Destination guide

Discover the amazing cities of the
Baltic Sea Region

The Baltic Sea Region comprises eleven European nations with more than 100 million inhabitants. These nations share many historical ties: in pre-Christian times, the Amber Road ran along the coastline of the Baltic Sea. During the middle ages, merchant guilds founded the Hanseatic League, which ruled over the sea trade routes in the Baltic region. Even today, the nations of the Baltic Sea Region are a part of this important cultural and historic heritage.

Experience real European history in the most exciting cities in one of the most beautiful natural areas in Europe: Enjoy the Baltic Sea Region – discover 5 out of 13 amazing cities!



Founded in about 500 A.D., Hamburg is captivating because the seafaring romantic exists to this day. The River Elbe crosses the city near the mouth of the North Sea, which is why Hamburg developed into one of the world’s biggest ports. Besides the river many canals find their way through the city, most of them ending in the beautiful Lake Alster situated directly in the heart of the city. Many different cultural influences and historic epochs gave this impressive and fascinating city its distinctive face.

Information for the Travel Trade:
Hamburg Tourist Board
Silke Walter
Tel. +49-40-300 51 119
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Throughout its 450-year history, maritime Helsinki has swung between the currents of eastern and western influences. Life in the second-most-northern capital city in the world is full of contrasts and fascinating cultures. Influences from both the east and west are visible in the city’s architecture, cuisine, events, traditions and many other elements that are unique to the way of life in Helsinki.

Information for the Travel Trade:
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Riga – European Capital of Culture in 2014 – has been a city of inspiration for more than 800 years.

It has always attracted travelers, urging them to linger, remain or come back. A vibrant metropolis with a rich cultural and historical heritage, which is evident in the city’s architecture and cultural life.

Information for Travel Trade:
Riga Tourist Information Center:
Riga Tourism Development Bureau:
Questions / Inquiries
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St. Petersburg

Founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703, St. Petersburg has experienced many dramatic historical events, including the palace intrigues of Catherine the Great, the influence of Rasputin on the Russian royal family and his mysterious murder, and the October Revolution of 1917, which brought the communists to power. Today, the former capital of Tsarist Russia is known as the centre of Russian art, culture and literature.

Information for Travel Trade:
St. Petersburg Tourist Information Bureau:
Tel. +7 (812) 310 28 22
St. Petersburg Government, Committee for external relations
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Warsaw is a modern and fast-developing metropolis that cherishes its traditions and rich cultural heritage. This is where an eventful history of freedom-loving people and exquisite art blend with vibrant tourist attractions befitting a capital city.

Information for Travel Trade:
Warsaw Tourist Office
tel. +48 22 891 01 82
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Baltic Sea Region Itineraries

Possible BSR itineraries cover among others the topics “Maritime”, “Architecture & Design”, “Live like Locals” and “Culture & Heritage”. Discover the diversity!

Find more information on the Baltic Sea metropoles in the ONE BSR destination guide

See also: Tourist attraction project information