With Poland 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!
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Lithuania: the key figures

Surface area : 65200.0 km2

Population : 3575439 inhabitants

  • Vilnius is the largest Medieval town in Northern Europe.
  • The dunes of the Kurland Peninsula.
  • Trakai and its Karait village.
  • Beware of mosquitoes in the summer!
  • The traditional cuisine is difficult to digest.

Lithuania: what to visit?

Lithuania: what to buy?

You can buy traditionally decorated Easter eggs, icons, dolls and Baltic (or Lithuanian) amber-carved jewellery and crafts as souvenirs. For collectors, there is a host of coins, stamps and old pounds. Shops and markets are open Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Lithuania: what to eat?

Milk products and sweet potatoes are staple foods in the country. You must taste the traditional zeppelin or cepelinai (sweet potato pie stuffed with meat, cheese or mushroom), vedarai (sweet potato sausage), bulviniai blynai (sweet potato balls), skilandis (smoked meat) and salti barsciai (cold soup). Grilled eel and elk fillet are also very delicious. For dessert, you have the choice between cakes like the sakotis, party cakes shaped like fir-trees, or honey fritters. Lastly, you musn't leave before you taste the two best local beers, Utenos and Kalnapilis, as well as Stakliskes, an alcoholic honey-made drink, and midus,the local liquor (60%).

Lithuania: travel tips

Lithuanians are proud of their country and identity: learn some words in Lithuanian to be courtious, it will be much appreciated! Two few things to note: seek permission before taking snapshots of inhabitants and do not accept worn-out notes, they will only be refused later. Lastly, Lithuanian folklore is rich and varied so don't miss taking part in its traditional music festivals.

Lithuania: Latest hotel reviews
  • 8.7 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Vilnius - Lithuania
    Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    This is one of the most appealing hotels in the historical centre ...

  • 8.45 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Vilnius - Lithuania
    Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    A beautiful hotel to keep in mind for its bedrooms and location ...

  • 8.3 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Vilnius - Lithuania
    Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    A central location, "boutique hotel" (but not contemporary) ...

  • 8.2 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Radisson SAS Astorija
    Vilnius - Lithuania
    Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    A central location, a historical building, a fine setting in ...

  • 7.95 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Europa Royale
    Vilnius - Lithuania
    Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Very well located, on the main road through the historic district ...

  • 7.7 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Vilnius - Lithuania
    Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    If you like books, non-standardised bedrooms, warm atmospheres, ...

  • 6.95 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Domus Maria
    Vilnius - Lithuania
    Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    This is an address for those with an "average budget" ...

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