Continent Lithuania


Why Travel Lithuania?


Lithuania is a country and the southernmost of Europe’s Baltic states, a former Soviet bloc nation that borders Poland, Latvia and Belarus. Its capital, Vilnius, near the Belarus border, is known for its medieval Old Town, subsequent Gothic, Renaissance and baroque architecture, and its 18th-century cathedral. Hilltop Gediminas' Tower, a symbol of the city and the nation, offers sweeping views.


As you visit the sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, you will see something that you have never seen in any other country: a unique Vilnius Historical Centre – the Old Town, which is one of the largest and most beautiful old towns in Central and Eastern Europe; Kernave, the first capital of Lithuania, which has until today preserved traces of the most important stages of history of the humankind; and the Lithuanian paradise – the Curonian Spit. You will also have a chance to look at the unique branch of Lithuanian folk art, cross-crafting, learn about Song Festivals, and listen to Lithuanian polyphonic songs, called “sutartines” in Lithuanian.


Incase you aren’t a history buff, there are plenty of action sports waiting for you. Nida, a village on the spit surrounded by endless stretches of white sand, makes a true paradise for sailing, windsurfing, paragliding and kiting. Try out more extreme sports, such as hot-air ballooning and gliding. There is also the opportunity to leap off Vilnius' TV Tower, the tallest bungee jump of its kind in Europe.


Alternatively, a visit to the Palanga's Amber Museum-Gallery and botanical park; lakes in the Trakai National Park and the hills, lakes and uplands in the Aukstaitija and Zemaitija National Parks; a view over Vilnius after climbing the Gediminas Tower; Nida lighthouse; St Ann's Church; Lake Galve; and many more makes a trip to Lithuania a truly mesmerizing one. 


Once soaked in the history and culture of the country, you could spend a day hiking in the Curonian Spit National Park (another UNESCO World Heritage site) on the peninsula separating the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea, where visitors can explore a range of large sand dunes and several pine forests.


On your way back, don’t forget to buy Baltic amber that can be purchased in various forms, especially jewellery. Linen goods, clay pots and local crafts are also good buys.


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