One of three Baltic republics, Lithuania has more to offer than tourists expect. Its coastline might be considered short by Baltic standards, but it packs a punch! It holds the Curonian Spit, a unique eco-system of shifting dunes, sea, woodlands and a few pretty little villages. Inland there are forests and lakes to explore. But there is more, Lithuania is also tradition, and folklore. And it boasts one of Europe’s finest capitals.
The time that Lithuania was just another Soviet Republic are over. Together with the other Baltic states it quickly (re)asserted its independence and moved into the European fold, joining the NATO, and the EU. While mindful of the past, its people look towards the future.
Because it is rather flat you could easily cycle around the country from Vilnius its beautiful capital, through historic Kaunas, over the Hill of Crosses, with a short detour to quench your thirst in Biržai known for its breweries, before ending up in Kleipeda, gateway to the Curonian Spit, where you can stroll the dunes or just while your time away in pretty little Nida with its wooden houses, and German ambiance.
Perhaps it’s time to discover what the Baltics have to offer, and Lithuania is the perfect place to start your adventure.
Highlights from Lithuania
- Stroll around the medieval heart of Vilnius, with its Baroque architecture, cobbled streets, churches and palaces. For good views head up to Gediminas Castle or take a hot air balloon ride
- Nearby is Trakai Island Castle, surrounded by pretty lakes and forests
- Hike or cycle around Aukštaitija National Park
- Elegant Kaunas was once the capital of Lithuania and its old town has plenty to keep you busy
- Join the pilgrims and head down to Šiauliai and its Hill of Crosses
- Quench your thirst in one of the many traditional breweries, and while you are at it visit the beautifully restored castle in Biržai
- Visit the Amber Museum in Palanga
- Klaipeda has a sweet historic centre and some fine white beaches nearby
- The Curonian Spit is a Lithuanian must-see destination, walk along the paths between the dunes, visit the fishermen huts and stay in the quaint resort town of Nida
- Soak your weary bones in one of the spas in elegant Druskininkai
Hints and Tips for Lithuania
- Part of the EU and Schengen, so if you need a visa a Schengen will do, however for most people a visa will not be necessary.
- In cities you should be able to get by with English, in the countryside a phrasebook will come in handy… Or some knowledge of German or Russian.
- Cycling is definitely an option in Lithuania, as it is small and flat enough to get around by leg-power.