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Hot air balloons

If you have ever flipped through an image gallery of Lithuania, chances are you've noticed one hard-to-miss feature in the sky: hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes!

Come summer, they fill the skies, offering unmatched views of sun-kissed cities, tranquil lakes cradled by forests, meandering rivers, fog-shrouded castles, and Old Town roofs. Gazing down, Lithuania's splendor is truly a sight to behold. And as most flights start either early in the morning or later in the evening, a hot air balloon flight is a great way to start or finish your day. Below you’ll find the TOP5 places that reveal their true splendor when seen from above.

Vilnius Old Town

Vilnius is one of just a few European capitals allowing hot air balloons to fly above its historical centre. Depending on the season, you’ll see a whole different side of Vilnius – snow-covered rooftops in winter, lush green forests and parks in summer, and the kaleidoscope of colours in fall all reveal the capital’s beauty in various ways.

Kaunas

Kaunas is not only the place where Lithuania’s two largest rivers come together, it is also the city that melds the old and the new, the traditional and the modern. You can witness this inspiring fusion soaring above the rivers Nemunas and Neris, the red rooftops of the Old Town, and the Modernist masterpieces of the New Town district.

Trakai

Depending on the time of year, your flight above Lithuania’s old capital reveals a whole different marvel: the vibrant bloom of spring gardens, the autumnal gold of the forests, or Trakai Castle blanketed in snow. But throughout the seasons, the bird’s-eye vista of blue lakes dotted with islands will certainly leave an indelible impression.

Birštonas

Birštonas is home to the country’s tallest observation towers, the view from which can only be rivaled by the one that opens up from a hot air balloon. Taking a break from spa treatments to hop on a hot air balloon, marvel at how the mighty river Nemunas bends and loops through the green forests below.

The forests of Dzūkija

Known for ample seasonal goods like cranberries and boletus mushrooms, the forests of Dzūkija are definitely a spectacle to behold from above. Whether they are lush in summer or colourful come fall, an aerial tour is a wonderful way to soak up the landscape and watch the sun rise behind the trees.

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