Officially known as the Republic of Lithuania, Lithuania is located in Northern Europe and shares its land border with Belarus to the east and south, Latvia to the north and Poland to the south. Located along the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea to the east of Sweden and Denmark, it is the biggest of the three Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania). Lithuania cuisine offers many common dishes of other European countries (Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Romania, Georgia, Germany and France) as well as many traditional dishes. The richness of the cuisine caters to the need and taste of every individual.
Hotels, bars, restaurants and nightclubs are plentiful and also cater to the need and budget of every individual.
VILNIUS: Located in the southeastern region of Lithuania, Vilnius is the capital and the biggest city of the country and the second biggest city of the Baltic States (after Riga). The old part of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (declared in 1994). In 2009 Vilnius was declared the European Capital of Culture along with Linz (Austria). Presidential Palace, Vilnius Cathedral, Vilnius Old Town, St. Anne’s Church, KGB Museum is arguably the top 5 out of 122 worth visiting places in and around Vilnius.
KAUNAS: The second biggest city of Lithuania, Kaunas is the cultural, economic, industrial and academic center of Lithuania. Kaunas Castle, Kaunas 200, Kaunas Fortress, Napoleon’s Hill, the Kaunas Cathedral Basilica is arguably the top 5 out of 46 major tourist attractions in and around Kaunas.
KLAIPEDA: Capital of the Klaipeda country, situated at the mouth of the Dane River, Klaipeda is a port city and the third biggest city in Lithuania. ‘Svyturys’ Brewery, Lithuanian Sea Museum, Klaipeda University, Memelis (brewery-restaurant operating since 1871) is arguably the top 4 out of 14 worth visiting places in and around Klaipeda.
DRUSKININKAI: Located near the borders of Poland and Belarus and in Southern Lithuania, Druskininkai is a very old spa town on the bank of Neman River, surrounded by a natural forest reserve. The Water Park, Orthodox Church, Grutas Park, East Island SPA Center, Snoras Snow Arena is the top 5 out of 11 worth visiting places in and around Druskininkai.
PALANGA: Located in Western Lithuania, Palanga is a resort town, on the shore of the Baltic Sea. Palanga is the busiest summer resort in Lithuania and has 18 km long and 300 meters wide beautiful sand beaches and sand dunes.
Palanga Beach, Kerpe Hotel Spa, Palanga Amber Museum is the top 3 out of 7 major tourist attractions in and around Palanga.
BEACHES IN LITHUANIA
Lithuania offers one of the most fascinating beaches in the world as well as one of the most affordable and enjoyable beach holidays on the Curonian Spit. Jean-Paul Satre (famous French philosopher) has called the beach at Neringa ‘A Gateway to Paradise’. Curonian Spit Beach, Klaipeda Beach, Smiltene Beach, Palanga Beach is the top 5 beaches in Lithuania. All these beaches are uncrowded, unbelievably affordable with beautiful landscape all around.
SKIING IN LITHUANIA
Druskininkai Arena, Ignalina, Bristonas, Kalita skiing center, Alytus skiing track is the top 4 ski resorts in Lithuania but for the beginners and intermediates only and not for the experienced skiers.