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Popular itineraries in Lithuania

Lithuania is a colorful country that may be enjoyed differently by various people. Here we offer thematic itineraries, each consisting of 10 best locations and/or activities in Lithuania related to a specific topic, need or interest.

Top 10 sights in 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 traditional 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.

Map of Lithuanian ethnographic regions. Numbers mark the top 10 sights. See below for explanations.

See also additional specialized top 10s based on:
*Personal interests.
*Ethnicity.
*Religion.
*Historical period.
*Special needs.
*Transportation used for travelling.

We also have weekend break ideas for Lithuanian cities.

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Lithuania for different interests

Lithuania excels in some fields and if you have an interest there you'll have plenty to see.

*Sport Itinerary in Lithuania. 10 experiences of Lithuania for a sport lover.

*Natural Lithuania. 10 most beautiful natural locations in Lithuania.

*Military Lithuania. Top 10 military installations and sites in a country that "stood in a way" in nealy every major European and World War.

*Panoramas in Lithuania. 10 best vantage points to see Lithuanian cities and nature.

*Buildings in Lithuania. Top 10 architectural marvels.

*Parks in Lithuania. Top 10 parks.

*Places to see art in Lithuania. Top 10 museums and other public collections of various styles.

*Abandoned Lithuania. 10 interesting places to see the gone-by eras and ideologies.

*Destroyed Lithuania. 10 great buildings destroyed under the occupational regimes of 1940-1990.

*Tracing forefather's steps. If you are of Lithuanian heritage these 10 locations will help you learn how your forefathers lived and why they have left.

*Lithuania through the year. The ever-changing seasons of Lithuania.

*UNESCO sites in Lithuania. 10 sites and events of Lithuania inscribed into the UNESCO lists.

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Lithuania for special needs

If you are interested not merely in sightseeing in Lithuania (or you have special needs), here are some ideas:

*Family Lithuania. 10 sights that will interest your kids without keeping you too bored.

*Shopper's Lithuania. 10 best places to shop in Lithuania (will suit every taste and wallet size).

*Fun and rest in Lithuania. 10 top ideas on what to do in Lithuania's resorts.

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Lithuania in a weekend (or a day)

Three Lithuanian cities have enough what to do for a weekend break.

*Top weekend breaks. Ten cities and regions of Lithuania that are possible (and interesting) to enjoy in a weekend.

*Weekend in Vilnius. 10 locations to sum up the Lithuanian capital - its medieval might, its Soviet tragedy and its position as a modern European city.

*Weekend in Kaunas. 10 locations that define Kaunas, the 19th century fortress city, the interwar capital era buildings, the Old Town and more.

*Weekend in Klaipėda. The port city with a German history that is a stop for Baltic cruise vessels.

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Lithuania by mode of transport

If you have your preferred form of transportation while in Lithuania (that is, walking, biking, driving or public transport), here our ideas for the best routes in each case:

*Lithuania on bike. 10 most rewarding bike tours.

*Lithuania on foot. 10 short walks/hikes with views over interesting architecture and natural wonders.

*Lithuania by car. 10 best road journeys in Lithuania.

*Lithuania by unusual transport. There are more options in Lithuania than either your own foot, bike, car or a bus, as this top 10 clearly demonstrates.

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Historical Lithuania

See the heritage of your favorite epoch in Lithuania (click on the maps or links below).

*Medieval Lithuania. 10 sights to help you understand the might of what was the Europe's largest medieval state.

*Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth era. 10 best reminders of this both opulent and decadent era.

*Russian Imperial era. 10 best reminders of both the imperial persecutions and the 19th century industrial revolution that has changed the face of Lithuania.

*Interwar era. 10 sights reminding of the glory of interwar Lithuania.

*Soviet occupation era. 10 sights and activities to help you learn about the eastern side of the Iron Curtain and the tragedies it meant for Lithuania.

*Post-1990s independence era. 10 sights to help you understand the way Lithuania went in the recent couple of decades.

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Lithuania for different faiths

Lithuania has been always famous for religious tolerance. One may see truly impressive sights of the largest faiths (attracting thousands of pilgrims) and cute remote houses of worship of the smaller ones, which are impressive to have survived the centuries.

*Christian sites in Lithuania. For pilgrims and non-believers alike as many of these sights are also atmospheric architectural wonders.

*Pagan Lithuania. 10 places to feel that Lithuania was the Europe's final pagan state.

*Muslim Lithuania. Wooden village mosques built centuries ago.

*Jewish Lithuania. Synagogues and homes of this craftsmen community.

*Protestant Lithuania. While Catholic faith eventually (re)conquered Lithuanian hearts Protestantism still left much heritage.

*The most iconic minorities. Both ethnic and religious.

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Tastes of Lithuanian culture

If you want to experience Lithuania in other ways than sightseeing, check these lists. Hint: you don't even need to visit Lithuania to try out some of these.

*Culinary marvels in Lithuania. 10 meals and drinks you should taste in Lithuania.

*The best of Lithuanian cinema. Top 10 best or most influential Lithuanian movies, documentaries and TV series.

*Lithuanian literature. Top 10 best or most influential Lithuanian books.

*Lithuanian folk art. Top 10 Lithuanian folk art forms (some can be bought as souvenirs).

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Lithuania ethnic heritage itineraries

Many ethnicities passed by Lithuania over the centuries and many of them have left heritage here.

*Polish Lithuania. The remains of the centuries when Poles and Lithuanians were nearly a single nation.

*Russian Lithuania. Old Believer villages and the remains of two long occupations (Imperial and Soviet).

*Jewish Lithuania. Synagogues and homes of this craftsmen community.

*German Lithuania. What the German knights, merchants and townsfolk have left.

*Turkic Lithuania. It may be quite surprising, but two Turkic minorities (Tatars and Karaims) live in Lithuania since 15th century AD.

*American Lithuania. Heritage of 150 years of Lithuanian-American relations.

*The most iconic minorities. Both ethnic and religious.

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The most important things about Lithuania

These are the lists of the most important facts about Lithuania one should know to truly understand the country.

*100 icons of Lithuanian culture. The top 100 essentially Lithuanian things and concepts that either exist only in Lithuania, were invented in Lithuania or became unusually influential there.

*20 key moments in Lithuanian history. The dates that turned the tides of Lithuanian history.

*Top 10 European Union influences. Since 2004 Lithuania joined the European Union which has tremendously impacted the life for Lithuanians. In case you wonder how the country would look without this membership, these are top 10 differences.

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