Lithuanian nature is our greatest treasure. With its spectrum of shades of green, the freshness of its clean water, and its captivating landscapes, it seems as if the gifts of Lithuania’s nature are inexhaustible for its people and visitors. Enjoy them, while protecting and nurturing Lithuania’s greatest treasure.
How to feel closer to the pureness of nature in Lithuania, how to touch it, smell it, taste it? Try an educational trail! Don’t hurry – choose from over a hundred and fifty cognitive walkways set up in the most beautiful corners of Lithuania. Walking along those trails, you will not only see the most interesting natural objects, but also hear millions of sounds of the Lithuanian forest, dispel the mystery of the wetlands, and at a moment of repose refresh yourself with water from our streams or springs.
Lithuania is a flat land – the country’s highest hill Aukštojas is only 294 meters high. However, it is possible to have a beautiful panoramic view of the diverse Lithuanian natural landscapes without high mountains. Throughout the millennia, nature itself, and in the last few years the inventive people of Lithuania have made sure that there are enough places ideally suited for admiring the landscape. The ancient hillforts, giant sand dunes or the observation towers – the choice is yours.
When we get tired of the stifling city, we look for fresh air and tranquillity in the outdoors. A great way to try something new is ecotourism. So natural, and virtually or sometimes even completely untouched by humans – this is why coming to Lithuania is worthwhile. The crystal clear lakes, the mysterious swamps, the centuries-old forests and the archaic villages that still stand in them – there are hundreds of places waiting for you where you will grasp the true harmony of man and nature.
How often we follow their example! We set out to distant lands, cross seas, go through deserts, and reach the highest peaks. Birds have to cover unbelievable routes for them to land in Lithuania and nest, lay eggs, or continue on their way after getting some rest. Lithuania is a perfect place for birdwaching. It is a country of passing birds, located under what is perhaps the largest bird migration route in the Western Palaearctic. About 80 per cent of all migratory birds fly south through our country from the western part of the Northern Hemisphere. There are days on the Curonian Spit when you can look up and see thousands of flocks – during the autumn migration, from mid-September to the second week of October, millions of birds fly along the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon. Some of them stop for a short rest in the natural forests, swamps and meadows, along the great rivers or at the shore. The places untouched by humans, the impressive nature, and the rare birds that hold concerts in it are a real treasure not only for ornithologists, but also for bird watchers, bird-call recorders and photographers.
Sometimes it seems like Lithuania is one big forest with many places for nature outings. Covered with fragrant pine forests, embellished with ancient centuries-old oaks, and enticing with its white-barked birches and mysterious fir groves. Having even made their way into the centre of town, forests invite you to get away from it all, even if it’s just for the evening or the weekend. The wonderful views that open up at the campsites and forest areas, the vast meadows, or the foot of a hill fort will take your breath away – you’ll want to check to make sure you’re not dreaming. And if you’re not dreaming, why don’t you stick around for a bit? There are so many places for picnic in Lithuania! If the rules of the forest or the national or regional park permit, you can set up camp here or just spend half the day having a picnic on the grass. Good weather, great company, tasty snacks, the smoke of the bonfire, and a beautiful place. That’s everything you need for a perfect outing. And one thing is for sure: Lithuania has no shortage of beautiful places. Protect our environment – every plant, berry stalk, shrub, tree, and piece of moss is part of nature’s miracle. Pick a region, find information on tourist or visitor information centre websites, and go!
You have no idea how much we look forward to summer! Lithuanians love water recreation. The days when we can jump over the waves in the refreshing Baltic Sea. And the nights in the warm blanket of the lake, still as a mirror, reflecting the stars. The white sandy beaches of the Curonian Spit, Klaipėda, Palanga and Šventoji, and the shores of Lithuania’s beautiful lakes and rivers, welcome visitors from the very first days of summer right up until autumn. There is a memorable place for everyone – on a lifeguarded beach at the shore, at a luxurious hotel or rural homestead, or in a tent on the shore of a lake.
In line with the recommendations approved by the European Council, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania decided on the criteria to be applied at the national level, based on which all the countries of the European Union would be divided into four groups according to the traffic light principle.
Gastronomic experiences have become a key component of any trip. An evening in Georgia is unimaginable without a glass of local wine. Italy is famous for its outstanding pizza, while the most emblematic dish in Spain is paella. And it would be simply unforgivable to visit Belgium without trying its chocolate, reputedly the best in the world. So, what enticing flavours can foreign guests expect to discover while visiting Lithuania?
Regardless where you go, broadening one's horizons actively stimulates the production of serotonin - a happiness hormone. There are places, however, that can have an added benefit, offering a whole culture of wellbeing and natural therapies that can help recover from sudden change in life, stress and anxiety. From forest bathing to deer spa and destructive therapy - Lithuania present some of the most unusual therapeutic experiences in the country to strengthen one's body and soul.
Every time we plan a trip, we look for exciting and unique experiences. We want to visit places few have seen before. And take one-of-a-kind, irreplicable pictures. We also search for a feeling of spiritual fulfilment, seeking to strengthen our soul against stress and uncertainty. How does one find the middle ground while wanting so many different things? The travel experience can be transformed by simply raising our heads, where the church towers soar skyward. And it is the remote churches and monasteries that help us maintain ties with the generations that came before. There, stress and anxiety simply disappear.
Honey, wine, and mountain ice. Such were the ingredients of the first ice cream served at the table of Roman emperors. Dairy-based ice cream that we are used to date back to the 17th century, according to the European ice cream association Euroglaces. Today, Lithuanians can claim to be the world's biggest fans of ice cream. They eat an average of 7 litres per year or about one and a half servings per week. With this variety of flavours, it's a surprise they don't eat even more!