Many travellers on our tours ask us what else they should see in Lithuania. We decided to share some recommendations on what should be on your to see list while you are here.
Give yourself 2-3 days in Vilnius. Start your visit with “Vilnius free tour” (every day at 10 AM and 12 PM-noon, starting right in front of Vilnius town hall - Didziojist. 31) to get an introduction into the city. Explore the old town, visit at least a few of the many churches (especially, st. Peter and Paul’s church), visit Uzupis, a self declared independent neighbourhood of artists. Go up the Gediminas hill for a beautiful view to the old town. Fans of history shouldn’t miss a KGB museum of occupation and freedoms fights, Jewish museum. For those, who are not too much into serious topics, should visit "Not a Museum" - a great way to learn more about the history through impressions. If you happen to be a student, use your student card - many museums have student discounts.
Go to Trakai - a beautiful town, approximately half an hour away from Vilnius. You can get there by public transport (bus https://www.autobusubilietai.lt or train https://www.traukiniobilietas.lt/portal/en). If you go by public transport, a one way ticket costs less than 2 EUR. If the weather is nice, you can rent a boat there. The castle is surrounded by lakes. The entrance to the castle cost 8 EUR. One more thing to do in Trakai is try kibinai - traditional food of the Karaites community in Trakai.
HILL OF CROSSES
Visit the Hill of Crosses - one of the highlights of Lithuania. A powerful and mysterious place with thousands of crosses. It's hard to reach it by public transport (although, it’s possible, check this article on how to get there https://vilniuswithlocals.com/activities/post/how-to-get-from-vilnius-to-the-hill-of-crosses). It's not easy to reach the Hill of Crosses but definitely worth it. If you don't have too much time, definitely consider a private tour or a scheduled tour.
Kaunas is the second biggest city of Lithuania, a former capital of the country. It has a beautiful old town to explore. If you happen to be in Kaunas from Saturday till Monday, join Kaunas Free Tour. Lovely locals guide will give you a great insight into locals traditions, the new "modern" part of the city and of course tell you many stories about the interwar period (that's when Kaunas was the capital of Lithuania for almost 20 years). Kaunas is also a capital of the Lithuanian basketball!! If you have a chance, go to a basketball match in Žalgirio arena (https://zalgirioarena.lt/en/), to feel the awesome atmosphere and see how the Lithuanians love basketball :) Visit devil’s museum (http://www.ciurlionis.lt/velniu). Taka a funicular ride (one of the oldest funiculars in Europe!). For those who are into history, we recommend visiting the 9th Fort. Finish your visit in Kaunas by enjoying the famous Soviet dougnuts in the legendary Suprginė (Laisvės al. 84, Kaunas).
On the way to Kaunas you can visit Rumšiškės open air museum (http://www.llbm.lt/en/) to see how typical Lithuanian villages look like.
GRUTAS PARK & DRUSKININKAI
Grutas park (http://grutoparkas.lt/en_US/) - that's something for those who are interested in Soviet times. After Lithuania declared independence from the Soviet Union, all kinds of Soviet statues and other Soviet heritage was brought to the park. It's like an open air museum about the Soviet times. You can reach it by public transport. Take a bus from Vilnius bus station to Druskininkai and tell the driver that you want to go to Grutas park. He will make a stop by Grutas park just before the bus arrive in Druskininkai. After that don't forget to walk around the city as well.
Don’t forget the Lithuanian coast! A town called Palanga becomes really busy in Summer, as thousands of Lithuanians go there for holiday. Klaipėda’s “Sea Festival” (Jūros Šventė) should be on your list if you come to Lithaunia on the last weekend of July. However, if you are a nature lover, and you don’t fancy crowds of people, the Curonian Spit peninsula must be on your list. You will love its peaceful fishermen villages, beautiful forests and sand dunes. If the weather is nice, it’s a great idea to cycle from Klaipėda (a town on the Lithuanian coast) to Nida on the Curonian Spit. The distance of 50 kms is easy to do even for not an experienced biker, as all the way is pretty flat. Our “mountains” are not so high, the highest one is just above 300 meters :)
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