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Lithuania has much to offer to a visitor, from many types of leisure activities and entertainment to a wide list – of around 1000 – of sightseeing objects. It is a land with an exquisite coastline, health resorts, ancient woodlands, thousands of lakes, meandering rivers and traditional villages. Five national parks are waiting for the guests. Here everybody can listen to world-class classical music, watch numerous plays and operas in the country’s 30 theatres and enjoy high quality contemporary art.

Try horse riding. The routes of different lengths will take you to the most beautiful places of the national and regional parks. Experienced guides will show you the cultural and natural monuments, tell you their history, and provide information about the local flora and fauna. You can choose the length and difficulty of your ride. Golf is becoming more and more popular in Lithuania because its landscape is very suitable for golf courts. Lithuania is easy to reach by ferry, plane, car or train from the Scandinavian countries, Germany, Denmark, Eastern Europe or Russia. Three golf clubs are waiting for guests near Vilnius: The Capitals Golf Club, The European Center Golf Club, and The V Golf Club. Near Kaunas: Elnias (The Deer). At the seaside: The National Golf Resort.

The Kuršių Nerija (Curonian Spit) is a natural wonder with the highest sand dunes in Eastern Europe. This sandy stretch of land with its long central street winding for almost 50 kilometers from Smiltynė to Nida, separates the Kuršių Marios (Curonian Lagoon) from the Baltic Sea. This tiny ‘Sahara’ was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 2000. Swimming, walking, fishing and eating in coastal restaurants with the smell of eels attract many tourists. There are now four friendly holiday resorts with quays for yachts and ancient ships, surrounded by pine tree forests.

Vilnius Historic Centre. In 1994, Vilnius historic centre was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List as having an outstanding universal value, as its historic part of the city formed in 14th-18th centuries. Vilnius historic centre presents extraordinary examples of architectural ensemble and landscape type.

The Kernavė Archaeological Site (Cultural Reserve of Kernavė). Together with its surroundings and all its visible and invisible natural and cultural treasures, it is a State Cultural Reserve and a UNESCO protected archaeological site, a property attesting to the evolution of settlements in the Baltic Sea region between the ninth millennium BC and the Middle Ages and one of the crucial periods in the history of Europe - the arrival of Christianity among the last pagan communities in Europe. The most important element on the Reserve's territory is an impressive defense system, exceptional in northern Europe. It comprises a chain of five hill-forts with wooden fortifications, which formed an integrated defense complex in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

THE CURONIAN SPIT

This is a place that a visitor can’t help admiring and will want to come back again and again. Outstretching through the territories of two states, the Republic of Lithuania and the Russian Federation (the Kaliningrad Region), this 98 km-long peninsula is an outstanding creation of nature and man. It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000.

In the 15th century, the whole area of the Curonian Spit was covered with forest. Deforestation resulted in uncontrollable sandstorms. The sand travelled across the peninsula towards the Curonian Lagoon, burying several fishermen’s villages scattered on the coast of the Lagoon. The inhabitants of the Spit had to demonstrate great resourcefulness and patience to curb the elemental force.

In 1825, Georgas Dovydas Kuvertas, the then postmaster, was the first to begin planting trees on the dunes in the Curonian Spit. It took several forest generations to bridle the moving sand. It is the only place in the world where dune stabilisation and planting work was carried out on such a large scale. This piece of heaven in Lithuania with its fragile dunes and the unique landscape is very vigilantly protected until now.For the most spectacular scenery, come to Nida, where the forested dunes washed by the Baltic Sea on one side and the Curonian Lagoon on the other run into the wilderness of moving sand. Visitors get enchanted by the indescribable beauty of the Gray (Dead) Dunes looming up between Nida and Juodkrantė.

The architecture of all of the four settlements of Neringa (Nida, Preila, Pervalka, and Juodkrantė) is absolutely fascinating. One can’t help admiring the blue-window-paned ethnographic homesteads of fishermen, the contemporary cottages that have taken over the traditional ethnographic style, and the old villas decorated with wooden tracery in Juodkrantė.

The Palanga Amber Museum houses the world’s largest collection of amber with inclusions. The whole history of amber, from its formation to its possible application, is displayed at the museum.

Trakai Historical National Park, located about 30 kilometers from Vilnius, is dotted with 33 lakes. It encapsulates the medieval capital of Lithuania and its surrounding lakes and majestic countryside. A red brick castle fortress built in the 14th century on one of the islands on Lake Galvė is a very popular tourist destination.

Druskininkai, a spa haven with pine forests and natural springs, is the birthplace of the most famous Lithuanian artist Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis. The Grūtas Park-Museum provides the possibility to stroll among relics of the Soviet empire, have lunch at a Soviet-style canteen and listen to Red Army military marches and speeches by Soviet leaders.

Rumšiškės Open Air Museum is a miniature display of Lithuania in the second half of the 18th century with its old houses, homesteads, pubs and mills and with men and women in traditional costumes. Old farmsteads have been created out of relocated authentic buildings with authentic furniture and decorations. The museum features the traditional countryside of four main ethnic regions of the country: Samogitia in the west, the Highlands in the east, Suvalkija in the southwest, and Dzūkija in the south. Crowds of people come here to see off the winter, to roll Easter eggs, and to celebrate the Midsummer festival.

The geographical centre of Europe and the Park of Europe (an open air museum). Several countries claim to be at the heart of Europe, but according to the research of the French National Geographic Institute, the one and only geographical central point of the continent is in Lithuania, a fact that has even won recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records. In 1989, a group of French scientists from the institute announced that the geographical centre of Europe was just to the north of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius – 26 kilometers. The goal of the museum is to give an artistic significance to the geographic centre of the European continent and to present the best of the Lithuanian and international modern art achievements.

Raganų Kalnas (the Hill of Witches) is a unique collection of wooden sculptures, which are collected on a forested hill in Juodkrantė. The sculptures have their origin in ancient Lithuanian legends, folk tales, or are just a product of author's imagination. Visitors are welcome to walk around and take a look at the sculptures free of charge.

Pažaislis Monastery The Monastery is one of the most beautiful Baroque buildings in Lithuania. The ensemble designed for the Camaldolese priory was built in the 17th century under the supervision of artists from Florence.

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis National Art Museum It is the oldest and the biggest art museum in Lithuania. It is the only place where visitors can see the development of the Lithuanian art from medieval times to the present days. The Museum collects, stores, studies and popularizes the art of M. K. Čiurlionis and the heritage of the Lithuanian and world culture.

National Gallery of Art collects, researches and exhibits the Lithuanian art of the 20th and 21st centuries, explores and consolidates its links to the international culture. This gallery is a contemporaneous, multifunctional centre for art and culture, which seeks to establish a dialogue with the society. This is the space for active communication where the audience can see a permanent exposition and temporary exhibitions, as well as to participate in cultural events, lectures and educational programmes.

It is just a little list of the places of interest which can impress the tourists visiting Lithuania.

State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy is implementing, administrating and coordinating more than 7 EU funded projects. These Projects are financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The main purpose of all projects is to implement Lithuanian tourism image and enchase the tourism products and service awareness in Lithuania and abroad. Marketing activities includes: B2B events, promotion in social media, participation in tourism fairs, big outdoors activities in target markets, publishing brochures in various languages and etc. State Department of Tourism also supports various European initiatives/projects: participation in European Commission project EDEN (European Destinations of Excellence), European Neighborhood Policy Twinning project “Strengthening the capacity of the Department of Tourism in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan” and submitted application for European Commission project “Enhancement and promotion of the World Amber Road “. 

 

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