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Ten Essential Things To Do When You Visit Lithuania

Feb 10, 2008
If you are looking for a place where you can just chill, relax and be laid back, then the place for you to go is Lithuania. Unlike other foreign countries, Lithuania doesn't offer much in terms of archeological pleasure. It makes up for this lack, however, through the visual pleasures you can find within the country.

1.) Vilnius

Vilnius is actually the capital city of Lithuania and the first place you might want to go to if you are in search of excellent shopping centers. Because Vilnius is the capital city, it also follows that it is a commercial and industrial port. As such, you can find the best local buys in here.

2.) Curonian Spit

The Curonian Spit is actually a large area that covers four settlements. More than that, however, it is the best place to enjoy nature in Lithuania. In here, you can smell the fresh smell of pine trees as well as the aroma of the outdoors, and you can do various outdoor activities in here such as skiing in the summer and winter.

3.) Hills of Crosses

Portrayed in numerous art paintings, the Hills of Crosses is actually a hillock where approximately thousands of crosses can be found. It is unclear as to how the hill became a place for planting crosses. But since early times, the Hills of Crosses has been a place where crosses of all sizes and shapes can be found.

4.) Druskininkai

The best place to go during the summer is in Druskininka, where mineral streams and summer activities are abundant. The mineral streams in the place are said to possess curative characteristics. It is even thought of as a healthy place to enjoy your summer vacation.

5.) Palanga

Botanical parks, seaside resorts and restaurants, and beaches are only some of the avenues that you will see in Palanga. Here, you can experience maximum pleasure and enjoyment. In Palanga, there is no limit to just how much fun you can get.

6.) National Museums

There are two most known museums in Lithuania. One is the National Museum in Lithuania which was opened in 1855, and in here, you get a background and history of the country just by a tour of the place. Another is the Lithuania Art Museum, and art is so much valued in the country, and there have been many popular painters and artists that were born in Lithuania.

7.) Folk Festivals

Various local festivals are celebrated throughout the country. Make sure that you get a taste of how Lithuanians celebrate their festivals where food and colorful costumes are just two of the sure things you will enjoy during the folk festivals of Lithuania. There are many festivals and celebrations in Lithunia, and your visit is surely bound to coincide with one of their timely celebrations.

8.) Kaunas, Lithuania

Though not as lively a port hub as Vilniua, Kaunas is a place where you can enjoy and do your shopping. More than that, there are various industrial hubs within the area which you must visit. Here, you will get a taste of local Lithuania culture and way of living.

9.) Medieval Castle

One of the most esteemed buildings in Lithuania is the Medieval Castle, a castle which stands in the midst of the waters. It was built way back 14th century, and its purpose was to drive away enemy knights from Germany. The castle is still standing strong until now.

10.) Church of St. Paul and St. Peter

The Church of St. Paul and St. Peter is where you will truly get the feel of how the locals of Lithuanians revere and praise. Whereas Lithuania before did not allow religion from being publicly practiced, Roman Catholicism is now ever prevalent and practiced within the nation. So, this church is a must-see for any visitor to the country.
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Jonathan Williams is the travel writer for Destination Guide TV - the place to share travel videos. Visit http://www.destinationguide.tv/lithuania to view or share Lithuania travel videos.
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