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The Ultimate Guide to Lithuania Holidays: Baltic Travel Itinerary [Part 1]

Are you planning or organizing holidays to Lithuania? Or, perhaps, you are set on travelling the Baltics this summer? In this article, we will not only list the best cities and towns in Lithuania to visit but also dedicate a separate paragraph to the incredible Lithuania beaches. From the lively old town of Vilnius and the picturesque castle of Trakai to the spacious golden beaches of the Curonian Split – our travel guide to Lithuania will cover the best this country has to offer.


Baltic States Travel Itinerary: cities in Lithuania


Bear in mind that this article is only the first part of our Baltic travel itinerary. In the following articles, you will learn about the holidays in Latvia and holidays in Estonia. Regardless of whether you are arriving on a Baltic sea cruise or simply setting out on a road trip through Baltic countries, this travel guide will help you plan exceptional Baltic holidays.

For the sake of your convenience, we have divided each section into several elements: a general description of the city, what are the top things to do in that city and their short descriptions, and what are the best options for day trips from that town. That’s something similar to what we did in our article about Norway’s most charming small towns. This way, you can scroll through this article easily and quickly find the sections that interest you. So, let’s get down to business and discover what are the best places to see on your Baltic countries travel.

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City Vilnius Break in Lithuania

It is impossible to enjoy the Lithuania holidays without visiting Vilnius, the country’s capital. Especially considering that its old town – just like the old towns of other Baltic capitals – was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Once you find yourself in this city, perhaps the first thing you should do is explore the lively Old Town of Vilnius. Visit its majestic places — from the presidential palaces to orthodox churches and the National Museum of Lithuania. And, indeed, this district is packed with cozy cafés, small underground bars, and restaurants featuring outside seating areas. If you want to marvel at fabulous vistas of the entire Vilnius Old Town, come to the St John’s Church and take a lift up its bell tower.

The Republic of Uzupis is another cool neighborhood that you should visit on your Vilnius holiday. Once a poor and even dangerous district, it proclaimed an independent republic on 1 April 1997. Today, Uzupis has its own president, foreign ministry, laws, and an army of 12 people, being home to some of the city’s most impressive art. And if you are looking for the best bars in Vilnius, you must absolutely head to this bohemian neighborhood.

There are a couple of other attractions that you can’t miss on your Vilnius city break. Climb the Gediminas castle tower, the remaining part of the historic Upper Castle that is portrayed in a huge number of artworks in Lithuania. The KGB Museum in Vilnius narrates the horrors of the Soviet occupation and the experiences of the survivors. On top of that, Vilnius is home to some of the country’s holiest places: The Hill of the Three Crosses, the Vilnius Cathedral, and the Gate of Dawn.

In case you get bored in the capital, there are a couple of amazing day-trip options, such as Trakai with its island castle and Kaunas, the country’s second-largest city. All in all, Vilnius is a major travel destination in the Baltics that you must not overlook. Even if you have just a weekend to spend, be sure to go on a Vilnius city break and explore this beautiful city!

Population: 593,436.

Top things to do in Vilnius

The Old Town of Vilnius

Stroll through the cozy, beautiful streets of the UNESCO-listed Vilnius Old Town, one of the largest old towns on the continent. Explore this historical and cultural center of Lithuania.

Gediminas Castle Tower

Visit the remaining part of the Upper Castle, which dates back to the 13th century and is situated on the Gediminas Hill. You can reach the top either by lift or on foot.

Vilnius Cathedral

Explore the majestic white shrine that embodies Lithuanian baptism – the Cathedral Basilica of St. Stanislaus and St. Ladislaus, or simply the Vilnius Cathedral. This holy building was completed in 1783, but it has been reconstructed and rebuilt several times as a result of regular fires in the city.

KGB Museum

Learn about the horrors of the Soviet occupation at the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Rights. In this sobering place, you get a chance to visit the very jail cells where thousands of Lithuanians were interrogated, tortured, and killed in the period between 1958 and 1987.

Vilnius TV Tower

Get a fantastic perspective of the city and the surrounding areas while dining in a nice restaurant that serves European cuisine. This restaurant is situated in the upper part of the TV tower in Vilnius, the tallest building in the country. In fact, the restaurant floor makes a full 360-degree rotation every 55 minutes, so you will surely get to enjoy the city view from every angle.

The Hill of the Three Crosses

Climb to the top of the Hill of the Three Crosses and get to see this impressive 12-meter-high memorial, which has become a symbol of Lithuania’s national identity. The sculpture is dedicated to the legendary event in which local pagans tied a group of Franciscans to the crosses and pushed them down the hill. By the way, you will also get to enjoy fantastic vistas of the Vilnius old town from this place.

The Republic of Uzupis

The Republic of Uzupis in Vilnius, Lithuania

What to do in Vilnius, Lithuania: see the Republic of Uzupis

Visit the trendy district and appreciate the art and creativity of dozens of artists, poets, and musicians. Called the heart of Vilnius by locals, this self-declared republic once was a poor and dangerous area, but today, Uzupis boasts of being home to some of the finest art galleries, restaurants, and boutiques. Fun fact: this bohemian commune is proud to have its own president, foreign ministry, constitution, laws, and even an army of 12 people.

The National Gallery

See the best examples of contemporary and 20th-century Lithuanian art at Nacionalinė Dailės Galerija, or simply NDG. Located just across the River Neris from the city center, this building that once housed the Museum of Revolution was turned into a fantastic art museum. In addition to the gallery, there is a great bookstore and a restaurant that serves European cuisine and offers picturesque vistas.

Gate of Dawn

Witness one of Lithuania’s most important religious and cultural monuments and a major site of Catholic pilgrims in this country. This city wall had been constructed at the beginning of the 16th century, and shortly after that, an unknown artist painted a Madonna over the gates to protect the city. The Soviets had a plan to destroy this gate, but miraculously it never came to fruition.

St John’s Church

Take a lift to the bell tower of St. John’s Church to get an impressive view of the Vilnius Old Town from 60 meters up. Located in the middle of the Old Town of Vilnius and dominating the Vilnius University ensemble, this religious edifice was constructed at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries and was later reconstructed several times.

Day Trips from Vilnius

  • Trakai. Located just within a 30-minute ride from the capital, this town once was the center of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and is home to the impressive castle on an island on Lake Galvė.
  • Kaunas. The country’s second-largest city is located just 100 kilometers west of Vilnius and makes for a perfect destination for a day trip.
  • Kernavė. Located 35 kilometers northwest of Vilnius, this small town was the first capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Kernavė is an ideal place to go for both history geeks and outdoor enthusiasts.



Best towns in Lithuania to visit: things to do in Klaipeda

Klaipeda, the third-largest Lithuanian city that lies on the shore of the Baltic Sea, is a perfect choice for your Baltic holidays. The city’s most prominent attraction is its compact old town, much of which, unfortunately, has not been preserved. Historically, the Klaipeda Old Town had been one of the most beautiful places in Northern Europe, but a large part of it was destroyed during the bombings in World War II.

Start your city break to Klaipeda by wandering around the old town’s lovely, cobbled streets. Then, you can take a ferry from Klaipeda to the Lithuanian Sea Museum nearby, where you can learn about the marine life in the Baltic Sea. On top of that, you can enjoy a live show starring multiple sea animals at the adjacent building.

Indeed, Klaipeda doesn’t shy away from offering amazing museum experiences to travelers. A few of them that you should absolutely see include the Castle Museum (dedicated to the history of Klaipeda from its foundation), the Blacksmith’s Museum (you can guess what it is about), and the History Museum of Lithuania Minor (narrates about this region). Another cultural experience – the Sculpture Park – is located somewhat far from the center and represents a cemetery that the Soviets turned into an “artistic creation.”

And considering that the city lies by the sea, do not forget to chill out on the city’s beaches! It may be tough to choose a single Klaipeda beach, but some of the most popular ones include Giruliai and Melnrazhe. But many travelers opt to go on a day trip to the UNESCO-listed Curonian Split or to Palanga to the north. To sum it all up: if you would like to set out on a Baltic nature travel, Klaipeda is not to be missed!

Population: 158,420.

Top things to do in Klaipeda

The Old Town of Klaipeda

Explore the relatively compact old town and see the best of what Klaipeda has to offer. For instance, the local “Art Yard” is a cozy arts and crafts place in this city. You will need no more than a couple of hours to explore the entire Klaipeda Old Town.

The Sculpture Park

Stroll through the park, which appears to be one of the most prominent attractions in the city. Located in northern Klaipeda, the sculpture park stands on the site of a former cemetery that the Soviets turned into an art exhibition in 1977. Today, it is home to 116 sculptures that were put up in the park between 1977 and 1991.

The Lithuanian Sea Museum

See the main attraction of this museum – its dolphinarium, where you can enjoy live shows starring Black Sea bottlenose dolphins, Steller sea lions, and Baltic seals. Located at the northernmost tip of the UNESCO-listed Curonian Spit, the Lithuanian Sea Museum houses tanks with kaleidoscopic corals, distinctive fish, and spine-chilling crustaceans. You can easily get here by taking a ferry from central Klaipeda.

The Castle Museum

Learn about the history of Klaipeda and the ancient castle that once stood in the place of this museum. Even though the castle no longer exists, this museum provides tons of interesting information about the country’s third-largest city.

The Botanical Garden

Find a retreat from the city’s noise and bustle at the botanical garden of Klaipeda University, with its extensive territory and free admission.

Day Trips from Klaipeda

  • Palanga. This sea resort lies to the north of Klaipeda and has a regular bus connection with it. Even though most travelers come here to experience nightlife and sunbathing, there are other things to do in Palanga as well. Here, for example, you can visit a huge amber museum inside a majestic 19th-century palace.
  • Šilutė. Located next to the Nemunas Delta Regional Park, Šilutė is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and those who would like to try birdwatching, angling, and boat tourism.
  • The Curonian Spit. The UNESCO-listed Curonian Spit appears to be a long, thin curved spit that stretches 98 kilometers and separates the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon. It’s undoubtedly one of the best places for Baltic nature travel, and we have even added two towns situated on the spit (Nida and Juodkrantė) to this list of the best Lithuania cities to visit.
  • Neringa. Another town in the Curonian Spit, the fishing village of Neringa is the most popular destination for a day trip from Klaipeda.



Best cities in Lithuania to visit: things to see in Kaunas

When planning holidays to Lithuania, there is no way that you can overlook Kaunas. Located within easy reach from Lithuania’s capital (it takes slightly more than an hour to get here on the Kaunas to Vilnius train), the country’s second-largest city is home to a number of unique attractions.

Start your trip by exploring the historic Kaunas old town, which is itself a popular attraction. Here, you can find one of Lithuania’s most extraordinary edifices – the House of Perkunas, dedicated to the pagan God of Thunder and built in an exceptional version of Gothic style.

There are other important points of interest that are located in the old town (read more about them below): Kaunas Castle, the town hall, and the yard gallery (also known as Kiemo Galerija). To get an exceptional view of the old town, head to the Aleksotas Observation Deck on the other bank of the Nemunas River.

The art scene in Kaunas is a bright phenomenon on its own. The works of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis are exhibited at the museum that bears his name. And the city at times seems to be a playground for myriads of street artists who color it into the varying shades of their palettes. On top of that, two religious complexes complement the marvelous architectural ensemble of Kaunas: Pažaislis Monastery and the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul.

The city can also boast of having some of the weirdest museums. The Devil’s Museum is the world’s only museum dedicated to Satan, featuring an impressive collection of devilish exhibits from all over the world. And the KGB Atomic Bunker Museum will take you underground, to the shelter that was built during the Soviet period.

If you would like to venture outside the city, the country’s capital lies just next door. And there are a couple of other decent options for day trips, such as the mineral springs resort of Birštonas. All in all, no Baltic holidays would be complete without this marvelous city on the itinerary!

Population: 304,459.

Top things to do in Kaunas

Kaunas Old Town

Top things to do in Lithuania: See the Perkunas’ House in the old town of Kaunas, second-largest city of Lithuania

One of the top things to do in Lithuania: see the Perkunas’ House in the old town of Kaunas

Walk through the charming historic town of Kaunas and its colorful, cobbled streets that never seem to be silenced. Most of the neighborhood’s buildings were constructed in the 15th and 16th centuries, and that’s where the city center was at that time. Don’t miss a genuine gem of the Kaunas old town – a somewhat spooky Perkunas’ House that was designed in Gothic style (find it at Aleksoto g. 6).

Kaunas Town Hall

Get a fantastic view of the city from the bell tower of this historic building that dates back to the 1500s. Situated in the old town, the town hall houses a city museum and a vaulted cellar.

Kaunas Castle

Witness the remains of the historic 14th-century Kaunas Castle with your own eyes and explore a collection of archaeological exhibits from that period – from the mosaics all the way to crossbows and arrowheads. Seize this opportunity to visit the castle’s prison, where you can try on the metal chains or strap yourself to the shame pole. Pre-booking is advised.

Devil’s Museum

Visit what some may consider the world’s most extraordinary museum, dedicated to the devil himself. Antanas Žmuidzinavičius, a famous Lithuanian artist, has amassed a collection of over 3,000 devils in different forms – from masks to figures to sculptures. Some may be funny, some may be spooky, but visiting this place is one of the best things to do in Kaunas.

The Ninth Fort

Learn about the tragic pages of Lithuanian history at the 9th Fort of the Kaunas Fortress. This memorial commemorates over 50,000 Lithuanians and Jews who were killed during the Holocaust, and the detailed on-site museum is the place where you can learn about those dark events of the past.

Pažaislis Monastery

Appreciate the beauty of this complex, which appears to be one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Eastern Europe. The mastermind behind it is Italian architect Giovanni Batista Fredianio. At the complex, the beautiful frescoes by Michael Archangel Palonis and exquisite works of sculptors from Lombardia will surely catch your eye.

Cathedral-Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul

Marvel at another stunning Gothic edifice in the Kaunas old town – the 17th-century cathedral with a sumptuous interior. The building is renowned for its red brick exterior, in which two prominent styles – Gothic and Renaissance – overlap.

K. Čiurlionis Museum of Art

Marvel at the artworks of the celebrated Lithuanian painter in this museum. Founded in 1921, this is one of the most outstanding art museums in the country, featuring a wide range of exhibits and offering in-depth knowledge about the history of Lithuanian and world art.

Kiemo Galerija

Drop by this small and cozy courtyard gallery, which was originally created by Vytenis Jakas.

KGB Atomic Bunker Museum

Set your foot into a genuine nuclear bunker, located 6 meters below the ground and constructed during the period of Soviet occupation. First opened in 2014, this museum exhibits a vast collection of over 1,200 artifacts from different periods, including surveillance devices formerly used by the KGB and the GRU. Tours and visits by appointment only.

Day Trips from Kaunas

  • Vilnius. If you are based in this city, seize this opportunity, take a train from Kaunas to Vilnius, and explore the Lithuanian capital – it has so much to offer!
  • Rumšiškės Ethnographic Museum. Located just 23 kilometers east of Kaunas, this huge open-air museum shows Lithuania’s life during the pre-industrial times. By the way, it is one of the world’s largest museums and has roughly the same territory as Monaco.
  • Birštonas. This cozy mineral spring resort lies 42 kilometers south of Kaunas, featuring a former castle hill and a fine restaurant with picturesque views from the top.



the hill of crosses Lithuania: Siauliai

Of course, one may say that the Hill of Crosses in Šiauliai, Lithuania, is the only reason why travelers come to this Lithuanian town. The site, adorned with thousands of crosses of different sorts, is today the country’s most popular pilgrimage site. But, even though the Hill of Crosses is undoubtedly a solid reason to come to Šiauliai, there are other things to do in this Lithuanian city as well.

First of all, one thing that every traveler in Šiauliai must do is to set out on a museum-hopping trip. Learn about the city’s history and culture at the local Šiauliai Ausros Museum. But on top of that, there are two other peculiar museums that, in our opinion, one should absolutely visit – the one dedicated to cats and the one dedicated to the art of photography.

When in Šiauliai, you should not miss to see some of the finest examples of architecture. One of them is the St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, a 17th-century cathedral that perfectly combines different architectural styles. Another point of interest is the magnificent Chaimas Frenkelis Villa, which is also home to a museum dedicated to a renowned Jewish artist.

But one can admit that. yes, the Hill of Crosses remains the main attraction for travelers who come to Šiauliai. If you would like to visit this site of pilgrimage, add this city to the travel list of your Lithuania holidays!

Population: 108,000.

Top things to do in Šiauliai

The Hill of Crosses

Best attractions to see in Lithuania: The Hill of Crosses

The Hill of Crosses in Šiauliai, Lithuania

Pay a visit to one of the country’s most famous attractions – the Hill of Crosses in Šiauliai, Lithuania. This is a pilgrimage site that features thousands and thousands of crosses of various shapes and sizes left by visitors here over many years. Its origins can be traced back to the 19th century when the first crosses were erected in memory of those who were killed during the Lithuanian Uprising against the Russian Empire.

Šiauliai’s Museums

Set out on museum hopping in Šiauliai! The most important and popular museum in this city is Šiauliai Ausros Museum, which tells about the history of Šiauliai and its region. Here, you can learn about the region’s archaeology, ethnology, and art.

The Photography Museum, as you can well guess, is dedicated to the art of photography, featuring over 150,000 exhibits and covering all the periods of photography history. If you have fluffy pets at home, don’t go past the Museum of Cats. This institution features a diverse collection of artifacts and artworks related to cats from all over the world. The museum’s highlight is a spectacular collection of cat figurines made of different materials and depicting different breeds.

Peter and St. Paul’s Church

Appreciate the striking beauty of this white 17th-century cathedral, which combines Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance architectural styles. Pay attention to the intricate details of the building’s façade, especially the statues of saints and the depictions of biblical scenes. The cathedral’s genuine treasure is the renowned icon of the Black Madonna, which is believed to have healing powers and, as the legend goes, had been found by a shepherd on the Hill of Crosses.

Šiauliai Arena

Have fun at the biggest sports facility in Šiauliai, which boasts state-of-the-art facilities. Here, you can watch basketball matches of the local club BC Šiauliai, as well as other sports events and performances. Be sure to check out its schedule once you are in Šiauliai.

Chaimas Frenkelis Villa

Set foot in one of the most beautiful buildings in the entire city. This perfectly preserved villa houses a fascinating museum dedicated to Chaim Frenkel, a famous Jewish artist.

Day Trips from Šiauliai

  • Panevėžys. Located within a 2-hour drive, this town of around 85,000 people has a rich history and features a picturesque old town, making it ideal for a day trip.
  • Biržai Castle. It takes around 1.5 hours to drive to this castle from Šiauliai. Here, you can see the reconstructed version of the 16th-century castle that played a major role in the war against Sweden – unfortunately, it had been almost completely ruined and was reconstructed only in the 1980s.



How to organize holidays to Lithuania: Baltic countries road trip

If you are in search of Baltic nature travel, Druskininkai may be one of the best Lithuania towns to include in your itinerary. This Lithuanian town is primarily known for its spa and wellness offerings. So, if you want to improve your physical and mental health, don’t hesitate to add Druskininkai to your travel list!

Visiting the town in summer? Aquapark, with its amazing facilities, offers a great opportunity for both fun and relaxation. Happened to find yourself in Druskininkai in winter? Check out snowboarding and skiing activities at the local snow arena! And on top of that, the stunning Dzūkija National Park lies just within a 30-minute drive from the town.

Apart from recreation, there are not many things to do in Druskininkai, and all of them you can do in one day. Appreciate the beauty of local churches and visit the MK Čiurlionis Memorial Museum, dedicated to the renowned Lithuanian painter. After all, you can find solitude and excitement in local parks – that’s up to what you prefer more.

All in all, Druskininkai is all about mineral resorts, spas, and activities. If you are seeking relaxation and recreation, then this is one of the Lithuania towns you must add to your travel list.

Population: 12,055.

Top things to do in Druskininkai


Get a dose of fun and relaxation at the Druskininkai Aquapark – a huge complex that features indoor and outdoor pools, water slides, various water attractions, and saunas. The aquapark is suitable for all ages.

Snow arena

Try skiing or snowboarding at the local ski arena (if you visit this town during the winter months, of course). This is a one-of-a-kind ski and snowboarding complex among all Baltic states.

Church of St. Mary’s

Visit the most important religious site in the town and explore this monumental Gothic building, the construction of which had started before WWI but wasn’t completed until the 1930s.

MK Čiurlionis Memorial Museum

Explore the artworks of Lithuania’s most renowned artist at this compact museum. If you are up for a day trip from Druskininkai, head to Kaunas and see more artworks of Čiurlionis at the museum named after the artist – the M.K. Čiurlionis Museum of Art.

Joy of All Who Sorrow Church

Admire the beauty of this blue Orthodox church that was built in 1865.

Druskininkai’s Parks

Find relaxation and improve your mental health in the town’s numerous parks. Dineika Wellness Park offers a perfect environment for recreation and pleasant walks. On the other hand, UNO Adventure Park provides exciting experiences to adults and kids alike, with activities ranging from rope courses to air bridges to climbing nets (our personal favorite is the “elephant jump”). After all, there is also a sculpture park called Grūto Parkas (also nicknamed the “Stalin World”), which is located 8 kilometers east of the town and houses salvaged communist statues from the Soviet era.

Day Trips from Druskininkai

  • Birstonas. Just like Druskininkai, Birstonas, being renowned for its mineral springs and wellness opportunities, is another perfect pick for recreation. On top of spas, parks, and mineral water springs, here you can learn more about this town at the local museum or visit Balbieriskis Manor, a historic estate.
  • Kaunas. Located within a 2-hour drive, Kaunas is the nearest large Lithuanian city. And don’t cast doubt: there are plenty of things to do in Kaunas (just check our short guide above).
  • Dzūkija National Park. This park is a fantastic option for nature lovers, with numerous cycling and hiking trails. Located within a 30-minute drive from Druskininkai, Dzūkija is renowned for its diverse flora and fauna, thick forests, and picturesque landscapes.



Trakai Castle Lithuania on Lake Galve: Things to do in Lithuania

Trakai is one of the most stunning towns in Lithuania, best known for the picturesque castle that was built on an island in Lake Galvé. And if you are visiting the Lithuanian capital, you must absolutely visit this town – Trakai is located just within a 30-minute drive from the city center of Vilnius.

The first and foremost thing you must do in this town is, of course, head to the Castle of Trakai and explore this huge complex that had once served as Vilnius’s main defense element. The huge territory around the castle belongs to Trakai Historical National Park, where you can find several historic buildings, numerous calm lakes, a lot of walking trails, and plenty of opportunities for hiking and cycling in a relaxing atmosphere.

But, surprisingly, Trakai’s obsession with castles is not limited to only one fortress. Before the main castle on Lake Galvé was built, the capital of Lithuania was defended by another fortress – the Trakai Peninsula Castle, which has been preserved until modern times. The Old Trakai Castle is noticeably less imposing than the previous two fortresses, but appears to be an amazing site from a historic perspective. The number of castles couldn’t have been left unnoticed: if you travel to Lithuania in summer, visit the Trakai Castle Festival, which features cultural events, medieval reenactments, and concerts.

There are quite a few other interesting places in Trakai, Lithuania, such as the sites of the Karaites and an old Gothic church with an abundance of Baroque elements. But most of all, this is a pleasant, serene town where you can enjoy the region’s authentic nature and take a boat tour on Lake Galvé. Without a doubt, Trakai is one of the best places to visit in Lithuania.

Population: 5,426.

Top things to do in Trakai

Trakai Island Castle

Visit one of the country’s most iconic attractions – a rose-colored castle nestled on an island in the middle of Lake Galvé – on your holidays to Lithuania. Trakai Castle is undoubtedly a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Don’t miss your chance to enter it and learn more about the medieval history of Lithuania in the castle’s museum.

Trakai Historical National Park

Explore the territory around the Trakai Castle, which is now under the umbrella of a national park and is home to some outstanding historical buildings. The park’s area is huge and features picturesque landscapes, small lakes, and numerous walking trails that crisscross the territory. Of course, it is an ideal place for outdoor activities. In fact, we advise you to rent a bike and explore this national park on two wheels!

Trakai Peninsula Castle

Go to see the lesser-known (but no less old) castle in Trakai, which was constructed back in the 1300s. There is limited knowledge about this fortress, but it is believed that it was an important part of the Trakai and Vilnius defensive complex system. However, the role of the Trakai Peninsula Castle has diminished with the construction of the fortress on Lake Galvé, which has become synonymous with this town.

Senieji Trakai Castle

Set out on an hour-long tour through the Old Trakai Castle, another fortress that has served an important role in the defense of Lithuania’s capital. Even though its architecture is not as intricate as that of other castles and royal buildings in Trakai, this castle provides a great insight into the history of this country.

Church of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Admire the beauty of this old church that was constructed back in 1409. Initially built in Gothic style, the church was substantially reconstructed during the Baroque period. Don’t hesitate to enter the church and explore its impressive collection of ecclesiastical art.

Kenesa Prayer House and Trakai History Museum

Discover two attractions that embody the importance of one small community that settled in this town a long time ago – the Karaite Jews. The Kenesa Prayer House is one of the last surviving edifices of Karaite architecture in Trakai. Once having visited it, head to the history museum and learn more about the history and traditions of this ethnic group.

Užutrakis Tiškevičių Manor

Spend an hour exploring a majestic manor house located on the northern end of Lake Galvé. The castle has an interesting, even intricate story, so make sure to book a guided tour.

Day Trips from Trakai

  • Vilnius. Trakai and Vilnius are inseparable, since the city center of Vilnius lies just within a 30-minute drive from this town. Combine your Vilnius city break with a day trip to Trakai – rarely do travelers choose to stay in Trakai rather than in Vilnius.



Palanga Lithuania: How to organize a perfect Lithuania holiday

Undoubtedly, Palanga is one of the best towns in Lithuania to travel to in summer! Located on the shore of the Baltic Sea, this town is one of the most popular sea resorts in Baltic countries. So, if you are planning to embark on a Baltic Sea cruise or enjoy Baltic holidays on a beach resort, Palanga is one of the best options out there.

Once you find yourself in this town, head to the stunning Palanga beach that reaches 25 kilometers in length and is best remembered for its beautiful Г-shaped pier. However, keep in mind that this beach gets easily crowded in summer. So, if you want to find a cozy spot for sunbathing, it may take a while. Alternatively, hop on a bus or drive north to Šventoji, a small coastal village that appears to be a popular choice among those travelers who prefer to stay away from the crowds.

And even though Palanga can boast of having some of the best Lithuania beaches, this resort town is so much more than just that. For instance, you can find relaxation in the local botanical garden and visit one of the highest-rated attractions – the Palanga Amber Museum, the collection of which amounts to over 30,000 stones. The sculpture park is another pleasant place where you can simply stroll and admire the beauty of these artistic creations.

Of course, your stay in Palanga wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Palanga Resort Museum (housed in an old, fancy, and somewhat spooky villa). And we mentioned the main street among the top things to do in this Lithuanian town as well, even though there is no way you can avoid visiting it.

After all, you can complement your Lithuania holidays with several day trips from this town. In addition to the seaside resort of Šventoji, you can head to the town of Plateliai to see the site that once stored ballistic nuclear missiles capable of obliterating the entire European continent. Another choice for a day trip would be a visit to the small, cozy town of Kretinga, best known for its beautiful park. All in all, Palanga is one of the best resort towns in Lithuania. If you are up for a beach holiday in the Baltics, this is one of the best places to settle at!

Population: 18,132.

Top things to do in Palanga

Palanga Beach

Spend a day relaxing and chilling out on Palanga’s biggest attraction – the lengthy white-sand beach that stretches 25 kilometers. Bear in mind that this site gets packed with beachgoers during the hot season since it is one of the best places to enjoy the Baltic Sea near Lithuania.

Palanga Amber Museum and Botanical Garden

Top-rated attractions in Lithuania. Palanga Amber Museum and Botanical Garden

Embark on a Lithuania holiday: see the Palanga Amber Museum and stroll through the botanical garden that surrounds it

Set foot in one of the town’s must-see attractions, dedicated to this glowing stone and housed in the 19th-century former mansion of the Count Tiskevicius. Its collection includes more than 30,000 various examples of amber, including the “Sun Stone,” with a weight of over 3.5 kilograms. Upon the end of your visit, don’t miss this chance to stroll the serene and relaxing botanical garden that surrounds the museum.

Palanga Sculpture Park

Stroll across this compact, cozy park that features 28 sculptures, including huge chess pieces that guests use to play games.

The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Visit this beautiful neo-Gothic church made of red bricks in the early 20th century. You can enjoy the view of the city and the sea from the church’s observation point using one of the two monocular telescopes.

The Palanga Resort Museum

Learn more about this resort town in a museum that exhibits photographs, numismatics, as well as archaeological and historical objects. The institution is housed in a 19th-century villa “Anapilis” (which translates as the “Afterlife”), constructed in a rare architectural style for Lithuania. The building once belonged to the mother of Palanga Count, who, according to the rumors, used to call spirits from the afterlife.

Basanavičius Street

Have a relaxing walk along the town’s central avenue, which never goes silent. Apart from entertainment and eating out at food stalls, you can explore the street’s authentic villas here and head to the Sea Pier nearby.

Day Trips from Palanga

  • Plateliai. Located within an hour’s drive from Palanga, this town is home to the Cold War Museum. The latter was created on the site of a former ballistic missile launch complex. At the time when it was in operation (from 1963 to 1978), it stored a nuclear arsenal that was capable of destroying the entire European continent.
  • Šventoji. Set out on a 20-minute drive up north and escape Palanga’s crowds of beachgoers on this small coastal resort. Apart from chilling out on the amazing Šventoji beach, you can visit the Šventoji Lighthouse, have fun at the local holiday park, and explore sculptures that you can find all over the town.
  • Kretinga. Located within a 20-minute drive from Palanga, this cozy Lithuanian town offers a great escape from beach holidays. Most of all, visitors come on a day trip to visit and stroll through the beautiful Kretinga Manor Park
  • Klaipeda. If you are enjoying beach holidays in Lithuania in such a small town like Palanga, don’t miss this chance to take a bus to the country’s third-largest town. There are plenty of things to do in Klaipeda (just read about it in this article above).


Nida in Lithuania

Nida Lithuania: Baltic Nature Travel

Make your holidays to Lithuania unforgettable with a stay on the Curonian Spit. Nida is one of the most picturesque towns in Lithuania, known for its colorful fishing houses and spacious sandy beach. So, if you want to chill out on Lithuania beaches, consider coming to this settlement on the southern tip of the spit.

One of the biggest Lithuania attractions is the Parnidis Dune – the highest drifting dunes in Europe (and the only ones in this country). You can set out on Parnidis Cognitive Path, a self-guided walking path that will show you the best this place has to offer. Another attraction you must absolutely see is the imposing dune sundial – a huge sun clock and calendar.

But apart from beach holidays and sand dunes, Nida is a popular town among museum-goers. The most impressive museum is the Fisherman’s Ethnographic Homestead – a traditional fisherman’s house from 1927 that has been perfectly preserved. If you are a literature fun, head to the villa where Thomas Mann, a German writer and a Nobel laureate, used to stay. The Amber-Gallery Museum is dedicated to the importance of amber in this region (here, you can also buy souvenirs and artworks made of this stone). And, after all, you can learn more about the Curonian Spit in general at the Curonian Spit History Museum.

There are a couple of great options for day trips from Nida (all of the towns, though, are scattered across the Curonian Spit). One of them is Juodkrantė, the next town in our article. Smiltynė, located on the northern tip of the spit, is a popular resort town with fantastic beach-and-sun options. After all, you can cycle to the village of Preila, located next door and is known for its spacious, never-crowded beaches. If you are seeking to enjoy Lithuania beaches on your vacation, Nida is the town to visit!

Population: 3,530.

Top things to do in Nida

Parnidis Dune

travel guide baltic countries: Parnidis Dune

Parnidis Dune in Nida

Roam the impressive expanse of white sand dunes, which are the highest drifting dunes in Europe. Today, it is the only settlement on the Curonian Spit where the drifting dunes have been preserved. It is believed that enormous deforestation in the 16th century caused this phenomenon. There are a couple of great things to do, such as witnessing the dune sundial (sun clock and calendar that some may view as a huge monument) and embarking on a self-guided walking path called Parnidis Cognitive Path. However, don’t go on foot too far: you risk crossing the border with Mordor.

Nida Fisherman’s Ethnographic Homestead

Visit the most outstanding museum in Nida, Lithuania – the traditional fisherman’s house that dates back to 1927. Even though the museum isn’t that big, it features original furniture and equipment that gives you a good feeling of the place of that time.

Thomas Mann Museum

German writer Thomas Mann (who won the Nobel Literature Prize in 1929) used to spend summers in Nida. Later, the villa where he stayed was turned into a museum and appears to be a must-see attraction nowadays. Even though this museum is tiny as well, here you’ve got a perfect chance to learn about the life and work of the renowned German writer.

Evangelical Lutheran Church

Set foot in this Gothic red-brick Protestant church that dates back to 1888.

Amber Gallery-Museum

Explore the collection of unique Baltic stones exhibited in the traditional fisherman’s house. Here, you can not solely learn about the formation of amber and its significance to this region, but also buy exquisite jewelry and art – undoubtedly, a great choice for souvenirs!

Nida Lighthouse

Get to the top of this lighthouse (which, quite unusually, is located in the town’s center) and enjoy amazing views of Nida and the sea.

Curonian Spit History Museum

Learn about the traditions and trades of the Curonian Spit in this museum, which exhibits boat models, fishing gear, and even archaeological objects dating to the Stone Age.

Day Trips from Nida

  • Juodkrantė. This town is another popular destination on the Curonian Spit (see the next town) and attracts many visitors thanks to its sculpture park in the woods (called the Hill of Witches). On top of that, there are many marvelous 19th-century villas that make it a perfect place to take photos.
  • Smiltynė. Located on the opposite tip of the Curonian Spit, this resort town is best known for its spacious sandy beach and calm, shallow waters.
  • Preila. This peaceful fishing village is located just next door, within a 10-minute drive from Nida. Both travelers and locals love this place for its expansive sandy beach. By the way, you may rent a bike in Nida and cycle to this village.



Sea near lithuania: best resort towns while travelling the Baltics

Turn your Baltic holidays into an unforgettable vacation and stay at Juodkrantė, a small resort town located in the middle of Lithuania’s Curonian Spit. Primarily, travelers come here to enjoy the spacious sandy beaches and windy sea – Juodkrantė offers the best spots for wind- and kitesurfing in the entire country.

Once you find yourself in this town, set out on a boat journey to the Dead Dunes, dunes that run across the Nagliai Nature Reserve on the Curonian Spit. The town’s most prominent attraction is the Hill of Witches, where you can see up to 80 wooden sculptures and artworks related to folklore and pagan traditions. Besides, this place, located in the forest, also features a number of walking trails, where you can just hike and enjoy yourself.

Among other things to see in Juodkrantė, there’s not much to do. You can visit the local museum, which exhibits up to 300 miniature sculptures and artworks. Also, drop by the red-brick church, which was built in the Gothic style and, in fact, resembles the church in Nida.

Overall, Juodkrantė is a perfect place to enjoy Baltic nature travel. Given the town’s spacious beaches, golden sands, and pleasant summer weather, you must absolutely add this town to your Baltic travel itinerary.

Population: 720.

Top things to do in Juodkrantė

The Hill of Witches

Visit an outdoor sculpture gallery and the most outstanding attraction in Juodkrantė. Nowadays, this site features around 80 wooden sculptures and a series of trails, making it a perfect place for pleasant, unhurried walks. Most of those artworks depict characters from either the Lithuanian folklore or the country’s pagan traditions.

Evangelical Lutheran Church

Set foot in the Gothic red-brick church that was erected in Juodkrantė in 1888. In fact, this Lutheran church is similar to the one you can find in Nida.

Museum of Miniature Arts

Explore the intriguing collection of over 300 miniatures and tiny artworks from all over the world.

Juodkrantė Beach

Relax and sunbathe on the beautiful beach in Juodkrantė. This beach is, perhaps, the best spot for kite surfing and windsurfing in the entire country, since it is open to wind from all sides.

Day Trips from Juodkrantė

See “Day Trips from Nida” and “Day Trips from Klaipeda.”


Lithuania Beaches

Are you planning a proper beach vacation? Do you want to enjoy the Baltic holidays to the fullest? In this part of our article, we will describe the best beaches in Lithuania (you could have read about some of them above) so you can add some of them to your Baltic travel itinerary.


Palanga Beach

Best Lithuania Beaches: Palanga

Located in the country’s north, Palanga is a resort town that doesn’t leave an ambiguous aftertaste. You will either love it or hate it. There are plenty of parties in the hot season, and the Palanga beach (memorable for the peculiar shape of the pier) often ends up overcrowded. So, if you are not spooked by hordes of beachgoers, this beach is definitely worth a visit!

Sventoji Beach

Alternatives of Beaches Lithuania: Sventoji Beach

This small coastal resort offers a perfect escape for those who prefer to enjoy the Baltic Sea without endless crowds. Situated 12 kilometers north of Palanga, this cozy town has all the amenities (and even an extremely popular amusement park) that a beachgoer might need. Besides, there are plenty of compact wooden homes that can be rented during the summer season.

Nida Beach

Highest-rated beaches in Lithuania: Nida

The biggest town on the UNESCO-listed, 98-kilometer-long Curonian Spit, Nida offers some of the most majestic beach experiences in the country. Given that this resort town has already been mentioned in our article above, it is one of the best places to see in Lithuania. The amazing sandy beach stretches far beyond the horizon, and the sunsets here are just majestic. So, if you are not scared of high prices (it is one of the most expensive resorts in the Baltics), Nida undoubtedly warrants a visit.

Juodkrantė Beach

A much smaller settlement than Nida, Juodkrantė, another resort town on the Curonian Spit, is also home to one of the most beautiful Lithuania beaches. It is popular among travelers in summer, who don’t mind a cool dip into the Baltic Sea. The accommodation is somewhat more affordable than in Nida, and its main attraction – the Hill of Witches – is absolutely worth seeing!

Klaipeda Beach

The country’s third-largest city, Klaipeda has quite a few beaches (and some are easily accessible from the city center). Arguably, one of the best beaches in Klaipeda is Melnrage Beach II, located within 6 kilometers from the Klaipeda old town. The beach features distant parking and gets easily overcrowded in summer. If you don’t drive, you can take a city bus from the city center.


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