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.
You can look out on the special landscape of the Biržai region from a tower that reminds one of a sinking boat. From a height of 30 meters, you will see innumerable lakes, which are nothing else but water-filled sinkholes that formed here due to karstic processes. In summer, under certain conditions, the lakes take on different colors!
Walking more than a kilometre along the surface of the raised bog would be impossible if it wasn’t for one secret: the trail that has been constructed along the kūlgrinda – an ancient underwater road of stones that went through the swamps. Once a secret way to escape from attackers, it now gives us the opportunity to learn about the flourishing flora of the raised bog and to admire its distinct landscape from right up close.
If you want to catch the wind – Svencelė is the place. Water sports enthusiasts have long discovered this modern kiteboard and sailing centre on the Curonian Lagoon. The vastness of the lagoon, the untamed nature, and the views of the Curonian Spit captivate everyone who comes here to catch a good wind.
Sometimes nature jokes around – from above, you can see that Lake Apvalasas is shaped almost exactly like Lithuania! If you come to take a stroll along the shores of the unique lake, be sure to stop by the nearby Ilzenberg Manor, which is known for its farm.
Have you ever seen the rain of stars? It happens in August and September in Lithuania, and the best place to be at such time is the Lithuanian Museum of Ethnocosmology. Molėtai Astronomical Observatory is as if from a fantastic film – at daytime you can watch our great star through the solar telescopes, whereas at night you can count constellations and watch the glowing meteor shower. Experienced educators patiently answer curious questions and persistently invite children to see the world that they are very fond of.
One step into the fortifications hidden in the dunes and you are frozen by the cold atmosphere of a military conflict.
The exhibition set up in the World War II bunkers features grenades, mine and bomb fragments, and the personal belongings of officers. All this gives you the opportunity to get a feel for the complex everyday history of war.
One of the most authentic castles in Lithuania. Its architecture has changed little over the centuries, and the design of the renowned Dutch architect Peter Nonhart is perfection. The reserved yet majestic lines speak volumes about the ambitions of the Eperjessy family of Hungarian nobles. The castle was reconstructed by the new owner – standard-bearer of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania Antanas Gelgaudas. Today, the castle hosts art exhibitions, theatrical performances and craft fairs.
Rising up into the heavens, the tower of the Salakas church is visible from afar. It is as if the town’s most prominent architectural accent takes you back to old England. Standing out distinctively from the local landscape, the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Sorrows will enchant you with its grandeur.
Valles Marineris in Lithuania? The impossible will become a reality if you visit this corner of northern Lithuania that the locals have only recently discovered themselves. The limestone beds that formed in the district of Akmenė 300 million years ago and have been excavated for years have turned into a unique canyon landscape that is totally uncharacteristic of Lithuania. Even more interesting is that dinosaur remains have been found in these Jurassic rock formations!
In the summer, there is calm in the Marvelė River valley – the water that quietly cascades down the steps invites you to settle down and catch your breath. However, the locals say that when the ice thaws in spring, the cascades turn into rapids that are quite a sight to see.
Do you like to climb? You don’t have to go off to the mountains!
Standing at 13 metres, the concrete Pagonija Climbing Tower invites you to try out 12 different climbing routes with a variety of terrain. It has something for everyone – whether you’re an experienced climber or just a beginner.
Romantically named the “White Rose”, this record holder joins the banks of the Nemunas. This is the highest bridge in the country, and its magnificent proportions have earned it a spot in the Book of Lithuanian Records.
Ūla is the most popular among water tourists. “Ūla’s Eye” – a natural spring bubbling with sandy water. The Ūla flows in the territory of Dzūkija National Park, the largest national part in Lithuania, which abounds in cognitive paths for hikers and cyclists.