An intriguing trip through the 3 Baltic States.
The three countries that are located along the coast of the Baltic Sea – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – may share a coastline, but each has its own individual identity, language and culture. And, while they are three distinct autonomous countries, their deep historical links and geographical proximity have led to them being called “sisters.” And this close proximity offers tourists the unique opportunity to visit three fascinating countries in the space of one trip.
The biggest country of the three, both in terms of its area and population, is Lithuania. It is also the southernmost of the Baltic countries.
Language-wise, both the Lithuanian and Latvian languages belong to the Indo-European language group, with Lithuanian considered one of the oldest languages in the world (it has similarities to Sanskrit).
Most Lithuanians are Catholics, while Latvians are predominantly Lutherans, and Estonians are mostly Evangelical Lutherans.
The Lonely Planet has recently likened a trip to the Baltic States to a fairy tale, thanks to the abundance of enchanting castles, dunes, forests and lakes.
Best of all, travelling between these three fascinating countries is quick and easy. There are direct air links between the capital cities, while by bus or car the countries are connected by the Via Baltica highway.
As a show of unity in their pursuit of freedom, almost two million people joined hands on 23 August 1989 to form the 600-kilometre Baltic Way that spanned across Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
Seasonal, hip and boldly weird is a fitting definition for the Baltic cuisine re-imagined by Lithuania’s best chefs.
Walking around downtown Vilnius, you’ll find the kind of cuisines that are common to all big cities – from Ukrainian dumplings to Jewish bagels (born in Vilnius, by the way), from Sichuan stews to Peruvian pastries.
A quirky culinary tour around Lithuania for taste buds
For gourmets in search of new tastes, Lithuania has much to offer. So, if you find yourself with guests seeking out new culinary experiences, here’s a rundown of 10 of the taste sensations that the country has in store.
TOP 10 gourmet experiences in Lithuania
Following the premiere of the HBO series Chernobyl and a reception from viewers that has been more rapturous than that experienced by the finale of Game of Thrones, Lithuania has a message for Chernobyl viewers.
375.6 thousand or more by 15.4 per cent. The growth in the number of domestic tourists in quarter I of 2019 was the greatest in the last 5 years! Residents of Lithuania who travelled within the country in January, February and March also tended to stay the night in the accommodation establishments more frequently: they spent there 795.6 thousand nights, i.e. by 14.1 per cent more than in quarter I of 2018. During the mentioned period, 663.4 thousand tourists travelled in Lithuania and spent at least one night in tourist accomodation, representing an increase of 10.8 per cent compared to the same period last year.
When Helen Mirren walks into her home as Catherine the Great in the new HBO mini series named after the famous Russian Empress, she’s not really in the actual rooms of the famed Tsarskoye Selo palace just south of Saint Petersburg. She’s actually in the historical Vilnius University Library in Vilnius, Lithuania. This and many more secrets are shared in a new guide entitled Vilnius On Screen. It’s a perfect read for those interested in what goes on behind the scenes of the latest productions by the likes of HBO, Netflix, National Geographic, Sky TV, and many more. The guide invites readers to take a deep dive into renowned film and television titles like War and Peace, Jack the Ripper, the Conductor, and more – and shows them how Vilnius provided the setting they needed to bring their stories to life.