Take the trip up to the top of
Gediminas castle for the best
views of Vilnius, Lithuania's
the north, Belarus
to the east, Poland
to the southwest, and Russia
to the west, Lithuania has emerged as a former Soviet Republic
to stand proudly on its own as an EU country.
With its rich
history and culture, and tempestuously beautiful Baltic Sea coast
beaches, Lithuania has also proven to be a a thriving tourist
hot spot attracting visitors near and far from throughout Eastern
and Western Europe.
Eastern Europe's best kept secret, Lithuania boasts wide swaths
of forest, shimmering lakes, as well as the otherworldly Curonian
Spit with its seemingly mile-high drifting sand dunes (the
largest in Europe) lying to the west.
For most visitors to Lithuania,
however, directly east lies the country's capital, Vilnius
which, although small in size, claims the biggest attractions
in terms of Lithuanian history, culture and architectural treasures.
Lithuanian travel phrases:
(informal) - sveikas / sveika (for a female) (SVAY-kahs/
THANK YOU - aciu (AH-choo)
YOU'RE WELCOME - praau (prah-SHOW)
YES - taip (taip)
NO - ne (neh)
DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH? - Ar kalbate anglikai? (ahr
WHERE IS THE TOILET? Kur yra tualetas? (Kuhr EE-rah TWAH-leh-tahs?)
very walkable city by foot to ramble around the Old Town and to
take in incredibly beautiful Gothic and Baroque churches and cathedrals,
with strolls around the Neris riverfront.
a trip up to the top of the 13th century Gediminas castle will
reveal the best view of Vilnius and surroundings. Then be sure
to stop at one of Vilinius' very fashionable neighborhood cafes
or restaurants for a well-earned break.
contrast, also take in the Frank
Zappa statue near the Arts Academy, another tourist attraction
on Vilnius' must-see list. Today, the oddity is most notable for
its connection to a local fan club that
wanted to express its wild abandon for all things Western -- following
Lithuania's liberation from the Russian empire in the 1990s.
height of the summer season, see why Vilnius is also considered
the country's cultural capital as the city comes alive with fashion,
music and theater festivals frequently scheduled throughout July
More about Lithuania travel & tourism around the Web:
Lithuanian Travel- The official travel site featuring guides to major cities, regions and beach resorts, national parks and other attractions including online hotel and airfare booking, maps and a stunning photo gallery.
Lithuania travel guide - Good, general overview of major attractions in Vilnius, Baltic sea coast beaches and other must-sees throughout the country with guides to Lithuanian food, culture and history, practical travel advice and safety tips.
Lithuania Travel - Lonely Planet World Guide - Fast facts, feature attractions, when to go, plus maps, photo galleries and special looks at Vilnius, Auktaitija National Park, Palanga beach resort, the Curonian Spit and more.