If you decide to come to Lithuania and spend some time there, consider visiting the following places:
One day trip to Rumshishkes in good weather is highly recommended. Cycling around old wooden villages spread in the area of fields and forests will take you back in time hundred of years ago.
Rumshishkes is located 25 km from Kaunas near the Vilnius-Kaunas highway. It is an ethnographical open-air museum which depicts the life of peasants during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The majority of interior expositions display restored household articles and furniture, cloths, kitchen utensils and tools typical to one or other period. The museum also invites to active expositions where weavers, wood carvers, potters and other craftsmen work. In summer song and dance ensembles come to Rumshishkes on weekends to perform. Traditional festivals are organized in the museum, such as for Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day), Midsummer’s Day and for the harvest celebrations.
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The Trakai National Park was designated in 1992 to embrace the historic city of Trakai, some 25 kilometers outside Vilnius, and the forests, lakes and villages in its environs. Almost one-fifth of the park area is occupied by lakes. Forests take up one-third of the park territory. The most valuable monuments in the park are the Trakai insular castle, the remnants of the peninsula castle and the ancient site of the Senieji Trakai (Old Trakai) castle with a church and village.
Trakai is half hour drive from Vilnius connected by often bus, train and private van services. More information.
The Curonian Spit is a long, curved sand peninsula that separates Lithuania’s Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea, like a little slice of the Sahara in Northern Europe. Indeed the scenic spot is often referred to as the ‘desert of Europe.’ According to Baltic mythology, this natural curiosity was formed by a girl called Neringa, a child of immense strength, who was playing on the nearby shore. More information.
The Hill of Crosses, where people not only from Lithuania have put crosses for couple centuries, witnesses faithfulness and trust of a Christian community to Christ and his Cross. This is an expression of a spontaneous religiousness of the people, and is a symbol not of grief and death but of Faith, Love and Sacrifice. From here the Pope blessed all people of Lithuania and all of Christian Europe.
Astronomical observations require dark and clear sky. In 1969 a new observatory was started in the Moletai district, about 70 km north of Vilnius. It is built on the Kaldiniai hill just near a small village of Kulionys, about 10 km from a town of Moletai.
To date, no other museum or cultural institution has endeavoured to collect or duly exhibit Soviet relics. In Grūtas Park, monumental sculptures are positioned in a 2 km-long exposition, where guard towers, fragments of concentration camps and other details resemble Siberia. Grūtas Park is situated on a 20 ha area, exhibiting 86 works by 46 authors. Such a large concentration of monuments and sculptures of ideological content in a single out-door exposition is a rare and maybe even unique phenomenon in the world.
If you are not very much interested in traditional sightseeing, but want to get to know new things, check out one of the offers of vaiduokliai – beer tour, walk through underground tunnels or swamp adventure, check it out: vaiduokliai.
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