Taking a look at Lithuania
Welcome to Vilnius -
A visit to Lithuania invariably begins in Vilnius, the country's capital.
Vilnius Castle -
The most obvious historic landmark is Vilnius Castle, or more specifically the remains of the Upper Castle.
Cathedral bell tower -
The cathedral's freestanding belfry was once part of the city's 13th-century defenses, a sturdy 57-m (187 ft) obstacle to any attack.
Presidential Palace -
Located in the Old Town, the Presidential Palace is the official seat of the president of Lithuania.
Gate of Dawn -
The Gate of Dawn is the last surviving example of five 16th-century portals that served as part of the city's defensive fortifications.
Vilnius University -
For a more scholarly diversion, tread the hallowed halls of Vilnius University. Founded in 1576.
Make sure to include Uzupis on your Vilnius sightseeing itinerary. This delightful neighborhood is appreciated for its bohemian vibe and laissez-faire atmosphere.
Lying 28 km (17 miles) west of Vilnius is enchanting Trakai, a historic city and lake resort known principally for Traki Island Castle, one of Lithuania's picture-perfect destinations.
Kaunas is the second-largest city in Lithuania and has its own share of standout museums and monuments to entice the visitor.
Kaunus Castle -
Kaunus Castle is another fine example of Gothic architecture. Completed in the mid-14th century.
Pazaislis Monastery -
Set on a peninsula in the Kaunas Reservoir, this stand-alone gem of a destination is the most renowned example of Baroque architecture in the country.
The Devil’s Museum -
Kaunus boasts dozens of museums, but none quite so bizarre as the Devil's Museum.
Parnidis Dune, Nida -
Parnidis Dune is one of the prime relief formations in the whole Curonian Spit, a 52-m (170 ft) sand mountain crowned by a sundial with a granite obelisk.
Cormorant and heron colony, Juodkrante - Juodkrante on the northern reaches of the Curonian Spit is home to one of Europe's largest colonies of cormorants and grey herons.
Nemunas Delta Regional Park -
Nemunas Delta Regional Park encompasses a wetland delta of exceptional beauty.
Lithuanian Ethnocosmology Museum, Kulionys - The world's first-ever museum dedicated to the study of ethnocosmology is located in the village of Kulionys.
Kedainiai Old Town -
Another wonderful example of yesteryear Lithuania is Kedainiai Old Town, one of seven such "Old Town" destinations in the country.
Zuvintas Nature Reserve -
The first protected nature reserve established in Lithuania, Zuvintas is named for the lake that is a paradise for water birds.
National bird of Lithuania -
A much loved resident of Zuvintas as well as the aforementioned Nemunas Delta Regional Park is the white stork.