"What is it like in Lithuania?"

I asked myself this when I
was planning a vacation in Lithuania a few years ago.

Back then Lithuania to me was just one of the Baltic States that I didn’t
hear much about. However, my sense of adventure took over as
travelling and discovering new places is my passion.

Since I first visited the country I found many things close to my heart and it soon became one of my favourites.

I fell in love with this charming historic place (not overcrowded by mass tourism yet) and its people who were friendly and welcoming, keeping their traditions and culture live to the present day.

I stayed in a Vilnius apartment right in the centre of the attractive Vilnius Old Town, where my passion for photography was truly rewarded.

I loved wandering Vilnius cosy cobbled streets with church spires always in sight and then having meals at pleasant outdoor cafes.
(Photo right, Cathedral Square).

On my second visit to the country I met my future wife Lija who is Lithuanian and I got to know the country more closely, not just from a tourist point of view.

She showed me lots of places of interest that I wasn’t aware of.

Meeting her family and friends also gave me a deeper insight into the Lithuanian way of life.

We often travel to Lithuania and over time we scoured most of the country.

We visited the historic town of Trakai and its impressive medieval castle surrounded by a lake.

We went to see the famous Hill of Crosses in Siauliai, climbed the majestic sand dunes of the Curonian Spit and explored many other towns
and their historic attractions.

The country's beautiful landscape with many national parks, lakes and incredibly fresh air is also very appealing to me.

One of my greatest pleasures was visiting Lija’s grandfather's farmstead in an idyllic village and experience the country's unchanged rural way of life carried through generations.

What a beach!

My biggest surprise was the enchanting Lithuanian seaside. I loved the unique
peninsular Curonian Spit in the West of
the country.

Its sandy beaches with a backdrop of pine
tree woods, magnificent windswept sand dunes

and romantic sunsets in the Baltic Sea left me with pleasant memories. The whole coast is a part of the UNESCO heritage and I think one of the country's must see places.

For those planning a vacation at a Baltic Sea resort, Palanga is another attractive option in Lithuania.

So Have YOU ever thought of what Lithuania is like?

In this website Lija and I will try our best to share
everything about Lithuania that we discovered.

We were pleased that The Lithuanian National Tourism Office
recommend and link to us as a useful information website

Click on the video below, which we found very interesting
and entertaining and feel some of the ambience of Lithuania:

Where is Lithuania?
Search the map of Lithuania
and zoom in for the map
of Vilnius at street level.

  • A brief history of the country
  • The people
  • "Must see" places in Lithuania
  • Facts about Lithuania
  • What makes Vilnius (the capital city) special
  • Vilnius walking tours visiting major sites
  • Vilnius places of interest
  • Favourite Vilnius restaurants
  • Getting around
  • Best Vilnius hotels (cheap and expensive)
  • The historic town of Trakai and its medieval castle
  • The unique Neringa peninsular on the Baltic coast
  • Nida -resort town of Neringa
  • Must see places in Nida
  • Favourite Nida restaurants
  • Juodkrante -resort town of Neringa
  • More to come …

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