The Baltic Route

Illustration of Baltic Route

Dating back more than 600 years, this route has seen the rise and fall of Livonia, the birth and rebirth of Latvia’s national flag, and Latvia’s freedom won in the 1919 Battle of Cēsis. On the evening of 23 August 1989, thousands upon thousands of Latvians lined up on the Baltic Route and joined hands with neighbouring Lithuanians and Estonians to form a human chain, showcasing their desire to be independent.