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Easing the lockdown measures, the Lithuanian government has approved that travellers coming from 29 European countries will not be subject to 14 days of self-isolation upon arrival.
On the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die list From the Old Town of Vilnius to the Curonian Spit
For lovers of nature, Lithuania is a treasure chest waiting to be unpacked. And what better way to experience all that the country has to offer than by camper van.
If you love cycling then you’ll love Lithuania! And we have a challenge for you – a cross county cycle tour that spans the entire country – a mere 300 km journey from the capital city to the scenic Baltic Coast. It’s the perfect way to experience what the country has to offer. On your journey, you’ll take in everything from the historical old-towns of the country’s major cities to the UNESCO-protected Curonian Spit – the “Sahara” of the Baltics. Then there’s the region of Lithuania Minor, with its reflections of its Eastern Prussian past, and resort towns with 200-year-old traditions. While from the River Nemunas Delta, where there are more birds than people, you can travel to mysterious Samogitia which is steeped in Baltic mythology and the legacy of the Cold War. One of the most beautiful cycling routes in the country is the Coastal Cycling Route, part of the EuroVelo 10 and EuroVelo 13 network. And, as Lithuania is a flat country, you’ll find vistas opening out in front of you around every corner, without too much of a challenge for your legs. Choose your route, be open to adventure and discover the most Lithuania’s real treasure – its natural beauty.
Lithuania closes borders until May 31 due to COVID-19. The country is eager to invite tourists after the spread is fully mitigated.
Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the historical centre of the capital of Lithuania testifies to how organically the city has developed over the centuries. Today, the Old Town of Vilnius is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe. Openness to a diversity of nations, cultures, religions, and forms of expression was and is the city’s calling card.
Once the temporary capital of Lithuania, Kaunas stands out from other Lithuanian and European cities for its interwar architecture. The extremely high concentration of buildings from this period is making it possible for the city to seek a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Today, Kaunas is going through a transformation and becoming a modern city with a unique character and pulsing with life.
The legendary residence of the rulers of Lithuania, the lakes and picturesque shores, the heritage of the Karaims and aristocratic life – only in Trakai can you find so many valuable things in one place. This is the only historical national park in Lithuania and all of Europe, making it a must-see for local tourists and foreign guests alike.
The settlements of Alksnynė, Juodkrantė, Pervalka, Preila, and Nida join together into the Neringa resort. The entire resort is located on the Curonian Spit, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The strip of sand that separates the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon is a unique place, enchanting for the magnificence of its dunes and the spirit of Curonian heritage.
The centre of Lithuania’s sea coast, which is nearly 100 kilometres long, is the Palanga resort. Having preserved the aristocratic spirit of the 19th century resort, today it attracts more than just people thirsty for beach entertainment. All you have to do is move a tiny bit away from the bustle of the resort and you’ll find yourself on natural beaches of soft sand along the Baltic coast.
The centre of the national park is the fabled Lake Plateliai, which is the deepest, largest and most picturesque lake in Samogitia. The wonderful nature, rich history and distinctive cultural property reveal the uniqueness of the ethnographic region of Samogitia.
Cultivating old traditions, the Lithuanian mineral water resorts of Druskininkai and Birštonas now offer both water treatments with healing properties as well as numerous original, modern wellness options. And they offer plenty of cultural activities and entertainment as well.
Many attempts were made to destroy and burn the Hill of Crosses, but it survived as a sign of our freedom and as a must-see place for pilgrims around the world.
The pine forests, inland dunes, swamps and rivers that reign in the country’s largest national park harbour a unique natural world, giving shelter to numerous rare plants and animals. The park is also home to Čepkeliai Marsh – one of the most protected natural sites in the country.
The landscape of Lithuania’s oldest national park was formed in such a way that it opens up to the visitor with all its beauty – the streams that connect the hundreds of lakes covering the land provide wonderful opportunities for enjoying water-based tourism, while the high hills serve as observation towers for the surrounding area.
There are things that you’ll have to return for if you don’t try out, and once you experience them, you’ll want to keep coming back!