A former Soviet Bloc nation, Lithuania is a country that is often overlooked as a holiday or travelling destination. With an array of Renaissance, Gothic and Medieval architecture, as well as sweeping country views and a variety of activities to enjoy, it’s hard to understand why. So to provide the southern Baltic country with some much-needed love, here is our all-out guide for the fantastic country of Lithuania, so renew your EHIC card and begin planning the trip of a lifetime, today!
Top Places To Visit
Hill Of Three Crosses
Created in 1989, this monument is one that has an air of mystery surrounding it. The real reason as to why this monument was erected remains uncertain, however, this amazing structure encompasses history with amazing views that make it the most stunning experience in Lithuania. This monument has been rebuilt a number of times and is said to be a sign of respect to a group of seven monks that were killed in the 14th century.
Gates Of Dawn
The Gates of Dawn is one of the most visited shrines in the whole of Lithuania. Said by many to have healing powers, within the white-walled chapel you will find a Renaissance painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Framed in tempera oak boards, the portrait was repainted in oil as part of restorations and dates all the way back to the 17th century, where rumours of miracle-working powers are said to have begun.
Trakai Island Castle
This Red-walled castle looks like something straight out of a Super Mario game. With a lake of glistening blue water as well as surrounding trees, this amazing castle is a sight to see for all who decide to visit here. Built within the 14th century, this castle is one of the most interesting of all the historical elements. With red stone walls and a wooden bridge across the lake, this is the perfect location for those that are looking to take their family out for a fun day, whilst learning some Lithuanian history.
This unique park, within the heart of Lithuania, is home to some of the statues from the Lithuanian SSR, with statues of the likes of Stalin and other Russian figureheads, there is plenty to be learnt in a fun and interactive way.
Not only will you find yourself immersed in trees of green, but you will also find yourself learning as you enjoy a stroll around this wooded park. Whether you decide to travel alone or with your family and friends, you will find yourself learning as you enjoy the spectacular backdrop.
Grybukai ( Mushroom Cookies)
Although the name mushroom cookies may not sound particularly appealing, it’s important to note that these chocolate chip cookies do not contain mushrooms. They are a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and honey and are made as a sweet autumnal treat for both children and adults alike. With multiple different recipes to follow, as well as alternatives for dietary requirements, you can be sure to find something for you, no matter the flavour that you fancy.
This golden potato dish from Lithuania is the perfect winter warmer for when you are travelling if you are looking for a hearty meal after a busy day. With a combination of bacon, onion, milk and well-seasoned eggs, this is perfect for those that like a simple meal that fills you up. This is a traditional meal that can be found in most restaurants and even the family table, making it a simple meal for all year round.
This unique dish can either be eaten as a snack, on its own or with a chicken as part of a winter meal. Simply made up of potatoes and onions that have been fried, it forms into a pancake shape and consistency. Although this may not seem like an appetising dish, this unique snack is one that has to be tried before you pass a judgement.
Things To Do
Visit Rinkuskiai Brewery
If visiting a brewery sounds like your idea of fun, then you are in luck. This Brewery is home to a number of different brewing methods, as well as some of the best local beers for you to look at. Whether it is bitter or lager you are looking for, you are sure to find it here with relative ease. This is the perfect location to take your dad or a grandparent, to give them a day that they will not forget.
Curonian Spit National Park
This amazing national park is protected by law and is home to a wide range of wildlife, as well as rare plants which are allowed to thrive without being at risk of any additional building work that could disrupt them. There is a single trail throughout this nature reserve, that allows you to explore all that it has on offer, whether you are travelling alone or with friends, allowing you to become immersed within this unique landscape.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
For those of you that are ultimate thrill seekers, you can also take a hot air balloon ride over the heart of the city, have a bird’s eye view and witness the city and the surrounding area in all of its glory. Whether this is as a gift for a birthday or a spur of the moment trip, this is perfect for those that want to see the city and all the iconic landmarks from a completely different perspective.
Straight out of the pages of your favourite fairy-tale, Birute Park is the ideal place for a summer stroll. Find yourself transported into your very own serenity, as you wander around these perfectly landscaped surroundings and witness the large house that comes along with it.
Not only can you tour these amazing gardens, but you can also venture inside this white-walled masterpiece and experience one of the biggest examples of Lithuanian decadence. Live your life as a fairy-tale monarch for the day and be transported back in time, as you look at all the famous artefacts and paintings that are concealed within these walls.
Vilnius City Bike Tour
If you are looking to spend time looking around the capital city then why not hop on a bike tour. Not only will you be able to share the streets with likeminded people, but you will also be able to explore the hidden side streets and find hidden gems that are easily missed when travelling by car or another form of transportation, making this a very worthwhile activity for a fun day out.
There are plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy when travelling to this historic country, that can help you to have the best holiday with your family or friends. We hope that this guide has given you the information that you need and helped you to begin planning your holiday to Lithuania.