Lithuania and its cities are full of history, cultural monuments, places that are under the protection of UNESCO and of course, the nature itself. You should know that in 2009 Vilnius was selected as the capital of European culture and Kaunas is chosen for 2022.
You can find a lot of interesting places and cities in Lithuania, so you don’t need to think a long time about what you should see. Travelers can find a lot of museums, historical places, regional parks and also there are attractions and venues for adventures, tasting traditional Lithuanian food and of course, to rest and relax.
Vilnius – The Historical Capital
Vilnius is one of the cheapest cities to live and visit among the other European capital cities. Nevertheless, you can find a lot of parks, green corners, squares, and Nemunas, the biggest river of Lithuania flows just right through the heart of the city. We should let you know that Vilnius was recognized as one of the greenest capitals in the world.
The Oldtown – A Great Place to Start Your Trip
This town has a charming old town, which is also UNESCO World Heritage site and Europe’s largest baroque capital. Old town buildings reflect every kind of style – from late Gothics to Classicism, but mostly here are Baroque reflections. It also has a lot of cafes and restaurants where you can have a cup of coffee, or eat, and enjoy the great historical surroundings of the magnificent Old Town.
After visiting the old town, you can head to Gediminas Castle and the hill, which is worth visiting. Once you go to the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the historical Vilnius and take a break. Moreover, you can enter the castle and explore it. The Gediminas Castle is extraordinary because the king of Lithuania’s High Duke spent many years there living and protecting the country from the enemies, a lot of secrets are hidden inside.
Museums that are Worth Your Time
Lithuania is a unique country for its museums. Here are a few of our favorites:
Museum of Genocide Victims
Do not forget to visit the Historical Museum of Genocide victims, which is situated in the former KGB building where crimes of the Soviet regime were planned, and people were executed for decades.
This museum hid a dark and bloody past when this former gymnasium became headquarters of the Gestapo during the Nazi occupation. Museum of Genocide Victims is also called as former KGB building because when the Nazis left Lithuania, the building was reoccupied by the Soviet Secret Police – KGB.
The building is divided into two parts. First part’s exhibitions represent partisans’ resistance against the Soviet occupiers, local people deportation to Siberia and daily life during the difficult period of the country. In the other part you can find prison cells, and, execution and torture chambers in the basement.
The next destination is Vilna Gaon Jewish state museum. At this moment it has some exposition sites open: the Tolerance center, the Holocaust exhibition and the Memorial Museum of Paneriai.
The museum is also known as The Greenhouse; it tells the story about the Jewish minority in Lithuania. Inside the Holocaust Museum, you can see historical documents, pictures, and exhibitions which represent all the details from Jewish minority arrival to Lithuania till the genocide during the World War II.
Museum of Illusions
This museum is newly built, and there are crowds of local people, and tourists visiting this interactive place. The entrance fee is 10 €, and as for children up to 7 years, it is for free. Inside the Museum of Illusions, visitors can take as many photographs as they desire – they are part of the exhibition as well. Make sure that you visit this museum – you will have much fun and spend lovely time here.
Amber Museum was founded in 1988. Visitors can see the morphology of amber which is shown in a vast collection of various sizes, shapes, forms, and colors of so-called Lithuanian Gold. We would like to mention that visitors have an opportunity to buy luxury and unique amber jewelry.
There are dozens of museums worth mentioning, but the next place you should visit is Vilnius Cathedral which is among the most beautiful cathedrals in the world. The temple was built in 1251 by King Mindaugas. Until now, the building survived a lot of catastrophes, fires, it has been rebuilt many times, and the last reconstruction was in 1801.
There is a magic tile between the Cathedral and the Bell Tower which is marked and seen very well. If you step on the tile, you have to close your eyes and turn around free times while thinking about your desire and it will come true. Do not forget to try it during your stay in Vilnius!
Vilnius Television Tower
The Television Tower of Vilnius is the tallest building in Lithuania, at 326.5 meters. This tower is important to the history of Independent Lithuania. The structure played host to the January 1991 events, when Lithuania fought for its independence from the Soviet Union. Central broadcasting about the events was coming from this tower, and when everything finished, all of the nation heard that Lithuania won the fight for its independence.
Nowadays, Vilnius Television Tower’s visitors can reach the top of the structure and enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the modern Vilnius. If you like eating in a different type of places, you can surely benefit from the time in the restaurant which is located at the top.
That’s all for now! We assure you that you wouldn’t regret by visiting this country, and more, you would come back here again.
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