Situated on the south-eastern shore of the Baltic Sea, the Republic of Lithuania covers a territory of 65,286 square meters and is divided into five ethnographic regions: Aukštaitija, Suvalkija, Dzūkija, Žemaitija, and Mažoji Lietuva (Lithuania Minor).
Lithuania has been a member state of the European Union and part of the Schengen Area since 2004, making it possible to enter and exit the country freely when crossing internal EU borders. Lithuania adopted the Euro in 2015.
When you come to Lithuania be sure not to miss the country’s four UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the historic Old Town of Vilnius; the breathtakingly beautiful Curonian Spit, a 50 km stretch of white sand and pines extending into the Baltic Sea; the mystical hill forts of the Kernavė archeological and cultural reserve; and points along the Struvė Geodetic Arc – physical geography monuments worthy of a Jules Verne novel.
Other Lithuanian gems which are scattered across the country include beautiful castles, palaces and mansions that once belonged to the country’s nobility. These architectural records of the country’s economic and cultural history – many of them now converted into elegant hotels, some with restaurants offering a taste of traditional manor cuisine – invite guests to become acquainted with the lifestyles of old Lithuania’s gentry and nobility.
Walking through Vilnius your gaze will continuously be drawn upwards to the countless church steeples, as our capital is a Baroque masterpiece. The subtle forms of the Old Town, recognized and protected by UNESCO, naturally complement this modern, multicultural city’s vibrancy. Rated the happiest capital city in a recent Indy100 poll, Vilnius opens its doors wide to those arriving for the first time and draws many of its enchanted guests back for repeat visits. It’s impossible not to fall in love with Vilnius.. Because of its compact size visitors can easily access the city’s numerous art galleries, concert halls, shops and museums, which are conveniently interspersed with countless gourmet, traditional and contemporary restaurants, quaint Old Town cafés and happening bars. Vilnius nights are hot even through the coldest winter months, while strolls under the city’s Baroque arches or majestic trees will leave travellers with unforgettable memories, whatever the season.
Vilnius offers its guests every kind of accommodation – you can stay in a campground right in the city centre; sleep under the vaulted ceilings of a centuries-old monastery and wake up to church bells ringing outside the windows; rest in a modern apartment in a contemporary building, or in an elegant design hotel; or book a room in one of the city’s many international hotels.
Lithuania’s second-largest city, Kaunas, is also a vibrant cultural hub. Today Kaunas is ambitiously preparing for its role as a European Capital of Culture in 2022 – a wonderful opportunity for sharing that city’s contemporary culture, community spirit and local talent.
Lithuania is also a great place to rest, restore your energy and escape urban bustle. With fresh air and natural mineral baths, the traditional spa towns of Druskininkai and Birštonas are perfect places to restore both body and mind, all under the care of highly qualified doctors, dieticians, and massage therapists. A visit to one of Druskininkai’s or Birštonas’s sanatoria or spa hotels – offering mineral baths, healing mud applications, amber-lined saunas, fragrant local herbal treatments and pine forest walks – is guaranteed to leave you feeling like a new person! Here, the combination of nature and human skill works miracles, so it is not surprising that these resorts are popular with local and international visitors year-round.
But whatever riches Lithuania offers visitors, the greatest one is undoubtedly its friendly, helpful, multilingual and good-hearted people – who can’t wait to meet you!