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Lithuania

Lithuania
Lithuania

Lithuania is the largest of three Baltic States. It is situated between Poland, Russia and Latvia. The Lithuanian language belongs to the same language group as the Latvian language; it has however no relation to the third Baltic language - Estonian, which is close to Finnish. Because of its location, this country has seen many occupations, but somehow managed to remain the last country to be christianized in the region.





Lithuania has a very rich cultural heritage. It has three UNESCO protected sites, 111 museums, Opera, theaters and unique ethnic culture. Folk rhymes and music are a good deal living traditions, with numerous societies and groups dedicated to them. It is a great place for a traveler that does not mind some inconveniences. Currently, there are 10,700 registered objects of cultural heritage, but only 350 of them are prepared for tourism. Also, Lithuania is notorious for the absence of road signs and tourist advice. Quality of services in small towns can be poor.





The Republic of Lithuania is the nursing home to 70 species of mammals. There are elks, wild boar and lynx. The beaver, European bison and red deer are now reintroduced. Wolves breed in inland national parks. Nemunas Delia wetlands are a vital breeding area for birds, including the stork. Every now and then, in a restrained spot in one of Lithuania's adorable lake lands, a rare freshwater turtle lays its eggs on a shore. But times are changing and with EU funding in place, there is significant increase in rural tourism farms and projects on "active tourism" at present. If you are a fan of untouched landscapes, you should pay a visit to Lithuania within the next few years. The principles of sustainable developments are just getting off the ground there. During the Soviet time 1940-90, domestic tourism dominated. It was centrally ruled in respect to the Soviet political orientation which favored to develop touristry within the Soviet Union, keeping external tourism very restricted. Few Lithuanians were able to travel abroad and even in those few cases the desired destination was often within the Soviet empire. Lithuania was traditionally one of the key resorts for citizens of the late Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The big nerve centres of tourism in Lithuania at these times were the resorts of Palanga, Birstonas and Druskininkai. You can check these out for getting the feel of past times. An interesting fact is that Lithuania has a coastline, but no islands. The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, is a great spot for cultural tourism. Old Town of Vilnius was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. There are more than 60 Museums, 70 galleries and 40 places of worship. Also, Vilnius University is the oldest university in eastern Europe (est. 1579). For tourists, Vilnius City Municipality is constantly coordinating authentic thematic shows : "Dance and Song Festival", "The National Evening", "A Nobles Feast", "A Trip to the Medieval City", "Medieval Dinner", "Ghostly Trip" and various Folk performances that are definitely worth checking out.










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