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.
Experiential tourism - the core topic of international exhibition on tourism and active leisure ADVENTUR. Visit Vilnius on 25-27 January: discover, feel the joy of travel and expand collections of experiences!
For the first time in the Baltic States – the Great Lights of China festival with its centuries of tradition. For the entire month of December, a huge light sculpture park will be open to the public at Pakruojis Manor.
Lithuanian restaurants have been recognised by the “Scandinavian Michelin”. The prestigious Scandinavian White Guide has ranked Lithuanian restaurants for the third time. Seven of the 15 restaurants evaluated in Lithuania were ranked among the 30 best restaurants in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Two restaurants in the capital made it to the top three, with Nineteen18 in second place and Sweet Root in third.
There are 15 Lithuanian restaurants in the White Guide 2019 ranking (by position): Nineteen18, Sweet Root, Džiaugsmas, Monai, Uoksas, Telegrafas, Monte Pacis, Amandus, Somm, Trinity, Gaspar’s, Selfish, El Mercado, Dia, Snobas; recommended restaurants: Ertlio Namas, Bučeris, Šturmų Švyturys Vilnius, Lauro Lapas, Šturmų Švyturys Ventės Ragas.
Three tonnes of natural Baltic amber were used in Lithuania to install the first and largest amber sauna in the world. Resembling a cosy and luxurious amber room, this is the first amber sauna open to the public in the world. The walls, ceilings and even the benches are covered exclusively with natural amber. The amber sauna was given the name “Saulė”, which means “Sun”. It has an area of 22 m2 and comfortably accommodates 15 people. The first and largest amber sauna in the world is located at the Atostogų Parkas Recreation and Wellness Complex. Inside the amber sauna, the human body is warmed up with the help of infrared together with amber. The body experiences deep warmth and relaxation, and the amber emits volatile substances into the air. The sauna fills with the pleasant aroma of resin, and the human body, by inhaling and through the skin, more easily absorbs the useful properties of amber, which stimulate the metabolism, suppress various inflammations, and improve blood circulation.
In 2022, Kaunas makes a date with Europe. The city, selected to be the capital of culture of the continent, today is getting ready to welcome its guests, share the idea of community and create a brand new content for Kaunas, Lithuania, Europe. The open Tempo Academy of Culture, lectures, discussions, exhibitions, performances and installations, the contemporary myth of Kaunas and the most insane ideas that are brought to life – you must accept this invitation by Kaunas and establish the KAUNtact.