Andrius Aleksandravičius

Putting a spin on your summer with 14 experiences that are truly different

  1. A bird’s eye view of Lithuania

Climb to the viewing platform of Kirkilai tower in the Biržai district to experience a memorable vista of sumptuous forest and lakes. One of the most beautiful and popular towers in the country, it is soon to be complemented by a walking trail that will snake around the nearby lakes. And in the second half of the summer, we recommend climbing the new observation tower in Birštonas, which will have the highest viewing platform in Lithuania.

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  1. Make your way through marshes without getting your feet wet

With over 200 walking paths in Lithuania, there is plenty of choice for seasoned trekkers or leisurely strollers alike. Your summer challenge could be to take on the country’s longest marsh path – the 8km Mūša swamp educational trail in Joniškis district. Meanwhile, for the less adventurous there is the 121m Amalva swamp trail in Marijampolė district.

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  1. Country homesteads that are for more than just wedding parties

The number of Lithuanians who choose to stay in rural tourism homesteads is growing by 10% annually (last year, 325,000 local tourists spent at least one night in a homestead). If you are looking to get a more authentic taste of the country’s distinct regions, we recommend spending a night in one of these traditional country homesteads. You might also find you are in for an unexpected and memorable experience, like, for instance, tasting traditional Samogitian dishes (Plungė district), nocturnal canoe trips (Ignalina district), learning more about Baltic rituals (Kaišiadorys district), or observing dragonflies (Šilutė district).

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  1. Museums that offer delights that are off the beaten path

Tired of the same old boring museums? Lithuania has more than its fair share of the strange and the downright eccentric. For example, there is the Museum of Hammers (Vilkaviškis district), the Museum of Sticks (Kelmė district), the House of Frogs (Šakiai district), the Museum of Pharmacies (Mažeikiai district), the Museum of Fossils (Akmenė district), an underground printing house (Kaunas district), or the Museum of the Blind in the catacombs of Kaunas St. Michael the Archangel Church.

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  1. An overnight stay that’s out of the ordinary

Why rush home after your day trip when you could spend your night in a place you will never forget? Lithuania has a range of overnight options that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. For example, you can spend a night in a castle (Jurbarkas district), in a monastery (Kaunas district), in a treehouse (Anykščiai district), a hotel on water (Ukmergė district), or even on the hay (Varėna district).

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  1. Outdoor tourism with an emphasis on the adventurous.

For those who like outdoor activities that are a step out of the ordinary, Lithuania has you covered. There’s night wakeboarding in Trakai or night canoe trips in Klaipėda. How about walking-tours alongside the snaking shores of the River Nemunas or by the pristine sands of the Baltic Sea’s beaches? Or, there’s the far less strenuous Neris Regional Park, where you can listen to the owls, or the Kaunas Lagoon Regional Park where you can observe the bats.

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  1. Discovering towns

City breaks are all well and good, but sometimes you itch to see a bit more of the country; to travel to towns where you can really get a taste of real Lithuania. Why not scratch that itch and visit some of Lithuania’s larger towns? This year, numerous events are planned in Rokiškis, which is Lithuania’s capital of culture. Meanwhile, you can take a walk in Ukmergė surrounded by the songs of the doves which they say fulfil your dreams. Or if it’s art you are looking for, you can visit Marijampolė, the capital of Suvalkija, and check out the graffiti that equals any found in New York.

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  1. A gastronomic trip around Lithuania

“Travel and Taste” is fast becoming a favourite activity of local tourists. The range of tastes that can be experienced in Lithuania is immense – from Kibinai (Karaite traditional pastry) stuffed with snail meat (Zarasai district) to monks’ kvass (a bread beverage) with bilberries or strawberries (Kelmė district), to the revived cuisine of the noblemen (Šakiai district) with its cucumber jam or ice-cream with nettles.

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  1. Food festivals

Whatever your taste, Lithuania probably has a food festival to suit it: there’s the Asparagus Festival (Ukmergė district), the Bilberry Festival (Kaunas district), the Herb Collection Championship (Švenčionys), the Honey Harvesting Festival (Ignalina district), or the Spit Cake Baking Championship (Kaišiadorys).

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  1. Treatment for your body and soul

We all know how relaxing a massage or sauna is. Very few people, however, know that you can try a massage with amber or poppies (Panevėžys). Or take a beer, herb or milk bath (Kupiškis district). You can even try apitherapy (bee therapy) (Plungė district).

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  1. Is this still Lithuania?

You’ll be amazed at the different kinds of places you can discover on your travels through Lithuania’s different regions. For instance, Akmenė’s quarries have been called the Canyons of Mars for good reason –they look like the surface of an uninhabited planet. The swamp of Aukštumala (Šilutė district) looks like a savannah. And did you know that the US television channel HBO shot the TV series “Chernobyl” in Ignalina’s nuclear power plant? The power plant welcomes visitors.

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  1. A tourist in your own city

Sometimes you don’t even need to leave your city to experience something new. Take Vilnius, for example. You can explore the city using a map that’s been designed for children that’ll let you discover new things through a number of tasks. Or you can take part in a tour through the residential areas and marketplaces. In Kaunas, tours of buildings with inter-war architecture or even private flats are very popular. Klaipėda offers dance tours to churches or tours that follow the path of Queen Louise.

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  1. Revived manors

Every manor in Lithuania has its own story to tell and each welcomes its guests in its own unique way. For instance, you can learn how to play croquet in Rokiškis Manor, how to dance aristocratic dances in Gelgaudiškis Manor (Šakiai district), ride a horse or attend an afternoon lecture in Akmenėliai Manor, have fun at the festival of the first president Smetona in Užugiris Manor (Ukmergė district), or even look for treasure in Biržuvėnai Manor (Telšiai district).

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  1. Family trips

There are also plenty of trips suitable for families with children in Lithuania. It may take more than a summer to visit them all: the Park of Labyrinths (Anykščiai) or the Park of Dinosaurs (Klaipėda district), the Alpaca Farm (Trakai district) or the Village of Owls (Vilnius district), Pippi’s Villa (Jonava) or the Valley of Rabbits (Utena district).

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