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  • 1 Amber Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    17 Vytauto g. LT - Palanga

    In the middle of the botanical park stands a fine neo-Renaissance country house (19C) built for the Tiskevicius family, now home to an exhibition dedicated to the gold of the Baltic. Visitors learn about the different forms and colours of amber. Thre..

  • 2 Courland Isthmus Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    LT - Nida

    An immense strip of sand 98km in length marks the west coast of Lithuania on the Baltic Sea: the Courland Isthmus. Its early history encompasses fact and legend; what is for certain is that this is a magnificent landscape, a playground for lovers of ..

  • 3 Rotuses Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rotuses aikste LT - Kaunas

    As has long been the case, this square represents the hub of Kaunas; its finest buildings are located here and it served as the city marketplace for centuries. Note the town hall (n°15) which dominates it, the Jesuit church of St Francis Xavier (nos7..

  • 4 Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    1 Vilniaus g. LT - Kaunas

    The country's only Gothic basilica, its foundation stones were laid in 1410 under Grand Duke Vytautas. Its exterior is sober both in form (fine Gothic apertures) and ornamentation, but the interior is extremely rich, embellished using Renaissance and..

  • 5 Lithuanian Open-Air Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 L. Lekavièiaus g. LT - Rumsiskes

    For those wishing to glimpse the traditional scenery of the Zemaitija, Suvalkija, Dzukija and Aukstaitija regions, a visit to this open-air museum is a must. School, church, houses, artisanal workshops... all are reconstructed here, together with per..

  • 6 Gruto Parkas Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    LT - Grutas

    Established in a rural setting in 2001, the emphasis is on political history at Gruto Parkas. Statues of communist figures who forged the country's history are arranged along pleasant woodland avenues; they are placed in context by displays of object..

  • 7 Museum of the Victims of Genocide Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2a Auku g. LT - Vilnius

    The former KGB headquarters and prison, this building is a symbol for all Lithuanians of 50 years of Soviet occupation. Within its walls redolent of a tragic past is housed this museum telling the story of the KGB and those who opposed the regime (th..

  • 8 Antakalnis Cemetrey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    LT - Lyglaukiai

    Here lie those who moulded Lithuania's history. Soldiers fallen in combat, communist leaders, artists, victims of political oppression... The surroundings of this peaceful cemetery are redolent of eternity.

  • 9 Trakai Historic National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    LT - Trakai

    Protected by historic national park status since 1991, Trakai and its peninsula (8 000ha) is a mosaic of lakes, ponds, hills and forest - a unique habitat of its kind. The village is renowned for its 14C-15C Island Castle, a fortress on Lake Galve. T..

  • 10 Gediminas Hill Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    LT - Vilnius

    It was on this 48m-high hill that Vilnius was first founded, replacing Trakai as the nation's capial. Since the 13C, an octagonal brick tower (Gedimin bokstas) has stood here, all that remains of a larger castle. Visible throughout the city, it is to..

  • 11 Museum of Applied Arts Interesting

    Museums and art

    3A Arsenalo g. LT - Vilnius

    Restored in 1986, this huge white 16C building (a former arsenal) hosts temporary and permanent exhibitions. Furniture, porcelain, earthenware and tapestries from a variety of European schools are displayed in a series of vast rooms. Lithuanian arts ..

  • 12 Amber Gallery-Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    8 Sv. Mykolo g. LT - Vilnius

    In the basement of this gallery-museum, amber is placed in context against a backdrop of 16C ceramics ovens. Visitors first learn its name in 28 languages. Text in English explains where the resin comes from, the trade routes used and the different s..

  • 13 Church of the Holy Spirit Interesting

    Religious buildings

    8 Dominikonu g. LT - Vilnius

    Founded in 1408 and absorbed by a Dominican monastery in 1501, the church was remodelled in the 18C. This fine example of the late Baroque is the main Polish church here. Inside, the Rococo interior is extremely rich: 16 altars, 45 pictures, organs v..

  • 14 Traku Street Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Traku g. LT - Vilnius

    This pleasant street lined by colourful low houses is enlivened by numerous businesses. Crossing a little park leads to the church of the Assumption (n°9). As with the rest of this old quarter ("Piaski" or sand district), this Franciscan ch..

  • 15 Europos Parkas Interesting

    Museums and art

    LT - Joneikiskiu

    See contemporary art against the grandiose backdrop of the natural world: such was the dream of Gintaras Karosas who conceived the idea of Europos Parkas. Here, at the heart of a forest of tall fir trees, are around 100 sculptures by renowned artists..

  • 16 Karaimu Street Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Karaimu g. LT - Trakai

    Karaites have lived in Trakai since the late 14C, when Vytautas invited them to come here from the Crimea to guard the fortress. Today, less than 100 Karaites live here, mostly on Karaimu Street. Note their houses in painted wood, all of which follow..

  • 17 Traditional Beekeeping Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    LT - Stripeikiai

    On a low hill, this museum is surrounded by ancient beehives, the boxes topped with straw or otherwise decorated with sculptures. Some are still working, and the bees can be seen coming and going through the mouth of a local deity (Babilas, the god o..

  • 18 Kleboniskiai Village Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    LT - Pakalniškiai

    This village museum is made up of 26 wooden houses (19C-20C) surrounded by characteristic perimeter hurdles of interwoven branches. Their interiors retain a bygone atmosphere. The place teems with cats and chickens. Well-tended orchards and thatched ..

  • 19 Zemaitija National Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    LT - Plateliai

    The native land of the Samogitians, a group particularly attached to their traditions, the Zemaitija national park extends around the extensive calm waters of Lake Plateliu. Forestry predominates here (9 700ha); visitors exploring the region should n..

  • 20 Parnidis Dune Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    LT - Nida

    High barren dunes fringe the southern outskirts of Nida. The 52m-high Parnidis dune is the last shifting dune of the isthmus and may be climbed by steps reached along the shoreline (those in a hurry can drive to them). From the top, there is a lovely..

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