Green, flat and full of water baltic country, with famous long history and even better future. One of the three small independent Baltic states. Trip there can really suprise you (positively).
Language: Lithuanian / Population: 2,9 million / Currency: Euro
Climate Lithuania’s climate can be seasonaly changeble. You can find there sunny spring, hot summer, long and warm autumn and a nippy winter are like.In recent decades the climate of Lithuania has become warmer – the average annual temperature in the whole territory is 6.5-7.9° C. The warmest month of the year is July (with an average temperature – about 19.7° C, and a maximum – over 30° C), and the coldest is January (with an average temperature – about -2.9° C, its lowest temperature during severe frosts may occasionally drop below -30° C).The most rainfall is recorded from April to October (60-65% of annual rainfall). Heavy rains are common nearly every summer with precipitation exceeding 30 mm per day.
Suggested clothing: Light- to medium-weights are worn during the summer nonths. Medium- to heavyweights are needed during winter can e very cold. Rainwear is advisable all year long.
Cousine is based on fatty and nutritious dishes. Many of the dishes with potatoes, meat and flour. Very popular are potato dumplings (Didžkukuliai, Zeppelins). Other potato dishes include potato pancakes with stuffing (Žemaičių blynai) and potato cake with bacon (Kugelis). If you are on a diet or do not like the potatoes it will be hard to find a dish for you. I propose soup with beets, sour milk, sour cream, cucumber and dill (Šaltibarščiai). It is worth to try Lithuanian bread.It is a hard, dark and slightly sour. It is served almost every meal. If you are in Lithuania you must try Kindziuk. It may be strange to you but the Lithuanians love to drink made from black rye bread. it is so popular, with one of the brands Coca-Cola bought. If you prefer to try alcohol is a mead (Suktinis).
Foreign Relations NATO member since 29 March, 2004. Member of European Union since 1 May, 2004.
1. Local Bus Transport is Cheap You can take beetween local cities buses for very affordable price. If you going somewhere far try Lux Express, quite cheap.
2. Walking is even Cheaper If you sightseeing just cities most of them including Vilnius is walkable so work on your fitness and don’t think about taxi.
3. Stay inHostel! Lithuania prices of hostels are unbelivable. I spend night in hostel for 4 punds (5 euros) WOW! Hostel itself was really nice with free cofee and tea.
4. Drink Tap Tap water in Vilnius is one of the best in Europe.You can carry your own little bottle of water and refill it.
5. Buy city pass card if you museum geek. Vilnius City Card is oriented towards tourists who want to become well acquainted with the city. With card you can use public transport, visit museums free of charge, take part in walking tours. There are three types of card:
24 hour card with public transport ticket – 17 EUR
24 hour card without public transport ticket – 13 EUR
72 hour card with public transport ticket – 26 EUR
6. Some Basics Prices in Lithuania are low compared to Western Europe and even some countries in Eastern Europe. Train travel is a popular option and tickets are much more affordable than they are in Western Europe.
Expense report for Lithuania travel guide are based on my individual experience, big Mac index and online research. (2015)
|Big Mac||€ —-|
|Bread||€ from 0,65|
|Budget Lunch for 1 (with drink)||€ from 5,50|
|Budget Dinner for 1 (with drink)||€ from 8,00|
|Beer (0,5)||€ from 0,79|
|Wine (0,75)||€ from 4,50|
|Museum ( Museum of Genocide Victims )||€ 2,00|
|Bus Ticket||€ 0,85|
|Hotel (**** double room)||€ from 54,00|
|Budget Hotel (double room)||€ from 28,00|
|Hostel||€ from 5,00|
If you interested I wrote as well article Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Lithuania, so have a look.
1.Vilnius Political centre of the Lithuania between the 13th century and the end of the 18th century, Vilnius has had a profound influence on the cultural and architectural development of much of Eastern Europe. Despite invasions and partial destruction, it has preserved an impressive complex of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical buildings as well as its medieval layout and natural setting – this was the primary justification for inscribing Vilnius Historical Centre on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994.
2.Curonian Spit UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a 98 kilometerlong, thin and curved sand dune spit. It separates the Curonian Lagoon with the Baltic Sea. The southernmost part of the spit lies within Kaliningrad Oblast in Russia and its northern part lies in southwestern Lithuania.
An island castle located in Trakai, Lithuania in Lake Galvė. The castle is sometimes referred to as “Little Marienburg”. The construction of the stone castle was begun in the 14th century by Kęstutis, and around 1409 major works were completed by his son Vytautas the Great. Trakai was one of the main centres of theGrand Duchy of Lithuania and the castle held great strategic importance.
4. Hill of Crosses Pilgrimage destination about 12 km north of the city of Šiauliai, in northern Lithuania. The precise origin of the practice of leaving crosses on the hill is uncertain, but it is believed that the first crosses were placed on the former Jurgaičiai or Domantai hill fort. Over the centuries, not only crosses, but giant crucifixes, carvings of Lithuanian patriots, statues of the Virgin Mary and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries have been brought here by Catholic pilgrims.
5.Aukštaitija National Park One hundred and twenty-six lakes are scattered among the woods and hills in north-eastern Lithuania, about 100 km north of Vilnius.. Many are interconnected by rivulets and streams and are popular for kayaking. Established in 1974, it is the oldest of the five national parks in Lithuania.
6.Kernave Medieval capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and today is a tourist attraction and an archeological site. In 2004 Kernavė Archaeological Site was included into UNESCO world heritage list.
7.Palanga Seaside resort town in western Lithuania, on the shore of the Baltic Sea. It is the busiest summer resort in Lithuania and has beaches of sand (18 km long and up to 300 m wide) and sand dunes. There are many restaurants, bars, rides and other kinds of entertainment available for tourists in this location.
1. Cycling Lithuania giving you possibility to cycle everywhere, the country is flat and of course there is many bicycle paths, specially designed to get acquainted.
2. Haunting Lithuanian forests are full of wild animals including deer, wild bears, beavers, elks and many others. One is allowed to hunt elks, wild bears, wolves, foxes, hares and birds, such as geese, ducks and woodcocks. Hunting season starts in April, the busiest months for hunting are November, December and January. Hunting with beaters and dogs is most popular now.
3. Clubbing Lithuania travel guide suggest that you can choose in Vilnius range from Night Clubs to strip clubs and private limo parties with dancers. Clubing Wide range of night clubs and bars for different tastes. From typical Lithuanian parties which you could never find anywhere else to London style spots. Tens of topical parties every weekend all around Vilnius. Usually you have to pay for entrance 5 Euro and a pint of the best local beer is not more that 1.5 Euro
4. Spa Lithuanian resorts and modern spa centres offer a wide variety of services and quality. Rest in nature, breathe the fresh air and enjoy the exceptional attention of spa workers, relaxing massages, remedial baths and the unique amber therapy. The flexible prices have been praised by many tourists. Lithuania is becoming a more attractive destination for medical tourism.
5. Kayaking Merkys river route is perfect. that’s one of the most important river in south of Lithuania. Flows into the biggest Lithuanian river Nemunas near Merkine. The lenght of river Merkys is 203 kilometers. It’s perfect river for kayaking, even if you are a beginner! The water of river Merkys is clear and crystal, there are many wooded coastwises. River Merkys drift is not very fast, thus it is not difficult to kayak. Kayaking in rivers recommended by Lithuania travel guide for beginners and families. There are many camps near river Merkys, where you can stop and stay.
The European emergency number 112 is not the only one. Lithuanian travel guide suggest 01 – fire brigade, 02 – police, 03 – ambulance.
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