What to See
Lithuania is a relatively small country, but you will be surprised at how much there is to see and visit. You can choose among different ways to explore the country – you may want to limit your sightseeing to UNESCO or national heritage objects or you may want to visit individual ethnographic regions to get a feeling of their lifestyles, dialects, behavioural specifics, or authentic cuisine.
As you visit the sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, you will see something that you have never seen in any other country: a unique Vilnius Historical Centre – the Old Town, which is one of the largest and most beautiful old towns in Central and Eastern Europe; the Lithuanian paradise – the Curonian Spit and much more...
If you visit its different regions you will soon discover that although being relatively small, Lithuania is a very diverse country. Our ever changing history has added a variety of different features and flavours to the Lithuanian culture and heritage. Having arrived here you will definitely see, feel, hear and experience a little bit of everything from different times and epochs.
Lithuania, though being a state with integral territory, is divided into five regions that have formed already back in the 13th century: Aukštaitija, Žemaitija, Dzūkija, Suvalkija and Lithuania Minor. Even today, these ethnographic regions differ by dialects, certain aspects of living, eating and behavioural styles, dress and homestead styles as well as village planning.
If you intend to spend more than a few days in Lithuania, do not limit yourselves to Vilnius – visit other bigger towns of the country as each of them is unique and interesting in its own special way. In each of them, you will see valuable objects of culture and architecture, museums, parks, beautiful landscape with lakes and rivers. So, off we go for a short tour of Lithuania!
National parks are areas protected by the state by virtue of their region-specific landscape, distinctive settlements, or cultural valuables. In national parks, cognitive tourism – sightseeing of natural and cultural valuables – is promoted. There are five national parks in Lithuania: Aukštaitija, Žemaitija, Trakai Historical, Dzūkija, and the Curonian Spit.
We are proud and happy to be a country on the coast of the Baltic Sea, one of the most beautiful coasts in Europe. Of course, the greenish sea and the white fine and clean sand attracts holidaymakers mostly in the hottest summer days, but people can be seen walking along the beach there even in early spring or late autumn.
Countryside (rural) tourism has become extremely popular in recent years. Far from all Lithuanians rush for holidays at the Baltic Sea or to a foreign country – many of them stay here to spend their holidays in a countryside tourism homestead. Such homesteads are usually situated near water and the owners have a variety of fun to offer to their guests.
If a holiday on the beach at the sea or lake or river is not for you, you will surely find where to spend time actively in Lithuania. Consider canoeing at night – not just in daylight, down a challenging river – if a calm river seems too boring, for several days – if several hours seem too easy, or what about cycling, paintballing, or blood-stirring kart racing?