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Lithuania : Michelin's recommendations

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Along with Estonia and Latvia, Lithuania is one of the (three) Baltic States bordering on the Baltic Sea that were long burdened by the imperialist appetites of their Polish and Russian big brothers. Visitors will be instantly captivated by Vilnius, its capital, with its medieval maze of cobblestone streets, its many churches of different styles and denominations, and its houses painted in shades of pink, pistachio and coffee. Trakai, the country's "medieval" capital near Vilnius, is a charming village surrounded by lakes which also attracts visitors who come to see its island castle. Kaunas, less well-known but very lively, is a major economic centre in Lithuania boasting a colourful historic centre built on a human scale and an impressive number of museums. In the inland region of rolling hills, pine forests and tranquil lakes you can explore Aukštaitija Park, a veritable ethnographic reserve containing small villages with churches and wooden houses. The wetlands around the Neman Delta, nearer to the coast, are a fascinating environment. Just across from them lies Courland Isthmus with its dunes, beaches and pine forests. Palanga, farther north on the famous Amber Coast, is a popular Lithuanian seaside resort with many bars and restaurants.

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Lithuania : Must-see towns and regions

  • Vilnius

    Lying in the east of the country and with around 540 000 inhabitants, Vilnius is Lithuania’s capital and a showcase for its architectural heritage, bearing witness to a tumultuous past yet looking to ...

  • Nida

    With the lagoon to its south, Nida is the Couronian Spit’s seaside resort. From the Parnidids dune which overlooks it there is a fine view of the town which, although offering excellent tourist facili...

  • Kaunas

    Kaunas is Lithuania’s second city and should not be missed. This place is bustling (most notably on Laisv?s Street), rich in museums and religious buildings in its historic centre, and renowned worldw...

  • Palanga

    Fishermen, merchants and amber prospectors (the town coat of arms includes an amber necklace) have populated Palanga down the centuries. Since the 19C its fine beach has drawn holidaymakers in droves,...

  • Lithuanian historians rejoice at the name of Kernave: “cradle of the Lithuanian state”, “10 000 years of history”, “Lithuania’s Pompeii”, “Europe’s last pagan city”… all of which seems surprising on a...

  • Enviably located on the shores of Lake Plateliu at the heart of the Zemaitija national park, Plateliai has fine old buildings plus the park visitor centre (a mine of useful information). The village d...

  • Druskininkai

    The hub of all tourist activity in the Dzukija region, Druskininkai has all the charms of a fine spa resort. It offers elegant buildings, pretty traditional houses and green parks, all basking in a pl...

  • Anykšciai

    The inspiration for several writers, this little city has a special place in the hearts of all Lithuanians, who come here to visit its memorial-museums and to enjoy the region’s pine forests and lakes...

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