Tourism in Lithuania
Lithuania is southest country from all the Baltics. It is a country located in Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by Latvia, to the East and South by Belarus, to the southwest by Poland and to the West by the Baltic Sea. Its capital, Vilnius, has a city centre fully classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site for the vestiges of the medieval Gediminas castle, dating from the 14th century, and for its architecture typical of the Houses of Northern Europe. Other monuments worth a visit are the Archi-Cathedral, The Palace of the Sovereigns, the Church of Saint Anne, built in the 16th century, the gate of the Aurora, the Presidential Palace and the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, in baroque style and built in the 17th century. The city is also full of museums, such as the Museum of traditional Lithuanian Arts, The Museum of Applied Arts or the KGB Museum. To the north-west of Vilnius, one meets Kaunas, the ancient capital of Lithuania where visitors will be seduced by the well-preserved medieval and baroque style. You can visit the Monastery of Pazaislis, built in the 17th century, the town hall or the Church of Vytautas. One will also not fail to visit The Hill of crosses, in the vicinity of Siauliai, which shelters more than 50 000 of them and where thousands of pilgrims come each year from the four corners of the globe to add others. Nature lovers will be delighted to learn that Lithuania has 5 national parks, covering approximately 11% of the territory. Trakai National Historic Park, located about 30 kilometers from the capital, is the most famous, with its 8,200 hectares, 32 lakes and a very rich fauna and flora. There is also a stopover in Aukstaitija National Park, which is a World Heritage Biosphere Reserve for its dunes, pine forests and lakes. For those who love to relax, head to Druskininkai, one of the oldest spas. The city of Palanga is also very popular with tourists for its sandy beaches.
The Lithuanians welcome the New Year on January 1, and on February 16, they commemorate the restoration of the Lithuanian state, dating from 1918. 11 March marked the reappropriation of the country’s independence in 1990. The locals celebrate Easter in April, then Labour Day on May 1st.Saint John’s day is June 24. As in many countries, Lithuania celebrates the assumption on 15 August and All Saints ‘ Day on 1 November. Christmas takes place over two days, on December 25th and 26th.
Ten Places to Visit
- Speaking of the sculptures “Talking statues”, Vilnius
- The state protected areas service, Vilnius
- Vilniaus Šv. the apostles Philip and James church kariljonas, Vilnius
- New bike lanes around the city and surrounding area, Kauno m. and Kaunas r. sav.
- Reconstructed in the Vytautas the Great war museum, Kaunas
- New shipping routes, Kaunas
- New vessels port city, Klaipeda
- Reconstructed in the Lithuanian sea museum, dolphinarium, Klaipeda, lithuania
- Neringa is among the 10 best in Europe, Ivan
- Improving the tourism infrastructure in Palanga