An Introduction to Lithuania

Lithuania is a proud nation, with the country’s history revealing occupation by many countries, but none for quite as long or as restricting as the Soviet Union’s occupation. Lithuania’s independence was granted in 1991, and freedom of expression was once again exercised, the artistic community came out of hiding to produce some world-class works and traditional Lithuanian ways of living were once again brought into practice.

LithuaniaToday, Lithuania is home to some stunning natural beauty including five enormous national parks. There is also a multitude of lakes, rivers, forests and valleys, which can all be experienced on a trip to the country.

There are many things to see and do in Lithuania, with the majority of tourist attractions being located in the stunning capital city, Vilnius. Tourist sites range from churches to cathedrals; government offices to museums; seaside resorts to national parks, and traditional villages to large cities. The amount to see and do is endless.

Since independence, Western-style hotels have been constructed in Lithuania. Modernization and renovation programs are generally concentrated in Vilnius, but other major towns also have good tourist infrastructures in place. You will find many large, top-class hotels in the country as well as international chains.

Travel agencies can arrange the rental of rooms in private homes, which is especially popular in resort regions for those travelling on a budget. Self-catering apartments in Vilnius can also be rented, and if you want to experience the great outdoors, campsites are located in the most picturesque regions. Pitching a tent is permitted at the majority of Lithuanian lakes and rivers for a small fee, but generally, you will not find any other facilities.

Lithuania experiences somewhat of an unstable climate, with the seasons differing greatly from each other. The climate is halfway between maritime and continental weather conditions, with rainfall occurring year-round.

Summers are usually warm with long days of sunshine. Towards the later summer months, rainfall is at its heaviest, although it is usually the rain that cools the evenings down, making them bearable. July’s average temperature is about 18°C.