Lithuania

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Rokiskis: Painted Shutters, Manors, and Cheese

The northern Lithuanian city of Rokiskis and the surrounding region are lovely stopovers during your exploration of Lithuania or on your way to Latvia from Lithuania. This town and its surroundings offer pretty manor houses and parks, expansive boulevards, and an unusual tradition of painted shutters. Let’s dive in to what Rokiskis, Lithuania, has to …

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Ziezmariai: A Small Town with a Big Synagogue

If you’re considering easy day trips from Vilnius, you may want to dedicate a couple of hours to Zeizmariai. This quintessential Lithuanian town is thick with history, including Jewish history, and is not often visited by tourists. However, here, you’ll find a synagogue being restored, traditional wooden houses, a cultural center, and the market square. …

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Trakai Castle, one of the best things to do in Lithuania

16 Best Things to Do in Lithuania: Guide to Sights and Activities

Planning a trip and looking for things to do in Lithuania? This guide for things to do in Lithuania suggests sights and activities that will appeal to a variety of interests. They include Lithuania’s most popular landmarks and attractions, off-the-beaten-path recommendations, and suggestions for culture hounds, history buffs, and nature lovers. Let’s see what the …

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Lithuanian Historical Capital Cities

Lithuania’s capital city hasn’t always been Vilnius. Learn what you should know about Lithuanian historical capital cities and what events led them to become so important over the centuries. Kernave—Lithuania’s First Capital City Kernave is a hilly site in southeastern Lithuania. Thousands of years of use by tribes made it an unsurprising choice as Lithuania’s …

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Lithuanian dessert made of fried dough with lemons and coffee

Lithuanian Desserts: 12 Traditional Favorites

What do you know about Lithuanian desserts? Lithuanian desserts are delicious and often eye-catching end-of-meal sweets that can be purchased at markets, tasted at family gatherings, or enjoyed as a part of the Lithuanian holiday table. They’re an element of traditional Lithuanian food that bears further examination. Lithuanian cuisine is big on using seasonal and …

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Aerial view of Soviet monument at the Kaunas 9th Fort

Soviet Sites in Lithuania: 8+ Memorable Experiences

Lithuania has been free from the Soviet Union for more than 30 years. However, it’s inevitable that some evidence of its decades under the USSR remains. Furthermore, Lithuania doesn’t completely reject the relics of its Soviet past—though it does reject any notion that it belonged willingly or even legally to the Soviet Union. Many Soviet …

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