Lithuania offers a sublime holiday experience set within the alluring Baltics. It has seen its fair share of battles and incursions by invaders to come out strong with a proudly individualistic air. There is plenty to see in this pocket-sized destination that does not leave out anything a tourist might be looking for. Make part of your Lithuania travel planner these places to have that perfect trip!
The Lithuanian capital city is bursting at the seams with things to do and see for any tourist. Begin your tour at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, an imposing Baroque creation it houses plenty of the country’s history. After you have finished a tour above ground, make sure to visit the museum set under the central courtyard, where you can see successive periods of the history of the building, and the nation. Beyond this you will find reconstructed ceremonial halls of the Grand Duchy, and extravagant relics from the Grand Dukes period.
Do not miss the Vilnus Cathedral and its accompanying square is truly an architectural treat. Tourists can spend their time at any of the cafes, watching the locals or even search for the secret stebuklas which is said to grant any lucky person that finds it, a wish.
Curonian Spit National Park
A true nature lovers dream, this park is home to a myriad of flora and fauna set amongst pine forests and sand dunes. Tourists can catch glimpses of elk and boar before heading to the sand dunes for some amazing panoramas. The Curonian lagoon is also part of this park as well as the sand bars and the surrounding sea, offering you a day at the beach after an exciting hike through the park. If you are still not pleased there are several picturesque villages located close by, including Nida, Pervalka, Preila and Juodkrantė.
Hill of Crosses
Take a trip to the Hill of Crosses which promises a sight no other country can offer. Lined with crosses that range from memorial to religious to just fanciful artwork, it stands as a monument of sorts. It existed as a symbol of defiance during the Soviet occupation and today still holds plenty of significance with newlywed couple planting crosses as well.
This little municipality offers plenty by way of tourism, with an impressive castle at its centre. The Trakai castle sits atop an island on Lake Galve and is a Gothic mastepiece, dating as far back as the 14th century. It is surrounded by a moat and connected to land by a footbridge. It houses the Trakai History museum which displays the castle’s turbulent history through the ages and even displays some of its religious artwork. Make sure to visit during the summer when the central courtyard comes alive with concerts and theatre performances.
Home to a settlement on the Lithuanian stretch of the Curonian Spit, Nida resembles a postcard. It has evidence of its past life as a fishing village strewn everywhere in a charming setting with idyllic, little cottages. This sleepy fishing village now relies on tourism and its gorgeous scenery draws them in by the busload and would be a great part of your Lithuania itinerary planner. Take a walk to the sand dunes for some amazing views or stroll through the pine trees as it is located close to the Curonian National Park.