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Lithuania Travel Guide

Last Updated: August 31, 2023

Historic buildings surrounded by lush, greens forests in Lithuania on a sunny day

Lithuania is the southernmost Baltic state. It’s also the biggest. Like the rest of the Baltics, I think Lithuania is an underrated destination, especially by American tourists who don’t know much about it or its charming (and affordable) neighbors.

Home to just under 3 million people, Lithuania has blossomed from its drab past into a fun, lively, and affordable budget destination.

It offers a mix of history (you can trace it back to 2,000 BCE), beautiful nature (it has flatlands, abundant forests, lakes, beaches, and dunes), and impressive historic architecture.

The crowning jewel of the country is Vilnius, the country’s capital. In addition to its old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is home to a wild and affordable nightlife popular with the backpacker crowd.

In short, Lithuania punches well above its weight and shouldn’t be glossed over by travelers.

This travel guide to Lithuania can give you the tips and tricks you need to plan the ultimate adventure here.

Table of Contents

  • Things to See and Do
  • Typical Costs
  • Suggested Budget
  • Money-Saving Tips
  • Where to Stay
  • How to Get Around
  • How to Stay Safe
  • Best Places to Book Your Trip
  • Related Blogs on Lithuania

Top 5 Things to See and Do in Lithuania

Historic buildings surrounded by lush, greens forests in Lithuania on a sunny day

1. Explore Vilnius

Lithuania’s capital city has a historic old town, tons of street art, chill cafes, lots of Gothic and medieval architecture, and a wild nightlife. Explore incredible examples of Baroque buildings along the cobblestone streets of the city’s Old Town and don’t miss the Neoclassical Vilnius Cathedral, or St. Saint Anne’s Church if you prefer Gothic architecture. A walk down Poetry Street pays homage to Lithuanian poets and writers, and the entire city is covered in some of Europe’s best street art. Visit the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights (6 EUR) to learn about the city’s dark past and hike up the Hill of Three Crosses for a panoramic view of the city.

2. Visit Kaunas

Kaunas’ student population gives this city a young and energetic vibe. Wander Freedom Avenue (the main shopping street) to take in the city and people-watch. You also should see the Ninth Fort memorial, a genocide memorial and museum (Nazis used the nearby Ninth Fort as an execution site during their occupation). The city is well known for its Interwar era architecture which has been designated as a European Heritage site and you’ll find some of the best examples of Art Deco buildings in Europe here. There’s also a World War II museum (Lithuania was annexed by Germany from 1941-1945) in an old nuclear bunker and a scenic monastery overlooking the sea.

3. Hit the beach in Palanga

Located on the western coast, Palanga boasts long and wide sandy beaches where locals and tourists alike come to relax. White sand and scenic dunes make for a perfect beach day. They are the only beaches of their kind along the Baltic Sea, with 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) to explore. The beach is dotted with resorts, and it’s a popular summer vacation spot for Lithuanians. The town itself is surrounded by forests, and Palanga Park is full of beautiful old-growth trees. The city’s main avenue is filled with bars for those looking to enjoy the nightlife and there’s also tons of green space nearby that’s perfect for hiking and cycling.

4. Hike in Trakai Historical National Park

Opened in 1992, there are over 32 lakes in this park, which is located near Vilnius. It makes a perfect day trip for nature lovers. Be sure to visit Trakai Castle, Lithuania’s iconic 14th-century castle, built on an island in the middle of a lake. An iconic landmark, the well-preserved castle is made from red bricks and offers a peek into the past of Lithuania’s aristocracy. A historic town dating back to the 13th century, a few other castles, and plenty of gorgeous lake views add to the magic. Get Your Guide offers a tour from Vilnius (including an audio guide).

5. See the tallest sand dunes in Europe

Lithuania is home to the tallest shifting sand dunes in Europe. Known as the Curonian Spit, some dunes have been recorded to reach heights of 60 meters (196 feet). Thanks to the specific winds that occur here, the dunes can move at a rate of 15 kilometers (9 miles) per year and in the past have covered entire villages. It’s incredible to see up close!

Other Things to See and Do in Lithuania

1. visit kernave.

Located 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Vilnius, Kernave was the old medieval capital of Lithuania. The area has all kinds of forts, burial sites, and historical and cultural monuments dating back to the late Paleolithic Period. Though the town was destroyed by the Teutonic Knights (a Catholic military order) in the Middle Ages, you can still wander the ruins and learn more about the region’s history. Don’t miss the nearby Kernave Archaeology and History Museum. Admission is 4 EUR.

2. See the Hill of Witches

The Hill of Witches is an outdoor sculpture trail of wooden folk art in Juodkrante, a small town on the Curonian Spit. This art installation brings the forest to life with its creations, taking visitors on a trip through Lithuania’s most popular folk tales and legends. Each of the 80 wooden sculptures was hand-carved by local artists and each sculpture depicts a different character from folk and pagan traditions. Plan to spend around an hour seeing all the sculptures. Admission is free.

2. Visit the Palace of the Grand Dukes

Located in Vilnius, this 17th-century Baroque palace was built for the country’s Grand Dukes. Today, it’s a history and art museum. You can tour stately and ornate ceremonial rooms, see traditional weaponry and armor, and learn about the palace’s history. Most of the palace is a reconstruction as it was first damaged by fire and then later destroyed by the Russians. However, it still does a good job of showing how the ruling class lived during the 17th century and the descriptions are really informative. Admission is 5 EUR.

3. Drink traditional mead

Lithuanians are proud of their traditional beer brewing and there are numerous microbreweries throughout the country. In addition to craft beer, there’s also locally-produced mead, a traditional alcoholic beverage made from fermenting honey. Mead is the oldest alcohol in the world and it’s been said that the mead was so popular in Lithuania in the middle ages that noble families consumed upwards of 30 barrels of it each week. Like beer, expect to pay a few euros for a glass.

4. See the Hill of Crosses

Located 12 kilometers (7 miles) from Siauliai are over 100,000 crosses and religious statues covering an entire hill (93% of the country is Christian and most identify as Catholic). The crosses are believed to have originally been placed there by local Catholics as early as 1831. As the years went by, more and more crosses appeared. The site slowly became a popular place of pilgrimage for Lithuanian Catholics. During the Soviet occupation, the Hill of Crosses became a symbol of national defiance as the Soviets bulldozed the hill three times. The Lithuanian people continued to re-erect the crosses each and every time. These days, visitors often leave a cross, adding to the collection. Admission is free.

5. Visit the Museum of Illusions

This museum opened in 2016 in Vilnius and has some 70 exhibits, including optical illusions and virtual reality. It’s a fun and quirky place to visit, especially if you’re visiting with kids. You can ask the staff to explain the science behind each illusion and exhibit too. Admission is 12 EUR.

6. Explore Anyksciai Regional Park

Easily accessed as a day trip from Kaunas or Vilnius, Anyksciai Regional Park was created in 1992 and spans an incredible 38,000 acres. There are hiking and biking trails, archeological sites, and a super cool 300-meter treetop walking path. The path stands 35 meters (115 feet) above the forest and offers scenic views of the surrounding landscape. There are taller viewing platforms as well that provide 360° panoramic views of the park. Entry is just 1 EUR.

7. Visit the Museum of the Ninth Fort

Like much of Eastern Europe, Lithuania has had a challenging past. In the Museum of the Ninth Fort, you’ll learn about that violent history, from Lithuania’s part in World War I to their 20th-century hard-labor prison camps to the mass killings during World War II. The museum focuses on the atrocities of the wars and their aftermath — and how those atrocities shaped the country and its people. Outside in the museum grounds, there’s a massive 32-meter-tall (104-feet) memorial to the 50,000 Lithuanian Jews who were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Admission is 6 EUR and guided tours are an additional 15 EUR

8. Go birdwatching in Curonian Spit National Park

Located along Lithuania’s coast near Klaipeda, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the best locations in Lithuania for birdwatching. Expect to see mergansers, egrets, cormorants, and more here. The best time to visit is in September during the migration season. Admission to the park is 5 EUR per vehicle in the off-season and 20-30 EUR per vehicle during the summer (depending on the size of the vehicle). Be sure to visit the nearby spa town of Neringa while you’re here.

9. Visit the Devil’s Museum

For something unconventional and off the beaten path, visit the Devil’s Museum in Kaunas. It boasts a spooky collection of over 3,000 paintings, sculptures, and other works of art of the devil. From traditional religious figurines to political works of social commentary, there’s a lot to see here. The collection began in 1966 and has grown as more and more people donate items. Admission is 5 EUR.

10. Explore Uzupis

If you are looking for Lithuania’s art scene, head to the bohemian neighborhood of Uzupis. When the Soviet Union left the country, a group of artists came together to form the ‘Republic of Angels.’ They consider themselves an independent country, set on 148 acres of land. With 120 residents, they even have their own president, bishop, churches, and a grand total of four official flags. It’s sort of Lithuania’s version of Denmark’s Freetown Christiania. Most walking tours stop here, show you around, and highlight the “country’s” history and evolution.

11. Visit the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights

Also known as the Museum of Genocide Victims, this museum was opened in 1992 in Vilnius. It‘s situated in the building where the KGB (the Russian secret police) operated between 1940-1991. The building is a former prison and the place where death sentences were implemented by the Communist regime. Today, it has exhibitions where you can learn about Lithuania’s loss of independence, the Soviet occupation, and the country’s fight for independence.

12. Explore Aukštaitija National Park

North of Vilnius, Aukštaitija National Park is 400 square kilometers (250 square miles) of pine and spruce trees and tons of wildlife (including wild boars). The oldest park in the country, it was established in 1974 and has lots of rivers and lakes (30 and 100 respectively) and numerous hiking trails. There are also a couple of archaeological sites from the 9th-12th centuries here. There’s no fee to enter but there are a few strictly controlled areas that you need a permit to visit or you need to be accompanied by a park employee.

Lithuania Travel Costs

Historic buildings surrounded by lush, greens forests in Lithuania on a sunny day

Accommodation – Hostel dorms start around 13 EUR per night for a 8-12-bed dorm. For a 4-8-bed dorm, expect to pay 16 EUR. Free Wi-Fi and self-catering facilities are standard and most of the party hostels run pub crawls, which often include a free drink. For a private room, expect to pay at least 30 EUR per night.

For anyone traveling with a tent, wild camping is perfectly legal and safe (and even encouraged). If you prefer to camp in a formal campground, they are available around the country and cost from 8 EUR per night for a basic two-person plot without electricity.

Budget hotels start around 30 EUR per night for a double or twin. Expect basic amenities like TV, free Wi-Fi, and a coffee/tea maker. Some include free breakfast.

Airbnb is widely available in the country, with private rooms starting at 25 EUR per night (but average double that price when not booked in advance). For an entire home or apartment, prices start at 50 EUR but generally average double that.

Food – Lithuanian cuisine is heavily influenced by traditional rural fare. Mushrooms (and other foraged foods), beetroot soup, smoked sausages, and herring are all common staples. Pickled foods and potatoes are also super popular. Be sure to try cepelinai , the national dish, which are dumplings made from potatoes with a bacon sauce and sour cream. Potato pancakes and fried cheese curd are two other popular dishes to keep an eye out for as well.

When eating out, expect to pay around 8 EUR for an inexpensive meal of local cuisine. Fast food (think McDonald’s) costs around 6 EUR for a combo meal. A pizza costs between 7-10 EUR. For Thai or Chinese food, expect to pay between 8-13 EUR for a main course.

If you want to splash out, a three-course meal of local cuisine including a drink costs around 40 EUR at a more mid-range restaurant.

Expect to pay around 3.50 EUR for a beer. A latte or cappuccino costs around 2.50 EUR while a bottle of water costs 1.25 EUR.

If you are planning to cook your own food, a week’s worth of groceries costs between 25-40 EUR for basic staples like potatoes, meat, pasta, and seasonal produce.

Backpacking Lithuania Suggested Budgets

On a backpacker budget of 45 EUR a day, you can stay in a hostel dorm, cook all your meals, limit your drinking, take public transportation to get around, and do mostly free activities like hiking and free walking tours. Add 5-10 EUR to your daily budget if you plan on drinking.

On a mid-range budget of 110 EUR per day, you can stay in an Airbnb or private hostel room, eat out for most meals, enjoy a couple of drinks, take the occasional taxi to get around, and do more paid activities like visiting museums.

On a “luxury” budget of 210 EUR or more per day, you can stay in a hotel, eat out for all your meals, drink as much as you’d like, rent a car to get around, and do whatever tours and activities you want. This is just the ground floor for luxury though. The sky is the limit!

You can use the chart below to get some idea of how much you need to budget daily, depending on your travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages — some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less (you might spend less every day). We just want to give you a general idea of how to make your budget. Prices are in EUR.

Lithuania Travel Guide: Money-Saving Tips

Lithuania isn’t that expensive of a place to visit. As long as you don’t splash out on upscale accommodation and fine dining (or party too much), it’s hard to overspend here. That said, if you want to save some extra money, here are my suggestions:

  • Take a free walking tour – Vilnius offers a handful of free walking tours to get you familiar with the city. I always take one when I get to a new city to learn about the history and culture. Just be sure to tip your guide at the end!
  • Take the bus – FlixBus is a budget-friendly way to get around the country. They have Wi-Fi, electrical outlets, and decent seats for overnight and long-haul journeys.
  • Cook your own meals – Many hostels include kitchen facilities, so if you want to save money make sure you book accommodation with a kitchen. Buying your own groceries may not be as glamorous as going out to eat, but it definitely saves you money.
  • Wild camp – If you really want to save money in Lithuania, wild camping is perfectly legal and safe on public land.
  • Stay with a local – Staying with a local via Couchsurfing is a fun way to not only save money but you’ll get to meet a knowledgeable local who can share their insider tips and advice.
  • Walk everywhere – All of the major cities in Lithuania are quite walkable, so skip the public transportation if you want to save a few euros. Definitely skip the taxis too!
  • Enjoy the free spaces – There are plenty of free parks as well as many free hiking trails around the country. Save your budget and enjoy the outdoors!
  • Bring a water bottle – The tap water here is safe to drink so bring a reusable water bottle to save money and reduce your plastic use. LifeStraw is my go-to brand as their bottles have built-in filters to ensure your water is always clean and safe.

Where to Stay in Lithuania

Lithuania has lots of clean, fun, and affordable hostels to stay in. Here are some of my favorite places to stay in Lithuania:

  • Mikalo House (Vilnius)
  • Jimmy Jumps House Hostel (Vilnius)
  • The Monk’s Bunk Kaunas (Kaunas)

How to Get Around Lithuania

Historic buildings surrounded by lush, greens forests in Lithuania on a sunny day

Public transportation – Public transportation in Lithuania is safe, clean, and reliable. Prices vary by city, but tickets in Vilnius cost 0.65 EUR for 30 minutes and 0.90 EUR for 60 minutes. You can get 1-,3-, and 10-day passes for 5 EUR, 8 EUR and 15 EUR respectively. If you pay the driver directly, a one-way fare costs 1 EUR.

Taxi – The starting fare for taxis is 1.30 EUR and then it is 0.60 EUR per kilometer.

Train – Trains in Lithuania are fast and convenient. You can easily reach all the main cities in the country via train. The 70-minute ride from Vilnius to Kaunas costs around 8 EUR while the four-hour ride from Vilnius to Klaipeda costs 22 EUR.

Bus – Buses in Lithuania are a budget-friendly choice for traveling around the country and into neighboring countries. A bus from Vilnius to Kaunas takes just under 90 minutes and costs around 12 EUR. From Vilnius to Klaipeda takes just under four hours and costs 28 EUR. The journey from Vilnius to Riga, Latvia takes 4.5 hours costs 20 EUR.

Flying – There are no domestic flights within Lithuania.

Car rental – Roads in Lithuania are well maintained and car rentals are affordable. Rentals begin at 20 EUR per day for a multi-day rental. While not necessarily cheaper than taking the bus, having a car offers much more freedom. Just make sure you have an International Driving Permit (IDP) as you need one for any car rental in the country.

For the best car rental prices, use Discover Cars .

When to Go to Lithuania

Like its Nordic and Baltic neighbors, Lithuania has short summers and long winters. If you are wanting to get in some beach time then you need to visit between June and August. Even during this time, the temperatures can cool in the evenings so make sure you pack a sweater. Expect daily highs of 20-22°C (68-71°F) during the summer.

To save a bit of money and beat the summer crowds, visit during the shoulder months of April-May or September-October. During these months, it’s still warm enough to spend time outdoors. The national parks are particularly pretty during the autumn.

Winters are cold, with daily temperatures dropping below freezing. While prices are lower, unless you’re here for winter sports, I’d skip a winter visit.

Regardless of the time of year, rain is common in Lithuania so be sure to always keep a raincoat handy. If you plan on hiking be sure to bring a waterproof jacket.

How to Stay Safe in Lithuania

In Lithuania, violent crime is rare. Scams and pick-pocketing are common enough, though, so you’ll want to be vigilant in high-traffic areas in Vilnius, such as bus stations and on crowded public transportation.

If someone strikes up a conversation with you trying to sell something on the street or if young children suddenly approach you, be on alert — someone may be reaching for your wallet while you’re distracted.

Solo female travelers should generally feel safe here, however, the standard precautions apply (never leave your drink unattended at the bar, never walk home alone intoxicated, etc.).

If you rent a car, don’t leave any valuables in it overnight. Break-ins are rare but it’s best to be safe than sorry.

Overall, scams are rare but, to avoid getting ripped off, you can read about common travel scams to avoid right here.

If you experience an emergency, dial 112 for assistance.

The most important piece of advice I can offer is to purchase good travel insurance. Travel insurance protects you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. You can use the widget below to find the policy right for you:

Lithuania Travel Guide: The Best Booking Resources

These are my favorite companies to use when I travel. They consistently have the best deals, offer world-class customer service and great value, and overall, are better than their competitors. They are the companies I use the most and are always the starting point in my search for travel deals.

  • Skyscanner – Skyscanner is my favorite flight search engine. They search small websites and budget airlines that larger search sites tend to miss. They are hands down the number one place to start.
  • Hostelworld – This is the best hostel accommodation site out there with the largest inventory, best search interface, and widest availability.
  • Booking.com – The best all around booking site that constantly provides the cheapest and lowest rates. They have the widest selection of budget accommodation. In all my tests, they’ve always had the cheapest rates out of all the booking websites.
  • HostelPass – This new card gives you up to 20% off hostels throughout Europe. It’s a great way to save money. They’re constantly adding new hostels too. I’ve always wanted something like this and glad it finallt exists.
  • Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide is a huge online marketplace for tours and excursions. They have tons of tour options available in cities all around the world, including everything from cooking classes, walking tours, street art lessons, and more!
  • The Man in Seat 61 – This website is the ultimate guide to train travel anywhere in the world. They have the most comprehensive information on routes, times, prices, and train conditions. If you are planning a long train journey or some epic train trip, consult this site.
  • Rome2Rio – This website allows you to see how to get from point A to point B the best and cheapest way possible. It will give you all the bus, train, plane, or boat routes that can get you there as well as how much they cost.
  • FlixBus – Flixbus has routes between 20 European countries with prices starting as low 5 EUR! Their buses include WiFi, electrical outlets, a free checked bag.
  • SafetyWing – Safety Wing offers convenient and affordable plans tailored to digital nomads and long-term travelers. They have cheap monthly plans, great customer service, and an easy-to-use claims process that makes it perfect for those on the road.
  • LifeStraw – My go-to company for reusable water bottles with built-in filters so you can ensure your drinking water is always clean and safe.
  • Unbound Merino – They make lightweight, durable, easy-to-clean travel clothing.
  • Top Travel Credit Cards – Points are the best way to cut down travel expenses. Here’s my favorite point earning credit cards so you can get free travel!

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This guide contains the very best things to do in Lithuania and the most unique destinations that you really should see . Every place featured here is one that we, Lithuanians, are proud of. At the same time, I only chose places that I think are truly worth your time as a tourist.

So if you are visiting the country for the first time and want to see the very best that Lithuania has to offer, this guide is for you. Find out!

Good to know: Because the locations mentioned in this article are scattered all over Lithuania, I also created a map , indicating each point of interest. You can find it at the bottom of this article. That should help you get a better idea of where everything is located and plan your trip accordingly.

What to see and do in Lithuania

These are the best things to do in Lithuania:

1. Sand Dunes of the Curonian Spit

I want to start this list with my personal favorite place in Lithuania – sand dunes of the Curonian Spit . This is a place where I spent countless summers as a child, a place that I took my husband to when he first visited Lithuania, and a place that I recommend to every tourist traveling to Lithuania.

The Curonian Spit is one of the most unique places in Lithuania. This 98 km long, 0,4 – 4km wide sand-dune spit separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. There are just a couple of villages, surrounded by endless forests and drifting sand dunes. Sometimes, it seems that time stood still here.

There is a lot to see in the Curonian Spit (and I’ll cover some of the best places below), but the main reason to come here is the sand dunes. Up to 60 meters high in places, these are the highest drifting dunes in Europe.

After intensive logging in the 17th and 18th centuries, the dunes began moving, burying several villages under the sand. Lots of effort and continuous dune stabilization work continues in order to preserve this ever-evolving landscape for future generations. Curonian Spit is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

TIP: The most impressive dunes that shouldn’t be missed are Parnidžio kopa ( Parnidis Dune ) in Nida and Pilkosios kopos or Mirusios kopos (Grey Dunes or Dead Dunes) also called Agilos kopa in Naglių Nature Reserve .

Good to know: If you walk too far to the southwest from Parnidis Dune, you risk entering the territory of Kaliningrad, part of the Russian Federation. Make sure that you follow any signs and don’t get into trouble for crossing the border.

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2. Vilnius Historic Center

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There are many impressive buildings in the Old Town and the best way to see it all is to explore the historic center on foot.

Don’t miss the St. Anne’s Church and the adjacent St. Francis of Assisi (Bernardine) Church, the Gate of Dawn, Pilies Street, the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Vilnius University and the Church of St. Johns, the Presidential Palace, and of course Vilnius Cathedral with its Bell Tower, and our National pride – Gediminas Tower…

I am not going to mention all these places separately because this would require a whole separate article. But some of them deserve a separate mention and you’ll find some more info further below.

TIP: See if you can join one of the walking- or bike tours with local guides during your visit to Vilnius. It’s a great way to explore the old town, get some background information of the main sights, and hear interesting stories about the city and its fascinating history.

St. Anne's Church and the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Vilnius Lithuania

3. Trakai Island Castle

Trakai Castle , built in the 14-15th centuries and just recently restored, is considered a definite must-see place in Lithuania. Located in the most beautiful setting on a little island surrounded by Lake Galvė, the castle is truly impressive. The whole area around Trakai is dotted with lakes and if you can, take your time to explore it as well.

Because Trakai is just a short drive from the capital city, visiting Trakai Castle is the most popular day trip from Vilnius. It’s also one of the most visited tourist attractions in Lithuania, a favorite among tourists and locals alike.

Sometimes, it might feel like a tourist trap, but if you look beyond the crowds, the tour buses, and the souvenir shops, you’ll be able to appreciate the unique setting and impressive architecture dating back from the times when the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was one of the main powers in the region, stretching all the way to the Black Sea.

TIP: You can visit Trakai by taking a guided tour from Vilnius . Alternatively, take a car or a train and visit on your own. If you come in the warm season, I highly recommend renting a rowing boat or a kayak. It’s a great way to explore the beautiful area around the castle. The best way to appreciate the incredibly beautiful surroundings here is by taking a hot air balloon tour .

Trakai Island Castle is one of the very best places to see in Lithuania

4. Gediminas Castle Tower

One of the absolute must-see places in Vilnius, Gedimino   bokštas ( Gediminas Tower ) deserves a separate mention and a place on this ‘best of Lithuania’ list.

This tower is one of our National symbols and one of the very few historic places in the country that we were allowed to be proud of even in Soviet times.

Gediminas’ Tower is the most important feature remaining of the former Upper Castle in Vilnius. The first wooden fortifications at this place were built in the 14th century by Grand Duke Gediminas. This castle was the start of Vilnius city which would later become the capital of Lithuania.

Best things to do in Lithuania - visit Vilnius Old Town

According to a legend, Gediminas was hunting in the sacred forest near the two rivers that we now know as the Vilnia River and Neris River. Because he was too tired to head home, he set camp at this place for a night. That night, he dreamt of an iron wolf, standing on top of a hill and howling as loud as a hundred wolves. In the morning, he asked the head priest to interpret the dream. He told him that the iron wolf represents a castle and a city that will be established here and the glory and fame of which will be known throughout the entire world.

As it was common in those days, Gediminas saw this as a will of God and decided to build a city in this location, naming it Vilnius, after the Vilnia River.

Every Lithuanian grows up reading fairy tales and stories of this legend and it would be hard to find a Lithuanian who hasn’t visited the tower at least once in their lifetime… It will come as no surprise that Gediminas’ Tower Castle is considered as one of the most important places to see in Lithuania.

Practical info: Gediminas’ Tower Castle is open daily (except on Public Holidays). You can either take a funicular or walk up the hill. The views from the top of the tower are worth the effort and you can also visit the weapons and armory exhibitions inside.

Gediminas Castle Tower - must see when visiting Vilnius in Lithuania

5. Hill of Crosses

Kryžių kalnas , Hill of Crosses , is not just one of the best places to visit in Lithuania, it definitely deserves a place on any list of the most unique places in the world. Hundreds of thousands of crosses in all shapes and sizes, covering this tiny hill in the middle of nowhere is a very impressive sight!

Hill of Crosses dates back to the beginning of the 19th century when people were placing crosses to commemorate their loved ones who died in the uprising against the Russian Tsar. Needless to say, the authorities were not amused. It was forbidden to place crosses and they were being torn down by the government. That didn’t stop the people, however; they just looked for more remote locations. That’s how the Hill of Crosses on the Domantai Hill Fortress was born.

Despite the political oppression, the Hill of Crosses continued to grow and became a symbol of hope and strength for the Lithuanian people. It has become a very popular place for all kinds of religious celebrations in the interwar period.

Afterwards, as Lithuania was occupied by the Soviets, it was strictly forbidden to place crosses or to come to pray here. The Soviets have tried everything in order to destroy the Hill of Crosses – they took away all the crosses, closed the roads leading to it, and even tried to flood the area… But the harder they tried, the stronger was the will of the people to preserve it.

People would come here in the middle of the night, bringing new crosses all over again. The Hill of Crosses has become the symbol of heroic resistance to the suppression of religious freedom.

The Hill of Crosses is one of the top things to do in Lithuania

Ever since Lithuania’s independence, the Hill of Crosses has gained more and more significance. Its importance was crowned by the visit of the Pope in 1993. Nowadays, it’s a popular pilgrimage site and one of the most special places to see in Lithuania.

Practical Information: Hill of Crosses is located near Šiauliai, in northern Lithuania. It’s about 2.5 hrs drive from Vilnius and 2hrs drive from Kaunas or Klaipėda. It’s a good stop if driving to Riga in Latvia, that’s also about 2 hours away from here. It’s always open and there is no fee to visit and you can come here at any time.

While it requires some effort to get here, most people consider it more than worth it. It’s one of the most unique places you’ll ever visit.

TIP: You can visit the Hill of Crosses with this popular tour as a day trip from Vilnius . Alternatively, there is a private tour that combines the Hill of Crosses with a visit to Anykščiai (see #14 further below).

LEARN MORE: How to Visit the Hill of Crosses

Hill of Crosses - one of the best things to do in Lithuania

6. Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

Valdovų rūmai , the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania is an excellent museum located inside the restored 15th-century palace at the Cathedral Square in Vilnius. I would dare say that, at the moment, this is the best museum in Lithuania.

The museum has several parts, with the most impressive one being the ruins of the original palace underground and the beautiful rooms displaying authentic furniture, tapestries, and paintings on the upper floors.

But probably the most impressive is the incredible historic virtual reality 3D experience . We have seen many virtual reality experiences in various contexts and this one is one of the very best ever. It’s great for both, kids as well as adults.

In a matter of a couple of minutes, you’re taken back in time and witness the creation and growth of Vilnius city. It’s so well done that it will take your breath away. I think that this 3D experience is the best thing you can do in Vilnius. It will help you appreciate everything you see in the city even more. Don’t miss this!

Practical info: The museum is open daily in summer, and every day except Mondays the rest of the year. Closed on certain Public holidays. More info here .

King's crown at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, one of the best museums in Vilnius

No list of the best places in Lithuania would be complete without mentioning its second-largest city and my hometown, Kaunas . Dating back to the 14th century and set in the place where the two biggest rivers in Lithuania – Nemunas and Neris – come together, Kaunas has always held a very significant place in Lithuania’s history.

In the interwar period, when Vilnius was occupied by the Polish, Kaunas was the temporary capital city of Lithuania. The city has known good times, but it has also suffered a lot, and for a while, it looked like it was struggling with its image.

Recently, Kaunas has been selected as the European Capital of Culture of 2022 and the city is rapidly changing beyond recognition. I am glad to say that it is doing its best to restore and reinvent itself and is again becoming a city that we can all be proud of. 

Not to be missed is Kaunas Old Town, Kaunas Castle, the Town Hall Square ( Rotušės aikštė ), the Cathedral, Vytautas Church, House of Perkūnas, Confluence of Nemunas and Neris rivers, the main pedestrian street Liberty Boulevard ( Laisvės alėja ), St. Michael the Archangel’s Church, and its countless museums including M.K. Čiurlionis Museum of Art and Žmuidzinavičius Museum, known as the Devils’ Museum (more info further below).

Kaunas is one of the best towns to visit in Lithuania

8. Klaipėda

Surprisingly, hardly ever mentioned as one of the best places to visit in Lithuania, Klaipėda is, in my opinion, another must-see in Lithuania.

Lithuania’s third-largest town and its biggest main port city, Klaipėda is located at the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. If you are taking a cruise through the Baltic States, you’ll likely stop here for a day.

Formerly known as Memel, Klaipėda was part of the Prussian Kingdom until 1923. That’s the reason why architecture here is very different than in the rest of Lithuania. I just love the wood-framed 18th-century German-style buildings in Klaipėda!

Don’t miss the Theater Square, the beautiful riverside of Danės River, and countless narrow streets and historic buildings of the Old Town. Another favorite is the Lithuanian Sea Museum (more information further below).

Klaipeda is one of the best towns to see in Lithuania

9. Lithuanian Folk Museum in Rumšiškės

There is no better place to get to know what life in Lithuania was like in the past than the Lithuanian Folk Museum in Rumšiškės, aka Open-Air Museum of Lithuania. It’s one of the largest ethnographic open-air museums in Europe, set in a beautiful area close to Kaunas Lagoon.

The museum is a great introduction to the ethnographic regions of Lithuania – Dzūkija (Dainava), Aukštaitija (Highlands), Suvalkija (Sudovia), Žemaitija (Samogitia)… All the houses here represent their respective regions and it’s interesting to see the architecture (and even the traditional clothing) differ from place to place. Inside, you’ll find typical household appliances and machinery, most dating from the 18th – 19th centuries.

Inside the museum, you’ll also find a ‘town’ with traditional buildings from all around Lithuania. There is also a church, a market square, and various houses of craftsmen with demonstrations in pottery, weaving, amber and wood crafting.

TIP: While the nicest time to visit the open-air museum is summer, it’s worth a trip the whole year round. Various events are held here in all seasons. Probably the best-known and the most popular one is Užgavėnės (a sort of Mardi Gras or a carnival, but then in the old-fashioned Lithuanian style). If you are visiting Lithuania during the carnival period (the week of Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday), Rumšiškės is not to be missed!

Practical information: The museum is located just off the highway between Vilnius and Kaunas, about 80km from Vilnius and 30 from Kaunas town center. For opening times and other info, please consult the official website of the museum .

Traditional carnival masks in Lithuanian Folk Museum in Rumsiskes

10. Pažaislis Monastery

Pažaislio Vienuolynas ( Pažaislis Monastery ) and the Church of the Visitation are a part of the largest monastery complex in Lithuania. Located on the shores of the Kaunas Reservoir (huge artificial lake), this 17th-century monastery is one of the best places to see in Lithuania. Yet, you won’t find many tourists here. It might get busy during certain events, but most likely, you’ll have this gem all to yourselves.

The magnificent buildings are probably the most beautiful example of Italian Baroque architecture in Lithuania and are definitely worth seeing. While it’s an actual working monastery, it’s possible to visit the beautiful church.

If you have some extra time, go for a walk in the surrounding area. It’s so beautiful and peaceful here.

Practical information: The monastery is located about 10km from the Kaunas town center and can be best reached by car. Public transport is also available. It’s open for visits daily, except Mondays. For more information and opening hours, please check their website .

TIP: You can visit Kaunas, Rumšiškės Folk Museum, and Pažaislis Monastery as a day trip with this guided tour from Vilnius .

Pazzaislis Monastery - one of the best places to visit in Lithuania

Nida is one of the biggest towns of the earlier mentioned Curonian Spit. In addition to the impressive sand dunes of the area, this picturesque town itself is also worth mentioning among the best things to do in Lithuania. It’s a true hidden gem!

Nida is a small fishermen’s town that has preserved its unique character and architecture not found anywhere else in Lithuania. It’s my favorite vacation place in Lithuania, but because it’s more isolated and not laying directly on the beach, it’s much quieter than the earlier mentioned Palanga.

Not to be missed are the earlier mentioned sand dunes, the colorful wooden fishermen’s houses, Thomas Mann Museum, and the lighthouse. You can also take a boat trip and see the impressive sand dunes from the water or visit the nearby Ventės Ragas (Ventė Cape). But my favorite thing to do is rent a bike and explore the 52 km of bike paths of the Curonian Spit. You’ll never want to leave!

LEARN MORE: Ultimate Guide to Nida

Nida is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Lithuania

12. Grūtas Park

Grūto parkas ( Grūtas Park ) is a privately owned Soviet sculpture garden located in the forests of Grūtas village, near Druskininkai in the South of Lithuania. It contains a big exposition of the Soviet-era statues, Soviet memorabilia, and lots of other Soviet relics from the times when Lithuania was part of the USSR.

As Lithuania gained independence and all the towns and villages started getting rid of the statues of Lenin, Stalin, and other Soviet-era heroes, a businessman from Grūtas decided to collect them. In 2001, he opened this unique museum that quickly became the talk of the town. It has recently been expanded and now you can also find a small zoo, a kids’ playground (from the Soviet times), and a café here.

Grūtas Park has always been a bit of a controversial place, but it shows a big part of our recent history, and I think it’s certainly worth a visit. It is now considered as one of the most interesting places to see in Lithuania, so if you have a chance, give it a go.

Practical information: The park is open daily, the whole year round. For practical information and how to get there, please check their website .

TIP: You can visit Grutas Park, together with some other landmarks in the region by taking this highly-rated private day tour from Vilnius .

Statue of Lenin at Grutas Park in Lithuania

13. Druskininkai

One of the nicest small towns in Lithuania, Druskininkai , is little known to Western visitors. I didn’t see anyone mention it among the best towns to visit in Lithuania, but it’s really worth a visit. I might be biased as my godparents live here and I absolutely love Druskininkai, but I’m not the only one. This resort town is one of the most popular domestic destinations among Lithuanians and an absolute favorite among vacationers from neighboring countries.

Best known for its SPA treatments, Druskininkai is a very green town, with parks, forests, and lakes in and around the town. There are countless walking and biking paths, and the town has quite a lot to offer to tourists. Take a stroll on the pedestrian Vilnius Blvd, rent a rowing boat on the beautiful little lake with a fountain in the middle, rent a bike and discover one of the many parks, or visit a museum…

There is also a fantastic indoor water park, an adventure park, an indoor skiing arena, a gondola with fantastic views over the Neris River, and so much more… In the evenings, don’t miss the Musical Fountain – it’s always fun and you can order a song of your choice if you like to. If you want to explore further, you can also take a boat trip to the nearby historic Liškiava village.

Having mentioned all this, it might sound like Druskininkai is a busy town overrun by tourists. But it never feels like that! It has an amazing atmosphere and it’s a great place to visit in Lithuania in any season.

TIP: Druskininkai is like a destination in itself, so I recommend spending at least one night here (there are lots of really nice hotel s in town). Combine the visit with the earlier mentioned Grūtas Park which is located just nearby.

Druskininkai - one of the nicest towns in Lithuania

14. Anykščiai: Treetop Walking Path, Horse Museum & Puntukas Stone

Anykščiai is a sort of resort town, about 100km North of Vilnius. Known as one of the SPA towns and mostly visited by locals, I think it’s also worth a trip for tourists looking to get a bit off the beaten path in Lithuania.

The town itself is very nice and green, and its main landmark is the St. Matthias Church with the tallest spires in Lithuania. But most Lithuanians come here for another reason. A stone.

Anykščiai has always been known as the place where you could see Lithuania’s largest stone, Puntukas . We would travel all the way from the other side of the country just to see the stone…

I recently found out that it’s actually the second-biggest stone in the country, after the Barstyčiai stone, but nobody in Lithuania has ever heard of the latter. So Puntukas is our national stone and a place that every Lithuanian will proudly mention as one of the things to see in Lithuania.

Puntukas stone is one of tourist attractions in Lithuania

A few years ago, a new attraction has been opened just nearby – Anykščiai Treetop Walking Path , and that is, in my view, worth the visit to the area more than any stone. This   Anykščiai Canopy Walk is located inside the national park, surrounded by lush forests. It’s a peaceful (although short) walk at the level of treetops, ending on top of an observation tower with an amazing view of the surroundings.

Another highlight in the Anykščiai area is Arklio Muziejus ( Horse Museum ). It’s a great place to visit, and especially if you are fond of horses or are traveling in Lithuania with kids. With lots of hands-on activities and horse riding available, it’s considered one of the best open-air museums in Lithuania.

While none of these places is an absolute must-see in Lithuania in itself, all of them together make for a really nice excursion. In addition, you can also combine all these places together with the nearby barefoot path or Labirynth park and turn it into a great family-friendly day out.

Practical information: Puntukas stone can be seen for free at any time, while the treetop walk can only be accessed during the day. It’s open daily, but hours vary by season. The Horse Museum is also open every day; for more information, please consult the official website .

TIP: If you don’t have a car, there are several tours that can bring you to this area as a day trip from Vilnius.

Anyksciai treetop walking path - one of the points of interest in Lithuania

15. Palanga Amber Museum & Pier of Palanga

Palanga is the most popular Lithuanian seaside town. Thousands of Lithuanians spend their summer holidays at Palanga beach.

The town is a mix of beautiful nature, forests, and stunning white-sand beaches, but also the crazy busy and loud pedestrian Basanavičiaus Street that reminds you of a huge country fair… But if you can ignore this noisy crowded street, you will find that Palanga is actually a very pleasant little town that is worth visiting.

The reason why I decided to include it on this list of places to visit in Lithuania is because of the Palanga Amber Museum and the Pier of Palanga .

Palangos gintaro muziejus ( Palanga Amber Museum ) is located inside the restored 19th-century Tiškevičiai Palace and surrounded by the beautiful Palanga Botanical Garden. The museum features a really nice collection of Lithuanian gold – amber.

Amber is something that you’ll see everywhere in Lithuania – every souvenir shop and every market sells all kinds of amber jewelry and other products. But if you want to see some really nice exquisite pieces of amber, then there is no better place to do that than in this museum. My favorites are amber pieces with the fossilized remains of insects. Talking about stopping time…

Palanga Amber Museum is one of the landmarks and popular tourist attractions in Lithuania

Another reason to visit Palanga is the Pier of Palanga or Palangos tiltas ( Palanga Bridge ) as locals call it. There is no better place to see a sunset in Lithuania than from this wooden pier that stretches far into the sea.

On summer evenings, and especially on the weekends, it might feel like half of Lithuania has gathered to watch a sunset here. But if you come here in the lower season, you might have it all to yourself, and it’s simply magical…

TIP: If you decide to visit Palanga in summer, try to avoid weekends. If you are visiting in the colder season, after the storm, you might find some small pieces of amber on the beach.

Pier of Palanga in Lithuania

16. Užupis

Located in the center of Vilnius, Užupis is actually just a quirky part of Vilnius Old town. Literally, Užupis means ‘beyond the river’ and it’s indeed separated from the rest of the city by the Vilnia River.

After the fall of the USSR and the disappearance of the former Soviet statues, several local artists erected a statue of the US rock musician Frank Zappa, as a symbol of freedom and democracy. A few years later, they went a step further, and on the 1st of April 1997, declared the independent state of Užupis.

While it calls itself one of the smallest republics in the world and boasts its own constitution, government, president, and even a navy consisting of a couple of small boats, Užupis is not in any way a political statement, but rather an art project if you like. It’s an exciting area loved by artists and they pride themselves on treating everyone equally.

Don’t miss the Constitution of the Republic of Užupis which can be found on the wall of a building on Paupio Street, 3A. It has been translated into 26 different languages, so no excuses or saying you didn’t know the laws of this self-proclaimed republic…

Some of the laws of Užupis state that ‘ Everyone has the right to be unique ‘, ‘ Everyone has the right to hot water, heating in winter and a tiled roo f’, or ‘ A dog has the right to be a dog ‘ and ‘ A cat is not obliged to love its owner, but must help in time of need ‘… You get the idea…

It’s a fun place to see in Vilnius and has become one of the most quirky and popular tourist attractions in Lithuania.

Uzupis district in Vilnius

17. Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights

The Museum of Genocide Victims aka Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights is one of the most interesting museums in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Situated inside the former KGB building, this is by no means a light-hearted attraction. Some of the things you’ll see here are harsh and thought-provoking. But it’s a big part of our history and so if you want to know what Lithuania has been through in the recent past, this museum is a must!

Inside, you can visit the former KGB prison and see the premises where death sentences were executed for 50 (!) years. Here, you can learn about Lithuania’s occupation and repressions by the Soviets, and the persistent fight for independence.

Practical information: The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 AM to 5-6 PM. See the official website for more info.

Museum of Genocide Victims in Vilnius Lithuania

18. The Geographical Center of Europe & Europa Park

Back in 1989, the French National Geographic Institute determined that the geographic center of Europe is located in Lithuania, near the village of Purnuškės. Several countries claim to be at the heart of Europe and I’m not going into those discussions, but Lithuania gladly accepted this French calculation and proudly calls itself the Center of Europe.

If you like visiting quirky symbolic places like this, then you’ll enjoy a quick photo stop at the Geographical Center of Europe . It’s not much more than a monument, and you can get a special certificate confirming that you visited the center of Europe.

Another interesting place to see nearby is Europos Parkas ( Europa Park ), a sort of open-air museum that was designed to give artistic significance to the fact that Lithuania is the Center or Europe. This is a privately-owned museum, set in the forest with a variety of large modern artworks scattered in the area. In my view, it’s not really a must, but if you are visiting the area anyway, it’s a nice place to stretch your legs and see something different.

Practical information: The Center of Europe is located in Purnuškės, about 30km North of Vilnius and can be visited at any time. Europa Park is located in the same area, about halfway between Vilnius and Purnuškės. It can be visited the whole year round and is open daily. For opening hours and practical info, please check the official website .

Things to do in Lithuania - The Geographical Center of Europe

19. M.K. Čiurlionis Museum of Art

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis was a Lithuanian composer, painter, and writer who lived at the end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th century. He’s one of Lithuania’s most famous artists and one of Europe’s pioneers of abstract art.

In his short life of just 36 years, he created hundreds of pieces of music, paintings, poems, and literary works. M.K. Čiurlionis Museum of Art in Kaunas houses the biggest collection of those works and is one of the best art museums in Lithuania. Not only can you find a big collection of his paintings, but also listen to his music. The two are interrelated and many of Čiurlionis’ paintings have musical names.

In addition to the works of Čiurlionis, this large museum houses ancient Egyptian and Greek art, as well as a big variety of European art from the 16th to 20th centuries.

TIP: One of the top attractions here now is an amazing VR film ‘Trail of Angels’ based on Čiurlionis’ works. Don’t miss it! And if you don’t have time to go to Kaunas, this experience is now also available in Vilnius. You can find more info here (be sure to reserve this in advance!).

Practical information: This museum is located in the center of Kaunas and is open daily, except on Mondays. There is an audio guide available and the dedicated staff is always ready to give you more details. More info here .

Painting Fairytale of Kings by Ciurlionis - one of the most famous artists of Lithuania

20. Devils’ Museum

Žmuidzinavičius Museum , known as the Devils’ Museum in Kaunas is one of the most special, quirkiest museums in Lithuania. It’s also the only museum in its kind in the world, and so it definitely deserves a mention among the main points of interest in Lithuania. If you are in Kaunas, don’t miss it!

Antanas Žmuidzinavičius was an artist who collected an impressive number of sculptures and carvings of devils from all over the world. After his death, his collection has been turned into a museum. In addition to the impressive collection of devils, you can also see paintings by the artist himself.

At the moment, the museum houses over 3000 devils from over 70 different countries. You can also learn a lot about Lithuanian folklore and stories and myths about the devils and evil creatures displayed here. If you bring a unique devil from your own country, the museum will accept it as a present and most likely add it to their collection.

Practical information: This museum is located in Kaunas, just next to the previously mentioned Čiurlionis Museum of Art. It’s open daily, except on Mondays.

Devil's Museum in Kaunas is one of the most unique places to visit in Lithuania

21. The Hill of Witches

The Hill of Witches is an outdoor sculpture gallery in Juodkrantė, on the earlier mentioned Curonian Spit. All the sculptures here are made of wood and most portray Lithuanian fairytale characters, such as witches and devils.

Set in a beautiful forest, this feels like a magical place that will especially appeal to families with children. The Hill of Witches might not be a huge landmark, but it’s so unique and so typically Lithuanian that I think it deserves a visit. If you are visiting the Curonian Spit and have half an hour to spare, it’s a must-do!

Practical information: Since the sculptures are set in the forest, it’s always open and it’s free of charge.

Lithuania points of interest - the Hill of Witches in Juodkrante

22. Lithuanian Sea Museum

Lietuvos jūrų muziejus ( Lithuanian Sea Museum ) is a maritime museum with big aquariums, an aquarium tunnel, great sea lion and dolphin shows, and also historical exhibits. Located in an old fort on the northern tip of the Curonian Spit, it’s just a very short ferry ride away from Klaipėda town center.

It’s a fun place to visit in Lithuania with kids. Not only can you see a big variety of fish and animals including penguins, sea lions, and dolphins, it’s also a great place to learn more about the Baltic Sea. In addition, you will find some big old ships and also a replica of an old fisherman’s house.

Practical information: Old Smiltynė Passenger Ferry is the best way to get to the museum from Klaipėda. Alternatively, if you are visiting the Curonian Spit anyway, you can come here by car. Just get here early in the morning or parking space will be really hard to find.

It’s open the whole year round. In summer, the museum is open daily except on Mondays, the rest of the year – opening hours differ per season. More information on their website . Count at least half a day for a visit.

Best things to do in Lithuania - Klaipeda Sea Museum

23. Dutchman’s Cap

Olando kepurė ( The Dutchman’s Cap ) is a 24-meter high sand hill with a steep cliff crashing into the Baltic Sea. It’s probably one of the most untouched, rough coastal landscapes in Lithuania.

The Dutchman’s Cap gets its name due to its shape that – looking from sea to land – looks like a traditional bi-corn admiral’s hat. This area has been mentioned as a navigational guide for sailors and fishermen in the early 19th century.

While not an absolute must in Lithuania, it’s a very nice tranquil place with nice scenery. It’s worth a short stop if you find yourself on the Lithuanian coast, but I wouldn’t drive all the way to the coast just for this. The best time to visit is at sunset.

Practical information: The Dutchman’s Cap is located between Klaipėda and Palanga (see the exact location on the map further below). There are many walking paths in this area. You’ll have to leave your car at one of the designated parking areas and walk 10-15 minutes to get to a small viewing platform. It’s also possible to walk down to the coast. You can spend half an hour here or a few hours (searching for amber :)) – it’s up to you.

Dutchman's Cap - one of the most beautiful coastal areas in Lithuania

24. Vilnius TV Tower

I was debating whether to include Vilnius TV Tower in this list of the best places to visit in Lithuania. But, since it has historical significance and offers some of the best views in Vilnius, I decided that it’s worth a mention.

On the 13 of January 1991, Vilnius TV Tower was at the center of a bloody independence fight against the Soviets. This was one of the last struggles that finally tore the USSR apart. Sadly, 14 Lithuanian people were killed here by the Soviet tanks that day. This is one of the darkest chapters of our recent history and I still remember the events of that day as if it was yesterday.

With over 326m in height, Vilnius TV Tower is the tallest building in Lithuania and the 8th tallest in Europe. You can visit an underground gallery, the Fight for Freedom Museum, and also take an elevator to the 165m height from where you get an amazing panorama of Vilnius and its wide surroundings.

TIP: Have lunch or dinner at the rotating Paukščių takas (Milky Way) restaurant and enjoy the 360° views with the whole city of Vilnius at your feet.

PRO TIP: If you are visiting Lithuania in the summer season and are looking for something unique to do in Vilnius, check out the new Edge Walk experience !

Practical information: The TV Tower is open for visits daily. More information on their website .

View from Vilnius TV tower, one of the best tourist attractions in Lithuania

25. Lakes, Rivers, and Forests

With over 6000 lakes, more than 800 rivers, and over 33% of the territory covered by forests, Lithuania is a paradise for those who love simple, untouched nature .

It will come as no surprise that Lithuanians massively leave cities and head to nature every weekend. Kayaking, swimming, fishing, berry- and mushroom picking are just some of the favorite pastimes for Lithuanian people. In winter, people go walking, cross-country skiing, skiing, and also ice-fishing. No matter the season, Lithuanians love the outdoors.

If you are looking to explore Lithuania deeper, do as the locals do, and head to one of the many forests and lakes.

TIP: If you don’t know where to start, here you can find a selection of organized kayak tours all over Lithuania . If you are visiting Lithuania in summer, there is no better way to experience our nature than by going kayaking!

Things to do in Lithuania - fishing at one of the many lakes

26. Christmas Trees

Lithuanian Christmas trees deserve a special mention. They are so nice and so special that it’s really worth it to (re-) visit Lithuania in winter, just to see the Christmas trees.

The most unique and spectacular Christmas trees can be found in Cathedral Square and the Town Hall Square in Vilnius and also at the Town Hall Square in Kaunas.

But also smaller towns often have the most beautiful Christmas decorations.

LEARN MORE: Vilnius Christmas Trees and Christmas Markets

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27. Lithuanian Food

No list of the best things to do in Lithuania would be complete without mentioning traditional Lithuanian food . If you are traveling to Lithuania, make sure to taste at least some of our local specialties.

Lithuania has many traditional dishes that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The most famous and typically Lithuanian are our potato dishes, such as cepelinai , kugelis ,  bulviniai   blynai , and vėdarai .

Other favorites include  koldūnai (sort of dumplings), lietiniai blynai (filled pancakes), šaltibarščiai (cold beetroot soup), kepta duona su česnaku (fried bread with garlic), baravykų sriuba (boletus mushroom soup), and also non-alcoholic drinks such as kisielius or gira .

TIP: If you try just one typical Lithuanian dish, make it  cepelinai . They are a sort of potato dumplings, somewhat comparable to the Italian gnocchi in taste and structure. However, cepelinai are much bigger and they are stuffed with either meat or curd filling. They are usually served with a very heavy and fat spirgučiai sauce, but if you are not a fan of fat food, I recommend asking for sour cream instead.

LEARN MORE: Lithuanian Food: Best Traditional Dishes to Try in Lithuania

Cepelinai - traditional Lithuanian dish

Even More Interesting Places to See in Lithuania

As already said, in this list, I only included the best places to visit in Lithuania that I think are worth your time the most. If you have more time, you might want to consider the following Lithuania destinations as well:

  • Kernavė – the former medieval capital of Lithuania and an archeological site close to Vilnius.
  • Kėdainiai – one of the oldest towns in Lithuania.
  • Birštonas – resort and SPA town surrounded by beautiful nature.
  • Labanoras regional park tower – 2nd highest observation tower in Lithuania with amazing views of the area.
  • Panemunė Castle – one of the most authentic castles in Lithuania (17th century).
  • 9th Fort of the Kaunas Fortress – a museum and memorial for the Holocaust victims.
  • Užutrakis Manor – restored 19th-century manor.
  • Paneriai Memorial Museum – Holocaust memorial in a forest where tens of thousands of Jews lost their lives.
  • Ventė Cape – headland of Nemunas Delta and a bird-watchers paradise.
  • Stelmužė Oak – with over 1,000 years, the oldest tree in Lithuania and one of the oldest in Europe.

Needless to say, there is so much more to see and do in Lithuania. But most tourists never visit even half of these places… So if you cover even just a small part of the above, you’ll have a much better idea of what Lithuania is truly like.

Kernave in Lithuania

Map of the Best Things to Do in Lithuania

In order to help you get a better idea of where all these points of interest and attractions are located, I created this map of the best places to see in Lithuania .

The purple color indicates the main landmarks and places mentioned in this article. The orange color is for the other nice points of interest that are mentioned separately here above. In order to keep a more clear overview of the main landmarks in Lithuania, I didn’t indicate all the smaller places that are worth visiting in each of the mentioned towns.

How to use this map:  Use your computer mouse (or fingers) to zoom in or out. Click on the icons to get more information about each place. Click the arrow on the top left corner for the index. Click the star next to the map’s title to add it to your Google Maps account. To view the saved map on your smartphone or PC, open Google Maps, click the menu and go to ‘Your Places’/’Maps’. If you want to print the map or see it in a bigger window, click on ‘View larger map’ in the top right corner.

So, this is our list of the very best places to see and things to do in Lithuania. I sincerely hope that you found some new ideas in this article and that it has inspired you to explore Lithuania beyond the most popular places like Vilnius and Trakai.

If you have any questions about the places mentioned above, don’t hesitate to leave a reply below and I’ll try to help. Have you been to Lithuania and want to share your experience? Feel free to do so as well!

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Monday 25th of March 2024

Really nice blog! We are coming by car in next July from Finland to Latvija. We stay a week in Trakai. We have been there 2019. Last time we came by plane. Now we want see more...I think we also drive daytrip to Druskininkai, We come from Riga to Trakai. From Trakai we drive to Daugavpils.

Sounds like a good plan; Lithuania is wonderful in the summer! Just beware that Trakai (especially the area around the castle) is very busy during the day. Have a great trip!

Gary Kasten

Thursday 14th of March 2024

This is such a wonder presentation. My wife and I are coming to visit. This all started many years ago when we met a gal by the name of Asta who was working in a german night club in Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin in the USA. We still maintain friendship so we are coming to your country. Asta is taking the week off to tour us around your country. She has suguested many thing she would like us to see. Now I haveto read more of your article to let Asta know of other things we might want to do, so thank you for all the information.

Friday 15th of March 2024

Glad to help, Gary, and have a great time in Lithuania!

Saturday 9th of March 2024

What a wonderful article! My husband and I are planning to ride a big loop via motorcycle from England encompassing the Baltics and Scandinavia in June and I have added many of these places to our "hopefully" list! Especially the bee keeping village and Druskininkai. I just love those beautiful little villages, we have nothing like them in Australia. Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas!

Sunday 10th of March 2024

Sounds like a nice adventure, Georgie. Have a great trip!

Sunday 10th of July 2022

I am so excited to come across your blog and will be using it as a guide when I visit Lithuania in August. Do you recommend having a car to travel to these places - specially from the capital to the sand dunes? Also, do you recommend any healthy favorite restaurants that serve tradition food (not looking for fancy and more for authentic food)? We will be in Lithuania for 4.5 days.

Thursday 14th of July 2022

@Jurga, thank you so much for taking the time reply. Will definitely take your advice. Looking forward to the trip!

Wednesday 13th of July 2022

Hi Kanch, if you just have 4-5 days in Lithuania and want to travel all the way to the Curonian Spit from Vilnius, then yes, I definitely recommend hiring a car. Just be sure not to speed - Lithuanian police is usually very active, especially in the areas you'd least expect it. For restaurants, there are so many restaurants serving traditional Lithuanian food all over the country (even next to the main highways). Most of them are rather simple, low-key restaurants, just like Lithuanian dishes. The best way to find them is to simply ask for recommendations at your accommodation. They usually know all the best places nearby. I also always read the reviews on Google Maps - it helps to avoid disappointments. Have a great trip!

Larry Reibstein

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

Hi -- Just discovered this marvelous blog and this article is wonderfully timely as we're planning a trip to Lithuania in 2022, Covid willing. I have a specific question and hope I'm not imposing on you. We recently discovered, through my daughter's hard work, that our family goes back to Kaunas (Kovno), your home town, with relatives found dating to 1774. I'm looking for resources either there, whom we could meet, or elsewhere that offers information on local Lithuanian ancestry and might have records we can dig into and further research. A scholar, a university office, a foundation of some sort or a government office, perhaps? Alternatively, are there travel agencies that focus on ancestry travel there? Thank you for any guidance and again sincerely hope I'm not imposing on your busy days!

Friday 23rd of April 2021

Hi Larry, I was just reading some articles in Lithuania and there are apparently some companies that specialize in this kind of research, but I have no idea how they work and what it costs, or if you can find any free info. To start with, you could try the official archives and otherwise, I think you'll just have to search online for companies/people that might be able to help you. I don't have any personal experience with this and I don't know anyone who does that. I found a websites that seems to be offering this kind of service - see True Lithuania. Also this website seems to have quite some useful info. Hope this helps, Larry, and I hope you can make that trip happen next year!

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Ultimate travel guide to Lithuania: Europe’s best-kept secret.

A spellbinding land of lakes, forests, majestic churches, and 100 potato dishes.

Lithuania (my home country) is still to be discovered Eastern European gem. Since many heard little to nothing about this off-beaten path country, it is often titled as Europe’s “best-kept secret” . Many travelers treat a visit to Lithuania only as a stopover at its capital Vilnius . However, there is so much more to explore in this incredible Baltic State.

Here I will guide you through the most magnificent places in Lithuania and highlight all the goodness it has to offer . Don’t be surprised if you find yourself falling in love with this little marvel far off on the edge of Europe.

Visiting Lithuania, you have majestic nature and rich culture-p acked up in a very compact piece of land. That also makes traveling and exploring much more time-efficient compared to bigger or stretched-out countries. The longest drive you would probably take is from Vilnius to the seaside which is only 3 hours by car.

Visiting Lithuania: things to know before you go and what to expect?

Lithuania became open to the outer world fairly recently after claiming back its independence from the Soviet Union in 1990s. Traveling to and outside Lithuania became much easier after joining European Union in 2004 and becoming a part of the Schengen Area. Slowly but steadily Lithuania is getting recognition of being one of the most advanced and modern European countries.

Spectacular Natural Wanders, Rich Culture and Architecture

Covered with lush green lands, deep forests, thousands of serene lakes, a maze of rivers and a gorgeous Baltic Sea Lithuania is a nature lovers paradise. Hiking, cycling, water sports, camping, theme adventure parks, even skiing in winter- is just a few outdoor activities to enjoy throughout the year.

Lithuania is a home for arts and complex culture. Its architectural heritage is marvelous and unique due to so many styles accumulated over the centuries. City lovers will fall in love with Vilnius- a Unesco-listed Baroque old-town and its many quirky little streets.

Those who wish to travel in time will find majestic castles and fascinating old wooden villages scattered all around the country. Many of those old settlements will leave a curious visitor feeling like in a medieval movie setting.

There are also plenty of Soviet remains to take a glimpse at in the outskirts of the major cities Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda and other smaller towns. Visiting one of the post-soviet apartment blocks will get you an idea what life looked like back in the days of USSR. Nevertheless, communist influence is vanishing fast with the new generation growing up and picking up the Western world lifestyle.

A hundred ways with a potato

Potato is both a queen and a king in Lithuanian cuisine. We, Lithuanians are very creative when it comes to this simple and cheap vegetable. I bet you won’t find many countries that use potato as much as we do. It’s like rice for Asians basically. Potato dumplings (“Cepelinai”), potato pancakes (and all their variations), potato pie, mashed potatoes, fried potatoes, dumplings stuffed with potatoes, potato salad, I can go on an on… And it’s all super delicious and fatty!

Apart from the potato kingdom, you will find all the variety of black bread, pastries, seasonal vegetables and fruit, meat and fish, highest quality milk and cheese products. To sum up, food in Lithuanian is GOOD!

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How much does it cost to travel in lithuania.

Good news is that it is still cheaper than most of the tourist hits in Europe which makes travel in Lithuania a great choice even for budget travelers. You can still enjoy a comfortable vacation for the lower cost compared to France or Switzerland. However, it is only a matter of time when prices will catch up with the rest of the more explored European countries. Check the bullet points bellow to get an idea of the costs for major necessities while travelling around Lithuania:

ACCOMMODATION cost in Lithuania

  • Budget accommodation in the capital Vilnius ranges between 10-20 EUR depending how close to the city center you want to stay. Vilnius is much cheaper to stay at than smaller cities around Lithuania as there are way more accommodation options available.
  • Mid-range accommodation in Vilnius is pretty decent and you can even get the whole apartment in the city center for as low as 30-50 EUR .
  • Luxury accommodation starts from 100 EUR and up but average at 150-200 EUR for a top-class crib per night in Vilnius. Probably the priciest places to stay in Lithuania is Curonian Spit and its top destination Nida. During the summer months it gets fully booked and prices just sky rocket starting from 100 EUR per night for the cheapest option. But there is a reason for that- it is one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in the country.

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TRANSPORTATION cost in Lithuania

  • Public transport: buses and trolleybuses cost .60 Eur for a 30min ride if you get the public transport card “Vilniecio kortele”. In 30min you can get around mostly everywhere in Vilnius. There are plenty of intercity buses and trains available as well. Their prices depend on the distance. Click here for inter-city bus schedules and here for train schedules.
  • Taxi: the most popular application that I would highly recommend once in Lithuania is Bolt. It is an analog to Uber basically. A ride from Airport to Vilnius city center costs as little as 5 EUR. Therefore, you can expect to be able to move around the city for as little as 3 EUR. Unless you are going to the outskirts of Vilnius, 30 min ride should not cost you more than 8 EUR.
  • Rental car: car rentals depend on o the rental company you choose to go with. But you may find deals for as little as 10 EUR per day for a manual older car, with average being 18-23 EUR per day. Book well in advance for the summer season to secure the best deal.

Renting a Car in Lithuania

The most flexible way to visit Lithuania and its hidden gems is by driving your own car. I highly recommend using  Discover Cars or Rental Cars to find your best ride. Those car search engines compare prices across many car rental companies both local and international.

Both Discover Cars and Rental Cars allow you to get the best car rental deals by filtering out competitive rates across various car rental companies. You can choose and narrow down your search by the preferred features like transmission type, car type, allows you to choose a full price range, pick among favorite car rental suppliers, payment type, and more. To sum up, you will be able to find the best value for money. Visit Discover Cars or Rental Cars and check your dates to find the best options available.

FOOD cost in Lithuania

  • A meal in a regular (not fancy) restaurant would cost you around 12-15 EUR per person including soup, main and a drink. That being said, it is 3 times more expensive than it used to be before we adopted Euro as our currency. Although eating out is not as expensive as in the bigger European cities, prices in Lithuania’s most touristic spots are catching up (2020 update).
  • Coffee in Lithuania is more expensive than in Italy costing around 2EUR for a regular Cappuccino.
  • Food at supermarket is a great and cheap choice if you have time and where to cook. Selection is unbelievable and so much variety of good stuff .

INTERNET cost in Lithuania

Internet in Lithuania is very cheap and fast- starting 1 EUR for a sim card with data and minutes. Basically Lithuania is Internet Kingdom- it ranked among the top 3 best internet providers globally. Wifi is nearly everywhere as well. There are some great roaming plans available for tourists as well.

Is Lithuania safe to travel?

In general, Lithuania is a safe country to travel to. It is advisable to avoid dodgy clubs and bars with drunk people as those might be the potential trouble makers.

Moreover, Lithuania is completely sheltered from any natural disasters.

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QUICK USEFUL TIPS FOR TRAVELING IN LITHUANIA AND VILNIUS

  • ‘Hello’ and ‘Thank You’ : ‘labas’ and ‘aciu’ (pronounced as [achiu ], and sounds like sneezing more or less).
  • Currency:  Euro (click here  for current conversion rates).
  • Language: Lithuanian (native official), English (younger generation speaks fluently), Russian.
  • Visa:  Visa free for European Union countries. Residents of Australia, Canada, and the US are welcome to stay in Lithuania for up to 90 days without a visa. Schengen Area Visa for the rest. More information here .     
  • Emergency number: 112 (as rest of Europe).
  • Best SIM cards:   Pildyk and Labas are popular pay as you go and super cheap.
  • Safety rating:  Ranked 36 on the  Global Peace Index  in 2020. Also, Lithuania is sheltered from all sorts of natural disasters makes it one of the safest habitats in the world. 
  • Weather: Cold and long winters (they last from November to March) when temperatures rarely rise above 0°C. January and February occasionally gets as cold as -20°C, and -10 °C being a regular winter temperature. The summers, however, do get quite hot, with temperatures reaching 30°C, July being the hottest month of the year. The average summer temperature is around 25°C. Lots of rain during the cold season.
  • Shoulder season: September-October and May-early June.
  • Best gifts: black bread, real honey, amber, herbal local teas.
  • Lithuania dress code: according to the season. Pretty relaxed. Lithuania though is not very flashy when it comes to style, therefore you won’t see many people dressed in bright colors. People stick to black, grey, and earthy tones mostly.
  • Random useful tip: letter M on WC door does not stand for Men. It signifies “moteru” (women). The letter V (for “vyru”) marks male toilets.
  • Don’ts: don’t confuse Lithuanians with Russians and assume the Lithuanian language is similar to Russian. In many ways, this is rule number one. Despite the fact that a number of Lithuanian citizens are of Russian descent. Calling Lithuanian a Russian can put you into trouble.
  • Neighbors: To put it on the map- Lithuania shares border with its sister country Latvia, also bigger neighbors Poland, Belarus and Russia.

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LITHUANIA TRAVEL GUIDE

Lithuania is the only Baltic country with more than eight hundred years of statehood tradition and its name was first mentioned one thousand years ago, in 1009. Wedged at the dividing line of Western and Eastern civilizations, Lithuania battled dramatically for its independence and survival. Once in the Middle Ages (15th century), Lithuania was the largest state in the entire continent of Europe, where crafts and overseas trade prospered.

Lithuanians describe their land with the help of poetry. Poetry and songs are filled with romantic images of gently rolling hills, vast valleys and meandering rivers, somber forests rich in animals, meadows full of butterflies, and the birds singing in the sky. This embodies what the Lithuanian is looking for and is happy when he finds it. Locals would tell you that if you don’t want to make any effort you don’t deserve to step outside the city. But if some effort is not a big trouble to you, all those gently rolling hills, vast valleys and meandering rivers, somber forests, meadows full of butterflies, and the birds singing in the sky are almost every time guaranteed.

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  • Capital : Vilnius
  • Currency : Euro (EUR)
  • Area : 65,200 km²
  • Population : 2,794 million (2020)
  • Language : Lithuanian (official), English, Polish, Russian
  • Religion :Roman Catholic (primarily), Lutheran, Russian Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical Christian Baptist, Pagan
  • Electricity : 220V, 50Hz (type C, European style plug, commonly 2-prong without earth)
  • 16 February, Independence Day (1918)
  • 11 March, Restoration of Statehood Day (1990)
  • 1 May, Labour Day (banks open)
  • 1st Sunday in May, Mother’s Day
  • 24 June, St. John’s Day (Midsummer)
  • 6 July, Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas
  • 15 August, Assumption
  • 1 November, All Saints Day

Also, Easter Monday.

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SEASONS AT A GLANCE

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

Peak Season

Shoulder Season

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BEST TIME TO VISIT LITHUANIA

The best time to visit Lithuania is during late spring or summer when there’s usually enough fine weather to allow you to stroll around the cities and make significant forays into the great outdoors. On the whole, though, the only thing that’s predictable about the Baltic climate is the deep, dark winters – in all other seasons, the weather can be changeable in the extreme.

Summers are relatively short (roughly mid-June to late August), and although you may well experience a string of hot, dry days during this period, showers and chilly nights are equally likely. Remember to pack a waterproof jacket and warm sweater alongside your T-shirts.

Temperatures cool down rapidly from mid-September onwards, although autumn can be an extraordinarily beautiful season in which to visit, with the golden brown leaves of deciduous trees contrasting with the dark-green pines.

The first snowfalls can come as early as mid-November and by early to mid-December winter sets in with a vengeance. Average daytime temperatures can remain below zero right through until March, plummeting to minus 15–20°C in particularly cold spells. Even when the spring thaw sets in, the countryside can remain grey and barren until well into April (or even May in northern Estonia), when a sudden explosion of colour transforms the landscape. The countryside takes on a green lushness, drawing cattle and horses out from their winter barns, while city-dwellers indulge in a frenzied stampede for the pavement cafés.

April - Some of the world’s best jazz performers are at the Kaunas International Jazz Festival.

June & July - The loveliest time to explore the forests and sand dunes of the Curonian Spit.

September - Vilnius Capital Days, a celebration of the capital with street theatre, music, and fashion.

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The snow sports season in Lithuania can start early in December and last until the end of March.

The best time for outdoor activities in Lithuania is from May to September when the weather is somewhat more moderate.

Lithuania has some beautiful beaches with their short summer beach season stretching from the beginning of June to the end of August.

Lithuania's best time for kitesurfing is from May to October with about 50% of days bringing suitable winds.

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LITHUANIA TRAVEL COSTS

Prices in Lithuania are low compared to Western Europe and even some countries in Eastern Europe. Train travel is a popular option and tickets are much more affordable than they are in Western Europe. Litrail provides service to the major cities and they offer both seating and sleeping cars, although most trips are relatively short.

Buses are a convenient way to travel around the country. They stop frequently so trips may take longer than you originally anticipated. There are several different companies of varying quality that offer travel between the cities. Inquire into the reliability and efficiency of the bus company before you purchase tickets.

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Accommodation throughout Lithuania can vary dramatically in price and style. It remains cheaper than accommodation in Western Europe and if you travel during the low or shoulder seasons you will save even more money. In smaller towns and rural areas, it may be difficult to find accommodation during the winter months as they generally expect few tourists during those times.

REGIONS & HIGHLIGHTS OF LITHUANIA

Explore beautiful baroque Vilnius , with its cobbled streets, church spires, bars, and bistros.

Breathe the pure air amid fragrant pine forests and high sand dunes of the Curonian Spit.

Hear the wind whistle between thousands of crosses on the eerie Hill of Crosses near Šiauliai.

Wander wonderful Trakai , home of the Karaite people and a stunning island castle.

Experience a taste of Lithuania's communist past at the Grūtas sculpture park .

Take in the poignant WWII history of Kaunas' Ninth Fort .

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN LITHUANIA

Vilnius — Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, doesn't get the attention it deserves. The city's surprising Old Town is a dazzling assemblage of bright baroque houses, inviting alleyways, and colourful churches built around quiet courtyards. But this is no museum piece. The city's cosmopolitan heritage, enriched by Polish, Jewish, and Russian influences, lends a sophisticated vibe, and thousands of students keep the energy level high. Push through big wooden doors to find lively pubs and bars, hidden terraces, and romantic restaurants. Tumbledown buildings hide designer boutiques and high-end handicraft shops.

Trakai — With its picturesque red-brick castle occupying a small island in Lake Galvė, Karaite culture, quaint wooden houses, and pretty lakeside location, Trakai is a highly recommended day trip, within easy reach of the capital.

Kaunas — Lithuania's second city has a compact Old Town, an entertaining array of museums, and plenty of vibrant, youthful energy provided by its large student population. A good time to visit is in late April, during the Kaunas Jazz Festival ( www.kaunasjazz.lt ), when homegrown and international artists perform in venues across the city.

Klaipėda — Lithuania's main seaport, is known mainly as the gateway to the Curonian Spit, though it has a fascinating history as the East Prussian city of Memel long before it was incorporated into modern Lithuania in the 1920s. It was founded in 1252 by the Teutonic Order, who built the city’s first castle, and has served as a key trading port through the centuries to modern times. It was retaken by Nazi Germany in WWII and housed a German submarine base. Though it was heavily bombed in the war, it retains a unique Prussian feel, particularly in the quiet backstreets of the historic Old Town.

Hill of Crosses — site of religious significance, north of Šiauliai city.

Curonian Spit — a unique peninsula in the Baltic sea with sand dunes, seaboard forest, white-sanded beaches, and old ethnographic villages. A UNESCO World Heritage Site this magical sliver of land hosts some of Europe's most precious sand dunes and a menagerie of elk, deer, and avian wildlife. The fragile spit is divided evenly between Lithuania and Russia's Kaliningrad region, with Lithuania's half protected as Curonian Spit National Park .

Paneriai - During WWII the Nazis – aided by Lithuanian accomplices – murdered 100,000 people, around 70,000 of them Jews, at this site in the forest, 8km southwest of Vilnius.

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WHAT TO EAT IN LITHUANIA

Lithuanian dinners usually include meat, potato, vegetables, and sometimes a curd sauce of some sort. Pork is traditionally eaten, beef much less so. Needless to say, vegans will have a hard time eating out, although some large restaurant chains will have vegetarian dishes on the menu.

Potato creations - Try the cepelinai (potato-dough 'zeppelin' stuffed with meat, mushrooms, or cheese), bulviniai blynai (potato pancakes), or žemaičių blynai (heart-shaped mashed potato stuffed with meat and fried), or the vedarai (baked pig intestines stuffed with mashed potato).

Beer snacks - No drinking session is complete without a plate of smoked pigs' ears and kepta duona (deep-fried garlicky breadsticks).

Beetroot delight - Cold, creamy šaltibarščiai (beetroot soup) is a summer specialty, served with a side of fried potatoes.

Unusual meat - Sample the game, such as beaver stew or bear sausages.

Smoked fish - The Curonian Spit is famous for its smoked fish, particularly the superb rukytas unguris (smoked eel).

Beer and mead - Šytutys, Utenos, and Kalnapilis are top beers; midus (mead) is a honey-tinged nobleman's drink.

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WHERE TO STAY IN LITHUANIA

For a first-time visit to Lithuania, Vilnius, the capital city, is an excellent base due to its rich history, cultural attractions, and central location within the country. Here's why:

Where To Stay In Vilnius:

Vilnius is the largest city in Lithuania and serves as its cultural, economic, and political center, offering visitors a mix of historical landmarks, vibrant nightlife, and delicious cuisine. Explore attractions like the UNESCO-listed Old Town, Gediminas Castle, and the bohemian Užupis district.

Budget : Hostelgate offers affordable accommodations with clean dormitories and basic amenities, centrally located in the Old Town near major attractions.

Mid-range : Artis Centrum Hotels provides comfortable rooms and modern facilities, including a spa and wellness center, with a central location near the Cathedral Square.

Luxury : Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square offers luxurious accommodations with upscale amenities, including gourmet dining, a rooftop bar, and panoramic views of the city.

Tip : Consider visiting Vilnius during the shoulder seasons (spring and autumn) for milder weather and fewer crowds and explore local markets like Hales Turgus for authentic Lithuanian food and souvenirs.

Additionally, for those interested in exploring Lithuania's natural beauty and seaside attractions, consider staying in the following region:

Where To Stay In Palanga:

Palanga is a popular seaside resort town located on the Baltic Sea coast, known for its sandy beaches, lively promenade, and vibrant nightlife.

Budget : Vila Auska offers affordable accommodations with cozy rooms and a garden area, located within walking distance of the beach and town center.

Mid-range : Palanga Spa Design Hotel provides comfortable rooms and wellness facilities, including indoor and outdoor pools, with a central location near the Palanga Amber Museum.

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Lithuania travel guide

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The southernmost country in the Baltics, Lithuania is a compact land of historical and architectural contrasts, where old pagan rituals coexist with Catholic religious events.

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What to do in Lithuania

1. visit the hill of crosses.

What was once a symbol of disobedience against the anti-religious rule under the Soviet regime is now one of the top must-sees in Lithuania. Travelers are allowed to add their cross to the already-existing hundreds of thousands.

2. See Soviet-Era Statues at Grūtas Park

A mix of public park and open-air art gallery, Grūtas Park reminds visitors of the not so distant past of Soviet ruling through the statues of communist leaders that were once in every town of Lithuania.

3. Visit Vilnius's Top Landmark

Built on the former worshipping site of a pagan god, the neoclassical Vilnius Cathedral is the city's most famous landmark.

4. Travel Back in Time at Trakai Castle

About 40min from Vilnius, the 15th-century gothic Trakai Castle is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Lithuania.

5. Explore the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

A must-visit in Vilnius, even for those who have little time to spare, the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania is the best place to understand the country's history over two millennia.

When to visit Lithuania

Summer is the best time to visit to enjoy the beaches by the Baltic Sea and enjoy some local festivals, such as the Sea Festival in Klaipėda.

The fall, from September to November, is chillier but the perfect time of year to attend classical music festivals and the Mama Jazz Festival in Vilnius.

How to Get to Lithuania

Entry requirements.

Travelers from other Schengen Area and European Union countries can enter Lithuania with just their national identity card or passport.

Passengers from the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand won't need a visa for Lithuania, as long as they're not staying for more than 90 days.

Most international flights to Lithuania from other European countries will land at Vilnius Airport. Passengers from other destinations outside of Europe will have to account for at least one layover in Amsterdam or Frankfurt.

There are direct trains every weekend connecting Warsaw (Poland) to Vilnius and Kaunas in Lithuania.

The two easiest entry points into Lithuania by car are Poland and Latvia, also part of the European Union and the Schengen Area.

There are regular long-distance buses between Vilnius and other countries in the Baltics, Poland, and Belarus. Eurolines and Lux Express are two of the companies operating these routes.

DFDS Seaways operates regular ferry connections from Kiel (Germany) and Karlshamn (Sweden) to Klaipėda in Lithuania. A trip can take up to 20h and costs around €80 ($88).

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Vilnius has the most options when it comes to accommodation types, from budget-friendly hostels to high-end boutique hotels. In smaller towns, options range from guesthouses to small hotels.

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Within larger cities, like Vilnius and Kaunas, you can count on a network of local buses and trolleybuses to get around. In other towns, buses are the only public transportation available.

Lithuanian Rail operates the long-distance trains connecting the cities of Kaunas, Vilnius, and Kaunas. For other destinations, compare train with bus options to check which one is quickest and most affordable.

Lithuania is equipped with an efficient and reliable bus network that connects the major cities to all towns and villages.

The major cities are connected by well-maintained modern highways. Seatbelts are mandatory for all occupants.

If you're renting a car in the winter (November to March), the car rental company must provide winter tires.

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The Cost of Living in Lithuania

ATMs are easy to find in Lithuania and payments in cash are preferred. Large businesses, like chain hotels, accept debit and credit cards. Expect to pay approximately €1 ($1.10) for a one-way ticket on local transportation. A daily run to the grocery store can cost around €25 ($27). A cheap meal costs about €7 ($7.75).

Best of Lithuania Itinerary: 10 Highlights Not to Be Missed

Lithuania is often seen as a fairly indistinct flat European country that’s overlooked from a touristic point of view. But while it’s not on most tourists’ radars, this Baltic country has more than enough unique and interesting quirks and places that make it a worthwhile destination. Maybe it’s the unspoilt sandy coastline, the colourful Old Towns, the Pagan heritage, the uneasy history or the national obsession with potatoes and basketball. Or probably a mix of all of the above.

Being relatively small and in the Geographic centre of Europe, Lithuania makes for an excellent extended weekend destination in the warmer months of the year. And as an added bonus, it’s very affordable for European standards!

Lithuania Travel Itinerary

The following itinerary is split into 2 parts of the country: capital region & seaside . I think this gives you the best flavour of the country and with just 2 bases means it can be done in as little as 4-5 days (i.e. an extended weekend trip). Or 1 week to give yourself more time to explore.

With the widest choice of flights arriving in the capital Vilnius, the suggested plan is to start in the capital and make your way to the seaside halfway through. While car is always more flexible, public transport also works for this itinerary with a little more planning on the Curonian Spit peninsula.

Vilnius Region

See lithuanian countryside from a hot air balloon.

Viewing the world from an angle you never get to see as you lazily float over it is an unforgettable experience anywhere you do it. And while it isn’t the most budget-friendly activity, Lithuania offers some of the best value hot air balloon rides in the world. 

You can book a flight around the major cities in the country – Vilnius and other Lithuanian cities even allow flights over the city, which is a rarity in itself. We opted for a countryside option near Trakai, about 30 minutes’ drive from Vilnius. Watching the world as the sun rises, sometimes just meters above pine tree forests, lakes, villages and wildlife (we definitely confused some deers!) is probably the number one thing we did in Lithuania. Landing wasn’t particularly rough and actually quite fun. Concluded by a glass of prosecco at the end – 8AM in our case!

There are plenty of reputable hot air balloon companies, our choice being Balloon.lt  which we can definitely vouch for. The whole ordeal felt a lot more personal than the likes of Cappadocia, with our pilot basically doing this as a hobby using his own balloon. Transport from wherever you’re staying is included, and while everything is set up you can even help out with unpacking and filling the balloon. Prices at the time were €105/person and the options are early morning or evening, both times when the air is calmer. Check the forecast and be prepared for cancellations (for your own good!) as strong winds don’t make friends with hot air balloons.

Explore the Alleys of Europe’s Largest Old Town

The well-preserved baroque Old Town of Vilnius is one of Europe’s finest and has what seems like endless cute cobbled streets to explore.

For me the real character of Vilnius and its highlights are the smaller alleys and the inner courtyards usually accessible through archways from the main streets. It’s almost as if the courtyards each have their own stories to tell.

As a bonus tip, try and find the city’s narrowest alley called Skapo , at just 2 meters wide.

“Travel” to Uzupis, a country inside Vilnius

Yes, Vilnius has its own mini-republic, complete with its own flag, president and constitution. If this sounds like Copenhagen’s Freetown Christiania, you’re not far off. One of the world’s smallest “republics”, it’s essentially an artsy, alternative neighbourhood definitely worth exploring during your stay in Vilnius. 

It all started as an April Fool’s joke, declaring independence from Lithuania in 1997. And while obviously not recognised, U z upis has a distinct, more relaxed vibes as well as a plethora of artistic installations that will take you by surprise. Including swings in the middle of the river and its own mermaid. Oh, and you can even get your passport stamped here.

Be sure to check out the Constitution, translated into a number of languages and featured along a wall situated on Paupio Street.

How to get to Uzupis: It’s just across the river Vilnia from Vilnius Old Town, thus easily reachable by foot. You can always hire a city bike to get around more of the district.

Visit Former KGB Headquarters

Being a small country in the heart of Europe, Lithuania tended to get invaded by the trending big power at the time – Poles, Germans and Russians all had their moment. The latter left a more recent Soviet imprint in the better part of 20th century, and the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights largely focuses on Lithuanian’s struggles in this period. Set in the former KGB HQ and the basement prison, the museum is a great (if chilling) context into the crazy repression Lithuanians and in fact most people under Soviet leadership went through especially in the brutal Stalin era. 

Row a boat around the fairy-tale Trakai Castle

Probably Lithuania’s most popular day trip destination, Trakai Castle and the Lake Galve surrounding it are a “must” if you’re visiting Vilnius. The fairytale red brick castle has seen it all. Once the capital of Lithuania in Medieval days, the Castle served as home to royalty. Since then it disintegrated into ruins and eventually reconstructed in the Soviet era. This certainly doesn’t take away from its fairytale-like charm. 

I won’t lie, the place tends to get very busy especially in the summer so it’s worth coming early and or on a weekday. Surrounded by water from all sides, a great option to enjoy Trakai Castle and the surrounding lake is to rent one of the many catamarans or rowing boats and get the best views that way, without the crowds.

Boats and catamarans can be easily rented in a few spots, especially near the bridge to the castle island.

How to get to Trakai Castle: It’s 30 mins’ drive from Vilnius, or a 40-minute journey to Trakai Station by regular bus and train connections from the capital. The latter does involve a hefty walk to the actual castle from the station.

Visit Zverynas, a village inside a city

For those that dreamt of living in the city but feeling like you’re in proper countryside, be sure to pay Zverynas a visit. This very distinct neighbourhood of Vilnius is characterised by tree-lined streets of colourful old wooden houses, giving it a genuine rural feel despite being so close to the city centre. Once a private hunting reserve (Zverynas translates as animals), it’s now one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods with the wooden houses protected from ever being replaced by modern housing.

Zverynas is one of the prettiest places to just wander around by foot. Or better still, hire a bike in the city centre (using CycloCity ) and explore the neighbourhood on two wheels. It’s only about 15-20 minutes’ cycle from the Old Town.

Indulge in everything potato

In Lithuania, just about everything involves potatoes one way or another, in what is a simple and hearty cuisine. More than merely a side dish, this includes the national dish Cepelinai (stuffed potato dumplings), potato pancakes, potato casserole and even potato sausages. Yes, a sausage stuffed with potato.

While these dishes are available widely across local restaurants and bars, a great place to try indulge in this potato bonanza is the chain Etno Dvaras . With 10+ restaurants across the country, there is even a dedicated “Potato dishes” section. So as they say, when in Rome…

P.S. We did get potato-exhausted by the end of our Lithuania trip and ordered sushi.

Lithuanian Seaside: Klaipeda & Curonian Spit

The UNESCO-designated Curonian Spit is a long, narrow stretch of protected land separated from Lithuania’s mainland and shared with Russia to its Southwest. From miles of pristine white sand beaches and moving sand dunes to pine tree forests and cute fishing villages, it’s a real hidden gem and probably the highlight of not only Lithuania but the entire Baltic region. 

If you’re coming in the warmer months I really recommend making it a part of your Lithuania itinerary. You can easily base yourself in the main seaside city of Klaipeda and visit Curonian Spit that way, or more conveniently stay in Nida or one of the other villages although prices for accommodation tend to be higher.

Getting to Curonian Spit: The Curonian Spit is accessible via a frequent & cheap 20-minute ferryboat from Klaipeda to Smiltyne. To see most of the peninsula, there is a €30 entry fee for vehicles in the summer (and €5 otherwise). Public transport is also an option here, although renting bicycles would be my recommendation if you have time and aren’t driving.

Klaipeda itself is 300km from Vilnius, which makes for a (rather boring) 3-hour drive on the country’s main motorway. Otherwise buses and trains will get you there in 4 hours. 

Map of Curonian Spit Itinerary

Enjoy miles of white sand beaches.

Lithuania is no classic seaside destination and Baltic Sea is no Mediterranean. But if you like the sound of pristine, often entirely empty soft white sand beaches, Curonian Spit is a fantastic destination. 

With the entire sea-facing coastline a stretch of wide sandy beaches, even during the peak summer months they hardly look overrun. The beaches are as clean as you get and infrastructure (toilets, bins etc) is surprisingly well-established. Probably those €30 car entrance fees, eh.. 

On the warm summer days, swimming is certainly doable in the same way that swimming in the English Channel is refreshingly pleasant during heatwaves.

Cycle through colourful fishing villages

In the summer, Curonian Spit draws cyclists in for its miles of cycling paths stretching across the shores. So if you like the idea of an easy, relaxing cycle along promenades and beaches, come to the picturesque village of Nida where bike rental is widely available (you can also rent in the other villages further North).

As you make your way past colourful wooden fisherman’s houses, pine tree forests, waterfront promenades and beaches, stop over for some local snacks. The most famous here is fresh-smoked fish, accompanied perfectly by local beer and some rye bread.

You can make the ride as short or long as you like, keeping in mind that most of the route follows the flat coastline. The path is clearly sign-posted and well-maintained, so you won’t get lost or run over.

Getting there: Once on the Spit, Nida is 50km South of the ferry landing so a little under an hour. Bike rentals are available widely including one by the marina.

Walk on Europe’s highest sand dunes

At the end of Lithuania’s part of Curonian Spit near the village of Nida you will find yourself in Parnidis Dunes , reminiscent of somewhere far more exotic and warm than on the Baltic coast. Surrounded by pine forests, some of the dunes here are as tall as a 15-story building and offer a perfect view of the surroundings.

Parnidis Dune makes for some great walks, just make sure you don’t accidentally cross the border with Russia (chances are the big neighbour will let you know before you do!). If you’re staying overnight, climb one of the taller dunes and enjoy a fantastic sunrise or sunset view.

Meanwhile, between the villages of Pervalka and Juodkrante, Dead Dunes (also Naglis Dunes) are most known for once swallowing entire villages centuries ago as they steadily migrated along the peninsula. Please don’t veer off the paths to not cause damage to the sand dunes.

Climb the Pagan Hill of Witches

Lithuania is known as the last Pagan stronghold and the Hill of Witches in the village of Juodkrante nods to this heritage.

The “hill” is actually a series of paths in a hilly forest featuring around 70 carved wooden sculptures along the way. Each artwork depicts Lithuanian folk tales, including carvings of witches, Baltic gods, devils and other made-up creepy Pagan things.

The Hill of Witches is as much about trying to interpret the stories that the sculptures depict as enjoying a quaint walk in nature accompanied by the scent of pine trees. Once you reach the top, another path leads to the nearby seaside if you feel like continuing the adventure.

What about the Hill of Crosses?

You may have heard about the Hill of Crosses as a popular tourist sight in the North of the country. While I don’t discourage you from visiting, its location near Siauliai means it’s isolated from the 2 main areas of interest in this itinerary (designed for a 4-7 day holiday) and extra driving time on pretty indistinct roads to visit literally a hill with hundreds of crosses. Certainly do add it to your itinerary if you have the time!

When to visit Lithuania

While Vilnius is an all-year destination, if you want to see Lithuania and especially Curonian Sea at their finest, come between mid-May and September . Great weather isn’t guaranteed here even in August, but on the Spit some hotels and restaurants will shut between October and May. Winters, meanwhile, can get cold, windy and grim.

Driving in Lithuania

Lithuania is a straight-forward country for driving. Road infrastructure is well-developed with straight (but boring) motorways connecting the 3 biggest cities. Drivers are generally well-behaved, more so than in Balkan countries, Russia or the South of Italy.

While you could certainly get by with public transport, I would recommend a car if you’re getting beyond Vilnius region.

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Lithuania Travel Guide

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Table of Contents

Introduction

In this updated Lithuania travel guide for 2024, we will explore the top things to see and do in Lithuania. From the historic old town of Vilnius to the picturesque Curonian Spit National Park, Lithuania offers a diverse range of experiences for travelers.

About Lithuania

Lithuania, located in the Baltic region of Europe, is known for its rich history, natural beauty, and vibrant culture. It is one of the three Baltic states and shares borders with Latvia, Belarus, Poland, and Russia. The country’s capital city is Vilnius, which is also the largest city in Lithuania.

Why Visit Lithuania?

Lithuania has plenty to offer for all types of travelers. Here are a few reasons why you should consider visiting Lithuania:

1. Rich History: Lithuania boasts a fascinating history that dates back to the medieval times. The historic old town of Vilnius is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is filled with well-preserved Gothic and medieval architecture. Visitors can also explore the Trakai Island Castle, a stunning castle located on an island in Lake Galvė.

2. Natural Beauty: Lithuania is known for its beautiful landscapes and untouched nature. The Curonian Spit National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-visit for nature lovers. Here, you can enjoy sandy beaches, unique sand dunes, and diverse wildlife. The Aukštaitija National Park and the Žemaitija National Park also offer stunning natural scenery.

3. Cultural Heritage: Lithuania has a rich cultural heritage, which is evident in its traditions, festivals, and folk music. The country is known for its distinctive wooden architecture, traditional crafts, and delicious local cuisine. Make sure to try traditional Lithuanian dishes such as cepelinai (potato dumplings) and šaltibarščiai (cold beet soup) during your visit.

4. Vibrant City Life: Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, offers a vibrant city life with its bustling cafes, trendy bars, and lively nightlife. The city is also home to a thriving art scene, with numerous galleries and street art displays to explore. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Vilnius Cathedral and climb the Gediminas Tower for panoramic views of the city.

5. Affordable Travel: Lithuania is known for being a budget-friendly destination, making it a great choice for travelers looking to explore Europe without breaking the bank. Accommodation, food, and transportation are relatively affordable, allowing you to make the most of your trip without worrying about high costs.

Whether you’re interested in history, nature, culture, or nightlife, Lithuania has something to offer every traveler. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore this charming Baltic nation.

Getting to Lithuania

Transportation options.

Lithuania is accessible by various means of transportation, making it easy for travelers to reach this Baltic gem.

Visa Requirements and Entry Information

Before traveling to Lithuania, it is important to familiarize yourself with the visa requirements and entry information to ensure a smooth journey.

EU Citizens:

– Citizens of European Union (EU) member states can enter Lithuania with just a valid passport or national ID card for stays up to 90 days.

Non-EU Citizens:

– Non-EU citizens may require a visa to enter Lithuania, depending on their nationality.

– It is recommended to check the official website of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or consult with the nearest Lithuanian embassy/consulate for up-to-date visa requirements.

Visa-Free Travel:

– Lithuania has agreements with several countries allowing visa-free travel for short stays. These countries include the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and many others.

– Visitors from visa-exempt countries can stay in Lithuania for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

Schengen Visa:

– Lithuania is a member of the Schengen Area, which means travelers can use a valid Schengen visa issued by another Schengen country to enter Lithuania.

Entry Requirements:

– At the border, travelers may be asked to provide proof of sufficient funds for their stay, a return ticket, and travel insurance.

– It is advisable to have a copy of accommodation bookings and an itinerary of planned activities.

Remember to check the latest travel advisories and entry requirements before your trip, as they can change over time. It is always better to be well-prepared and informed to make the most of your visit to Lithuania.

Exploring Vilnius

Vilnius old town.

Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, is a must-visit destination in the country. One of the top things to see and do in Vilnius is exploring the charming Old Town. This historic area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its cobblestone streets, Gothic and medieval architecture, and vibrant atmosphere. Take a leisurely stroll through the winding streets and admire the beautiful Baroque buildings that line the way. Don’t miss the impressive Vilnius Cathedral, a stunning Neoclassical structure that stands as a symbol of the city’s rich history.

Gothic and Medieval Architecture

Architecture enthusiasts will be delighted by the Gothic and medieval buildings scattered throughout Vilnius. The Old Town is home to numerous architectural gems, including the Church of St. Anne, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Its intricate brickwork and soaring spires make it a sight to behold. Another notable building is the Gediminas Castle Tower, which offers panoramic views of the city from its hilltop location. Be sure to also visit the Vilnius University, one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe, with its impressive architectural elements.

When exploring Vilnius, don’t forget to visit the city’s street art scene. Vilnius is known for its vibrant and creative street art murals, which can be found throughout the city. Take a walk around the neighborhoods of Užupis and Naujamiestis to admire these colorful works of art.

In the evening, experience Vilnius’ wild nightlife. The city has a thriving bar and club scene, with something for everyone. Enjoy a drink at one of the many trendy bars, or dance the night away at a lively nightclub. Vilnius is known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, making it easy to meet new people and have a memorable night out.

Overall, exploring Vilnius offers a mix of history, culture, and vibrant energy. From its historic Old Town to its lively nightlife, Vilnius has something for every type of traveler to enjoy.

Top Attractions in Lithuania

Hill of crosses.

The Hill of Crosses is a unique and poignant place to visit in Lithuania. Located near the city of Šiauliai, this pilgrimage site is covered in thousands of crosses, with estimates ranging from 100,000 to over 200,000. It is a symbol of Lithuanian spirituality and resistance against oppression. Visitors can explore the hill and witness the incredible sight of crosses of all shapes and sizes. The atmosphere is both peaceful and powerful, making it a must-visit attraction in Lithuania.

Trakai Castle

Trakai Castle is a stunning medieval fortress located on an island in Lake Galvė. This iconic landmark dates back to the 14th century and is one of the most visited attractions in Lithuania. Visitors can explore the castle’s various rooms and learn about its rich history as the residence of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. The picturesque surroundings of the castle, with the lake and lush greenery, make it a perfect spot for photography and relaxation.

Lithuania is easily accessible by various means of transportation, allowing travelers to reach this Baltic gem with ease.

Before traveling to Lithuania, it is important to be familiar with the visa requirements and entry information to ensure a smooth journey.

Remember to check the latest travel advisories and entry requirements before your trip, as they can change over time. Being well-prepared and informed will help you make the most of your visit to Lithuania.

Discovering the Baltic Coast

Beaches and amber.

The Baltic coast of Lithuania is known for its beautiful beaches and unique amber finds. The sandy beaches stretch for miles, offering a perfect spot for sunbathing, swimming, and relaxing. Palanga, mentioned earlier, is one of the most popular beach destinations in Lithuania, with its long sandy shores and scenic dunes. Nida, located in the Curonian Spit National Park, offers a more tranquil beach experience surrounded by stunning natural landscapes. Along the coast, you can also explore the Curonian Lagoon, a UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its shifting sand dunes and impressive bird population.

Amber, often called “Baltic gold,” is abundant along the Baltic coast, and Lithuania is one of the best places to find it. Known for its natural beauty and healing properties, amber is a unique souvenir to bring back home. Visitors can explore amber markets and workshops, where they can learn about the process of amber mining and crafting. Don’t forget to pick up a piece of amber jewelry as a memento of your time in Lithuania.

Demonic Statues in Woodlands

Lithuania is home to unique and peculiar art installations hidden in its woodlands. One such installation is the Hill of Witches in the coastal town of Juodkrantė. This outdoor museum features over 80 wooden sculptures depicting figures from Lithuanian folklore and mythology. Take a stroll through the forest and encounter witches, demons, and other mythical creatures lurking among the trees. It’s a surreal and captivating experience that offers a glimpse into Lithuania’s rich cultural heritage.

Another noteworthy art installation is the Devil’s Museum in Kaunas. This museum houses a vast collection of devil-related exhibits, including sculptures, paintings, masks, and more. The collection is both intriguing and bizarre, showcasing the fascination with the devil in Lithuanian folklore. It’s a must-visit for those interested in art and folklore.

Whether you’re exploring the stunning beaches or delving into the mystical woodlands, Lithuania’s Baltic coast has something unique to offer every traveler. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture of this Baltic gem. Don’t miss out on the chance to discover the hidden treasures of Lithuania’s coastal region.

Where to Stay in Lithuania

Accommodation options.

When visiting Lithuania, there are various accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences:

– Hotels: Lithuania has a range of hotels ranging from luxury to budget options. The capital city, Vilnius, offers a wide selection of hotels catering to different needs and budgets.

– Hostels: Hostels are a popular choice for budget travelers and solo backpackers. Vilnius, in particular, has a vibrant hostel scene with affordable prices, social atmospheres, and amenities such as free Wi-Fi and self-catering facilities.

– Guesthouses and B&Bs: For a more intimate and cozy experience, consider staying at a guesthouse or bed and breakfast. These accommodations are often family-run and provide a personal touch to your stay.

– Airbnb: Renting an apartment or room through Airbnb is becoming increasingly popular in Lithuania. It offers a unique opportunity to stay in local neighborhoods and interact with locals.

Cost-Saving Tips

To save money on accommodation in Lithuania, consider the following tips:

– Book in advance: By booking your accommodation in advance, you can often secure better deals and discounts.

– Stay outside the city center: Accommodation prices tend to be higher in the city center. Consider staying in the outskirts or in residential areas to save money.

– Share a room: If you’re traveling with a group or are open to sharing a room with strangers, booking a dormitory-style room in a hostel can significantly reduce costs.

– Take advantage of hostel perks: Many hostels in Lithuania offer free amenities such as Wi-Fi, self-catering facilities, and organized pub crawls, which can help you save money on meals and entertainment.

– Consider alternative accommodations: In addition to hotels and hostels, consider options like guesthouses, B&Bs, or Airbnb rentals, which can offer unique experiences and potentially lower prices.

– Travel during the shoulder season: Prices for accommodation tend to be lower during the shoulder seasons (spring and fall), compared to the peak summer season. Consider visiting Lithuania during these times to save on accommodation costs.

Remember to read reviews and compare prices before making your final decision. Keeping these tips in mind can help you find affordable and comfortable accommodation options during your trip to Lithuania.

Traditional Lithuanian Cuisine

Must-try dishes.

When visiting Lithuania, it’s essential to try some of the traditional dishes that showcase the country’s culinary heritage. Here are a few must-try dishes:

– Cepelinai: Also known as “zeppelins” due to their shape, cepelinai are potato dumplings filled with ground meat and typically served with sour cream or bacon sauce. This hearty dish is a staple in Lithuanian cuisine.

– Kibinai: Originating from the city of Trakai, kibinai are baked pastries filled with various fillings, such as meat, cheese, or vegetables. They are delicious and make for a convenient on-the-go snack.

– Saltibarsciai: This vibrant pink soup is made from beets, buttermilk, cucumbers, and sometimes served with boiled potatoes. It’s refreshing and packed with flavors, perfect for hot summer days.

– Kugelis: Kugelis is a Lithuanian potato dish similar to a potato casserole. It is made with grated potatoes, bacon, onions, and eggs, resulting in a flavorful and hearty dish.

– Skilandis: Skilandis, also known as “Lithuanian bacon,” is a traditional smoked meat dish made from pork and various spices. It has a unique smoky flavor and is often served as an appetizer or paired with bread and cheese.

Popular Restaurants

When it comes to experiencing the best of Lithuanian cuisine, these popular restaurants in Lithuania are worth a visit:

– Lokys in Vilnius: Known for its medieval-themed ambiance, Lokys offers a range of traditional Lithuanian dishes with a modern twist. From game meats to traditional soups, the menu here is sure to satisfy any food lover’s cravings.

– Sweet Root in Vilnius: This restaurant focuses on using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients to create unique and innovative dishes. Sweet Root offers a tasting menu that showcases the best of Lithuanian flavors and culinary techniques.

– Forto Dvaras in Vilnius and other cities: With multiple locations across Lithuania, Forto Dvaras is a chain restaurant that specializes in traditional Lithuanian cuisine. The menu features dishes like cepelinai, kugelis, and various grilled meats, all served in a cozy and rustic atmosphere.

– Senoji Trobele in Kaunas: Located in the heart of Kaunas, Senoji Trobele is known for its traditional Lithuanian dishes served in a cozy and welcoming environment. The menu includes classics like kibinai, saltibarsciai, and homemade bread.

– Šturmų švyturys in Klaipėda: This seafood restaurant located in the coastal city of Klaipėda is a must-visit for seafood lovers. The menu features a variety of fresh fish and seafood dishes, prepared using traditional Lithuanian cooking methods.

These restaurants offer a mix of traditional and modern Lithuanian cuisine, allowing visitors to explore the rich flavors and culinary traditions of the country. Whether you’re interested in trying classic dishes or discovering new flavors, these restaurants are sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Traveling Within Lithuania

When it comes to getting around Lithuania, there are various transportation options available to suit different preferences and budgets:

– Public Transportation: Lithuania has an efficient and well-connected public transportation system, including buses, trains, and trams. Vilnius, in particular, has an extensive network of buses and trolleybuses, making it easy to navigate the city. Public transportation is generally affordable and a convenient way to travel between cities and towns.

– Car Rental: Renting a car can give you more flexibility and freedom to explore Lithuania at your own pace. There are several car rental companies available in major cities and airports. However, it’s important to note that driving in Lithuania may require an international driving permit and familiarity with local traffic regulations.

– Cycling: Lithuania is known for its beautiful landscapes and cycling-friendly infrastructure. Renting a bicycle can be a great way to explore the countryside and coastal areas. Many cities, including Vilnius, have bike-sharing programs and dedicated cycling paths.

– Walking: Lithuania’s compact size and pedestrian-friendly cities make walking a viable option for shorter distances. Vilnius, in particular, is a city best explored on foot, with its narrow cobblestone streets and charming architecture.

Day Trip Ideas

Lithuania offers a variety of exciting day trip opportunities for travelers looking to explore beyond the main cities:

– Trakai Castle: Located just a short drive from Vilnius, Trakai Castle is a must-visit attraction. This stunning castle is situated on an island in Lake Galve and offers picturesque views. Visitors can learn about the history of the castle and even take a boat ride on the lake.

– Hill of Crosses: Situated near the city of Siauliai, the Hill of Crosses is a unique and spiritual site. This hill is covered in thousands of crosses, representing a symbol of Catholic devotion and national identity. It’s a place of pilgrimage and a testament to Lithuania’s rich cultural heritage.

– Kaunas: As the country’s second-largest city, Kaunas has a vibrant arts scene and a rich history. Visitors can explore the charming Old Town, visit museums, and take a stroll along the banks of the Nemunas River. Kaunas is easily accessible from Vilnius by train or bus.

– Palanga: If you’re looking for a beach getaway, head to the coastal town of Palanga. It offers sandy beaches, dunes, and a lively promenade with restaurants, bars, and shops. Palanga is a popular summer destination and can be reached by train or bus from Vilnius and other major cities.

– The Curonian Spit: Mentioned earlier for its birdwatching opportunities, the Curonian Spit is a unique natural phenomenon. This narrow strip of land stretches along the coast and is famous for its stunning sand dunes. It’s a perfect spot for nature lovers, hikers, and beach enthusiasts.

Whether you prefer to explore by public transportation, rent a car, cycle, or simply walk, Lithuania has plenty to offer. Take advantage of the country’s compact size and efficient transportation network to make the most of your time and discover the beauty and cultural richness of Lithuania.

Summary of Lithuania Travel Guide

The Lithuania Travel Guide provides valuable information for travelers looking to explore this Baltic gem. From the vibrant capital city of Vilnius to the stunning natural landscapes, Lithuania offers a mix of history, culture, and outdoor adventures. Highlights include exploring the cobblestone streets and historic buildings in Vilnius’s Old Town, visiting the poignant Holocaust Memorial, and birdwatching in the Curonian Spit National Park.

Traveling within Lithuania is convenient, with options like public transportation, car rental, cycling, and walking. The public transportation system, including buses, trains, and trams, is efficient and well-connected. Renting a car allows for more flexibility, while cycling is a great way to explore the beautiful landscapes. Walking is recommended for shorter distances, especially in cities like Vilnius, which are pedestrian-friendly.

For those looking to venture beyond the main cities, Lithuania offers exciting day trip opportunities. Trakai Castle, situated on an island in Lake Galve, provides stunning views and a glimpse into the country’s history. The Hill of Crosses near Siauliai is a spiritual site covered in thousands of crosses, symbolizing Catholic devotion and national identity. The city of Kaunas, with its vibrant arts scene and rich history, is easily accessible from Vilnius. Palanga, a coastal town with sandy beaches and a lively promenade, is perfect for a beach getaway. The Curonian Spit, famous for its sand dunes, offers a unique natural experience.

Tips for a Better Travel Experience

– Learn some basic Lithuanian phrases: While many Lithuanians speak English, knowing a few words and phrases in the local language can go a long way in enhancing your travel experience and connecting with the locals.

– Respect local customs and traditions: Lithuania has a rich cultural heritage, and it’s important to respect local customs and traditions. Be mindful of dress codes when visiting religious sites and follow local etiquette.

– Try traditional Lithuanian cuisine: Don’t miss the opportunity to try traditional Lithuanian dishes, such as cepelinai (potato dumplings) and šaltibarščiai (cold beet soup). The country is also known for its delicious rye bread and honey.

– Pack for different weather conditions: Lithuania experiences four distinct seasons, so make sure to pack appropriate clothing for different weather conditions. Layers, a waterproof jacket, and comfortable walking shoes are essential.

– Be conscious of your surroundings: Like any travel destination, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and take necessary precautions to ensure your safety. Stay vigilant, especially in crowded tourist areas, and keep an eye on your belongings.

With this updated Lithuania Travel Guide, you’re equipped with the knowledge and tips to plan an unforgettable trip to this beautiful Baltic country. Whether you’re exploring the charming streets of Vilnius, enjoying the natural beauty of the Curonian Spit, or immersing yourself in Lithuania’s rich history and culture, you’re sure to create memories that will last a lifetime. So, pack your bags and get ready for an adventure in Lithuania!

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Lithuania ( Lithuanian : Lietuva ) is a Baltic country in northeastern Europe . Lithuania possesses a unique character that distinguishes it from other Baltic countries. Its distinctiveness arises from being primarily a Catholic nation and having a history of being part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth , which was one of the most powerful entities in Northern Europe.

Lithuania is a charming country with a rich history and culture that is definitely worth exploring. From the charming streets of Vilnius , the capital city, to the serene beauty of the Curonian Spit, there are plenty of reasons to add Lithuania to your travel bucket list.

Regional differences of Lithuanian culture reflect the complicated historical development of the country. Since the 13th century five ethnographic areas, or regions, have formed the current territory of Lithuania:

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These ethnographic regions even today differ by dialects, ways of life and behaviour styles, while until the turn of the last century there were pronounced differences in dress and homestead styles as well as village planning.

Lithuania is justly proud of its unfailing treasures of folklore: colourful clothing, meandering songs, an abundance of tales and stories, sonorous dialects and voluble language. This ethnographic heritage is nourished by ethnographic and folklore companies and barn theatres. Ethnographic crafts and culinary traditions are being revived. Folk craft fairs and live craft days are organised during many events and festivals.

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  • 54.687222 25.28 1 Vilnius — capital of the country with many medieval churches
  • 55.072222 24.280556 2 Jonava
  • 54.9 23.933333 3 Kaunas — second biggest city and temporary capital between the two world wars
  • 55.7125 21.135 4 Klaipėda — third biggest city, famous for its summer festivals
  • 55.725 24.363889 5 Panevėžys
  • 55.928056 23.316667 6 Šiauliai — fourth biggest city, with a sun theme and specialist museums
  • 54.633333 24.933333 7 Trakai — on the shores of several lakes

Other destinations

  • 55.344 26.057 1 Aukštaitija National Park — a land of lakes, hills and forests, popular for water tourism and rural tourism in the summer
  • 55.274444 20.970833 2 Curonian Spit — unique sand dunes with rare flora, seaboard forest, white sanded beaches and old ethnographic villages
  • 54.894 25.305 6 Purnuskes — according to some measures the centre of Europe
  • 56.116667 22.016667 7 Žemaičių Kalvarija — famous pilgrimage site, most visitors come in the beginning of July to visit the large church festival

Some visitors tend to see the Baltic states as being similar countries with regional differences. They share a common recent history: the three countries declared independence in 1918 at the collapse of the Russian Empire , were occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940, conquered by Nazi Germany in 1941, and incorporated into the Soviet Union from 1944 until independence was restored in 1991. However, there are differences between the countries' languages (Estonians speak a Finnic language unlike Latvia or Lithuania) and religion (Lithuanians are Catholics, Latvians are mostly Lutherans and Estonians are irreligious). Also, Lithuania is more oriented towards Central Europe, while Estonia is oriented towards Northern Europe).

Since 2004, Lithuania has been a member of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Lithuania is the only Baltic country with more than 800 years of statehood tradition, while its name was first mentioned one thousand years ago, in 1009. For a period in the 15th century, Lithuania was one of the largest states in all Europe, where crafts and overseas trade prospered.

In 1579, Vilnius University, an important scientific and educational centre on the European scale, was opened. In the 16th century, Lithuania adopted its First, Second and Third Statutes. They were the backbone of the legislative system of the country, and had a major impact on the legislation of other European states of the time. Despite merging with Poland and losing its independence, Lithuania managed to keep its Third Statute in effect for as many as 250 years, which was instrumental in preservation of national and civic self-awareness of the public. The Constitution of Lithuania-Poland together with the French Constitution, both adopted in 1791, were the first written constitutions in Europe. Lithuania was part of the Russian Empire in the nineteenth century, became independent after World War I, and was annexed to the Soviet Union in 1940, before again gaining its independence in 1991.

Transitional, between maritime and continental; wet, moderate winters (average of -5 °C) and summers (average of +16 °C). Climate is maritime near the seaside with wet, mild summers and winters. Climate in South-Eastern Lithuania is influenced by the continental weather masses with dry, warmer summers and harsher winters.

Summer months receive the most precipitation (up to 50% of the annual precipitation), autumn and winter are drier with spring being the driest season. Snow occurs every year, it can snow from October to April. In some years sleet can fall in September or May.

Lowland, many scattered small lakes, fertile soil. The fertile central plains are separated by hilly uplands that are ancient glacial deposits.

The highest point, Aukstojas Hill, is just 294.84 m (967.322 ft), about 24 km southeast of Vilnius , just off the main highway to Minsk and within sight of the Belarus border. 30% of Lithuania is forest covered.

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Lithuania was formed in the middle of the 13th century. It became a huge feudal country stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea in the Middle Ages, and in 1569 entered a union with Poland to form a commonwealth. Lithuania was part of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth until the Polish Partitions in the 18th century when it became part of the Russian Empire .

Modern Lithuania gained its independence from Russia in 1918 following World War I and the dissolution of the Czarist monarchy. However, in 1940 Lithuania was forcibly incorporated into the Soviet Union, and shortly thereafter occupied by the Nazis, who murdered almost its entire hitherto very prominent Jewish population and many local Poles, with help from local collaborators. Later in World War II, the Soviet Union recaptured Lithuania and also brutally persecuted and killed many Lithuanians, particularly during Stalin's reign of terror. On 11 March 1990, Lithuania became the first of the Soviet republics to declare its independence, but this proclamation was not generally recognised until September 1991, following an abortive coup in Moscow. The Soviet Union recognised Lithuania's independence on 6 September 1991. A constitution was adopted on 25 October 1992. The last Russian troops withdrew in 1993. Lithuania restructured its economy for integration into Western European institutions and became a stable democracy and a member of the European Union and NATO.

Lithuania received comparatively fewer Russian immigrants than the other two Baltic states during the Soviet era, and the town of Visaginas is the only one with an ethnic Russian majority. However, significant ethnic Russian minorities exist in Lithuania's major cities. Lithuania was the only one of the three Baltic states to grant citizenship to its ethnic Russian minority following its independence from the Soviet Union.

National holidays

  • Independence Day – 16 February : Independence from Russian Empire in 1918 following World War I.
  • Restitution of Independence – 11 March : Restoration of independence from the Soviet Union.
  • St. John's Day – 24 June: Despite its Christian name, celebrated mostly according to pagan traditions (Midsummer's Day).
  • Statehood Day – 6 July : Commemorates the coronation in 1253 of Mindaugas as the first and only King of Lithuania. Later rulers of Lithuania were called Grand Dukes.
  • Christmas – 25 December

Visitor information

  • Lithuania Travel

The official language of Lithuania is Lithuanian , making up one of two languages (along with Latvian ) of the Baltic branch of the Indo-European family. Its highly complex grammar makes it a very difficult language to master. That being said, attempting to learn the language will most certainly endear you to the locals.

English is widely spoken by the younger generation who grew up after independence, but the older generation who grew up under Soviet rule typically do not speak any English. Lithuanians who speak English are usually keen to practise it with foreigners.

Russian is commonly used as a second language in Lithuania, although its use is dwindling as most younger Lithuanians prefer to study English. Notwithstanding this tendency, Lithuania is home to a sizable ethnic Russian minority who speak Russian as their first language. According to EU data, 40% of Lithuanians speak Russian. In general, older generations are more fluent in Russian than younger generations, but the younger generation that was educated after independence is more likely to speak English than Russian. Younger ethnic Russians educated after independence are more likely to speak Lithuanian as a second language. Older ethnic Russians who were educated during the Soviet era, on the other hand, usually do not speak any Lithuanian.

Because of Lithuania's complicated and turbulent history with Russia, some ethnic Lithuanians may take offence if they are addressed in Russian. The usage of Russian may be interpreted as a lack of respect for Lithuanian language and culture, especially in delicate political circumstances or situations.

Other spoken languages include Polish and German , but their use is limited to a few pockets in the country.

In Samogitia (Western Lithuania), most people also speak Samogitian, which is somewhat different from Standard Lithuanian.

Lithuania is a member of the Schengen Agreement . See Travelling around the Schengen Area for more information on how the scheme works, which countries are members and what the requirements are for your nationality. In summary:

  • There are normally no immigration controls between countries that have signed and implemented the treaty.
  • There are usually identity checks before boarding international flights or boats entering the Schengen Area. Sometimes there are temporary border controls at land borders.
  • A visa granted for any Schengen member is valid in all other countries that have signed and implemented the treaty.

Most airlines arrive at Vilnius International Airport ( VNO  IATA ), the main airport. Low cost carriers serve Kaunas International Airport ( KUN  IATA ). And there is the smaller seaside Palanga airport ( PLQ  IATA ).

Riga ( RIX  IATA ) airport in Latvia is an attractive alternative for destinations in northern Lithuania. Other alternatives not far from the border are Minsk ( MSQ  IATA ) and Kaliningrad ( KGD  IATA ).

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From Poland: a daily train runs from Krakow at 04:00 via Warsaw Centralna at 07:30 to reach the border towards 15:00. Here you change onto the Lithuanian train for Kaunas at 16:30 and Vilnius at 17:30. (If you flew into Warsaw, you could take any train to Białystok then join the cross-border train at a more congenial 10:30 next morning.) The westbound train sets off from Vilnius at noon.

Another train lumbers on Saturday and Sunday between Białystok and Kaunas on the old route via Mariampole, which pre-dates the Rail Baltica line. So it's overtaken by the Krakow-Vilnius train and you'd only use it to reach one of the villages along the old route.

From Belarus: the trains from Minsk are suspended in 2022.

From Russia: the trains from the exclave of Kaliningrad are suspended in 2022, as are the services via Minsk from Moscow and other Russian cities.

From Latvia: since 27 December 2023 there is now one direct train each way running between Riga and Vilnius, departing Riga at 15:28 and arriving in Vilnius at 19:51. See LTG Link's page for more information.

Major " Via Baltica " road links Kaunas to Warsaw in the south and Riga and Tallinn in the north. The Baltic road, which links Vilnius to Tallinn, was just reconstructed. It is a very easy and pleasant route.

Overall, the major roads between the cities are of decent quality. Be extremely cautious when getting off the main roads in rural areas, as some of them may contain pot holes and general blemishes which could damage a regular car if you go too fast. While driving between cities there are usually cafes and gas stations with bathrooms and snacks.

There are passenger/car ferries to Klaipeda from Sweden, Germany, Denmark operated by DFDS , Lisco , and Scandlines [dead link] . However they do not run every day and are relatively slow, but most aim to travel overnight.

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State-owned railway passenger service LTG Link has services to major cities in Lithuania as well as an international service from Vilnius to Warsaw and Kraców with a change in Mockava. Most of the trains also stop at smaller stations along the way. Part of those smaller stations is inaccessible by any other means of public transportation. Fares are low compared to Western Europe: Vilnius-Kaunas around €9 – 104 km, Vilnius - Klaipėda around €23 – 376 km (as of Mar 2023). In major railway stations tickets are bought at the ticket office inside the station building until around 5 minutes before the departure. A ticket is valid only on the exact train for which it was sold. However it is possible to buy tickets in advance. When buying tickets for round trip 5% discount is applied for return ticket. Many smaller stops have no ticket offices and tickets are bought from the travel attendant on board the train. In case you board the train in a station with a working ticket office and want to buy a ticket from the travel attendant you will pay an additional fee of €2. However this might be the only option if one arrives too late to the station but manages to catch the train. The same rules for discounts apply as for other public transport in addition to occasional promotional discounts. In particular, there is a 50% discount for students with a Lithuanian Student ID or ISIC. There is also a discount for a group of passengers taking the same train the same day starting at 10% for groups from 3 to 20 people. Tickets are validated by train attendants and must be kept until the end of journey due to sporadic checks by the inspectors.

Depending on the route trains might be faster or slower option than buses or minibuses. Examples of intercity routes where it is faster to go by train is Vilnius-Klaipėda and Vilnius-Kaunas. There are no high-speed railway lines in Lithuania. Where routes overlap trains usually run less frequently than road transport. However train sometimes is the only option to reach remote destinations far from major roads and towns (especially on routes Vilnius-Marcinkonys and Vilnius-Turmantas). This make trains popular among wilderness visitors and citizens looking for wild berries or mushrooms.

In general trains are more spacious than buses making them suitable for those with large bags or oversized items (such as skis, bikes). It is possible to transport bicycles on board of all the trains however special bike-ticket is needed (fee depends on the distance). Most trains have special racks for bicycles located in the first or last car. However these can accommodate only 2-3 bikes and it is not uncommon to simply line the bicycles along the aisle. Such practice is acceptable provided that the bicycles do not restrict movement of people. Most regional trains have a configuration of 3-3 chairs next to 2-2 chairs across the isle. This means that up to 10 people can see each other simultaneously and makes trains popular among larger companies. In some trains 3 seats form one comfortable bench which is long and wide enough to be used as a bed - provided there is enough place for other passengers. Some of the long-distance trains have compartments which can accommodate six seated passengers, usually on Fridays through Sundays.

Historical Aukštaitija Narrow Gauge Railway in Anykščiai offers short trips to the Rubikiai lake. In summer it runs on regular schedule, rest of the time tours must be booked in advance.

In Lithuania it is easy to move by bus and practically all the bigger and most smaller places can be reached by bus. There are two types of intercity buses: express and regional. Express buses stop only at major towns and usually are much faster than regional. Express buses also tend to be much newer and comfortable. Sometimes (but not always) those buses are explicitly labeled as Ekspresas ("express"). It is the best option for longer distance travels between cities. In contrast, regional buses stop at every stop along the way. Thus they usually are slow, for example a 40 km trip can last an hour. Regional buses mainly are old cars that have been imported from the Nordic countries. Service quality in those buses might be lower compared to Western standards. Regional buses are best if you need to reach stations circumvented by express buses. However it is not uncommon for express and regional buses to service the same route thus it is better to ask in advance. Some buses are indirect, i.e. they go via towns out of the direct way between two cities. These are usually labeled as "CityA - CityB per CityC" ( per meaning "via").

Buses operate regularly between the main centres and the regional centres. There is usually a bus company in every town. Some of the biggest and best are TOKS (from Vilnius ), Kautra (from Kaunas ), Klaipėdos autobusų parkas (from Klaipėda ), Busturas from Šiauliai and mini bus company, Transrevis. For students with Lithuanian Student ID, bus companies grant 50% discount around the year. By law for students with ISIC (International Student Identity Card) issued in European Union countries, bus companies should also grant 50% discount. Remember to keep your ticket till the end of journey in case inspectors decide to check the bus in one of the stations.

The bulk of Lithuania's bus routes and turns has been listed in an address autobusubilietai.lt from which you also can reserve the tickets for certain routes. However, pay attention to the fact that the payment system supports only some of the Lithuanian banks, and your credit card at may not work. Another on-line bus ticket service is iticket.lt which has more payment options.

For buses and trolley-buses on routes within towns and cities it is recommended to buy the ticket in advance from a kiosk, board the vehicle using the middle door and stamp the ticket using one of the ticket punches. These used to be near the middle door, but with the introduction of electronic ticketing, there is often a single ticket punch behind the driver's seat. Tickets bought from the driver, rather than kiosks, are more expensive and may also generate an off-handed response if the bus is late or crowded and you don't provide the exact change. Students with Lithuanian Student ID or ISIC (International Student Identity Card) issued in European Union countries are eligible to 50% discount for single tickets and 80% discount for monthly tickets. Inspectors periodically check tickets and will issue a fine if you cannot produce a validated ticket or document proving eligibility to discount. The bus is exited by the middle door and it is important to head for the door before the bus has stopped - it can be impossible to leave once people have started boarding.

In addition to common buses, there are minibuses which usually operate express routes.

There exists a national public transport route planner visiMarsrutai .

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As with the rest of mainland Europe, Lithuanian traffic travels on the right, and all distances are posted in kilometres.

The road network in Lithuania is fairly good, especially the motorways. The quality of road surface on minor roads can vary. Many are unpaved and quite shaky. The improvement work hampers traffic in many places. The Via Baltica road goes through Lithuania from Estonia to Poland. Another important road is the A1 from Vilnius to Klaipeda.

Speed limits for M1 category vehicles:

  • 50 km/h inside cities
  • 90 km/h on rural roads
  • 70 km/h on roads without an asphalt or cement pavement
  • 130 km/h (April-October) or 110 km/h (November-March) on highways
  • 120 km/h (April-October) or 110 km/h (November-March) on motorways
  • headlights should be on at any time of the day

Turning right at a red traffic light is allowed where indicated by a green arrow (square white sign next to the red light, containing a green arrow indicating the permitted direction), provided that it does not endanger other traffic. The absence of such a sign means that turning right on red is not allowed, and the police will stop any driver seen breaking this rule. These signs began to be phased out in 2020, however they can still be found.

Many bigger junctions have a separate green light for traffic turning left, but only one red/yellow light. The green light for the other directions shows arrows going straight and to the right, but these are easily overlooked. Thanks to the white reflective frame around most of these traffic lights, they are most easily identified by their outline.

On two- or three- lane roads, it is polite to move out of the right-hand lane (if safe to do so) when you intend to travel straight ahead; this keeps the right-hand lane clear for right-turning traffic. When moving back to the right hand lane watch out for fast-moving vehicles approaching from behind.

If the right-hand lane is marked with 'A' it is a dedicated bus lane. A lane marked 'A / TAKSI' can also be used by taxis. Electric vehicles may also use this lane if this is indicated. Other road users may only enter the lane in order to turn right into a side road.

The older motorways still have some places in which U-turns are allowed to reach an exit on the opposite carriageway. Usually there is a lower speed limit around these places; the A2 (Vilnius–Panevėžys) has variable speed limit signs which activate when a vehicle is in the U-turn section.

Motorists do not necessarily observe traffic regulations, so especially the pedestrians should exert the same caution as elsewhere in former Soviet countries. Moving domestic animals and roe deer may cause dangerous situations on the roads and motorways.

Roundabouts are a feature of the Lithuanian road network, particularly in the cities. Visitors from countries where this type of junction is uncommon or not used at all, may find the Wikipedia article on roundabouts useful.

The blood alcohol limit is 0.4‰ in Lithuania for drivers of private passenger cars; lower limits apply for other vehicle categories, commercial transport or novice drivers (who have held a drivers license for less than two years).

Fixed speed cameras are frequent along country roads and motorways, usually near crossroads or pedestrian crossings, and in cities. These are usually announced by a sign. Many of them appear to be designed to be turned around from time to time, watching the opposite direction. There is also an increasing number of speed cameras controlling the average speed of the vehicle over the distance.

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Petrol and diesel fuel is available at all filling stations. LPG is available at most larger stations. EV is more seldom. Petrol nozzles are green, while diesel nozzles are black.

While there are EU fuel markings at filling stations, there is also the local system. Petrol is labelled with a number, which is usually used on the price sign and is displayed on the pump in larger digits. This number is the RON (Research Octane Number) of the fuel. "95" means 95 RON petrol fuel. It is available at all stations. Some stations may also have "98". The price of 98 RON petrol is not usually displayed on the sign; you need to look for the price at the pump.

LPG is labelled as LPG or SND . Stations that provide LPG will also have cabinets with 50-l gas cylinders. These cabinets are usually labelled as DUJŲ BALIONAI ("gas canisters"). A canister costs about €20. These canisters are used mainly for cooking in areas with no natural gas supply, as a cheaper alternative to electric stoves. These canisters are too large to fit into caravans.

Diesel fuel is usually labelled as "D", but it may also be labelled as "DK". Some filling stations (especially rural) may also have diesel nozzles labelled as "DK". These dispense diesel are meant for agricultural purposes, such as powering tractors and other farm equipment. This fuel is sold in bulk to farmers, which store and dispense it at their farm. It is sold at a discount to farmers, but there are 3 catches:

  • There is a quota on how much can be purchased,
  • you cannot use it in your car, and
  • you need to provide a permit to buy this fuel.

EV chargers can be found at some large filling stations and private establishments.

Usually, you pay for fuel at the store, which will have a sign that reads PARDUOTUVĖ . Some stations may also have a self-service machine near the door to the store. You do not usually pay at the pump, except for unattended stations. At most stations, between 22:00 and 06:00, you need to pay before filling up.

Some rental companies (especially in the Western EU) may not allow their vehicles to be driven into Lithuania, be sure to check before booking a car. If other modes of transportation do not work for you, you may need to change cars at the border.

Many of the international car rental companies also operate in Lithuania, but the density of rental stations is not as dense as e.g. in Western Europe. If you are near one of the international airports ( Vilnius [dead link] , Kaunas or Palanga , near Klaipėda), check the web site of that airport for any rental car companies which have a presence there.

Apart from that, there are many smaller car rental companies. Many of them will deliver the car to a previously agreed address (usually only within Lithuania) at a prearranged time. Car return works in the same manner; thus even one-way rental is possible. Surcharges might apply, however, for pick-up and return by rendez-vous. Such rental companies can be found through the two major automobile ad portals:

  • https://autoplius.lt , Skelbimai > Daugiau > Transporto nuoma > Lengvųjų automobilių nuoma (Classified ads > More > Vehicle rental > Car rental)
  • https://autogidas.lt , Nuoma > Automobilių nuoma (Rent > Car rent)

CityBee offers smartphone app based car rental.

Taxis are run on a meter and can be booked by the phone numbers shown on the door of the taxi. Taxis are relatively cheap compared to western Europe. Some companies may not be as safe as others, common sense will keep you safe in this regard. "Taking the long way round" used to be common but had nearly been eradicated. However, there still were some reports of foreigners paying more than expected. Keep in mind that it is up to the operator to set embarkation and travel fees. Some taxis waiting at the strategic places (for example airports, bus stations) exploit this by setting fees several times higher than market average. In general it is cheaper to order a taxi by phone instead of taking one in the street. You can also ask to quote the price in advance while ordering taxi by phone or before embarking the car. Some visitors leave small tips for the driver however this is entirely optional.

If you do not need a fancy ride, taxi can be as cheap as €0.37/km. Taxi prices in regional cities tend to be considerable lower than in major cities making them more suitable for out of town trips.

Ride-hailing is available in Lithuania and the following are the most anticipated providers:

  • TAKSI 1820 Works only in Vilnius +37052500500
  • 1820 (smartphone app)
  • Bolt . The most popular ride hailing service which includes many cities. ( updated Apr 2023 )
  • Uber . Works only in Vilnius. ( updated Apr 2023 )
  • Etransport , ☏ +370 611 11111 . Works in most cities in Lithuania, similar prices to ride hailing. ( updated Apr 2023 )
  • Forus (smartphone app)

Cycling in Lithuania is quite popular, however it depends on the exact location as in major cities pavements usually will have a bicycle pathways with numerous signs, although getting around by bicycle in rural areas might become a bit of a challenge. Two international EuroVelo cycle routes across the country, EuroVelo No. 10 and EuroVelo No. 11 equipped with quality signs, bike paths are of excellent quality.

It might be dangerous to leave your bicycle outside alone for more than a few hours without locking it. The international bicycle project BaltiCCycle [dead link] may provide you with an information and help.

Hitchhiking in Lithuania is generally good, however there have been some incidents in the early 2020s. Use common sense. Get to the outskirts of the city, but before cars speed up to the highway speeds.

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The most southern of the Baltic countries, Lithuania's historic heritage sets it quite apart from the other two. Visiting this small but colourful country today, few travelers might guess that this was once the largest nation in Europe. A few monuments are reminders of those golden ages, when the Grand Duchy of Lithuania stretched out far into modern day Russia , Poland and Moldova , but even fewer are still inside the Lithuanian borders. The archaeological site of Kernavė , then a medieval capital, is now a World Heritage Site and has historic hillfort mounds as well as a museum. The Trakai Island Castle in Trakai is sometimes called "Little Mariënburg". It's located on an island and was one of the main strongholds in the prime days of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Although it was severely damaged in 17th century wars with Muscovy, the castle was beautifully restored in the 19th century and is now a popular tourist sight. Kaunas Castle in Kaunas is even older, but only a third of the original building remains.

The country's lovely capital, Vilnius , is a small, pleasant place with a UNESCO listed historic centre. It's the perfect place to admire a range of architectural styles , as it boasts a mixture of gothic, renaissance, baroque and neoclassical buildings. Stroll through the narrow streets and cosy courtyards and kick back for a coffee in one of the many cafés on Pilies Street. Then, walk down Gediminas Avenue, the town's main street lined with governmental buildings and theatres, towards the old neighbourhood of Žvėrynas . With some 65 churches, the famous Gediminas Tower , the Cathedral Square , the Royal Palace , the Presidential Palace and many other monuments and museums, you won't run out of things to see in Vilnius any time soon.

For a day at the sea, the popular seaside resort of Palanga is the place to be. Although it gets crowded in summer, it has some great beaches and beautiful sand dunes. Sand dunes is also what you'll find at the almost 100 km long Curonian Split , which separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. It's a World Heritage Site shared between Lithuania and Russia and is best explored from the large port city Klaipėda , which is also a good hub for other seaside resorts on the Baltic coast. Not far from Klaipeda is the village of Juodkrante , which is famous for its Hill of Witches , decorated with sculptures from the country's legends and tales. The fishermen's town of Nida is praised for its shores and ancient ethnographic cemetery.

A few kilometres from the northern city Šiauliai you'll find the remarkable Hill of Crosses , an extraordinary and popular pilgrimage site. Over 100,000 crosses – small, huge, simple and exuberant – have been placed here by faithful from far and wide. On the other side of the country, in the very south, you'll find the popular and classy spa resort town of Druskininkai , surrounded by lakes and rivers.

Like its Baltic neighbours, Lithuania has a lot to offer for nature lovers. Dense forests, hills, beautiful blue lakes and rivers are the main base. The forested Aukštaitija National Park is perhaps the most popular of the country's national parks, and is home to elk, deer and wild boar. Some of the pines you'll see here are up to 200 years old and the park is a safe haven for many plants and birds that are endangered in the rest of the country. The 126 lakes and countless streams in between them make the park a great place for water sports activities and the villages in the park have some interesting wooden churches. Another favourite is the Nemunas Delta . The vast wetlands around the place where Neman River reaches the Baltic Sea are a popular eco-tourism destination and an important bird habitat.

Lithuania has many religious sites , especially of the Catholic faith. All of them are open for people of any religion and background. The most popular pilgrimage sites to visit are:

  • Žemaičių Kalvarija in Samogitia (most pilgrims come in July)
  • Hill of Crosses near Šiauliai
  • Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn , Vilnius
  • Šiluva , Samogitia.

If you are searching for some health treatment or recreation the best resorts for that are Druskininkai and Palanga. Neringa is a great option for a nice, calm holiday for becoming one with yourself.

Basketball is the national sport, and the nation is basketball mad, (comparable to the British with Soccer and New Zealand with rugby). Lithuania is one of the most successful teams in international competition, winning medals in three out of four Olympic tournaments, (bronze), and finishing fourth in 2008. All this from just five Olympic appearances. Major domestic clubs are BC Žalgiris from Kaunas and BC Rytas from Vilnius. For this reason in almost every park and playground you will find a basketball court.

Be careful if some people challenge you to a basketball game. Common Lithuanians are very good in basketball, and you might just embarrass yourself.

Lithuania uses the euro , like several other European countries . One euro is divided into 100 cents. The official symbol for the euro is €, and its ISO code is EUR. There is no official symbol for the cent.

All banknotes and coins of this common currency are legal tender within all the countries, except that low-denomination coins (one and two cent) are phased out in some of them. The banknotes look the same across countries, while coins have a standard common design on the reverse, expressing the value, and a national country-specific design on the obverse. The obverse is also used for different designs of commemorative coins. The design of the obverse does not affect the coin's acceptability.

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Lithuania adopted the euro as its currency on 31 December 2015, replacing the litas (plural litai or litų ). The old currency was converted to euros at a fixed exchange rate of 1:3.45280 Lt. You can exchange the old currency at the central bank indefinitely.

5% is the standard tipping amount, but in some cases the 5% tip is already included in service charge.

Lithuania has a lot of shopping malls for such a small population. There is no big difference between shopping malls here and in western Europe. Especially, Lithuania has become a shopping tourism destination for citizens of Belarus and Russia where some items are not available or cost considerably more.

Vilnius has become a shopper's paradise when plenty of massive shopping centres were opened all over the city. Akropolis (a chain of shopping malls in Lithuania) is one of them and definitely worth visiting if you are a shopping malls maniac, as it houses an ice skating rink, bowling lanes and a cinema. The largest shopping centers are Akropolis and Panorama.

Gariunai is the Baltic's largest open air market, located on the western edge of Vilnius. Thousands of merchants can be found there on a good weekend, from not only Lithuania, but also from as far away as Ukraine. Clothes, shoes, music and software can be bought there. Counterfeit goods are ubiquitous. A low price is guaranteed, quality is not.

Kaunas is also a city of shopping centers, and Laisvės avenue in the center of the city is a pedestrian thoroughfare. The main shopping centers in Kaunas are: Akropolis, Mega, Molas, Savas, HyperMaxima, and Urmas shopping area. There is even that symbol of "mall culture", which is new to Lithuania, Akropolis.

Klaipeda is a major shopping center for people from Latvia and Kaliningrad. The main shopping centers are: Akropolis, Arena, Studlendas and BIG. Many people coming to the city on cruise ships shop in Klaipeda, due to the good value and price combination.

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Lithuanian dinners usually include meat, potato, vegetables and sometimes a curd sauce of some sort. Case in point: the cepelinai , or zeppelins, which are meat filled potato-starch based zeppelin-shaped masses traditionally slathered in a sauce of sour cream, butter, and pork cracklings. Pork is traditionally eaten, beef much less so. Vegans will have a hard time eating out, although some large restaurant chains will have vegetarian dishes on the menu.

Some fast food in Lithuania, such as Kibinai (from the Karaim people) small turnovers usually filled with spiced lamb, and Čeburekai (a Crimean Tatar snack), large folds of dough with a scant filling of meat, cheese, or even apples, can be found around the city.

Many restaurants have menus in English (usually in the Lithuanian menu) and to a lesser extent, Russian. Though use caution as sometimes menus in other languages may have inflated prices, although this is a rarity, and won't be found in Vilnius , or the better known chains such as Čili Pica.

While in Lithuania, one should try these national dishes: appetisers - Piršteliai prie alaus - thin, rolled-up puff pastries served with beer; main courses: Cepelinai (or didžkukuliai ) su spirgučiais - potato balls with meat (about €3.20); Vėdarai - a sausage, made of a potato stuffed intestine of a pig (about €3); Skilandis - pig stomach stuffed with meat, garlic and cold-smoked; Plokštainis - meal of potatoes (€2.30–4); Bulviniai blynai (grated potato pancakes) with different sauces; Virtinukai - curd patties; Kastinys - soft sour cream butter; Šaltnosiukai - dumplings filled with lingonberries; Fish - pike or perch, is often baked whole or stuffed, or made into gefilte fish (various prices); Silkė - marinated, baked, fried or served in aspic herring; soups - Šaltibarščiai (a summer soup based on beets and soured milk), Juka (blood soup) or Cabbage soup flavored with carrots, ham, onions. Ruginė duona (dark rye bread) is very advisable to try with soups. Lithuanian cuisine is also famous for wide use of wild berries, mushrooms, and cheese. Honey and poppy seeds are commonly used as filling in pastries. For desserts, try Žagarėliai - twisted, thin deep-fried pastries dusted with powdered sugar or Spurgos - a Lithuanian variant of doughnuts, often filled with preserves.

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Lithuania is a beer -drinking country, with the most famous brands being Svyturys, Kalnapilis, Utenos, Volfas Engelman and Gubernija. A visit to a kiosk will show that there may be more than 50 different brands of beer in this small country. Alcohol percentages are displayed on the label, and usually range from 4–9.5%. Compared to other European countries, beer is usually affordable, in shops €0.50–1 per half litre, in bars €0.75–2 per half litre. The beer tastes excellent, putting global brands to shame and it can be said that Lithuanian lager is of at least equal quality to Czech, Slovak, German and Polish lager. A request for a Lithuanian beer always generates goodwill, even in a Chinese or other foreign-themed restaurant.

When you visit a bar or restaurant without intending to eat, try one of the bar snacks, which are very popular among Lithuanians. The most popular of these snacks consists of a bowl of pieces of garlic bread covered in cheese.

In addition to beer, rather cheap but high quality vodka (or "degtinė" in Lithuanian) is consumed, but not to the extent usually associated with this part of the world. Also, every region has its own home-made speciality of which "Samane" is most famous or notorious and is best avoided. The larger supermarkets have an incredible variety of vodka from all the main vodka-producing countries.

Lithuanian mead , or "midus" is a beverage produced exclusively under government control. It is commonly made from various types of Lithuanian flora, from leaves and berries to some tree bark. Alcohol content range from 10–75% (considered medicinal).

For tourists, quality sparkling wines , such as Alita or Mindaugas, and local liqueurs are popular choices to bring back home.

Alcohol cannot be sold in shops between 20:00 (15:00 on Sundays) and 10:00, but can be purchased in bars, cafes and restaurants.

In shops and cafés different tea and coffee qualities are widely available. The selection in coffee ranges from northern European brands to French ones. In coffee houses, you should expect to pay up to €1.50 for your coffee. Some cafés offer also a variety of special coffees with more or less special prices. Many cafes (kavinės) still make "lazy" coffee, which is simply coffee grounds and boiling water, unfiltered, with grounds at the bottom of the cup, often surprising the drinker - ask before you buy. Tea is usually sold at 50% of the price of coffee. Some of the wonderful drinks such as the Marganito are great for fun filled party drinks and rated one of the top kinds of wine in the country, perfect for weddings.

Unlike restaurants, or pubs aimed at tourists, bars (Baras) may be frequented by heavy drinkers and can therefore be somewhat rowdy. Nevertheless, a visit may still be very rewarding, especially if you accept an invitation to participate in karaoke.

Smoking is banned in cafés, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, discothèques and other public establishments. However, many nightclubs have internal smoking rooms, which have a degree of ventilation.

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The price of accommodation depends very much on the place. For instance, in Joniškis (Northern Lithuania), you can get a good hotel room for €25 whereas an equivalent room might be as much as €100 in Vilnius. Some hotels do not have home pages. Nevertheless, the Internet helps considerably in planning.

Throughout the country, homestays, sleeping "with the grandmother", are typical. On main street of a town there are many elderly townsfolk offering spare beds in their extra rooms. These experiences are worth seeking out.

If you want to rent the apartment, the prices will be usually from €200 a month. In the biggest towns there are companies which rent apartments "to the long-time tourist or working here". In these you complete on good conditions the apartment furnished and cleaned by the cleaner. From €300.

If you are looking for an apartment for a shorter period (from a few days onwards), do a Web search for "trumpalaikė butų nuoma". This will give you some portals or sites of companies, though not all of them are available in English – some are, however, available in other languages such as German, Polish or Russian.

You will find the hotels of every town on their own interleaves. However, remember that this is the service maintained by the volunteers and you should not wait for current prices let alone that there would be all the possibilities listed.

An interesting accommodation alternative is a countryside accommodation or an own cottage. Countryside.lt offers the shining catalog for accommodation alternatives and you find nearly all the countryside targets and a reservation system from there.

Most large cities such as Vilnius or Kaunas have an abundance of hotel options. When traveling to a popular vacation spot in the summer (like Palanga or Druskininkai ) make sure to book a room in advance because demand may outnumber supply. Additionally, some of the cafes on the main highways between cities also have rooms to rent.

Lithuania has one of the best educational systems in the world. Many universities participate in student exchange programs. Most popular international university in Lithuania is LCC International University in Klaipeda . The best universities of Lithuania are Vilnius University (Vilniaus Universitetas), Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Vilniaus Gedimino Technikos Universitetas) and Kaunas University of Technology (Kauno Technologijos Universitetas).

In Kaunas there is the biggest technical university, KTU, in the country and a medical university LSMU (Lithuanian University of Health Sciences), sports academy LKKA, music and theatre academy LMTA, agriculture university ASU and multidisciplinary University of Vytautas Magnus, VDU.

Klaipeda and Siauliai also has its own universities. In the country several lower educational institutions which go with the name kolegija (eng. college) also are found.

The course supply hangs very much from the university and there also are somewhere programmes for English. However, pay attention to the fact that Lithuania's official language is Lithuanian and in the law it has been prescribed that the Lithuanian student has a right to study in Lithuanian in Lithuania. Especially all the courses of the candidate level will be thus in Lithuanian and in the Master of Arts programmes in English the bulk of the courses is in English. Depending on the rules of the university the courses must have a certain number of foreign students attending before the lectures need to be in English (this concerns courses announced to be held in English) and if this limit is not exceeded, the lecturer may lecture, if desired, in Lithuanian.

The grading system in Lithuania is generally 1–10 in which 5-10 correspond to the accepted performances. The local students usually have to keep their average very high and still a higher one in order to get the scholarship in order to guarantee free studies. There is no financial aid for studies.

There are now many work options in Lithuania. One seldom manages working life without control of the language, therefore basic working knowledge of Lithuanian is highly recommended. You may get by with Russian or, to an increasing extent, English, although your mileage may vary.

Any EU national can work and live freely in Lithuania. However, EU nationals spending more than 90 days over an 180-day period in Lithuania need to obtain a residence title ( teisės Lietuvos Respublikoje gyventi pažymėjimas or just TLRGP ). This document is issued to any EU national who can provide proof of a valid health insurance (in the form of a European Health Insurance card) and a source of sufficient income (the amount is determined based upon individual circumstances). It can be applied for at Migracijos departamentas (Department of Migration). Upon obtaining the residence title, registering your residence with the municipality of residence is mandatory within a month. This requires proof, such as a rental contract, the landlord's signature on the declaration form or an extract from the land register proving your ownership. Not all immigration officials are familiar with the procedures for EU nationals (which are much less stringent than those for non-EU nationals), therefore ask if you have doubts.

Non-EU nationals need a residence permit and a registered address for working.

The Migration Department provides its services in Lithuanian, English and Russian. Visits require registration through the web site, which is also where you can indicate what language you would like to communicate in.

As of 2021, workers in Lithuania pay 20% income tax (up to €400/month are exempt from taxes for workers earning less than approx. €2700/month) and 19.5% for health and unemployment insurance. Web sites such as Atlyginimo skaičiuoklė provide an exact breakdown.

Workers are required by law to undergo periodic health inspections if they are under 18, work shifts or during night hours, or if their workplace exposes them to certain risk factors. The latter is the case even for office jobs (risks being eye strain and carpal tunnel syndrome).

In general, Lithuania is a safe country. But you should take basic safety measures:

  • Take care when visiting potentially dangerous neighbourhoods at night. After dark it is safer to walk along main roads, than to take a short cut through a park or apartment complex, as these areas often have very poor lighting. Take a taxi if you are afraid of possible encounters. A thing to watch out for is bicycle theft, and it is advisable not to leave valuable things in your car.
  • As in other Eastern European countries, public displays of affection between same-gender partners such as holding hands or kissing may result in a confrontation from an onlooker. Suspicion of homosexuality may also cause problems.
  • Members of ethnic minorities, (particularly those of African descent), may experience some form of racism . This is not tolerated by the authorities and racist attacks are rare. However non-whites might be stared at by locals, especially in rural areas. More often than not this can be out of pure curiosity rather than malice. The issue of race relations, the history of slavery and civil rights are relatively unknown. That said, the presence of several Afro-American basketball players in the Lithuanian league does help and means that racism is perhaps not as big a problem as other eastern European countries.
  • Driving in Lithuania is considered dangerous according to European standards. Lithuania's rapidly expanding economy has led to an increase in traffic density, thus accident rates are high. As a pedestrian, take great care when crossing the roads, as pedestrian crossings are widely ignored. When driving be careful of aggressive, quickly going and irresponsible drivers. It's better to pass them even if they are flouting rules. Keep in mind that traffic police could be corrupt. Mind the forest roads, collisions with wildlife animals can easily occur.

Stay healthy

If bitten by a dog, wild animal or a snake , seek medical attention immediately. Snakes are not venomous in Lithuania, except for the European Viper ( angis ) whose bite only rarely is lethal though quite painful. A dog ( šuo ) or cat ( katė ) bite can carry the risk of rabies. Mosquitoes ( uodai ) carry no disease and are only an annoyance in the summer months. A forest tick ( erkė ) bite carries the risk of Lyme disease or encephalitis.

Tap water is suitable for drinking in many parts of Lithuania. In other areas, local people prefer to purchase bottled water or to run tap water through water filters. If you need to buy bottled water, a 5-litre bottle is not much more expensive than a one-litre bottle. Where in doubt about the tap water, seek local advice.

Mineral water is also offered in restaurants, cafés and shops, although it's a bit more expensive than tap water. Some popular brands are Birutė and Vytautas. But be warned - those are carbonated, and foreigners describe "Vytautas" as "sea water" due to its salty taste.

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Lithuanians are a Baltic nation and are their own people; confusing them as Russians or anything else may cause offense or result in puzzled reactions.

Lithuanian is a notoriously difficult language to master and Lithuanians do not expect you to know it perfectly. Still, learning a few words of Lithuanian can go a long way.

Although most Lithuanians are members of the Catholic Church, Lithuanians are not ardently religious; church attendance is among one of the lowest in the world.

Societal attitudes towards Muslims, the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities tend to be negative.

Lithuania was a constituent republic of the Soviet Union from the end of World War II until 1990. However, due to several historical events, including 19th century occupations by Tsarist Russia, territorial disputes with Poland in the early 20th century, and Soviet rule in the 20th century; discussions of disputes with neighboring countries can be sensitive. When referencing Lithuania in the context of the former USSR, it's essential to exercise caution as praising Soviet practices is unlikely to be appreciated by Lithuanians.

World War II and the Holocaust are emotional and sensitive topics for many Lithuanians.

Lithuanians may appear at times nationalist. Ethnic identities and local traditions might be taken very seriously. The history of the country is rife with invasions and confrontations. It is best to avoid superficial comments on sensitive topics such as World War II, Nazi occupation, and Soviet rule.

Lithuanians may appear sad, depressive ( suicide rates in Lithuania are among the highest in the world), a little bit rude and suspicious. Smile at a Lithuanian in the street and most likely they will not respond in kindness. Smiling in Lithuania is traditionally reserved for friends; smile at a stranger and they will either think you're making fun of them and there's something wrong with their clothes or hairdo. Furthermore, an automatic Western smile is often regarded as insincere.

Lithuanians view friendships and relationships as long-term commitments; therefore, the journey to friendship is often a long process. Do not expect Lithuanians to open up to you that easily and do not be taken back if they do not show interest in you right away.

Women in the entire former USSR area are traditionally treated with respect. Female travellers should not act indignant when local male friends pay their bills at restaurants, open every door in front of them, offer their hand to help them climb down that little step or help them carry anything heavier than a handbag - this is not sexual harassment or being condescending.

As is the case throughout the Baltic countries , there is still widespread resentment and distrust towards Russia and Lithuanians are often stereotyped as "anti-Russian". Keep in mind that most Lithuanians have absolutely nothing against Russian people; rather, many of them only remain distrustful of the Russian government.

Anti-China sentiment is also high in Lithuania, and most Lithuanians are staunch supporters of the Taiwan independence movement. Taiwan's struggle for independence from China is seen by most Lithuanians as reminiscent of their own long and hard struggle for independence from the Soviet Union.

Land line phones

There is a monopoly operator for land line phones: TEO (it now belongs to "TeliaSonera AB"), a subsidiary of Sweden (Telia) and Finland (Sonera). Land line phones are easy to find throughout the country. Phones are used with cards, which you can find in kiosks, "TEO" or newspaper stands.

Mobile phones

There are three major mobile phone operators in Lithuania: Telia, BITE and TELE 2. About 97% of the country's surface is covered by the standard European GSM 900/1800 MHz network, the remaining 3% are non-walkable forests.

The pre-paid SIM cards you can buy in any kiosk and they are: Pildyk (Tele2), Labas (Bite) and Ežys (Telia). Pildyk has the cheapest internet, but the smallest coverage area (which should suffice unless you want to use internet in deep forests). For onward travel, only Ežys includes EU roaming allowances in its plans, while the others charge extra for this.

Getting a monthly-rate plan (if you intend to stay longer) can be difficult. As of 2021, Tele2 will not sell monthly-rate plans to foreigners (even EU citizens) unless they have a permanent residence permit. Bitė is more flexible in that respect.

If you are planning to live in Lithuania, get a plan which includes a mobile signature (mobilusis parašas). This provides you with a way to log in to virtually every government services and plenty of non-government ones (such as banking or utilities suppliers) using your phone. Being implemented as a SIM toolkit app, it works with pretty much any phone (not just smartphones) and doesn’t require you to download an app.

International calls

To call abroad from Lithuania:

  • From a land line phone: 00 Your Country Code The Number Abroad
  • From a mobile phone: + Your Country Code The Number Abroad

To call to Lithuania from abroad, dial the Lithuania country code, +370, then the number, as if calling from a domestic mobile phone. It is also often that the number is written with 8 in the beginning (i. e. 86XXXXXXX), in this case simply replace 8 with +370 to make a call.

International and roaming calls are expensive. To reduce your bill you can:

  • Buy "phone cards" for international calls
  • Talk over the Internet

If you're bringing a laptop, Wireless LAN Hot-Spots are available in distinct places (mostly "Zebra" from - TEO), sometimes free, otherwise not very cheap. Best chances of finding one are at airports, railway stations, in cafés, shopping malls, universities, various places. You can ask in your hotel, but be prepared to pay. For those who need to connect at an Internet cafes, major cities do have internet cafes. You can get free wireless Internet in Kaunas main pedestrian street, Laisvės Alėja. Download speed reaches 26.2 Mbit/s, while upload speed is 16.8 Mbit/s. The internet service that provide such speeds are not free.

With your mobile phone you can use: CSD, HSCSD, GPRS or EDGE, but the cost may be unattractive. There's 4G coverage almost everywhere in the country, except for a few spots in the countryside. If your phone is not SIM-locked, you may consider purchasing a pre-paid SIM card designed for data access.

If you want to communicate with your friends or locals using internet, you'll need Facebook Messenger. Whatsapp is not very popular here. Older generation people usually have Viber too. The most popular social websites are Facebook and Instagram. Though Facebook is being used by older people, while younger people choose Instagram.

Post office

If you see the sign "Lietuvos paštas" on a storefront, this doesn't mean it is a pasta shop! It is actually the post office where you can mail letters and packages.

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Top Things to Do in Lithuania – 25 Tourist Attractions Not To Miss

By Author Christian L.

Posted on September 17, 2021

Categories Destinations , Europe , Lithuania

It might not be the first European country you think of, but Lithuania offers a unique holiday experience for any avid adventurer. From exploring the beautiful countryside to tasting some of the locally crafted brews, this Balkan state has plenty of fun and exciting things to do. 

Travel Guide top things to do in Lithuania the small country in Europe

Most holidays start in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital , but with so many great destinations on your doorstep, you would be wise to plan a broader travel itinerary. To make it easier for you, I have highlighted 25 of the best things to do in Lithuania – accompanied by Lithuanian pictures from my adventures here.

Top Things To Do In Lithuania

1. fly in a hot air balloon ride over vilnius.

This is one of the best ways to view as much of Lithuania as possible. Once you’ve settled down and are familiar with your surroundings, this is the perfect choice for adventure seekers. 

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By taking a hot air balloon tour , you will be able to see all of Vilnius and the surrounding countryside without needing to walk a step. As long as you go up on a clear day, you will have exceptional views many kilometers into the distance. 

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The trips can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, depending on which tour option you choose. The more time you spend up there, the more you will be able to see. If you’re not afraid of heights, then you’ll have a great time getting a glimpse of Vilnius from a rare and unique standpoint. 

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2. Plan a Pilgrimage to the Hill of Crosses

The Hill of Crosses is one of the major Lithuanian points of interest. This unique destination is covered in over 200,000 crosses and is a cultural center for both locals and tourists alike. 

Hill of Crosses Lithunaia

The first crosses were recorded here in 1831. Locals started erecting them as a way to commemorate loved ones who had died during the November Insurrection . This war-filled time made it difficult to locate the bodies of people who had died, so people started using the Hill of Crosses as an impromptu graveyard. 

There´s a couple of crosses at the Hill of Crosses

Since then, it grew into a significant part of Lithuanian culture and was used as a symbol for resistance, peace, and hope. Although the hill had been partially demolished over the years, people kept coming back to rebuild it. In modern times, locals and foreigners alike continue to place crosses and other symbols of Christianity throughout the site. 

Hill of Crosses Lithuania

Whether you want to stay in one of the nearby cities or take a day trip from Vilnius , the Hill of Crosses is a must-see destination when visiting Lithuania. 

Hill of Crosses Lithuania star of david

3. Canoe in the Vilnele River

Another activity for the adventurous is a guided canoe trip on the Vilnele River (also known as the Vilnia). It is one of the two main rivers that flow through the city of Vilnius and a great opportunity to explore the city and get a bit wet on a warmer day.

Vilnele river vilnius lithuania

This activity is best enjoyed during the summer or early fall months when the weather is still pleasant. You’ll be taken out by your local expert, who will guide you on this 2-hour experience. 

There are easy parts with flat water and then some white water sections offering more excitement. It is considered the most challenging route in Lithuania, but don’t let that scare you off – this is not a country that is known for difficult river canoeing. 

4. Visit the Curonian Spit Beaches

When you think of Lithuania, golden sandy beaches might not spring to mind – but they should. The Curonian Spit is the most unique geographical attraction in the country. It is an almost 100 km stretch of dunes that cuts through the Baltic Sea from Lithuania to Kaliningrad, Russia. 

Curonian Spit beach Lithuania

Here you will find many exciting natural activities, as well as plenty of tourists during the summer months. Even though this is a popular destination, you will not have to worry about finding a nice quiet beach to relax on. If one of the spots is too full, you can just walk a little bit further to the next one. 

Curonian Spit beach lithuania

If you want to head out onto the water, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to swim, take boat rides, or walk around looking for amber gemstones that may have washed up. While lounging on the beaches all day is good enough for most people, you can find some other fun Lithuania things to do on our list in the same area. 

Tip: If you don’t feel like exploring the spit on your own, you can always choose a full-day guided tour . 

5. Hike Up Parnidis Dune

While visiting the Curonian Spit, the Pardanis Dune should definitely be on your list of top things to see in Lithuania. This is the most popular destination in the spit, so a must-see site on its own. 

Pardanis Dune Curonian Spit Lithuania

This isn’t your average dune, standing at a height of 52 meters. There is a path that will take you all the way to the top, and once you are here, you will be spoiled with some of the best views in the area. You will also find a massive sundial structure that has been built on a stone pillar. The sundial is almost 14 meters tall and weighs over 36 tonnes. 

Curonian Spit sundail lithuania

The Pardanis Dune is a wandering dune which means that it moves a few centimetres each year. Although that might not seem like much, this dune has passed through the nearby town of Nida a few times over the centuries.

6. Taste Lithuanian Craft Beer

While exploring Lithuania, you should definitely sample some of the local craft beer. When most people think of beer, they think of European countries like Germany, Belgium, and England. However, Lithuania is not one to be forgotten.

DOCK craft beer and burgers vilnius craft beer

There is an ancient culture of beer making that stems back to the 11th century. Originally taught by German beer experts, Lithuanians then took on a style of their own.

craft beer vilnius

The result is some of the most unique craft beers you’ll ever taste. Beer types like kaimiskas (traditional farm-style ale), landbier, and Kvass are only some of the styles you will be able to try. 

svyturys ekstra beer lithunaia

The best place to sample a wide collection of Lithuanian craft beer is in Vilnius, at one of the many beer houses. However, if you are particularly keen to explore Lithuanian beer culture, you can head to the northern regions. Here you will find many large breweries as well as traditional farmhouse brews. 

Vinius hemp beer

7. Stroll Through Grutas Park

Grutas Park is one of the most unique Lithuanian destinations to learn about Soviet control over Lithuania. It is a park/museum that was founded by a wealthy businessman in 2001. Almost all Soviet Artifacts that were located in Lithuania during the Soviet area is now located in Grutas Park. It’s a great place to explore by yourself or on a guided tour .

Grutas Park Lithuania

As a part of Soviet rule, many statues commemorating Soviet leaders were erected throughout the country. However, Lithuania largely resisted Russian influence, and as soon as their independence was gained (in 1991), the statues were removed from public places.

Grutas Park Lithuania

At first, the statues were scattered, but they were then collected and placed in this privately-funded museum. Today you can stroll through the gardens and take in over 80 statues from 46 different sculptors which once was located all over Lithuania during the Soviet area.

Grutas Park Lithuania

Apart from the statues, you can enjoy traditional Lithuanian pine forests, playgrounds, mini-zoos, and cafes – all of which contain Soviet-era relics. If you’re someone who has a passion for both nature and history, then this unique tourist attraction is worth a visit. 

Grutas Park lITHUANIA

8. Explore Trakai Castle

When you’re staying in Vilnius or one of the surrounding towns, Trakai Castle is a great option to explore. This ancient site has been at the forefront of local history for hundreds of years. Originally the residence of the Grand Duke of Lithuania, the castle served as the main point of defense for Vilnius until it fell into disarray in the 17th century. 

Trakai Castle Lithuania

Today it stands as a museum and a place to explore what life was like during these medieval times. The castle grounds are filled with decorations dating back to the Grand Duke’s occupation, archaeological findings, and artworks. You can either explore the grounds by yourself or using one of the many guided tours that are available. 

Trakai Castle in lithuania

The museum isn’t the only way to experience the castle. In summer, the large grounds burst into life with both music festivals and converts hosted here.  

9. Visit the Palace of the Grand Duke of Lithuania 

Another piece of ancient architecture that should be on your list of what to see in Lithuania is the Palace of the Grand Duke of Lithuania. The palace is part of the Vilnius Castle Grounds, along with the remains of Vilnius Castle and Gediminas’ Tower. Together they form a magnificent attraction for any history lovers visiting the city. 

Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

The current palace is a reconstruction, with the original building having been demolished in 1801. It was completed in a renaissance style to match the last remodeling that took place in the 16th century (as well as the nearby Vilnius Cathedral). 

Archaeological evidence suggests the site had been used for a long time before the palace was erected. The buildings were remodeled and improved throughout the height of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and reached their height during the reign of Sigismund II.

Walkthrough the grounds and the palace itself while you take in the magnificent architecture and glimpse back into the opulent lives of the Lithuanian royalty. 

10. Step Back in Time at Dino Park

Families and dinosaur lovers alike should make sure to head to the city of Radailiai to visit the famous Dino Park. While most of the activities on this list might be better suited to adults, this is great for the whole family. 

The amusement park is filled with over 50 different animated moving and roaring dinosaurs – but don’t worry, they won’t bite. These lifelike prehistoric giants will give you the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal. 

Apart from the dinosaurs, you can also try some of their other forms of entertainment – like a 5D cinema, electric cars, and a mirror labyrinth. There are places to eat and snack while exploring the grounds, so you can take your happy time. 

11. Take Photos in the Radailiai Upside Down House

Located just 13 km outside of Klaipeda, inside the Radailiai Dino Park, you will find the Upside Down House. This is a popular day trip for tourists and locals who are staying in the area and is a great place to visit with kids while exploring Dino Park.

The Radailiai Upside Down House is exactly as the name suggests – an upside-down house. This type of attraction has become very popular worldwide and is a unique experience where you will get plenty of selfie-worthy moments. 

Stroll around a house where all the household appliances will be hanging from the rooftop – don’t worry, they won’t fall on you. It’s a truly bizarre place that acts as a life-size art exhibit. If weird and wonderful things interest you, then get your tickets and start snapping photos. 

12. Experience Magic at the Vilnius Museum of Illusions

Few places offer the same level of mystery and satisfaction as the Vilnius Museum of Illusions. Most of the museums that you find in Vilnius or throughout Lithuania are focused on local history or culture – but not this one. Here you will be able to entertain your inner child and be mindblown by various optical illusions and unique exhibitions. 

It’s a great place to bring the family, and any children under 7 years old can accompany an adult for free (max 3 kids per adult). The price is reasonable at $13 per adult and $10 for students/seniors. 

If you need some help navigating through the museum or understanding some of the exhibits, you can just ask one of the helpful staff for help. The Vilnius Museum of Illusions is the perfect spot for a more unconventional Lithuanian experience. 

13. Stop at Klaipeda Old Town

Klaipeda, Lithuania , is a unique town with German-influenced architecture found en route to the Curonian Spit. If you are planning a trip to the famous Baltic beaches, this is a great stop on the way with plenty of comfortable accommodation options available (like the Amberton Hotel ).

Klaipėda beach lithuania

The town itself is small but rarely gets overcrowded. Take your time walking through the cobblestone streets as you observe a type of architecture not found anywhere else in Lithuania. This is due to Germany’s control of the area during WWII. 

Klaipėda old town Lithuania

While exploring the town, make sure to check out two of the most popular spots – Turgaus Gatve and Theatre Square. The latter is where Hitler is said to have announced the town’s annexation.

Klaipeda Lithuania

Friedricho Pasazas is another great place to visit during summer. Here you can spend the afternoons in an open-air courtyard listening to live music performances while eating local cuisine amongst both locals and tourists alike.

14. Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas is the second-largest city in Lithuania and was the first city in eastern Europe to be declared a UNESCO City of Design . This is thanks to the European Art Deco style of architecture that was adopted after World War I. 

When the city went through this period of modernization, the culture surrounding it also adapted. There is a cafe culture in the city, where you will find plenty of coffee shops with tables spewing out into the surrounding streets. It’s a lovely place to walk around and just take in the local atmosphere.

When you’re not getting lost in exploration, you can also check out some of the many popular Lithuanian attractions found throughout the city. Some of the most noteworthy include the Ninth Fort, Pazaislis Monastery, Kaunas Castle, and the Devil’s Museum.

15. Pažaislis Monastery

The Pažaislis Monastery is one of the most magnificent churches in the country. Situated on a peninsula extending into the Kaunas reservoir, this destination is a prime example of Baroque architecture. 

The grounds are massive, and walking up to the large charge is an experience on its own. Once you walk inside, you will be greeted with marble decorations and ceilings painted with frescos dating back to the 17th century.

One of the things that are so impressive about this church is that its artwork and marble decorations have survived countless wars, changes in ownership, and theft. This is now a popular tourist destination, managed by a convent.

If you visit between the summer months of June and September, you also be able to attend the Pažaislis Music Festival. Three months of concerts are held on the grounds – but not inside the actual church. It has been a tradition since the 1960s and still remains a popular event that attracts thousands of visitors. 

16. Visit the Devil’s Museum

Don’t let the name scare you. The Devil’s Museum is one of the stranger things to do in Lithuania and perfect for those who love eerie artwork. The museum itself is not at all creepy; it’s just the type of artwork that is on display that might make you squirm.

You can find interesting pieces depicting devils, wizards, witches, and plenty of other mythological monsters. Although the content might not be of interest to you, the artwork itself is very well done and worth a look. 

The museum was opened after the founder of the collection’s death in 1966. At the start, there were 260 pieces on display. However, after the public caught wind of this creative collection, more and more people started donating their own pieces.

By the mid-80s, a three-story extension had to be built to house all of the pieces. And, by 2009, there were over 3,000 items on display. There are more than enough artworks for you to spend a few hours wandering around the house. 

17. Church of St. Anne, Vilnius

As far as churches go, Vilnius is definitely the number 1 destination in Lithuania. With a total of 28 churches (1 church per 700 inhabitants), you’ll need to spend more than one day exploring the city to see them all. 

St. Anne’s Church Vilnius lithunia

If you are limited on time, the Church of St. Anne is one of the main ones worth visiting. It is only a 10-minute walk from Vilnius Cathedral and offers a gorgeous Gothic design with characteristic red walls, two towers, and a nave.

The original church was built from wood in the 15th century, but it was only during its rebuild in the 16th century when it became a prominent feature of the city. 33 different types of clay brick were used in its construction, which were then painted red. Inside you will find beautiful Baroque-style decorations along with an impressive altar. 

Church of St. Anne. Vilnius

Although it is not the main Roman Catholic Church (those honors go to Vilnius Cathedral) since 2018, it has been used to celebrate Mass according to the traditional Roman rite. Once you’re finished exploring the church, you can climb up the neo-Gothic bell tower next door, which was constructed much later in the 1870s.  

18. Go Underground at Plokstine Missile Base

Have you ever wondered what an underground missile silo looks like? Well, then Lithuania has the perfect museum for you. For a small fee, you can head straight into the first Soviet Union nuclear missile base. 

Plokstine Missile Base Lithuania

Although most of you might never have heard of the Plokstine Missile Base, it is where the Cuban missile crisis nuclear warheads came from. They were transported from here to Sevastopol, where they were then loaded on a ship headed to Havana , Cuba .

Plokstine Missile Base Lithuania

The silo is located in the Plokstine forest in northwest Lithuania. The site was chosen because of its remoteness, which does make it slightly more effort to visit – but still an important historical destination. 

Plokstine Missile Base Lithuania

Plokstine Missile Base was decommissioned in 1978 and remained abandoned for many years, where it suffered from metal theft. Luckily, in 2012 the cold war museum was opened here, allowing the history of that era to be preserved. 

Plokstine Missile Base

19. Visit the Self-Proclaimed Republic of Uzupis

Did you know there is a self-declared republic inside Vilnius? The Uzupis Republic declared its independence on the 1st of April 1997 and is an art-focused town that is definitely worth the visit. 

Republic of Užupis vilnius lithuania

Artists have favored this part of Vilnius for a long time, and as a result, the neighborhood has transformed into an art-focused bohemian destination. Although it’s small (only 0.6 square km), you can easily fill up a day exploring all of the local hotspots.

Welcome To The Art Incubatorvilnius

Whether you’re walking along the Vilnele River, spotting the legendary local mermaid or visiting the art incubator to see all the amazing creations, Uzupis is a great holiday destination. Of all the sculptures you’ll see in the republic, make sure to spot the bronze archangel Gabriel in the town square. 

Užupis vilnius lithuania

20. Pay Respects at Vilnius Cathedral

When you’re exploring the old town of Vilnius, the main cathedral is a worthwhile stop. Although it isn’t the only church in the city, it’s by far the biggest and most beautiful. It’s also very close to the Vilnius Castle Grounds, which makes it great to include on a day tour.

The entrance to Vilnius Cathedral from the front Lithuania

The magnificent white walls and detailed interior are the main attractions, but you can also walk up the Vilnius Bell Tower to get some incredible panoramic views of the surrounding areas. The entrance to the tower is just outside the main entrance.

Vilnius Cathedral lithuania

Vilnius Cathedral has had a long history since its inception in the 13th century. Originally a Gothic-style church, it was rebuilt towards the end of the 1700s in its current Neoclassical style. It’s a great destination to appreciate the struggles Vilnius has faced and overcome over the centuries.

Inside Vilnius Cathedral

21. Go Skiing in Lithuania

This northern European country might not be as famous for skiing as France or Switzerland, but it still offers many wonderful opportunities. Not only can you ski here in winter, but there is also a state-of-the-art indoor venue available all year round.

The Snow Arena is a popular destination in the south of Lithuania, just outside Druskininkai. It’s a 2-hour drive from the capital and is a very relaxing area known for its spas and tranquility. 

Although most tourists prefer to visit Lithuania during summer, if you are here during the colder months, you will have access to many more skiing locations. When in Vilnius, you can travel just outside the city to the Liepkalnis entertainment area. Here you will find snowboarding and skiing in the winter or mountain biking, climbing, tubing, or tobogganing in summer.

22. Relax in Druskininkai

What is a holiday without a bit of relaxation? If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the major cities, head over to Druskininkai in the southern part of Lithuania. It is located just over a 2-hours drive away from Vilnius and has been a popular spa destination since the 19th century. 

Druskininkai hotel lithuania

Like much of Lithuania, the history of Druskininkai has been fraught with warfare and enemy occupation. Despite all the hardships, the town maintained its focus on relaxation and spa life. It started growing into the popular spa town that it is today after WWI and has continued to be a major destination for people from Lithuania as well as neighboring Poland, Belarus, and Russia.

There are plenty of exciting events and attractions to visit in the town. If you aren’t relaxing in a spa, you can visit the first water park opened in Lithuania, the Grutas Park Soviet Memorial, or go skiing at the indoor Snow Arena. The annual Druskininkai Poetic Fall and International Art Festival are also great ways to experience the local culture. 

23. Visit the Lithuanian National Opera & Ballet Theatre

Lithuania’s history of ballet and opera is not as longstanding as some other European countries, but the culture has developed thanks to the Lithuanian National Opera & Ballet Theatre (LNOBT). It was opened in 1974 and is the largest theatre of its kind in the country.

The modernly designed building in Vilnius is a place to learn more about ballet and opera in Lithuania, but you can also attend shows here. It is still a fully functioning theatre with events hosted throughout the year. You can book tickets online, with prices ranging from $20 to $70 depending on the event and your preferred seating.

In Summer, the LNOBT moved some of their events to an open-air theatre erected in Trakai Castle. This is a popular attraction that has been going on since its inception in 2001. It’s a great opportunity to get outside on a warm Lithuanian day and experience local culture and art.

24. Take the Train up Gediminas’ Tower

Gedimimas’ Tower is considered the birthplace of Vilnius. The hill where the tower is located is where Grand Duke Gediminas had his vision for the settlement. Although not much of the original structures remain, the tower is still a beacon of history and an important landmark of Vilnius.

Gediminas’ Tower Vilnius Lithuania

It is located on the same grounds as the Palace of the Grand Duke, so it can easily be viewed on the same day. Once you reach the top, you will be able to enjoy some of the best views of the city. If you aren’t a fan of walking up hills, don’t worry, there is a functioning train that can take you up/down. 

Funicular train to Gediminas’ Tower vilnius

Inside the tower, you will find a small museum showcasing the history of the surrounding area. Archaeological findings are displayed as well as the different designs of Vilnius castles that were prevalent throughout the 14th to 17th centuries. Few places to visit in Lithuania offer such an in-depth glimpse into the country’s past. 

Gediminas’ Tower vilnius lithuania

25. Hangout at the notorious Lukiškės Prison

Once one of the most notorious prisons under the Soviets, now the new cultural hub in Vilnius with art gallery, concerts, and a bar.

Lukiškės Prison vilnius lithuania

Once the most notorious prison in Lithuania until the prison was officially closed on 2 July 2019.

The prison opened up in 1904 when Lithuania was part of the Russian Empire. It was also used by the Germani Nazi s occupation of Lithuania during WW2 when it was used by the Gestapo as a holding cell for thousands of Jews.

Lukiškės Prison vilnius lithunaia

Now the prison has reopened under the name Lukiškės Prison 2.0, which these days offers everything from art studios which is used by around 250 famous local artists. You can also tour the old prison with some of the old prison guards working as guides in prison now, (you will hear some crazy stories from their own experience working in the prison during the time it was a notorious prison,

Lukiškės Prison prison cell

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Lithuania is truly an unconventional European holiday destination. The curious combination of Balkan culture and modern European architecture is one of its major selling points. 

Learn about the Soviet occupation of the country, sample some of the local’s sensational craft beer, or just spend your day relaxing on white sandy beaches. There are so many fun things to see in Lithuania that you will want to visit again and again. 

Sunset vilnius

Now that you know exactly what to do in Lithuania, I hope you enjoy your time here as much as I did. If you find any other great things to do in Lithuania that I haven’t mentioned, please let me know in the comments section below. 

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Solo Travel in Lithuania: A Guide for the Independent Explorer

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  • July 12, 2023
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Lithuania is a beautiful country located in the Baltic region of Europe. With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cities, it is a perfect destination for solo travelers. If you are planning a solo trip to Lithuania, here is a guide to help you make the most of your adventure.

1. Safety: Lithuania is generally a safe country for travelers, including solo travelers. However, it is always important to take basic precautions such as keeping your belongings secure and being aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded areas or at night.

2. Language: The official language of Lithuania is Lithuanian, but English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas and larger cities. It is always helpful to learn a few basic phrases in Lithuanian to show respect and make communication easier.

3. Getting around: Lithuania has a well-developed transportation system, making it easy to explore the country. Buses and trains are the most common modes of transportation, and they connect major cities and towns. Consider purchasing a Vilnius City Card, which offers unlimited public transportation and discounts on attractions.

4. Vilnius: The capital city of Vilnius is a must-visit for any solo traveler. Its charming Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is perfect for exploring on foot. Visit the Gediminas Castle Tower for panoramic views of the city, explore the bohemian neighborhood of Užupis, and indulge in the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants and cafes.

5. Kaunas: The second-largest city in Lithuania, Kaunas, is known for its vibrant arts scene and historical landmarks. Visit the Kaunas Castle, stroll along the Laisvės Alėja (Liberty Avenue), and explore the Ninth Fort, a former prison and now a museum.

6. Trakai: Just a short distance from Vilnius, Trakai is a picturesque town famous for its stunning Trakai Island Castle. Take a boat ride to the castle, explore its medieval halls, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Lake Galvė.

7. Curonian Spit: Located on the Baltic Sea coast, the Curonian Spit is a unique natural wonder and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a narrow strip of land with sand dunes, forests, and charming fishing villages. Rent a bike and explore the area, visit the Hill of Witches, and relax on the sandy beaches.

8. Safety tips: While Lithuania is generally safe, it is always important to take precautions. Avoid walking alone in isolated areas at night, be cautious of your belongings in crowded places, and use common sense when interacting with strangers.

9. Socializing: Solo travel is a great opportunity to meet new people and make friends. Join walking tours, visit local cafes and bars, and consider staying in hostels or guesthouses where you can meet fellow travelers.

10. Enjoy the local culture: Lithuania has a rich cultural heritage, and solo travel allows you to immerse yourself in it. Attend traditional festivals, visit museums and art galleries, and try the local cuisine, including dishes like cepelinai (potato dumplings) and šaltibarščiai (cold beet soup).

Solo travel in Lithuania can be a rewarding and enriching experience. With its friendly locals, stunning landscapes, and fascinating history, Lithuania offers a perfect destination for independent explorers. So pack your bags, embrace the adventure, and get ready to create unforgettable memories in this Baltic gem.

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Lithuania is a spellbinding land of castles, lakes and forests. Though relatively few knew of its charms until recently, Lithuania's capital, Vilnius, is one of Europe's most enchanting cities, owing especially to its Baroque old town. Then there is the Baltic shore, which may not have the sun-soaked appeal of other coasts, but is idyllic and largely unspoilt. The southernmost country in the Baltics, Lithuania is also home to vast plains parted by hills and sand dunes.

Lithuanian independence came soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. By 1995, the transition to a full market economy had been completed. The long-running border dispute with Poland was settled with the signing of a friendship and co-operation treaty in January 1992 and negotiations with Russia led to the withdrawal of the remaining Russian troops in Lithuania in August 1993. The Russian connection remains, however, with Russians being the second largest ethnic minority in the country. The largest of the three Baltic states, Lithuania gaining EU membership in 2004, since which time the country has been thrust on to the global stage, encouraging more visitors than ever.

Most of the attraction for Lithuania lies with its natural treasures. Much of the country is verdant, with several national parks that are perfect for hikers and explorers. All around the country there are countless sprawling forests ripe for wandering, as well as numerous lakes sprinkled across the landscape.

Perhaps the country's trump card is the Baltic coastline, where beguiling wetlands brim with wildlife, most notably the thousands of bird species. There's also the Curonian Spit, a stunning 100km strip of land that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea, which is covered in white sands.

65,300 sq km (25,212 sq miles).

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  • have a ‘date of issue’ less than 10 years before the date you arrive – if you renewed your passport before 1 October 2018, it may have a date of issue that is more than 10 years ago
  • have an ‘expiry date’ at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave the Schengen area

Check with your travel provider that your passport and other travel documents meet requirements. Renew your passport if you need to.  

You will be denied entry if you do not have a valid travel document or try to use a passport that has been reported lost or stolen.

Visa requirements

You can travel without a visa to the Schengen area, which includes Lithuania, for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. This applies if you travel: 

  • as a tourist
  • to visit family or friends
  • to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events
  • for short-term studies or training

The requirements for working in Lithuania are different.  

If you’re travelling to other Schengen countries as well, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day visa-free limit. Visits to Schengen countries in the 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days.

Make sure you get your passport stamped on entry and exit.

If you’re a visitor, border guards will look at your entry and exit stamps to check you have not overstayed the 90-day visa-free limit for the Schengen area. 

If your passport is missing a stamp, show evidence of when and where you entered or left the Schengen area (for example, boarding passes or tickets) and ask the border guards to add the date and location in your passport. 

At Lithuanian border control, you may need to:

  • show proof of your accommodation, for example, a hotel booking confirmation or proof of address for a second home
  • show proof of your travel insurance
  • show a return or onward ticket
  • prove that you have enough money for your stay – the amount varies depending on your accommodation

Staying longer than 90 days in a 180-day period

To stay longer, you must meet the Lithuanian government’s entry requirements. Check which type of visa or permit you need with the  Lithuanian Embassy in the UK  .

If you stay in Lithuania with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.

Read about  passport stamping if you live in Lithuania . 

Arriving from Belarus, Ukraine or Russia 

If you arrive in Lithuania from Belarus, Ukraine or Russia, including the Kaliningrad Oblast, and need help, call +370 5246 2900 and select ‘calling about an emergency involving a British national’. You can also  contact  FCDO  online .

British nationals can travel to Lithuania from Belarus, Russia or Ukraine by car or bus. 

For more information, see Russia travel advice .

Vaccine requirements

For details about medical entry requirements and recommended vaccinations, see TravelHealthPro’s Lithuania guide .

Customs rules

There are strict rules about  goods that can be brought into and taken out of Lithuania . You must declare anything that may be prohibited or subject to tax or duty.

Taking food into Lithuania

You cannot take meat, milk or products containing them into EU countries . There are some exceptions such as powdered baby milk, baby food and special foods or pet feed required for medical reasons.

Taking money into Lithuania

Declare cash or travellers cheques if the value is 10,000 euros or more. You will get a certified declaration to show you brought it in with you. If you do not, your money could be seized when you leave.  

Russian vehicle restrictions

There are restrictions on vehicles with Russian number plates in Lithuania.

There is a high threat of terrorist attack globally affecting UK interests and British nationals, including from groups and individuals who view the UK and British nationals as targets. Stay aware of your surroundings at all times.      

UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on  staying safe abroad  and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. Find out  how to reduce your risk from terrorism while abroad .

Terrorism in Lithuania

Terrorist attacks in Lithuania cannot be ruled out.

Protecting your belongings

Petty crime is common. To reduce your risk:

  • beware of pickpockets in busy locations and on public transport
  • avoid unlit streets and parks at night
  • be cautious if you’re walking alone
  • do not leave coats and handbags unattended in bars, pubs and clubs

Drink and food spiking

There have been instances of drink spiking in Vilnius and at festivals and events elsewhere in Lithuania. Do not leave drinks unattended and be wary of accepting food and drink from strangers in bars, nightclubs and restaurants.   

Car theft is a problem as well as theft from cars. Park in guarded car parks in cities, especially overnight. Do not leave your luggage in a car for any length of time.

Laws and cultural differences

Illegal drugs and prison sentences.

Possessing even very small quantities of drugs can lead to imprisonment or heavy fines.

While there are some LGBT+ friendly venues in larger cities, small towns and rural areas can be less accepting of LGBT+ travellers.

Same-sex relationships are legal and same-sex partners can live together, but same-sex marriages and civil partnerships are not recognised under Lithuanian law.

Read more  advice for LGBT+ travellers .       

Transport risks

Road travel.

If you are planning to drive in Lithuania, see information on driving abroad  and check the  rules of the road in the RAC’s Lithuania guide . The guide lists driving regulations and other requirements that you need to be aware of.

You can use a UK photocard driving licence to drive in Lithuania. Make sure it has the correct name and address. Renew or update your licence if necessary.

If you still have a paper driving licence, you may need to update it to a photocard licence or get the correct version of the international driving permit ( IDP ) as well.

Hire car companies often have stricter requirements for their customers, such as a year of driving experience and a higher minimum age.   

Drink-driving is a serious offence in Lithuania, and the legal limits are stricter than in the UK . If you are tested and have over the legal limit for alcohol in your system, you may face a heavy fine and imprisonment.        

Check if you need a UK sticker to drive your car outside the UK .

It is safer to use a recognised taxi app or to phone for a registered taxi that uses a meter. Make sure the meter is switched on to avoid arguments about the fare.

Curonian Spit, Klaipeda

The Spit, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is divided between Lithuania and Russia – the northern half is in Lithuania and the southern half is part of Kaliningrad, Russia. Visitors should be aware that the walk along the Curonian Spit in Lithuanian territory will eventually reach Russian territory. See Russia travel advice .

Before you travel check that:

  • your destination can provide the healthcare you may need
  • you have  appropriate travel insurance  for local treatment or unexpected medical evacuation

This is particularly important if you have a health condition or are pregnant.

Emergency medical number

Dial 112 and ask for an ambulance.

Contact your insurance or medical assistance company quickly if you’re referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Vaccine recommendations and health risks

At least 8 weeks before your trip:  

  • check the latest vaccine recommendations for Lithuania
  • see where to get vaccines and whether you have to pay on the NHS travel vaccinations page

See what health risks you’ll face in Lithuania . 

The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or bought in the UK can be different in other countries.

Read  best practice when travelling with medicines on TravelHealthPro .

Healthcare in Lithuania

FCDO has a list of medical providers in Lithuania where some staff will speak English.

Health insurance cards

To get medically necessary state healthcare in Lithuania, you need a Global Health Insurance Card ( GHIC ) or a European Health Insurance Card ( EHIC ).

The NHS’s getting healthcare abroad webpage has details about:  

  • how to apply for a GHIC
  • how to get temporary cover if you lose your card or it does not arrive in time
  • who qualifies for a new EHIC instead of a GHIC
  • what treatment counts as medically necessary

A GHIC or EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. You may have costs your GHIC or EHIC does not cover, including:  

  • changes to travel and accommodation bookings
  • additional standard costs for treatment
  • medical repatriation to the UK
  • treatment that is ruled non-urgent
  • private healthcare
  • private clinics

There is also guidance on healthcare if you’re living in Lithuania .  

Travel and mental health

Read  FCDO  guidance on travel and mental health . There is also  mental health guidance on TravelHealthPro .

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office ( FCDO ) cannot provide tailored advice for individual trips. Read this travel advice and carry out your own research before deciding whether to travel.

Emergency services in Lithuania

Telephone: 112 (ambulance, fire, police)

Contact your travel provider and insurer

Contact your travel provider and your insurer if you are involved in a serious incident or emergency abroad. They will tell you if they can help and what you need to do.

Refunds and changes to travel

For refunds or changes to travel, contact your travel provider. You may also be able to make a claim through insurance. However, insurers usually require you to talk to your travel provider first.

Find out more about  changing or cancelling travel plans , including:

  • where to get advice if you are in a dispute with a provider
  • how to access previous versions of travel advice to support a claim

Support from  FCDO

FCDO  has guidance on staying safe and what to do if you need help or support abroad, including:

  • finding English-speaking  lawyers ,  funeral directors  and  translators and interpreters  in Lithuania
  • dealing with a  death in Lithuania
  • being  arrested in Lithuania
  • getting help if you’re a  victim of crime
  • what to do if you’re  in hospital
  • if you’re  affected by a crisis , such as a terrorist attack

Contacting  FCDO

Follow and contact  FCDO  travel on  Twitter ,  Facebook  and  Instagram . You can also sign up to  get email notifications  when this travel advice is updated.

You can also  contact  FCDO  online .

Help abroad in an emergency

If you are in Lithuania and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the  British Embassy in Vilnius

FCDO  in London

You can call  FCDO  in London if you need urgent help because something has happened to a friend or relative abroad.

Telephone: 020 7008 5000 (24 hours)

Find out about call charges

Risk information for British companies

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating in Lithuania on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

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