on one side, Belarus
on the other and Latvia
in the north, Lithuania
, which has been a member of the European Union since 2004, is the first Baltic State that travellers from southern Europe
meet on their travels. Its capital city is Vilnius
and its geography in general is very natural; there are no high mountains (the highest peak is less than 985 ft) and the forest plains are dotted with lakes and rivers. Lithuania is one of the best destinations for discovering central Europe as its history and traditions are markedly different from Western Europe.
Note: two major events are celebrated in Lithuania in 2009. The country is not only celebrating its millennium, but Vilnius is also to become the European cultural capital. Festivities will therefore be going on throughout the year, making now the best time to travel to Lithuania!