What is special about Lithuania?

On the UNESCO World Heritage List, the historical center of the capital of Lithuania is testament to how the city has developed organically over the centuries. With its stunning medieval old town and baroque architecture, the Lithuanian capital rivals the very best in Europe. Often called a city in a forest, 46% of Vilnius is covered by open green spaces. What’s more, Vilnius is one of the few capitals in Europe which can be admired from a hot air balloon.
Lonely Planet: “Boasting fascinating history, offbeat elegance and a unique cultural scene, Vilnius offers plenty for visitors to discover. There’s never been a better time to discover one of Europe’s most criminally overlooked capital cities.”


For a pure fairytale thrill there’s Trakai Castle, a beautiful medieval castle that sits on an island in the centre of Lake Galve. The magnificent Trakai Castle Complex was the residence of the dukes of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Trakai is also famous for its Karaim culture and heritage.


Once the temporary capital of Lithuania, what sets Kaunas apart from other Lithuanian and European cities is its interwar architecture. With its abundance of buildings dating from this period, it surely deserves a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Today, Kaunas is experiencing something of a transformation, and has taken on a dynamic and exciting character that’s all of its own. It is the European Capital of Culture for 2022.


Lithuania’s only sea city, its port is home to both cruise ships and commercial ships alike. Klaipėda takes great pride in its marine traditions. And every year it celebrates those traditions at its Sea Festival, which has been held on the last weekend of July since 1934.


Curonian Spit
If you need to get away from it all, there’s no better place than the Curonian Spit (Kuršių Nerija in Lithuanian.) This peninsula is located between the Baltic Sea and the Curonian lagoon. It has been listed as a place you must see before you die (in the travel book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz) and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000 as one of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in Europe.


The Hill of Crosses
This hill, which is located in Northern Lithuania, is covered with more than 100,000 crosses and is a sacred place for pilgrims and an awe-inspiring and mysterious site for tourists and visitors. UNESCO has recognized cross-making as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Lithuania. Messages in various languages, and signs and symbols from various religions show the importance of the Hill of Crosses to people from all over the world.


Druskininkai is a spa town in Southern Lithuania. The country’s oldest and most famous mineral water and mud bath resort, it features attractive 19th century architecture set in pine forests along the banks of the Nemunas river.
And nearby you can get a taste of Lithuania’s past at Grūtas Park. It is an intriguing mish-mash of Soviet statues and memorabilia together with a themed restaurant where you can taste Soviet-era food, a petting zoo and other attractions – no wonder it has been recognized as one of the top ten strangest museums in the world.


A quiet, eco-friendly resort town, Birstonas offers high-quality relaxation that is friendly to the environment. It is famous for its spa treatment facilities, its reputation dating back to the 19th century. Lithuania’s longest and widest river the Nemunas, flows through Birstonas.


Palanga is the summer capital of Lithuania. This Baltic Sea resort is famous for white sand beaches that seem to go on forever and its stunning dunes. Tourists from all over Lithuania and abroad come every summer to enjoy the easide landscape, the wide variety of entertainments, and some relaxing well-being treatments. You can also hear stories of the famous Baltic Sea amber at Palanga’s Amber Museum, which houses over 4,500 amber artifacts.


At the local wellness and medical centers, visitors swim in mineral water pools, and enjoy saunas and salt rooms. A range of therapeutic and relaxing massages and other pleasant health treatments and wellness procedures are on offer. A few kilometers away from Anykščiai town is the unique Horse Museum in Niūronys, a small village. The museum’s ethnographic homesteads feature an educational program called “Daily bread”, where visitors can get acquainted with an important symbol of Lithuanian ethnic culture – bread making - all the way from seeding the first seeds of rye through to the final slice of bread.



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6 to 14 May 2024
Vilnius, Lithuania

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