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Source: Vilnius Historic Center
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Planning a trip to the Baltic states? If you’re thinking about going to Estonia and Latvia, you may be considering Lithuania as well. Here are the best things to see and do in the capital city of Vilnius, Lithuania.
Vilnius is just starting to earn a reputation for itself as one of Europe’s hottest city-break destinations. So what shouldn’t you miss during a break to the Lithuanian capital?
Lithuania’s capital city of Vilnius makes for an unforgettable weekend retreat complete with art walks, gourmet food, dramatic history and hot air balloon adventures.
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Dreaming of a trip to Europe? Well, it’s time to get more specific. There’s a grand total of 48 countries across this ultra-diverse continent, from Iceland in the north to Cyprus in the south, and even out to the Ural Mountains in Russia. To help you decide where to plonk your American booty next, here’s the most flat-out gorgeous spot in each and every one of ‘em.
Is Albania at the top of your beach vacation wishlist this summer? Didn’t think so. Maybe that’s because you haven’t seen the beach at Ksamil, the jewel of the Albanian Riviera, with dazzling white sand, turquoise water, and three idyllic islands in the bay. Don’t forget your snorkel.
Lagos de Tristaina
These high-mountain lakes are your reward for taking on the Estanys de Tristaina hiking trail, a 3-mile route next to the French border in the north of this bite-sized principality. Free-grazing horses hang out up here, presumably for the killer combination of fresh water and awesome views. Take a picnic, and something to wear for your well-earned dip.
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Europe on the Canadian or US dollar can be pricey with the conversion. But these up-and-coming destinations are not only more affordable, but equally as charming.
This coastal city is a little bit like Spain, a little bit like Italy and a little bit like the Mediterranean, but without the steep costs. Despite growing popularity, Portugal and Lisbon have remained relatively cheap when it comes to food, wine, hotels, hostels and transportation. Another great selling point of Lisbon? It’s close to other areas of interest in Portugal like Porto, Evora, and the Algarve. It’s the perfect sized city (not too big or overwhelming) and has a thriving foodie, coffee and nightlife scene.
While Munich and Berlin get much of the attention when it comes to Germany, exploring some of the country’s other cities means you’re more likely to get a deal. Hamburg is a city next to the water and has an incredible arts scene, food scene and music scene as well. What also makes it super affordable is the multitude of free things you can experience in this city.
This self-proclaimed independent neighborhood is the Brooklyn of Lithuania.
Wandering across the serene Vilnia River in historic Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, into the quaint and compact neighborhood of Užupis, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After all, this is the kind of place whose reputation precedes it: Once a dubious den of drugs and crime, Užupis has blossomed during the past two decades into a colorful community of oddballs and freethinkers. This is Lithuania’s freest neighborhood.
Shortly after the country declared its independence from the Soviet Union in 1990, Užupis did the same — but from the rest of Lithuania. Locals drafted a constitution, which, though purely symbolic, conveys a simple spirit through 41 articles such as: “Everyone has the right to be unique.” Each article, translated into two dozen languages and etched on a silver plaque, hangs side by side on a wall on Paupio Street.
Like the Brooklyn of Lithuania, Užupis is brimming not only with hippies and artists, but also fancy coffee shops and yuppies with kids. Tinged with equal parts grit and glamor, it’s caught in an ever-shifting balance between gentrification and authenticity.
Instead of bringing the Christmas fairy tale to you, this year it’s time to seek out your own one.
Where better to enjoy a Christmas adventure than Lapland? Rovaniemi is the capital of the region and, most importantly, the official home of Santa Claus – ‘his Buckingham Palace’ if you will. With over 10,000 students, it’s not simply a great place to take children but one where all manner of fun abounds. And if you’re seeking the spectacular, Rovaniemi is also a great spot to take in the Aurora Borealis. Who needs twinkling Christmas lights when nature will do it for you?
The scenery surrounding this Alpine village – the imposing Dachstein mountains and the serene lake Hallsätter See – are matched only by the chocolate box beauty of the town itself.
While Lithuania has mainly been a day stop on cruises to the Baltic in recent memory, it is hoping to change that in a big way.
Lithuania now wants to attract U.S. visitors for overnight stays and, to do so, has appointed a U.S. representative for the first time ever, according to Indre Slyziute, marketing manager for Lithuania’s State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of the Economy.
Last year Slyziute attended the ASTA Global Convention in Reno and she told Travel Market Report the response was strong enough that Lithuania is now expanding its U.S. efforts, including appointing Wayne V. Lee, Jr. and Wayne’s World Media as its U.S. representative.
In addition, it also held a trade event for ASTA’s New York Chapter and it is now planning webinars, a training program for U.S. agents and social media activity here.
Sveiki atvykę and welcome to Vilnius! Our city is known to have nearly 50 churches and a lot of statues… We have Frank Zappa and John Lennon statues and even a statue for the Easter Egg. We have a rich Jewish heritage, a separate Republic of Užupis, and a baroque old town, which is a UNESCO world heritage site.
But there’s a lot more than buildings! It is impossible to see it all in 48 hours, but it’s enough to see some highlights of Vilnius and to plan what you want to see on a longer trip next time :). I’m happy to show you around to some of the local spots that I like most!
Day 1: 09:00 – 14:00
In Lithuania we have a saying:”start your day with a big hearty breakfast for yourself, share your lunch with a friend and give your dinner to your enemy.”
From the 13th to the 18th century, Vilnius has been the political centre of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Despite past invasions and partial destructions, Vilnius has preserved its characteristic variety of historical buildings. Over the centuries the Lithuanian capital has had an outstanding influence on the cultural and architectural development of Eastern Europe.
The Vilnius Historic Centre began its history around 1000 AD with a wooden castle built to fortify Gedimino Hill. Although, it developed as a town only during the 13th century. By the 15th century, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania had expanded from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea. As a matter of fact, it became the largest country in Europe of that time.
The historic centre has an extension of 352 ha. It includes the three castles and the area surrounded by the Middle Ages wall.
The Curonian Spit is a unique and vulnerable, sandy and wooded cultural landscape on a coastal spit with small Curonian lagoon settlements.
This extended sand dune peninsula is 98 km long and 0.4-4 km wide. Its human habitation dates back to prehistoric times. During this period, natural forces of wind and wave have threatened the spit. Only continuous human efforts to fight the erosion of the Spit have made possible its survival today.
The Curonian Spit is a transboundary property, belonging both to the Klaipeda Region (Lithuania) and the Kaliningrad District (Russian Federation). The status of their respective National Parks guarantees the protection of the cultural landscape. They share the common goal of preserving the natural and cultural attributes of the property.