See & do
Knock knock, Lithuania
It’s always interesting to find a new door to knock on. Or an old, forgotten one, which brings back so many memories. You knock, and we swing the door open for you. We want to tell you about the people who used to live here. And those who still do. About their discoveries, their sense and taste of Lithuania. About their connection to the majestic Lithuanian history, to the magical thrill of Vilnius and its mysterious Baroque longing. About their hot nights in the Old Town’s courtyards and their long walks through the streets of Kaunas, the undertones of modern architecture they admire, the feelings they get in exuberant music festivals and galleries booming with creativity, their discoveries in small coffee shops and cosy restaurants. Nothing is half-hearted in Lithuania, so let’s travel to a country full of culture. Our true Lithuania.
We are small – no one is saying we aren’t. But we have so much to show! First of all, our welcoming hearts. Then our cities, woven with history. The roads leading to the sea, where ships meet. The Curonian Spit, blown by the wind, natural, and so very genuine. The sea-coast, adorned with fishing boats and kiteboards. The refreshing mineral water springs and the pine forests, filled with fragrant air. We just have so much in this little green patch of earth. And you definitely have to see it all.
The sound of breathing may sometimes become music for a film. The wind that blows hair at the sea – song lyrics. A kicked road stone – a sculpture, a friend’s letter sent from a distant place – a piece of painting. Creation does not begin and does not end. It lives inside us, allows us to make steps that we wouldn’t dare to make, counts codes that we couldn’t grasp if not for the power of creativity. There would be no life without creation. There would be no Lithuania that we have at present.
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.
We do everything with sincerity. Whether it’s on bustling city streets or at a festival in the woods, on a hike through the wetlands or on a race track, in the basket of a hot air balloon or under the sails of a boat, at the seaside or in a tiny village, according to tradition or something completely new, we dive into it head first, racing, competing, and sometimes trying to prove to ourselves and others just how strong we actually are. Join us – there’s a lot of things to do in Lithuania!
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.