Things to see and do - Lithuania
Lithuania Leisure tips
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Practical A to Z
Practical A to Z
- Eating out
- Embassies and consulates
- Getting around
- Public holidays
- Social etiquette
The most popular restaurants sport a traditional, rustic decor, where young lasses in traditional costume serve large portions of local dishes or platters piled high with cooked meats, cheese and pickled vegetables, all of which washed down with mugs of beer.
Cafés: 8am to 11pm.
Restaurants: 12noon to 11pm.
It is customary to leave a 10% tip if you are satisfied with the service.
Standard two-pin European plugs (220V, 50Hz), so plan on packing an adaptor.
Embassies and consulates
British Embassy – Antakalnio str.2 - 10308 Vilnius - t 370 5246 2900 - http://ukinlithuania.fco.gov.uk/en
Irish Embassy – Gedimino pr. 1 - 01103 Vilnius - t 370 5262 9460 - www.embassyofireland.lt
Faster, cheaper and often more frequent than coach services.
An efficient (if rather slow) and economical means of exploring the country.
Major towns are well equipped with bus, trolleybus and tramlines.
Avoid any unpleasant surprises and drink bottled or filtered water.
Rural areas and forests are infested with ticks from April to October and several people die of tick-borne encephalitis each year. Always wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers and check your skin regularly. This disease can be prevented by vaccination. Mosquitoes are omnipresent in summertime, particularly in the lake district.
The currency of Lithuania is the Litas (LTL or Lt), plural litai, subdivided into 100 centai.
Banks / Exchange
Banks, open Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-4pm, are the best places to change foreign currency. Exchange offices (kiosks or basic counters) are also widely available. It is preferable to ask for small banknotes in good condition.
Traveller’s cheques can be difficult to exchange outside large towns.
Visa and MasterCard/Eurocard are compatible with most automatic teller machines, which are widely available in large towns, although less common in rural areas. Commissions can be high.
Lithuania is not a cheap destination, but substantial differences exist between the capital and the countryside and depending on the time of year. Average budget: between €55 and 100 per day for a couple.
Post offices are open Monday-Friday from 8am-7pm, Saturdays 8am-3pm. Allow between 3 and 4 days for letters to reach home.
1 January – New Year’s Day
16 February – Independence Day
11 March – Restoration of the Republic Day
Easter – Good Friday and Easter Monday
1 May – Labour Day
1st Sunday of May – Mother’s Day
23 June – Joninės: Midsummer’s Eve
24 June – Joninės: Saint John’s Day – Midsummer’s Day
6 July – Day of the Statehood (coronation of King Mindaugas)
15 August – Assumption Day
1 November – All Saints’ Day
25-26 December – Christmas and Boxing Day
Shops are generally open Monday-Friday from 10am-7pm, Saturdays 10am-4pm.
Make sure that the price tag includes VAT.
Baltic gold can be bought in all the tourist shops.
Antiques and art
Most cities have a fair number of antique dealers selling silverware, furniture, icons and vintage paraphernalia and art galleries are also multiplying fast.
Arts and crafts
Ceramics and painted eggs, glassware (jewellery and stained glass), leather (luggage, antique bound books), earthenware sculpture and pottery, wooden objects, wickerwork, lace (by Orthodox Setus) and linen clothes and for the home.
Black rye bread, jams and smoked fish are readily available. Also look out for honey and jams made from wild fruits from Aukštaitija and, on the drinks side, gira and midus.
A handshake or nod of the head suffice as a greeting. If invited to someone’s home, take a small gift, such as a bunch of flowers (odd number of flowers only), even to men. Remove your shoes on entering private homes and wait until you are invited to sit down at the table. Avoid sensitive issues, such as relations with the Russian speaking community. Don’t whistle indoors.
To call Lithuania from abroad
Dial 00 + 370 (country code) + number of the person.
To call home from Lithuania
Dial 810 + country code (UK 44 and Ireland 353) + number of the person (without the first 0).
Dial 8, wait for the dial tone + area code + number of the person.