With its spectrum of shades of green, the freshness of its clean water, and its captivating landscapes, it seems as if the gifts of Lithuania’s nature are inexhaustible for its people and visitors. Enjoy them, while protecting and nurturing Lithuania’s greatest treasure.
Even if you think you know Lithuania well, don’t be fooled – it can still surprise you. From quarries that look like Valles Marineris to military fortifications hidden away in sand dunes; from lofty observation towers to underwater paths in swamps. Lithuania is inexhaustible – just don’t be afraid to improvise and deviate from the usual tourist routes and you’ll see for yourself.
How to feel closer to the pureness of nature in Lithuania, how to touch it, smell it, taste it? Don’t hurry – choose from over a hundred and fifty cognitive walkways set up in the most beautiful corners of Lithuania. Walking along those trails, you will not only see the most interesting natural objects, but also hear millions of sounds of the Lithuanian forest, dispel the mystery of the wetlands, and at a moment of repose refresh yourself with water from our streams or springs.
Lithuania is a flat land – the country’s highest hill Aukštojas is only 294 meters high. However, it is possible to have a beautiful panoramic view of the diverse Lithuanian landscape without high mountains. Throughout the millennia, nature itself, and in the last few years the inventive people of Lithuania have made sure that there are enough places ideally suited for admiring the landscape. The ancient hillforts, giant sand dunes or the observation towers – the choice is yours.
When we get tired of the stifling city, we look for fresh air and tranquillity in the outdoors. So natural, and virtually or sometimes even completely untouched by humans – this is why coming to Lithuania is worthwhile. The crystal clear lakes, the mysterious swamps, the centuries-old forests and the archaic villages that still stand in them – there are hundreds of places waiting for you where you will grasp the true harmony of man and nature.
How often we follow their example! We set out to distant lands, cross seas, go through deserts, and reach the highest peaks. Birds have to cover unbelievable routes for them to land in Lithuania and nest, lay eggs, or continue on their way after getting some rest. Lithuania is a country of passing birds, located under what is perhaps the largest bird migration route in the Western Palaearctic. About 80 per cent of all migratory birds fly south through our country from the western part of the Northern Hemisphere. There are days on the Curonian Spit when you can look up and see thousands of flocks – during the autumn migration, from mid-September to the second week of October, millions of birds fly along the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon. Some of them stop for a short rest in the natural forests, swamps and meadows, along the great rivers or at the shore. The places untouched by humans, the impressive nature, and the rare birds that hold concerts in it are a real treasure not only for ornithologists, but also for bird watchers, bird-call recorders and photographers.
Sometimes it seems like Lithuania is one big forest. Covered with fragrant pine forests, embellished with ancient centuries-old oaks, and enticing with its white-barked birches and mysterious fir groves. Having even made their way into the centre of town, forests invite you to get away from it all, even if it’s just for the evening or the weekend. The wonderful views that open up at the campsites and forest areas, the vast meadows, or the foot of a hill fort will take your breath away – you’ll want to check to make sure you’re not dreaming. And if you’re not dreaming, why don’t you stick around for a bit? If the rules of the forest or the national or regional park permit, you can set up camp here or just spend half the day having a picnic on the grass. Good weather, great company, tasty snacks, the smoke of the bonfire, and a beautiful place. That’s everything you need for a perfect outing. And one thing is for sure: Lithuania has no shortage of beautiful places. Protect our environment – every plant, berry stalk, shrub, tree, and piece of moss is part of nature’s miracle. Pick a region, find information on tourist or visitor information centre websites, and go!
You have no idea how much we look forward to summer! The days when we can jump over the waves in the refreshing Baltic Sea. And the nights in the warm blanket of the lake, still as a mirror, reflecting the stars. The white sandy beaches of the Curonian Spit, Klaipėda, Palanga and Šventoji, and the shores of Lithuania’s beautiful lakes and rivers, welcome visitors from the very first days of summer right up until autumn. There is a memorable place for everyone – on a lifeguarded beach at the shore, at a luxurious hotel or rural homestead, or in a tent on the shore of a lake.
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.
Lithuanians drink amber tea, nettle wine, blueberry kvass and dandelion coffee, and they extract so much mineral water they can bathe in it. And, every spring, they drink juice from the trees.
Seasonal food is the main characteristic of Lithuanian cuisine. The sap from maple or birch trees has for a long time been the first natural treat of the year. The time to enjoy this slightly sweet nutritional drink, one sip of which embraces an entire waking forest, is the month of March.
Last year was a record one for the Lithuanian tourism sector. In 2018, 3.6 million tourists travelled in our country and spent at least one night here: of these, 1.7 million were people from abroad, while 1.9 million were from Lithuania.
It is now possible to travel back in time to when Vilnius was known as the Jerusalem of the North. Unlocking the Jewish cultural heritage deeply embedded into the city’s streets, buildings, and history has just become a lot easier thanks to the new free guide entitled, Discover Jewish Heritage in Vilnius.
Your urban birding can start right in the centre of the old town, that is designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. While admiring the medieval architecture, also dish out equal admiration for the Black Redstarts that adorn many of the city’s pinnacles.