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Tallinn, Estonia

The Bronze Soldier of Tallinn

This stoic bronze soldier stands as a symbol of Russian sacrifice or Soviet oppression, or maybe both.
Tallinn, Estonia

Old Thomas

The Guardian of Tallinn.
Pärnu, Estonia

Pärnu Seawall

Legend says lovers who hold hands while venturing along this stone jetty and kiss at the end will remain together forever.
Ämari, Estonia

Ämari Pilots’ Cemetery

This soviet pilot's graveyard is filled with headstones made of airplane fins.
Ridala Parish, Estonia

Haapsalu Airfield

This abandoned fighter jet launch center is now a haunting street racing course.
Tallinn, Estonia

Telliskivi Creative City

Estonia's largest creative city is a vibrant bohemian hub located within a former industrial complex.
Tallinn, Estonia

Seaplane Harbour

Disused seaplane hangar gets a second life as the jaw-dropping home of Estonia's museum of maritime history.
Sillamäe, Estonia

Sillamäe

This Soviet-era "closed town" was a top secret uranium producer often left off of maps.
Estonia

Hara Submarine Base

A decommissioned submarine base makes a great space for graffiti art.
Tallinn, Estonia

Linnahall

An empty relic of the Moscow Olympics crumbles away in the middle of Estonia.
Ridala Parish, Estonia

Ungru Manor

The gutted remains of this Estonian mansion are a monument to a tragic love.
Rummu, Estonia

Rummu Underwater Prison

The ruins of an Estonian prison are drowning in the quarry lake where the convicts were once forced to work.
Tallinn, Estonia

KGB Museum

"There's nothing there," and other lies the KGB told us.
Vilnius, Lithuania

Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights

This former KGB building is now a museum memorializing the people who suffered during the Soviet regime.
Vilnius, Lithuania

The Church of St. Anne

Legend has it that Napoleon Bonaparte fell in love with this Gothic church.
Vilnius, Lithuania

Frank Zappa Memorial

The Frank Zappa fan club erected this monument to their prog-rock hero to mark a new era of post-Soviet Lithuania.
Vilnius, Lithuania

The Mermaid of Užupis

Travelers who fall victim to this mermaid's charms are destined to stay in Užupis forever.
Gruta, Lithuania

Grūtas Park

Open-air museum with a large collection of Soviet-era statues.
Kaunas, Lithuania

Žaliakalnis Funicular Railway

The oldest funicular in Lithuania has been climbing this steep hill since 1931.
Vilnius, Lithuania

Republic of Uzupis

This micro-nation may be some sort of prank, but its constitution sure seems official.
Kaunas, Lithuania

Monument to the Victims of Fascism

A memorial to the murdered Jews of Kaunas.
Meškuičių seniūnija, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses

An old hill fort covered in over 100,000 crosses is a symbol of Lithuanian nationalism and beliefs.
Liepāja, Latvia

Karosta North Pier

The mile-long pier stretches from a ruined fortress out into the Baltic.
Daugavpils, Latvia

Daugavpils Fortress

Built to ward off Napoleon's army, this city-sized abandoned Russian fort is now perfect for urban exploration.