Lithuania

Lithuania – a state in the Baltic States, having access to the Baltic Sea. Lithuania borders with Latvia, Belarus, Poland and Kaliningrad region of Russia. The capital is the city of Vilnius.

How to get

Direct flights are flying to the capital of Lithuania from Moscow, travel time – one and a half hours. With a change in Riga, it will be somewhat cheaper. Airports are also in Kaunas and Palanga, but you can only get there with a change.

To Vilnius from Moscow, you can reach the fast train from the Belarusian station, traveling daily – 14 hours. From St. Petersburg Train walks in the day (17 hours).

More favorable option – use the famous "Nesterovsky train". To do this, buy a ticket to Nesterova, and go to Vilnius.

From Moscow and St. Petersburg can also be reached by Vilnius by bus, travel time will be 18-19 hours, drive with a transfer.

Climate

In the East and in the center of Lithuania, the continental climate, in coastal areas – soft sea. Temperature in winter, as a rule, does not fall below -5 degrees, and in the summer it keeps at +17 degrees and above. It is often cloudy here, and in the offseason – rainy, these features should be considered when planning a trip.

Lithuania is part of the countries participating in the Schengen Agreement, it is necessary to obtain a visa to visit. You can submit documents to one of the visa centers.

Cities and regions

Lithuanian largest city – Vilnius, here are a lot of architectural monuments and museums. The next largest and value – Kaunas, located in the central part of the country. Klaipeda – the third largest city of Lithuania and the largest port, located in the west of the country. Siauliai – a large industrial and cultural center, historical development destroyed during the war, however, in the city there are interesting museums. Trakai – the ancient capital of Lithuania, the castles, monasteries and other attractions have been preserved here.

Sea resorts of Lithuania are located on the Curonian Spit: Palanga, Nida, Yodkrant. Curonian Spit is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Druskininkai – the oldest and largest resort of Lithuania, famous for mineral springs and healing mud.

Where to stay

In Lithuania there will be many accommodation options from budget hostels to expensive hotels. Accommodation to taste can be found on famous Booking.COM and Airbnb. At the Curonian braid, apartments or houses are used in popularity – perfectly suitable for the company and families with children.

An excellent alternative to hotels and apartments in Lithuania are campgrounds, although they are not so much here. If you travel the car and love to relax in nature, you will surely fit.
Typically, the camping season begins in April-May and ends in September-October.

Transport

Between cities Convenient to move on trains, they are comfortable, there are two-story Euroclass trains. Another option – buses. The principal difference between these types of transport is not, choose what you like more.

From Klaipeda can be reached by ferry not only to the Curonian Spit, but also to Sweden, Germany, Denmark and other countries.

Transport in cities is represented by bus, minibuses, trolley buses, trains. Taxis It is recommended to call in advance by phone.

An excellent option will rent a car and explore the country without binding to the transport schedule. Roads in Lithuania of good quality, distance small, minus can be only paid parking.

Communication

Official language – Lithuanian. The second most of the prevalence is our, as a rule, they are owned by the people of the older generation, but there are exceptions. With an explanation in English problems should not occur.

Money

Lithuanian Currency – Euro (EUR). Bank cards are accepted in most shops, cafes and hotels, but also worth having a few cash.

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Kitchen

Lithuanian cuisine has a lot in common with kitchens of such countries in Eastern Europe, as Belarus, Poland and Ukraine, and also echoes the kitchen of the Scandinavian countries. Lithuanian cuisine base make up potatoes, cabbage, greens, dairy products, mushrooms. The first dish rushing into the eyes of everyone who came – Zepelins – like dumplings with various fillings. Popular soups, pork dishes, fish. Try local beer and tincture.

Souvenirs

Chief souvenir from Lithuania, and in general from the Baltic states, is, of course, amber. It makes decorations, decor items and even cosmetics.Pay attention to flax and ceramics. Local cheeses, tincture and beer can be brought as edible gifts.

What to see and where to go

First, get acquainted with the capital of Lithuania: take a walk on the old town, raise to the Gedimin Tower, find the Constitution of the Ozhupis district, look at the Cathedral.

Visit Kaunas and Trakai – Cities, once former Lithuanian capitals. Vintage castles and monasteries are waiting for you.

From a small and cozy Klaipeda, go to the Curonian Spit. Ideal to rent a bike and enjoy in full pine and sea air. Endless sandy beaches do not boast of summer heat, but in the season at the Baltic resorts is nice to relax (Palanga, Nida, Jodkrant).

Auksttete National Park is 100 km from Vilnius. In the park more than a hundred lakes, including the largest in Lithuania. Routes are laid for tourists, you can ride bicycles or boats.

Connection

In Lithuania, you can enjoy roaming and buy a SIM card of one of the local operators (Omnitel, Tele2, Bite GSM). Tourists are most convenient to buy prepaid tariffs. Free Wi-Fi can be found almost everywhere: in cafe, hotels, train stations, even just on the streets.

Security

In Lithuania, low crime level is a safe country. Like everywhere, you should not leave things unattended and remember possible pockets in crowded places.

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