Visit beautiful Lithuania by train
Visit beautiful Lithuania by train
Steeped in history and tradition, Lithuania is not to be missed when traveling through Eastern europe. From grand castles, to picturesque lakes and lush forests, make sure it is part of your itinerary!
The Interrail Lithuania Pass takes you to the highlights of Lithuania like Vilnius, Klaipêda and the coastal village of Nida.
The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 31 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.
The social hub of the capital, Vilnius' Old Town has something for everyone. From grand architecture to a buzzing nightlife, we're sure you'll love spending a few nights here. It is also the perfect spot to relax, with many riverside cafe's and eateries.
Amongst the many unique buildings, one of the most prominent is St Anne's Church, whose red-clay twisted towers pierce the skyline. You should also visit the crypts which lead under Vilnius cathedral, to learn more about the history of the city.
All of Vilnius is accessible by foot, with Old Town being a short walk from the train station.
Formerly one of the most dangerous areas of the city with a dark history, the current bohemian self-governed republic, Uzupis, is a hidden gem within Vilnius. Initially a neighbourhood left to crumble, artists took it over and built a republic with its own currency and constitution - where community and co-operation are the cornerstones.
These days, the streets are lined with art, and the area hosts many creative-based festivals and events year-round.
Beware though, as locals believe that if you happen to gaze into the mermaid statues eyes as you enter, you'll never want to leave.
The Republic of Uzupis is mostly within the Old Town area of Vilnius, reachable by crossing one of the many bridges over Vilnia River.
Stretching for 98 kilometers, the shifting sands in western Lithuania are a natural wonder well worth visiting. The dunes, known as the Curonian Spit, frame the Curonian Lagoon and protect it from the waves of the Baltic Sea. Now a protected national park, the flora and fauna thrive, and nature lovers can possibly catch a glimpse of everything from racoons, to moose and jellyfish.
There are ferries twice a day that take you to Nida from Klaipeda which take 2 hours. There are also buses that run regularly, taking 1 hour 40 minutes.
Overlooking the city of Vilnius is the Tower of Gediminas', all that is left of the Upper Castle that was once the first line of defence for the city.
Nowadays it offers a magnificent panoramic view of the city, and houses a small museum that covers the history of the castle.
***The funicular to the Gediminas Hill is currently out of order. To get to the top of the hill, take a path from the side of the Vilnia River on K. Škirpos alley.***
The Tower can be reached by foot via a road, or by taking a funicular from the city up the hill directly in less than 2 minutes.
With the origins shrouded in mystery, the Hill of Crosses has been a popular place of pilgrimage for over a century. The number of crosses continues to grow, with over 200,000 currently - and visitors are welcome to leave their own.
The site, located a short journey from Siauliai, used to be a fort - however the soviet occupations of the area have caused changes, and now it holds a place in Lithuanian hearts as a symbol of heritage, remembrance, and also resistance.
From Siauliai, a bus can take you to Domantai from which the hill is a 20 minute walk.
Situated on beautiful Lake Galve, this ancient castle has been built, reduced to rubble and restored multiple times since its construction in the 16th century. Nowadays, it is open to the public and hosts many permanent and temporary exhibitions along with festivals throughout the year.
The town of Trakai can be reached by train from Vilnius. The journey is around 30 minutes, and costs less than 2 euros
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