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new restau­rants, star chefs, lo­cal pro­duce and deep-rooted culi­nary tra­di­tions make the Baltic sea re­gion ideal for the culi­nary trav­eller; cities such as ham­burg, War­saw, Riga, helsinki and st Peters­burg pro­duce spe­cial­ties only found in this re­gion of europe. For ex­am­ple, the Rus­sian Vodka Mu­seum is the world’s only mu­seum ded­i­cated to the his­tory and di­ver­sity of

Rus­sia’s na­tional drink. Dur­ing a guided tour of the mu­seum, it­self lo­cated within a 15th-cen­tury monastery where monks first dis­tilled vodka, vis­i­tors can learn about the spirit’s ori­gins and tra­di­tions as well as taste a se­lec­tion of 213 Rus­sian vod­kas. next door, at Vod­ka­Room no. 1 restau­rant, din­ers can en­joy a tra­di­tional Rus­sian meal fea­tur­ing lo­cal dishes such as Moskovskaya smoked sausage, pel­meni and Baltic salmon.

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