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Bound for adventure in the Baltic Sea and bordering towns

Nestled in northern Europe, the Baltic Sea borders such countries as Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and Russia. The deep waters stretch about 990 miles in length and around 120 miles wide. Offering approximately 5,000 miles of coastline, the Baltic Sea provides travelers with a host of adventures at sea, plus pockets of pristine nature. Book a Baltic Sea vacation rental and you'll find yourself in a major coastal metropolis with renowned cultural attractions or near sleepy beach towns with quaint cafes and shops. No matter your interests, you'll always find something to do in this fascinating region of the world.

From beaches to Bach, finding fun along the Baltic Sea

Many resort towns along the Baltic Sea offer sandy beaches for picnicking, sunbathing, and beach volleyball. Sopot, Poland, is home to Europe's longest wooden pier, a popular spot for walking and fishing, and with excellent conditions for windsurfing and sailing. You'll also find numerous hiking and biking trails along the sea's coast. If you book a Baltic Sea vacation rental in November, you can enjoy the Baltic Circle Festival, Helsinki's revered international theater festival, while August brings the Baltic Sea Festival, a week-long event that celebrates classical music.

Painting a pretty picture: exploring great museums

A Baltic Sea vacation rental places you near a host of big cities with thriving cultural landscapes. Make time to visit St. Petersburg, Russia, whose world-famous State Hermitage Museum features more than 2.7 million works of art, and Stockholm, Sweden, where the Vasa Museum highlights the famed 17th-century ship. Looking to lose yourself in nature? Slowinski National Park is on Poland's Baltic coastline and features sand dunes ripe for hiking. Kids will love Stralsund, Germany's Ozeaneum, a massive aquarium with displays on regional sea life, and Hansa-Park, a seasonal amusement park in Sierksdorf, Germany, with major roller coasters.

Winter is coming… and you better bundle up

The Baltic Sea gets so cold during even the mildest winters, that large portions—primarily the northern and coastal regions—typically freeze from November through March. Winters are long, biting, and feature a lot of snow with a mean temperature of about 14 degrees. Summers on the other hand are short and warm, with highs frequently reaching about 63 degrees over the southern region. Sea breezes help keep coastal cities cool in the summer. Rainfall varies across the sea and its coast but annual averages typically total between 20 to 24 inches.

Give it to me strait—a watery wonderland at sea

The Baltic Sea adds to its watery landscape with the appearance of numerous gulfs, bays, straits, lakes, and rivers flowing into the sea. Canals also connect the Baltic to the nearby White and North Seas. You'll spot numerous islands throughout the waters, while sandy shores, rocky outcrops, and enormous chalk cliffs in Germany's Jasmund National Park dot the coastline. The waters are teeming with seals, which use the winter ice cover as a breeding site. Under the sea you'll find a variety of fresh and saltwater fish, including cod, herring, flounder, pike, and whitefish.