A. Aleksandravičius

Cycling routes

Travelling by bike is a great way to get to know the most beautiful corners of Lithuania up close. Choose from a wide range of cycling routes and start your journey. For example, you can ride through the streets of the old towns of Vilnius and Kaunas, you can cover a cycling route of more than 100 km along the Lithuanian seaside, or you can bike around Lake Plateliai in Samogitia.

Around Lithuania on two wheels

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.

Klaipėda – Nida

The 52 km bike path that winds through the Curonian Spit is one of the most spectacular in Lithuania. The trip begins with a ferry from Klaipėda, the Lithuanian sea port, and leads towards Nida. The route stretches through Kuršių Nerija National Park, which UNESCO has recognised as one of the most unique natural and cultural heritage sites in the Baltic Sea Region. The landscape of the Curonian Spit is the consequence of agreement between nature and man. Its most charming features are the pine forests and the wind-blown sand dunes which provide stunning views of the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon. The scattered settlements of Juodkrantė, Pervalka, Preila and Nida catch the eye with their authentic fisherman farmsteads covered with thatched roofs, the towering seaside lighthouses, the wooden sculptures on the Hill of Witches and the secrets they guard, and the nearby grey heron and great cormorant colony. The spacious golden-sand beaches beckon you to relax and rejuvenate in the waves of the sea.

Klaipėda – Šventoji

A 40 km route for those not only looking for beautiful nature, but also interested in historical heritage. From Klaipėda, you will take bike paths to Šventoji, where the three Fisherman’s Daughters wait in the sand dunes and the Monkey Bridge stretches across the river. Along the way, you can visit the sights of the Seaside Regional Park: Olando Kepurė (“Dutchman’s Cap”), which is the highest parabolic dune on the Lithuanian seaside, the old Curonian cemetery in Karklė, the glacial Lake Plazė, and the Nemirseta coastal dunes. Called the summer capital, Palanga will tempt you with its beautiful beaches, sunsets on the pier, the romantic Meilės Alėja (“Alley of Love”), and the Amber Museum.

Around Lake Plateliai

The impressive 24 km circular cycling route in Žemaitija National Park winds around Lake Plateliai. Once you start your own journey in Plateliai, visit the Žemaitija National Park and Užgavėnės mask exhibitions as well as the wooden Church of St Peter and St Paul. As you continue on this route, be sure to stop by the Cold War Museum which is located in what was once an underground missile silo.

Cycling routes in Vilnius

Vilnius is a great city for cyclists. No matter where you are, you can escape the bustle of the city and find yourself surrounded by nature in under half an hour. You can pretty much bike through the entire city on convenient paths engulfed in greenery without ever having to deal with busy streets. You’ll see for yourself if you set out to pedal from Cathedral Square to Europos Parkas (23 km).

Exploring the Old Town of Vilnius on a bike is convenient and fun. You’ll see more than you would on foot or in a car, and you’ll get some exercise while you’re at it! The Vilnius Old Town is one of the largest and most beautiful old towns in Central and Eastern Europe. It is full of architectural and cultural monuments, museums and galleries. This means that exploring it will take some time, because every few metres you’ll find something interesting that deserves a closer look. If you plan on stopping for a bite to eat or visiting museums, churches or other places of interest while you ride, make sure you leave your personal or rental bike in a secure place. The Cyclocity bicycle-sharing system is a very convenient way to travel. You can pick up and return your bike at more than 20 docks throughout the city.

Along the scenic Lake Galvė

It’s not for nothing that Trakai is called lake country. Trakai District has nearly 200 lakes. Many of them border the town of Trakai itself: Galvė, Luka (Bernardinai), Nerespinka, Totoriškės, Gilušis, Lovka, Babrukas, Skaistis, Akmena and other lakes, big and small. It seems as if water reigns in the area, and land obediently gives way to it. All of Trakai’s lakes are beautiful, but none compare to the wonderful Galvė. This is one of the largest lakes in the Trakai region and one of the deepest in Lithuania. Its shores are carved with numerous bays, and its waters are dotted with 21 islands. The picturesque Lake Galvė is a favourite among water-based tourists, divers and holiday makers and rowers and sailing teams train and compete in it as well. We would like to invite you on an 18 km bike ride along Lake Galvė, from the Trakai Peninsula Castle to Užutrakis Manor and back.

Cycling routes in Kaunas

Cycling is also a great way to get to know Kaunas interwar architecture. The growing network of bike paths, with the most spectacular panoramic views of the Nemunas and the Neris and the ability to bike from one end of the city to another or even to places outside of Kaunas, is a true joy for cycling enthusiasts!

The bike route from Kaunas to Kačerginė is almost 35 km long, so it may take a few hours to cover, but it is just the thing for people who love to cycle!