Sightseeings in Lithuania
Whoever you are – a businessman who has arrived in Vilnius to sign an agreement, a tourist on vacation or an experienced traveler looking for new adventures – several days stay in Vilnius will be sufficient to make you fall in love with this city.
Here are some examples of our tours.
The tour is partly by coach and partly a walking tour. Vilnius is extremely rich in churches – over 30 roman catholic, over 10 orthodox and some reformed evangelical churches. You can admire extremely rich baroque decorations of St. Peter and Paul with over 2000 stuccoed figures, classic Cathedral with Duke Casimi’s chapel, the chapel the Gates os Dawn etc. Worth od visiting is Vilnius University founded in 1579, Amber shop-museum, KGB Museum etc.
Trakai is the ancient capital of Lithuania – is 27 km west from Vilnius. The old castle of Dukes of Lithuania is on the island of the lake Galve. The old red tile castle is a historical museum. The small town Trakai is famous also with ethnographical Karaim’s settlement. Karaims built their houses with three windows facing the street, every window with a purpose: one for the Duke Vytautas, one for God, and the third for the Karaim himself.
Geographical centre of Europe
The centre is defined by national Geographic Institute of France in 1989, 26 km away from Vilnius, in the direction of Moletai. You can touch the memorial stone, visit the museum and get your personal certificate verifying that you have been to the Centre of Europe.
Kaunas lies about 100 km from Vilnius. The city was the capital of Lithuania in 1920-1940 while Poland annexed Vilnius by breaking Suwalki Peace Agreement after World War I. Kaunas with its 380 000 inhabitants is still a small city and the best way to get acquainted with it is by foot. The city has a wonderful range of oddities and curiosities – old abandoned forts, wacky museums and a nude statue proudly airing its apparatus right next to a church. Kaunas is the most authentic Lithuanian city. The percentage of native Lithuanians who live in Kaunas is greater than in any other Lithuanian city. Beside the walking tour in Kaunas Old Town there are also two museums worth visiting.
This museum was founded by Antanas Žmuidzinavičius (1876-1966) who collected over 2,000 depictions of devils from all over the world. There are also wood carvings, soft toys and loads of references to music and alcohol. There are also Hitler and Stalin devils, making a dance of death over helpless Lithuania.
M.K.Čiurlionis State Art Museum
Painter, composer, mystic and depressive are some of the words that have been used to describe this Lithuanian artistic hero. During his short lifetime Čiurlionis (1875-1911) churned out the first Lithuanian symphony (“In the Forest”), painted prolifically and even found time to get married and have a daughter.
Druskininkai is about 100 km from Vilnius. In 1837, when Ignacy Fonberg, professor of Vilnius University, analyzed the chemical composition of mineral water and published the results, the emperor Nicholas I of Russia approved the project of Druskininkai resort. Todays` Druskininkai is a modern and distinctive international resort, providing high-quality wellness, recreation and tourism services, famous for sound resort treatment traditions as well as rapidly developing tourism service infrastructure. More than 10 SPA-s and sanatoriums offer different health and wellness services.
Mineral spring waters are efficient in healing many different diseases. Also remedial mud is used for several treatments. Mild climate and ionized air is another remedial factor of the resort. Because of the pine forests and dozens of water bodies surrounding Druskininkai, as well as absence of industry, the air is very clean here, and abundant negative (light) ions are the fundamental evidence of clean air.
From 1989-1991, during the restoration of Lithuanian independence, many idealized monuments from the Soviet times were dismantled and, with the absence of any storage procedure, piled in storehouses and backyards, most frequently on the premises of utility companies.
Grūtas Park is situated 5 km from Druskininkai on a 20 ha area, exhibiting 86 works of those Soviet monuments 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.
The aim of this exposition is to provide an opportunity for Lithuanian people, visitors as well as future generations to see the naked Soviet ideology, which suppressed and hurt the Lithuanian people for many decades.Back