Lithuania — Attractions
Lithuania is a tremendously rich country when it comes to natural and man-made attractions. Visitors will be able to spend days on end exploring the vast coastline, rugged mountain interior, and fascinating cities. Some of the more interesting marvels can be traced back to the Soviet era, when much of Lithuania was hidden to the outside world, which can be viewed at the National Museum in the heart of Vilnius. Of course, the beaches along Curonian Spit have been attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists for decades, making them ‘not to be miss’ sites.
A World Heritage Site since 2000, the Curonian Spit is located on the southwestern peninsula of Lithuania which partly resides in Kaliningrad Oblast. A long, narrow spit of sand the falls between the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea, the sand dunes are phenomenal to explore, sometimes reaching heights of 150 feet. Smiltyne and Juodkrante beaches in the northern reaches of the area are among the most popular in the region, although there are several interesting villages on the Russian side, as well.
Address: Kursiu Nerija National Park, Neringa Municipality, 93123, Lithuania
Aukstaitija National Park
Literally translating to Highlands National Park in English, Aukstaitija National Park is found in the northeastern region of Lithuania and boasts over 120 lakes. One of the most impressive sites is Ladakalnis Hill, which offers spectacular views for hikers and nature-lovers, including half a dozen lakes. Several townships and villages are worth visiting inside such as Stripeikiai and Ginuciai. Famous structures, including the old mill in Ginuciai, are among the most sought after spots inside the park.
Address: Paluse, 30202, Lithuania
Hill of Crosses
The Hill of Crosses began from the uprisings of the 19th century, which saw some 100 crosses being placed by 1900. Today, over 100,000 crosses rest in the area. Located in the city of Siauliai in the northeastern province of Lithuania, it is one of the most unique sites in the country, which also contains crucifixes, statues and carvings of national patriots firmly planted on the hill. It is only seven miles from the heart of town so transportation is easy.
Address: Kryziu Kalnas, Siauliai, Lithuania
Vilnius Old Town
If there is one place not to miss in Vilnius, it is the capital city’s Old Town district. This fascinating pocket of the world is one of only authentic medieval centers that has survived the test of time. Such is its magnificence that UNESCO granted it World Heritage status in 1994. More landmarks are found in the Old Town district of Vilnius than any other part of the city, so be sure to check out Presidential Palace, Slushko Palace, Vilnius Cathedral, and the Vilnius Castle Complex. It is best to sightsee on foot for a better perspective and vantage point.
Address: Old Town, Vilnius 01013, Lithuania
National Museum of Lithuania
For a taste of everything historical, don’t miss the National Museum of Lithuania. The museum opened in 1952 to document early human settlements, and has since welcomed millions of tourists through its doors. Archaeology, Ethnography, Numismatics, and Iconography are just some of the exhibitions that can be found.
Address: Arsenalo Street 1, Vilnius, Lithuania, 01143
The highly visited Kaunas Castle stands as one of Lithuania’s most renowned attractions. It was originally built somewhere in the 14th century, using a Gothic design. Sitting right at the confluence of the Neris and Nemunas rivers, the castle’s strategic placement was important for protecting the town. There is an art gallery within the round tower and daily guided tours are available if you prefer not to explore independently. Since 1930, the castle has undergone several restoration projects to improve its longevity. Archaeological excavations are still underway to learn more about the period and its past.
Address: Pilies Street 17, Kaunas 44279, Lithuania
Dzukija National Park
Even though Aukstaitija National Park is the most famous parkland in the country, Dzukija National Park is actually the largest protected plant area in Lithuania. Every year, some 30,000 people visit the area to hike and explore the diverse flora and fauna.
Address: Miskininku Street 61, 65303, Lithuania
Vytautas the Great War Museum
War mongers and historians are not the only tourists who will love Vytautas the Great War Museum. The exhibits highlight the formation of Kaunas and Lithuania, beginning from the events of Vytautas the Great, and continuing all the way to modern day conflicts. Weapons, photographs, relics, and freedom fighter memorials are all found within the walls, which can be explored in a morning or afternoon visit.
Address: K. Donelaicio Street 64, Kaunas, Lithuania