Six US journalists explored the five Baltic Sea metropoles Hamburg, Warsaw, Riga, Helsinki and St. Petersburg on 10–21 May. During their trip, the journalists, who were mainly from New York and the East Coast, got to know the highlights of the history and culture of each city. The trip was organized as part of the ONE BSR project.
– The journalists were very enthusiastic about the cities as well as the whole Baltic Sea Region that they could experience, says Nadja Biebow, ONE BSR project manager with Hamburg Tourist Board.
– The combination of the five cities worked very well and gave them a good overview of the region’s top highlights.
In Hamburg the program included for example a boat trip through the harbor and on the Alster lake as well as a Beatles-Tour around the city. In Warsaw the group visited the new Museum of History of Polish Jews and took a cruise at the Vistula river. In Riga they had in program a visit to the Latvian National Opera and the Old Town, and a Latvian cooking class. In Helsinki they got to know the Helsinki archipelago, Suomenlinna Sea Fortress and Finnish design. From Helsinki the group travelled to St. Petersburg by the Ferry “Princess Maria’. In St. Petersburg they took a city tour, tried out delicious Russian cuisine and visited the St. Isaac’s Cathedral with its panoramic view over the city.
Based on the experience, the journalists were very fascinated about the region.
– They felt that the cities can be highly recommended to American travelers, says Nadja Biebow.
– Everyone agreed that the Baltic Sea Region has a lot to offer for visitors in regards to culture, modern lifestyle and history.