In association with: Lithuania Travel
Co-create experiences in this culture-rich Baltic state
Mesmerising castles, abundant woodland and the tumbling waves of the Baltic Sea – there’s a sense of magic about Lithuania. With a culture shaped by its rich history, and friendly locals ready to immerse visitors into quintessential Lithuanian life, there’s much to uncover in this fascinating country. And, having recently rebranded their tourism strategy, the best way to see Lithuania is through the unique experiences on offer.
Museums and more
Whether it’s exploring the country’s museums or marvelling at its architectural beauty, there’s plenty of opportunities to journey back in time.
A must-visit is the National Museum of Lithuania in Vilnius. As well as being the country’s oldest museum, it also houses its largest collection of cultural artefacts, with more than 800,000 items documenting the story of Lithuanian life from Neolithic times to the present day.
At the open-air museum of Orvidai Homestead, visitors can explore the stone sculptures folk and religious figures among woodland, while majestic granite sculptures are on show at the Vilnoja Stone Sculpture Park, on the shore of Lake Vilnoja.
From grand castles to wood‑panelled cottages, there’s a mosaic of building designs across Lithuania’s cities and countryside. On the outskirts of Kaunas, the baroque-style Pažaislis Monastery is nestled among verdant woodland on the edge of the Kaunas Reservoir. There’s also an impressive domed church, the Sacral Heritage Museum and fine‑dining restaurant Monte Pacis.
Treat your taste buds
The best way to get a real taste of Lithuanian culture is by experiencing the country’s cuisine.
Recommend your clients head to one of the numerous local restaurants putting a modern spin on delicacies such as šaltibarščiai (cold beetroot soup) and the stuffed potato dumplings known as cepelinai or experience farm-to-table dining, which showcases Lithuania’s seasonal fruit and vegetables. The most adventurous of foodies shouldn’t miss the chance to sample the specialities of cucumber jam, snail pie and nettle ice cream.
Where to stay
To fully appreciate Lithuania’s vibrant culture, recommend a stay in Vilnius or Kaunas, which are both easily accessible from international airports. Curious travellers will find lots that appeal in these charming cities, which boast some of the country’s biggest museums and most striking architecture.
To find out more, visit lithuania.travel/en
PICTURES: Lithuania Travel/Andrius Aleksandravičius, Laimonas Ciūnys; Shutterstock/Anna Lurye
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