The Lingering Wonders Of Lithuania

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Located along the south eastern shore of the Baltic Sea, Lithuania is a northern European country that only became independent from the Soviet Union in 1990. Since then Lithuania has become one of the more modern countries in Europe with a vibrant and quirky nightlife, particularly in Vilnius and along the coast. During the daytime there are a number of forests, lakes, national parks and beaches that will be the perfect setting for many outdoor adventures.

Lithuania has been a member state of the European Union since 2004 but only adopted the Euro as their currency in January 2015. This is useful if you have some Euros left over from a previous European holiday. You should also remember to apply for a European Health Insurance Card that will save you from any expensive medical bills if you should fall ill or suffer an injury while you are on holiday.

Vilnius Old Town

Capital of Lithuania, Vilnius is the largest and oldest area of the country with much of its classic architecture still in pristine condition. Vilnius is affectionately known as the ‘Jerusalem of Lithuania’ due to the Jewish influence through most of its history. Take the time to wander around the old town and savour every tiny detail from the numerous classic churches and the endless side streets that are full of charm. When you need a rest you can visit a cosy café for a coffee and a slice of cake. The city is full of Lithuania’s history including the Genocide Museum which, although alarming, is a wealth of education about the past of this country.

Druskininkai Musical Fountain

Situated in the centre of the city, this classic fountain very easy to find and is usually a very popular spot on a warm summer evening. Just beside the fountain is a list of 150 different songs of which you can pick your favourite by text message that you’d like the fountain to play accompanied by a stunning light show. The fountain is a fantastic attraction for visitors of all ages as you watch the fountain dance to the music with all the colours of the rainbow.

Waterpark

Also located in Druskininkai, the waterpark is the number one destination for a fun filled afternoon with a variety of pools, slides and even a sauna zone. It’s easy to spend an entire day here as there are six different floors and so much to keep you occupied. Much of the attraction is located inside but you can also swim through to an outside area. There are a number of slides suitable for younger children and then the bigger slides that gradually get wilder for the big kids to enjoy.

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