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The southernmost of the Baltic states, Lithuania boasts music, art, culture and more than its fair share of heritage. It is also the geographical centre of Europe, which is 26km west of the capital, Vilnius. Visit Park of Europe to stand at the heart of the continent, as well as the opportunity to enjoy more the 90 works of art from 29 different countries.
Vilnius is home to one of the largest Old Towns in Eastern Europe.
The architectural offering is overflowing in variety with baroque churches, Italian renaissance and Russian Byzantine, and even some Jewish elements to boot. The small winding streets play host to cafes, restaurants and boutiques. So take a seat and watch the bustle unfold.
Just outside Vilnius sits the impressive medieval Trakai Castle. Lithuania’s 16TH century capital, Trakai is surrounded by water on all sides and can only be reached by crossing a bridge over Galve Lake. Those after a little adventure can enjoy a multitude of water activities on the surrounding Trakai lakes. Whether it’s adrenalin or culture that draws you here, the setting makes for a truly unforgettable experience.
After your exploring you’ll want a gastronomical feast to match it. Lithuanian cuisine features the spoils of its cool, moist northern climate, namely barley, potatoes, berries and mushrooms. Beetroot too – during the warmer seasons, you’ll likely be offered a bowl of this iconic, bright pink, cold beetroot soup at most eateries. If you need a little pick-me-up when taking in the sights, see if you can get your hands on a Lithuanian poppy seed cake. You won’t regret it! View more trips to Lithuania.
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When to go: The preferable time to visit Lithuania is summer, from June to August: the temperatures are pleasant, sometimes even hot.
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