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400 varieties of edible fungi, bountiful forests, and mushroom picking championships lure avid foragers to Lithuanian woods in early autumn. Both a beloved leisure time entertainment and a means to stock up the pantries before winter, mushroom picking has become a fall staple in the country.
Eco-friendly explorations of Lithuania involve getting around in shared cars, enjoying the country’s iconic dish, cold beetroot soup šaltibarščiai, in innovative plant-based restaurants, and spending the night on an environmentally-friendly farm complex.
Faced with discussions over sustainability and regulatory limitations, an increasing number of buildings in Lithuania are now undergoing adaptive reuse and transforming into modern and lively cultural spaces. From train stations to dredgers, to even a prison, repurposed buildings reveal how heritage can gain new life and become cultural relics for local communities.
Lithuania’s street art scene is progressing rapidly — the capital city of Vilnius has restarted its annual Art Needs No Roof project, while Russia’s invasion of Ukraine reignited the country’s passion for larger-than-life murals that send a message. Travelers visiting Lithuania can explore Lithuania’s heritage and modern values painted onto its buildings.
As summer is in full swing in Lithuania, nightlife enthusiasts can choose to spend their evenings out on the country’s rooftops, capturing dazzling sights of the urban panorama. Various rooftop terraces are available to the public, offering sweeping views of the Baltic sea, vast sand dunes, and red-tinged old towns.