Lithuania Travel Guide


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Lithuania

 

Lithuania (officially, the Republic of Lithuania) is in Northeast Europe. Lithuania shares borders with Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east and south, Poland to the south, and Kaliningrad (Russia) to the southwest.  To the west Lithuania is separated from Denmark and Sweden by the Baltic Sea.  

 

Lithuania is a member of NATO and the European Union. The official currency is  Litas and the official language Lithuanian (there are also communities who speak Polish, English, Russian, and German).  

 

The coastline of Lithuania offers a mixture of delightful sandy beaches, dunes, and pine trees in an area stretching approximately 100 km (61 miles), which includes the Curonian Peninsula and the Curonian Lagoon.  The country has many rivers but the major river is the Nemunas. 

 

 

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Lithuania is a country of many rivers, clear lakes, wetland areas, forests, national parks, regional parks, mountainous regions, as well as plenty of unspoilt countryside.  It is perfect for outdoor sports enthusiasts, especially for cycling, with two EuroVelo cycle routes and many cycle paths in the cities and national parks. 

 

Vilnius is the capital and largest city.  It is a beautiful city with a fascinating mixture of old and new.  The modern parts of the city have skyscrapers and large shopping centres.  The Old Town area has quaint narrow streets and historic buildings, a cathedral, many churches and exquisite architecture.  It is also on the UNESCO World Heritage list.  Vilnius was a European Capital of Culture in 2009.  The Gate of Dawn is a popular attraction and also a place of pilgrimage.  Vilnius is also a university town and offers a choice of nightlife, with clubs and bars and lots of restaurants and cafes offering the chance to try Lithuanian beer.  

 

The city of Palanga is on the coast and a population destination for beach lovers.  It is also a destination for those seeking rejuvenation at one of the many spas. It offers all the usual water sports and activities, as well as Botanitcal Gardens, a fascinating Amber Museum, and also a casino.   Lithuania has become popular as a medical tourism destination.  (Note: 

Throughout the year Lithuania is packed with cultural activities, as well as more traditional craft fairs, dance festivals and folk song concerts.

 

With so many rivers and lakes, many visitors choose to see the country and countryside by boat, or a cruise on the Curonian Bay.

 



 

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