Lithuania is Vilnius, the 15th century capital of what was then Europe's largest country.
Lithuania is the inspiring Hill of Crosses, a unique-in-the-world place where millions of people have been building Christian symbols despite any persecutions.
Lithuania is the geographic centre of Europe where the old Lithuanian ethnicity has been joined over the centuries by numerous other communities. There are centuries-old religious buidings of more than 10 communities as distinct as Roman Catholicism, Sunni Islam, Judaism and the Russian Old Believer sect.
Lithuania is a robust economy where the scars left by the Soviet Union may be investigated without ever having to do without modern western amenities.
Tourist? Expatriate? Interested in Lithuania? This website is for you.
Sections of the website:
*Advices - practical help for everyday life in Lithuania.
*Cities - Lithuania's cities, their districts and histories.
*Culture - Lithuanian art, culture, faiths and ethnicities.
*History&Today - Lithuanian history, political and economic scene.
*Lifestyle - Lithuanian passions for sports, music, literature.
*Regions - Zones of Lithuania.
*Sights - Sights for tourists and more (towns, resorts, museums, etc.).
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Our TOP 10 of Lithuania
1.Vilnius city, a vibrant capital with its extensive old town and countless baroque church spires.
2.The Curonian Spit, a 98 km long narrow Baltic Sea peninsula covered by sandy dunes and pine forests where fishermen huts and upscale hotels exist side-by-side.
3.Hill of Crosses, a unique-in-the-world place where millions of people erected millions of these Christian symbols.
4.Kaunas city, a boomtown in 1880s-1930s when it served firstly as major Russian fortress and then as the seat of Lithuania's government. Kaunas medieval district is more intact than that of Vilnius and the 19th century military buildings still surround the city center, while the Baroque Pažaislis monastery crowns the suburbs.
5.Trakai town with its impressive island castle, many lakes and Karaim ethnic minority.
6.Rumšiškės open-air museum inspired by Stockholm's skansen. Old wooden buildings have been moved here from all over Lithuania and the main ethnic holidays are celebrated the tradtional way.
7.Plokštinė Soviet missile base, a unique opportunity to enter the shafts where nuclear missiles once waited to be launched.
8.Druskininkai 19th century mineral springs resort, revitalised by a large indoor alpine skiing arena and a water entertainment park. Grūtas park, where all the demolished Soviet statues ended up, is not far away.
9.Palanga seaside resort with its lively Basanavičiaus street. But the calmness is never far away in a large manor park, centered at a palace that now houses a major amber museum.
10.Visaginas town built by Soviets in 1980s for nuclear power plant workers - but the plant has since closed down. This somewhat eerie town is what Pripyat (near Chernobyl) would have looked if not for the disaster.