What To See In Lithuania

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The Old Town of Vilnius is one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Northern Europe. The oldest part of the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, it has developed over the course of many centuries, and has been shaped by the city's history and a constantly changing cultural influence. It is a place where some of Europe's greatest architectural styles - gothic, renaissance, baroque and neoclassical - stand side by side and complement each other. Pilies Street is the Old Town's main artery and the hub of cafe and street market life. The main street of Vilnius, Gediminas Avenue, is partially located in the Old Town. The central squares in the Old Town are the Cathedral Square and the Town Hall Square. One of the most elaborate architectural complexes is the Vilnius University Architectural Ensemble, which occupies a large part of the Old Town and has 13 courtyards. It was selected to represent Lithuania in the Mini-Europe Park in Brussels. In 1994 the Vilnius Old Town was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List (No. 541) in recognition of its universal value and originality.
Gediminas Castle - built in about 1230 is one of the most famous castles of Lithuania. It's main tower is known as a symbol of Vilnius and Lithuania and is always included into tours around Vilnius city. Vilnius Cathedral is thought to be one of the most important symbols of Lithuanian capital. It is a magnificent prayer house keeping many secrets in its catacombs and attracting visitors by its architecture. Vilnius TV Tower is the highest building in Lithuania. Inside Vilnius TV Tower at the height of 165 meters there is a restaurant "Paukščių takas" ("Milky Way"). Visiting it for a dinner and a great panoramic view is a must for everyone staying in Vilnius. Contemporary Art Centre located at the centre of Vilnius is the largest of it's kind in all the Baltic States. You will always find something modern, unusual, unexpected or even shocking in Contemporary Art Centre. St. Anne's Church is a church which will definitely leave an impression, maybe the same as it once left to Napoleon Bonaparte himself, who wanted to take it to Paris with him in the palm of his own hand if it were ever possible. Vilnius Town Hall designed by Laurynas Stuoka-Gucevičius for many years has been and continues to be one of the main hubs of trading, festivities, celebrations and other culture events in Vilnius. The Park of Europe is a very surprising open air museum located in the city of Vilnius. Visitors of this museum are always persuaded that the European art can be extremely original. National Museum Of Lithuania is one of the most important and oldest museums in Lithuania. National museum of Lithuania contains thousands of different exhibits and over 250 000 visitors see the museum every year. Vilnius University is not only the oldest university in Lithuania, but also and one of the oldest in Europe. The university is famous not only for education quality but and for its interesting history and marvelous appearance of the Old ensemble of Vilnius university located in the Old Town. St. Peter and St. Paul`s church is a marvelous historic heritage of 17th century standing in Antakalnis, Vilnius. Its outside severity and inside serenity makes an impression and catches the attention of its visitors. Pavilniai Regional Park is located in the eastern part of Vilnius. This natural miracle is the smallest regional park in Lithuania. However there are many places to see starting from the breathtaking exposure of Pučkoriai ending to marvelous Belmontas. National Vilnius Gaon Jewish museum is dedicated to spread the tolerance in society as well as to collect the historical facts. Visitors can get aqcuainted with the past of the nation while attending one of several branches of the museum in Lithuania. National Art Gallery. The newely reconstructed National Art Gallery in Vilnius was opened only in 2009 June in honour for Vilnius as a Culture Capital 2009. The new expositionscought a great attention and, perhaps, the future expositions will be the same valuable and interesting. Museum of Genocide Victims is a unique museum of its kind where visitors are able to face the history and to find out the measure of Soviet Occupation that was made to lithuanian inhabitants in 1940-1990. Vichy aqua park is a great place to spend your leisure time. Great variety of water entertainments, fantastic atmosphere of Polynesia and lively surroundings are well appreciated by people of all ages and priorities.
Trakai.
First mentioned in 1337 by the Teutonic Knights, and one of Lithuania’s former medieval capitals, despite being home to just 5,400 souls modern-day Trakai provides boundless cultural and pastoral experiences for scores of urbanites of both local and foreign persuasion, year round. Crowned by a magnificent Gothic castle, Trakai (from the Lithuanian word trakas, or glade) is equally well known for its many inhabitants both past and present, among them Lithuanians, Jews, Poles (who still make up a small percentage of the population and who know the town as Troki), Russians, Tatars and the Lithuanian Karaite, an intriguing, Turkic-speaking offshoot of the larger Judaic Karaite movement who arrived in the town from the Crimea at the end of the 14th century and who are currently teetering on the border of extinction. Just 28km west of Vilnius and an hour or so by car from Kaunas, Trakai is both a tempting daytrip as well as a destination worthy of further attention thanks to it being located inside the country’s smallest national park.
Kernave.
The Kernavė Archaeological site, about 35 km north-west of Vilnius in eastern Lithuania, represents an exceptional testimony to some 10 millennia of human settlements in this region. Situated in the valley of the River Neris, the site is a complex ensemble of archaeological properties, encompassing the town of Kernavė, forts, some unfortified settlements, burial sites and other archaeological, historical and cultural monuments from the late Palaeolithic Period to the Middle Ages. The site of 194,4 ha has preserved the traces of ancient land-use, as well as remains of five impressive hill forts, part of an exceptionally large defence system. Kernavė was an important feudal town in the Middle Ages. The town was destroyed by the Teutonic Order in the late 14th century, however the site remained in use until modern times.
Kaunas sightseeing.
Kaunas is the second-largest city in Lithuania and has historically been a leading centre of Lithuanian economic, academic, and cultural life. Kaunas has several districts and sites interesting for tourists. The Old Town is the area mostly built between XIV and XVII centuries, resembling buildings in Gothic, Renaissance, and, Baroque architecture. Open spaces, parks, and places of interested are in the compact New Town as well as some different locations. A walking tour is the best way to see the Old Town of Kaunas. Visit sites such as The Kaunas Castle, The Kaunas City Hall and the Kaunas Botanical Garden. Lovers of nightlife may enjoy Kaunas’s theatres, nightclubs, cafes and bars, offering a wide range of entertainment, including casinos, striptease, local and foreign DJs, or, for instance, basketball/football games translations on large screens.
Pazaislis monastery.
Pazaislis monastery and church form the largest monastery complex in Lithuania, and the most magnificent example of Italian baroque architecture in the country. It is situated in the Petrašiūnai elderate of Kaunas, Lithuania, on a peninsula in the Kaunas Reservoir near the Kaunas Yacht Club. Today the monastery is home to the annual international Pažaislis Music Festival. It was started in 1996 and now lasts for three summer months and offers about 30 different concerts. The festival was visited by Lord Yehudi Menuhin twice. It features classical music of diverse genres and styles, ranging from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to ABBA classics. To some concerts admission is free, to most it is very affordable (6-10 litas or 2-3 United States dollars). Other concerts have taken place in many different venues across Lithuania, such as the Kaunas Castle, Klaipėda University, and even the Pociūnai Airport.
Palanga sightseeing.
Palanga is a seaside resort town in western Lithuania, on the shore of the Baltic Sea. It is the busiest summer resort in Lithuania and has beaches of sand (18 km long and up to 300 m wide) and beautiful sand dunes. In the summer, a multitude of tourists descend on Palanga, both for its beaches and to enjoy the maritime atmosphere. There is a carnival centered on Jonas Basanavičius Street, which is a pedestrian only thoroughfare during the high season. There are dozens of restaurants, bars, rides, and other forms of entertainment. The aforementioned Amber Museum is open to the public, as are as the museum's extensive botanical gardens. Anaičiai Ethnographic Cemetery holds a collection of 19th- and early 20th-century graves. In the Sculptures Garden, one can find 28 contemporary Art statues by artists from Armenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine.
Hill of Crosses.
The Hill of Crosses, Kryziy Kalnas, located 12 kilometers north of the small industrial city of Siauliai (pronounced shoo-lay) is the Lithuanian national pilgrimage center. Standing upon a small hill are many hundreds of thousands of crosses that represent Christian devotion and a memorial to Lithuanian national identity. The history begins in 1831, when hundreds of crosses were placed here to protest the fact the thousands of their countrymen who had been deported to Siberia during an anti-Russian uprising. Again, another uprising in 1863 was similarly met with repression and the crosses appeared again. Over the next 100 years more and more crosses were placed there. When the Soviet regime took over after World War II, the Communist authorities forbid anyone to go there and punished those who did. As the persecution worsened under the atheistic regime, thousands were exiled to Siberia and whole villages were rounded up. Yet this symbol of resistance remained. The Soviets brought in the army to bulldoze all the crosses, then later flooded the entire area. The last time the hill was buldozed was in 1975, and yet the crosses kept coming back.
Rundale Palace.
One of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Latvia was built in 1736-1740 as a summer residence for the Duke of Courland, Ernst Johann Biron. The palace was designed by outstanding Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the creator of the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. The splendid interior of the palace dazzled the contemporaries. Crystal chandeliers, silk wallpaper, rich stucco molding, sculptures, luxurious tiled fireplaces, mirrors, elegant galleries and refined colors and frescos were made by Italian artists Francesco Martini and Carlo Zucci. The building was half ruined during World War II. At the end of the 20th century large-scale reconstruction has been started, and now the renovated areas show the former glory of the palace. The Rundale Palace is unique, it is one of the few remaining places in Latvia, where the very essence of the 18th century may still be experienced. The visitors will admire the splendour of the rococo hall: the golden throne room, the white dance hall, the big gallery, small cabinets where Japanese and Chinese porcelain collections are located. The ancient music played by a traditional ensemble creates the genuine atmosphere of the 18th century. Sometimes in the palace's corridors the silhouettes of the White and the Black Ladies can be seen.
Jelgava Palace.
Jelgava Palace is the largest Baroque style palace in the Baltic states. Jelgava palace is situated in Jelgava town, about 45 km south from country capital Riga. Built in Baroque style, on the island of Lielupe River and its branches, Jelgava palace today is the largest Baroque style palace in Latvia. This place is mostly visited by Latvian Agriculture University students, as it is located here since 1937. Tourists should not miss an opportunity to see this huge historical building and visit an indoors established Jelgava castle museum where crypts of Kurzeme and Zemgale Dukes are exhibited. Today premises of Jelgava palace are occupied by Latvian Agriculture University, Jelgava palace museum and the crypts of Kurzeme and Zemgale Dukes. Currently in the biggest part of the building here is located administration of Latvijas Agriculture University (LAU) and four of nine faculties of LAU. The museum here was opened soon after the last reconstruction of the palace in 1961. Today there are three exhibition halls that display history of the palace and of agriculture. The museum is visited by approximately five thousand visitors every year and is particularly beloved by Scandinavians and Germans. Jelgava palace is the main sightseeing point in Jelgava. The architectural monument of astonishing Baroque style will surprise each visitor by its greatness, interior decorations and green surroundings.

What To See In Latvia

Image Old town of Riga.
Baroque palace at Jelgava.
Rundale Palace.
Land of Blue Lakes.

What To See In Estonia

Image Tallinn Old Towns.
Narva Castle.
Estonia’s islands.