baltic states are Northern Europe:
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Balkan countrys get alot of attention ??? they are not even in Europe union...and they are much poorer then Baltic countrys.Yes we have meny tourists from Germany,Finland,Poland other scandinavian countrys...etc don't forget this thread is not about who has more tourists ...it's about what do you know about Baltic states(Lithuania,Latvia,Estonia)
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Old 05-16-2010, 02:58 AM
 
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I've been to Riga and Tallinn. Also Helsinki, Prague, and St. Petersburg.

So what's your question?
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Old 05-16-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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well, I'm from Estonia and am loving it
My cousins from New York came to see Estonia, they loved it.
I myself am still planning on moving to USA in like 5-7 years
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Old 05-16-2010, 02:53 PM
 
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i'm interested in the Baltic countries, I would like to do a trip by ferry/train from Helsinki to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (possibly visit Kalliningrad also but the Russian visa requirement makes it a hasell for us Americans) all the way down through Poland.

This is the part of the route Michael Palin took in "New Europe":

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Old 05-16-2010, 11:05 PM
 
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Unfortunately, the Baltics are no longer connected by train. You'd have to take buses.

Helsinki to Tallinn by numerous ferries. Bus the rest of it.

There is a new and largely untried visa arrangement for Kalliningrad. They are supposed to start issuing 3 day visas at the border without advance application. However I don't know anyone who has done it.
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:00 AM
 
Location: France
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The Baltic countries are the 3 countries East of the Baltic sea, i.e. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Thus this excludes Scandinavia and Finland. It is Gorbatchov's glastnost that enabled the Baltic countries to start fighting for their independence, but they only became independent very recently (1991?) Estonian belongs to the same language group as Finnish, but Latvian and Lithuanian belong to indo-european languages ; all 3 languages use the latin alphabet. One of the 3 countries is more catholic whilst the 2 others are more protestant countries, but I am not sure which. The countries have many forests and lakes. That's about all I know I think.
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