• Viktorija Linkeviciute

Places you should visit if you travel to Lithuania

Lithuania is a small country in Europe with a population of 2.8 million people. It lies on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea and it is neighbouring countries like Latvia and Poland. It is a lovely small place with amazing food and beautiful views and the best thing of all is that you don't need a big budget to have a holiday there!


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Vilnius


If you would go to Lithuania, most likely you would land in the Vilnius International Airport. Vilnius is the capital and the biggest city in Lithuania. There is a lot of nice places there but there are a few of my favourites that you should see!


Vilnius Cathedral

Image of Vilnius Cathedral
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It is situated in Vilnius Old Town and it is the heart of Catholic spiritual life in Lithuania. The Cathedral was rebuilt multiple times due to fires and it was consecrated in 1783 so that is nearly 250 years ago!



Gediminas Castle Tower

Image of Gediminas Tower
Credits: https://www.govilnius.lt/visit-vilnius/places/the-gediminas-tower

Gediminas' Tower is the remaining part of the Upper Castle in Vilnius. There is a legend about how the castle was built: one evening Grand Duke Gediminas went away for a hunting trip and he stayed the night in Sventaragis' Valley where he had a dream about an iron wolf on a hill between two rivers Neris and Vilnia, who was howling so loud that is sounded like 100 wolves. When Gediminas woke up, he got told that the meaning of that dream is that where that wolf was standing, the big city would grow.



Vilnius TV Tower

Image of Vilnius TV Tower
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It is situated in Karoliniskes microdistrict and it is the tallest structure in Lithuania. This tower has played a major role in the events of 13 January 1991 where the Soviet military killed 14 civilians and injured 702 people.



Kaunas


Kaunas is the second biggest city in Lithuania and is only an hour drive from Vilnius! I will list a few places that I think everyone should visit if they travel to Kaunas.


Vytautas Magnus University Botanical Garden

Image of Vytautas Magnus University Botanical Garden
Credits: https://visit.kaunas.lt/lt/aplankykite/lankytinos-vietos/gamtos-objektai/botanikos-sodas/

It is situated in the south of the centre in Kaunas. It was founded in 1923 as the centre of botanical sciences that belong to Lithuanian university. It occupies an area of 62.5ha and it contains 7000 different types of plants.


Dubrava Marsh Reserve

Image of Dubrava Marsh Reserve
Credits: https://www.kaunorajonas.lt/lankytinos-vietos/dubravos-rezervatine-apyrube/

It is a nature preserve in Kaunas and it occupies an area of only 120ha. It has been not touched for over 50 years now and there is a 1.9km hiking trail.



Nida


The last stop of your trip to Lithuania can be the beach. Lithuania has hot summers (around 30°C), so it can be a nice end to the holiday if you fly in the summer! There is one place you should visit if you do travel to Nida.


Parnidis Dune


Image of Parnidis Dune
Credits: https://www.priejuros.lt/lt/pramoga/parnidzio-kopa-saules-laikrodis/

Parnidis Dune is one of the tallest sand dunes in Europe. It is 52m above sea level tall and some time ago it was as tall as 60m! At the top of the dune, there is a stone sun clock that shows the right time depending on the position of the sun and shadows.


Hope you enjoyed this blog about places you need to see in Lithuani

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