Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Lithuania


Lithuania
Lithuania, officially the Republic of Lithuania is a country in Northern Europe, the largest of the three Baltic States. The country of Lithuania is located along the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea, to the east of Sweden and Denmark. The country of Lithuania offers plenty of ancient and beautiful architectural structure, lakes, forests and cultural relics; Lithuania is a traveler’s paradise. A Lithuania attraction represents the beauty of the land and is a major crowd puller in the country. There are numerous attractions in Lithuania that trace the historical and cultural journey of Lithuania through various ages. Fifty things that you can enjoy in Lithuania along with your family are listed below: www.travelrows.com

1. Trakai Island Castle

The Trakai Island Castle is one of the major tourist attractions of Lithuania indeed it is undoubtedly the most interesting sight in Lithuania. You can find it on an island in Galva Lake. Construction of the Trakai Island Castle began in the 14th century. The castle got completed during the 15th century and retains its preserved state from that period.

2. Old Town of Vilnius

The Old Town of Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and its old town is a major attraction of the country. Vilnius is indeed one of the hugely visited tourist destinations of the country and offers some of the spectacular spots. The Old Town is dominated by medieval architecture but there are different architectural buildings from all eras. Vilnius old town is one of the largest (about 360ha with over 1,500 buildings) and most exquisite old towns in Central and Eastern Europe and the most northernmost capital city which took over the architectural styles of old Southern and Western Europe.

3. Kernave

Kernave is undoubtedly one of the major tourist destinations of the country. It is used to be the location of a feudal town during medieval times and was even the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania at one time. Today the site of Kernave is a famous archeological site and considered a must visit spots of the country.

4. Curonian Split

Another spectacular tourist attraction of Lithuania is the Curoinan Split. It is a beautiful 98-km sand dune is only half of what it originally was. The other half is in Russia. During the third Millennium the split was created and undoubtedly worth a visit. Curonian Split is also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

5. The Hill of Crosses

The Hill of Crosses is considered as the pilgrimage area of Lithuania, largely visited by tourist from all over the world. The Hill of Crosses includes tens of thousands of crosses, crucifixes, and statues, set on a hill that is located quite close to the town of Siauliai. It is a product of the long-held tradition from the 13th century when people were fighting for independence. The crosses represent the hopes, prayers, and wishes of locals.

6. Kaunus Town Hall

Kaunus Town Hall is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. The structure of Kaunus Town Hall belongs to the 16th century and considered as one of the most precious historical structures of Lithuania. This historical Building was renovated several times since its construction. To this day, it is used for official ceremonies and other significant government meetings and transactions.

7. Gediminas Tower

The Gediminas Tower was earlier known as the Upper Castle is considered as one of the major landmarks of the country. Indeed the tower is an iconic symbol of Vilnius, Lithuania. You can witness some of the towers remains that have been restored. The top floor offers breathtaking views of the old town. Inside the tower you will also find a magnificent museum that offers some of the best collections from previous centuries.

8. Aukstaitija National Park

The Aukstaitija National Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. The park is there in Lithuania since the year 1974 and that makes it the oldest national park in the country. Aukstaitija occupies approximately around 400 sq. km. of woods where you can find abundant of animals and plants. Within the park you will also find some ancient buildings, museums, and entire villages.

9. Kaunas Castle

The Kaunas Castle was created in Gothic-style was originally constructed during the 14th century. The Castle has suffered numerous damages during battles and was reconstructed various times after. The castle is open to the public and also offers a fine art gallery with museum that has some of the interesting artifacts.

10. Christ’s Resurrection Church

Another interesting tourist spot of Lithuania is the Christ’s Resurrection Church. This magnificent church is an old Roman Catholic Church that was originally constructed during the year 1918. However, the structure wasn’t completed until after 1940 because of lack of funds. The church has a beautiful and striking architecture which doubles as a museum. Christ’s Resurrection Church is one of the top tourist attractions in Lithuania.

11. Neringa

The region of Neringa sands right in the middle of Europe is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Lithuania. This incredible attraction of Lithuania offers plenty of amazing attractions. Over five thousand years ago the waves and winds of the Baltic Sea drifted dunes and eventually shaped the Curonian Spit – a stripe of land which separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. Peace and snow-white beaches. Neringa enchants with tranquillity. Professional yachtsmen and lovers of yachting, power kites and paragliding like to recreate here. `

12. Frank Zappa

It’s the world’s first monument dedicated to Frank Zappa that emerged in the year 1995 on the background of graffiti-painted walls in the centre of Vilnius; the monumental bust of Frank Zappa is one of the most popular tourist attractions and considered among the major landmarks of the country. Visit this place to discover how an even alternative personality can be respected in Europe’s old capital.

13. Zokniai Military Airfield

The Zokniai Military Airfield was constructed during the year 1935 is one of the major tourist attractions of Lithuania. You can also arrange guided tours that will take you around the airfield, much of it in a shocking state of crumbling disrepair after 10 years of abandonment. Earlier during the Soviet times this airfield with two 3.5km-long and 45m-wide runways, was the USSR’s biggest military base outside Russia, used to defend its western border. It was large enough to land a space shuttle. The last of its 55,000 troops based here left in 1993, and since 2004 the Lithuanian air base has been used by NATO forces to patrol Baltic skies.

14. Nemunas Delta

Another interesting tourist spot to visit in Lithuania is the Nemunas Delta. Once here you can witness the Nemunas birdlife and an observation deck that encourages people to spot species first-hand. Vytas is a local English-speaking ornithological guide. This wetland is considered as a twitcher’s heaven. Inside the Nemunas Delta Regional Park you will find around 270 of the 325 bird species, many rare birds breeding in the lush marshes around Rusnė, including rare black storks, white-tailed eagles, black-tailed godwits, pintails, dunlin, ruff and great snipe. The common white stork breeds like there’s no tomorrow in Ventė.

15. Vilnius Cathedral

At the base of Gediminas Hill sprawls Cathedral Square, dominated by Vilnius Cathedral and its 57m-tall belfry, a Vilnius landmark. It is said that by hunting for the secret stebuklas (miracle) tile, which if found can grant a wish if you stand on it and turn around clockwise. It marks the spot where the Tallinn-Vilnius human chain ended in 1989. It is one of the largely visited tourist attractions of Lithuania.

16. Nemunas Delta Regional Park

The Numunas Delta Regional park of Lithuania is among the most famous tourist attractions. The moist cluster of islands form a savage but peacefully attractive landscape protected since 1992 by the Nemunas Delta Regional Park. More than 25 percent of the park has water – which freezes most winters, exposing hardy residents to extreme weather conditions. Rusnė Island, the largest island, covers 48 sq km and increases in size by 15cm to 20cm a year. The park is an ideal place to enjoy with the entire family.

17. Ventės Ragas

Ventės Ragas is a lightly populated region to be found on the tip of the south-pointing promontory of the delta, which, with its dramatic nature and uplifting isolation, is beautifully wild. It is considered to be among the most sought after tourist destinations of the country, just ideal for nature lovers. The major attraction of this region is the Ventės Ragas Ornithological Station, 66km south of Klaipėda at the end of the Kintai-Ventė road.

18. History Museum

The History Museum is one of the most prominent museums of the country. It is also considered as the centre piece of the old Lithuanian capital of Trakai is its picture-postcard Island Castle. A footbridge links it to the shore and a moat separates the triangular outer courtyard moat from the main tower with its cavernous central court and a range of galleries, halls and rooms. Some house the Trakai History Museum (Trakų istorijos muziejus) which charts the history of the castle. The castle’s prominence as a holy site is…

19. Gediminas Hill

Vilnius was established on 48m-high Gediminas Hill, topped since the 13th century by Gedimino Tower. During the Russian occupation during 1655 to 1661, its walls were ruined but were later renovated during 1930 to house the Upper Castle Museum. The Renaissance ushered in the Royal Palace (Valdovūrumai), where the first Lithuanian operas were performed. Later during the year 1795 with the Russian occupation of Lithuania the palace – along with the Lower Castle and city defense wall – was demolished.

20. Pažaislis Monastery

Pazaislis Monastery is considered as one of the finest examples of 17th-century baroque architecture. It is located around 9km east of the centre, near the shores of Kaunas Sea, a huge artificial lake created by damming the Nemunas. The monastery church has a height of 50m with the Venetian interior made from pink and black Polish marble made it a place remarkably attractive. The monastery has a chequered history and was a psychiatric hospital for part of the Soviet era. Nuns inhabit it today.

21. Švyturys Brewery

To visit this extremely popular tourist attraction of Lithuania called the Svyturys Brewery you need to book a reservation, rebuilt after World War II. Brewed in Klaipėda by Lithuania’s oldest operating brewery, the market leader comes in eight types ranging from the light fresh golden Gintarinis to the old-style unfiltered Baltas and the strong, dark, amber-coloured Baltijos.

22. Gates of Dawn

The Gates of Dawn is a 16th-century Gate and among one of the town wall’s original nine gates still intact, is one of the famous tourist attractions of Lithuania. You will find the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary inside that gate and the black-and-gold ‘miracle-working’ Virgin Mary icon. During the 18th century when the Russians destroyed the old city walls, they spared Aušros Vartai, fearing bad luck if they tampered with the resting place of the Virgin icon.

23. Amber Processing Gallery

One of the prime tourist attractions of Lithuania is Amber Processing Gallery. During the 17th century there were a dozen or so such workshops. The Gallery run by the Palanga association of amber masters, follows. During the late 1880s Palanga was one of the biggest amber-processing centres in the Baltics, its amber products being transported to southern Russia then mailed on to the Caucasus, Germany and France.

24. Curonian Spit National Nature Museum

The Curonian Spit National Nature Museum is one of the interesting tourist attractions of Lithuania. This museum is housed in 3 wooden houses, incorporating the birds and mammals, plants and insects, and landscape sections of the museum painted brown, yellow and green. About 700m further north are old fishing vessels, including three Baltic Sea fishing trawlers constructed in the late 1940s and a 1935 kurėnas. Visiting this Nature museum is worth visiting.

25. Paneriai

Paneriai is one of the famous destinations of Lithuania. Approximately half of this region’s Jewish population had already been butchery here by the end of the first three months of the German occupation at the hands of Einsatzkommando 9, an SS killing unit of elite Nazi troops. Lithuanian accomplices are accused of doing as much of the killing as their German overseers. The forest entrance is marked by a memorial, the Panerių memorialas. The memorial sign in Lithuanian and Hebrew – erected later – honor the 70,000 Jewish victims.

26. Snow Arena

The Snow Arena is considered to be the most exciting tourist spots to visit in Lithuania. It is the famous indoor ski slope in Druskininkai, Lithuania. The Arena was opened during the year 2011, making it among the most visited spots in the country. It is one of the biggest indoor skiing slopes in the world, with the slope length 460 m, width 50 m and height difference 65.65 m

27. Karaites Ethnographic Museum

The Karaites Ethnographic Museum is an interesting place to visit in Lithuania. You will find that this region is filled with old wooden cottages, many of them constructed by the Karaites, a Judaic sect and Turkic minority originating in Baghdad, which adheres to the Law of Moses. Their descendants were around 380 families, brought to Trakai from the Crimea around 1400 to serve as bodyguards. The Karaites Ethnographic Museum traces their ancestry. Their beautifully restored early-19th-century Kenessa can be visited.

28. Collection of Religious Art at Island Castle

One of the interesting sights to visit in Lithuania to admire the art collection is the Island Castle. It’s that place where you can find some of the best collection of Religious Art pieces. A footbridge links it to the shore and a moat separates the triangular outer courtyard moat from the main tower with its cavernous central court and a range of galleries, halls and rooms. The castle’s prominence as a holy site is reflected in its collection of religious art.

29. Lithuanian Zoo

Lithuanian Zoo is one of the most famous places to visit in the country especially kids love this place. The zoo previously known as Kaunas’ Zoo is the only Zoo in the entire country. It is situated in a Ąžuolynas oak grove park towards the south-western Žaliakalnis elderate of Kaunas. The zoo occupies a total area of 15.9 hectares. It was started during the year 1935 by Lithuanian zoologist Tadas Ivanauskas and offers over 2,800 insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

30. National Museum of Lithuania

The National Museum of Lithuania is surely worth a visit was founded during the year 1952, is a state-sponsored historical museum that includes numerous of important structures and a wide collection of written materials and artifacts. It also organizes archeological digs in Lithuania.

31. Ninth Fort

The Ninth Fort is a famous place to visit in Lithuanian. The fort is a stronghold to found towards the northern end of Šilainiai elderates, Kaunas, Lithuania. The famous Ninth Fort is a part of the Kaunas Fortress was built during the 19th century. The fort was used as a prison during the occupation of Kaunas and the rest of Lithuania by the Soviet Union. After the occupation of Lithuania by Nazi Germany, it was used as a place of execution for Jews and the captured Soviets.

32. The Palanga Amber Museum

The Palanga Amber Museum is to be found quite close to the Baltic Sea in Palanga is actually a branch of the Lithuanian Art Museum. The museum is presented in a renovated 19th-century Tiškevičiai Palace that is bounded by the beautiful Palanga Botanical Garden. Its collection comprises of around 28,000 pieces, of which about 15,000 contain inclusions of insects, spiders, or plants. You will also find around 4,500 pieces of amber are exhibited; many of these are items of artwork and jewelry.

33. The Palace of the Grand Dukes

The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania is a palace located in Vilnius that was constructed during the 15th century for the rulers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The Royal Palace in the Lower Castle evolved over the years and prospered in the 16th centuries. For four centuries the palace was the political, administrative and cultural center of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Later during the year 1801 it was smashed down. Today a new palace is being built on the site of the original building.

34. Europa-Park

Europa-Park is the largest theme park in Germany and the second most popular theme park resort in Europe is one of the extremely popular tourist attractions to be enjoyed with the entire family. This magnificent park is situated in Rust towards the south-western Germany, between Freiburg and Strasbourg, France. Inside the park you will find around eleven roller coasters, the oldest being the Alpenexpress Mine Train, where a powered coaster speeds through a diamond mine, – and the newest coaster being Wodan, a wooden rollercoaster. The park can accommodate as much as 50,000 visitors.

35. Aukstaitija National Park

Aukštaitija National Park is a national park to be found towards the northeastern Lithuania, around 100 km north of Vilnius. It was discovered during the year 1974 making it the oldest of the five national parks in Lithuania. In 1991, four other parks were established and were renamed after ethnographic regions of Lithuania. Park territory occupies 405.7 km². You can find around sixty-four species of plants, eight species of fungi, and 48 species of birds that are found in the park are included in the Red book of Lithuania.

36. House of Perkunas

House of Perkūnas is one of the most original and archaic Gothic secular buildings to be found in the Old Town of Kaunas and was constructed by Hanseatic merchants. The house was served as their office from 1440 till 1532, and later during the 16th century it was sold to the Jesuits who had established a chapel there in 1643. The Jesuits have also completed the Church of St. Francis Xavier at the Town Hall Square in the year 1722. It was reconstructed during the 19th century and served as a school and theatre, which was attended by Polish-Lithuanian poet Adam Mickiewicz.

37. Dzukija National Park

Dzūkija National Park is a famous national park to be found in Dzūkija. The park was founded during the year 1991 with the motive to conserve the pine forests, the landscape, and the villages of the region. The area encompasses approximately 550 square kilometers on the banks of the Nemunas River. It is the biggest protected area in Lithuania. It belongs to both the Association of Baltic National Parks and the Federation of European National Parks.

38. The Vytautas the Great War Museum

The Vytautas the Great War Museum is one of the most interesting museums to visit in Lithuania to be found in Kaunas. The museum was started during the year 1936 and named after Vytautas the Great, Grand Duke of Lithuania. It exhibits some of the finest historical artifacts pertaining to Lithuania and Kaunas from prehistoric times to the present day, including a large collection of historical weapons. You will also find expositions that are dedicated to the military skills of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Vytautas the Great Chapel, collections of weapons, firearms, ammunition, army uniforms of various states, defense of the Kaunas Fortress in the year 1915.

39. Zmuidzinavicius Museum

Žmuidzinavičius Museum is also referred as the Devils’ Museum to be found in Kaunas. The museum is dedicated to collecting and displaying sculptures and carvings of devils from all over the world. The museum holds around 3,000 exhibits and the collection was initiated by painter Antanas Žmuidzinavičius. A memorial museum was established in his house after his death. At the time the devil collection had only 260 sculptures. The devils, collected from different cultures, are diverse: some are just works of art, while others are incorporated into useful objects, some represent folk myths, while others express modern political ideas.

40. Baltika Stadium

Baltika Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium to be found in Kaliningrad that is home to FC Baltika Kaliningrad. The stadium’s capacity is 14,660 which make it an average sized stadium in the Russian First Division. The stadium was originally within Königsberg, Germany. During the year 1892 philanthropist Walter Simon granted 6.83 hectares in Mittelhufen for the construction of an athletic field.

41. Rambynas

Rambynas is a hill with the height of around 46 meters located towards western part of the country, on the bank of the Neman River. Exactly across the river you will find the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad Oblast. It belongs to the land of Rambynas Regional Park. It is said that the place belongs to the ancient Skalvian fort, destroyed by the Teutonic Knights in the year 1276. It was used for religious ceremonies later. During the 20th century the place was popularized by Vydūnas, who organized concerts of Lithuanian choirs.

42. Lithuanian Art Museum

The Lithuanian Art Museum is one of the famous tourist spots of the country. The museum was founded during the year 1933 in Vilnius as the Vilnius City Museum. The museum houses some of Lithuania’s largest art collection. Among the collections you will find around 2,500 paintings dated from the 16th to the 19th Century; these consist mostly of portraits of nobility and clergy of the Lithuanian Grand Duchy from the 16th to the 18th centuries, and religious works from Lithuanian churches and cloisters.

43. Lake Plateliai

Lake Plateliai is the largest lake in Samogitia is one of the famous tourist attractions of the country. It is indeed the central attraction in the Žemaitija National Park. The park occupies around 12 km² and reaches up to 47 m in depth and also has seven islands, one of them housed a castle and now is called Castle Island. Archeologists found remains of two castles and think it might be the Queen Bona castle. Lake Plateliai is also famous for various events.

44. St. Michael the Archangel’s Church

St. Michael the Archangel’s Church also known as the Garrison Church is a Roman Catholic Church in the city of Kaunas. The church was constructed between 1891 and 1895 when Kaunas was part of the Russian empire, in Neo-Byzantine style largely for the use of the Russian Orthodox garrison of Kaunas Fortress.

45. Trakai Historical National Park

Trakai Historical National Park is a national park in Lithuania, is one of the famous tourist attraction of the country. The park was elected in the year 1992 to embrace the historic city of Trakai, some 25 kilometers west of Vilnius, and the forests, lakes, and villages in its environs. It is the only historical national park in Europe.

46. Green Lakes

Green Lakes are six lakes situated towards the northeastern part of Vilnius, Lithuania. They are a part of Verkiai Regional Park. It is one of the famous tourist spots of Lithuania. The six lakes are named: Balsys Lake, Gulbinas Lake, Mažasis (Little) Gulbinas Lake, Akis Lake, Raistelis Lake, Baraukos Akis Lake. The lakes are so beautiful and worth visting.

47. Zemaitija National Park

Žemaitija National Park is one of the famous national parks of Lithuania to be found situated on Žemaičių Highlands, 45 km towards the Baltic Sea. This magnificent lakes occupies more than 7% of its territory. Lake Plateliai (12.05 km², 47 m depth) is the largest lake. The town of Plateliai, located on the shore of the lake, is the seat of the park’s administration and a popular tourist destination.

48. Mituva

Mituva is a river located towards the western part of the country. It is a tributary of the Nemunas River. It flows to the west and after confluence with the Vidauja River turns to the southeast. The Mituva joins with the Nemunas in Jurbarkas City. The major tributaries are Gausantė, Snietala, Antvardė, Imsrė, Akmena, Alsa and Vidauja.

49. Birzai Castle

Biržai Castle is one of the famous castles in Biržai. The castle was built of the earth bastion-type castle started by the order of Krzysztof Mikołaj in the year 1586. During the year 1575, preparing for this construction, a dam was constructed on the Agluona and Apaščia rivers at their confluence, and the artificial Lake Širvėna, covering about 40 km², was created.

50. The Varenne

The Varenne is a famous river of Normandy, 40 kilometers in length, flowing through the department of Seine-Maritime and it is a tributary of the Arques River. The source of the river is just northwest of Buchy near to Montérolier, Its valley separates the pays de Caux on the west bank from the pays de Bray to the east. Of the 3 rivers that form the Arques, the Varenne is the shortest but paradoxically has the largest catchment area and highest speed. The river is classified as a first class river, offering anglers the chance to catch salmon and trout. The river is also used near its source, to supply the drinking water system.


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