If you are still searching for new and yet undiscovered places in Europe, we can recommend you to spend some days at one of three Baltic region’s pearls, called Lithuania. This small post-soviet country is growing stronger and stronger every day and is becoming advanced and modern pretty quickly. What is interesting about it, that tourist yet had not found these little with amazing green forests, authentic villages and open-hearted people. So you better hurry up and visit Lithuania before the whole world finds out about it! And here are a few places where you should visit during your trip.
Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum
One of the best places to start your whole trip in Lithuania is in Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum. This is an ultimate place to learn absolutely everything about all the ethnographical regions of Lithuania in one place. Museum is one of the kind not only because of different houses built specifically with traditions of five regions of Lithuania: Aukstaitija, Zemaitija (or Samagotia), Dzukija, Suvalkija, and Mazoji Lietuva (or Little Lithuania), but because here you will learn the real roots of the country and also see how ancient Lithuanians used to live. If you want to learn the most, and also see how Lithuanians tend to celebrate their biggest calendar events, then visit this Museum during it. One of the biggest celebration that is organized there is Pancakes’ Tuesday – a traditional event with some similarities to Mardi gras. So if you want to see how Lithuanians celebrates it, visit Rumsiskes at the beginning of February.
Siauliai Hill of Crosses
One of the most sacred places in Lithuania, the Siauliai Hill of Crosses is one of a kind place to visit in the whole Baltic Sea region. You should definitely take some time and get to see this unique place. Why this is so special? The whole hill near, the fourth of the biggest city in Lithuania, Siauliai is entirely covered with many different types and sizes of crosses. These crosses symbolize historical struggles of Lithuanians through many years, starting from Modern Ages and ending up today. It is believed that the very first cross was putted here in 19th, after the 1831 Uprising, which didn’t end well. During many other years, crosses were putted in and out, especially during the rule of Soviet Russia. The exact number of crosses today in unknown, but some people, who tried to count it, said that a number is about 100,000. So definitely visit this amazing location and get to feel that unique energy.
The Curonian Spit
Although this Lithuania’s nature’s wonder is only a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune and separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast, the view by walking through this place is amazing. No wonder UNESCO decided to put Curonian Spit to their list of World Heritage Site. It is also no surprise that many famous people, who are not only Lithuanians, loved this place. Such worldly famous writers like Thomas Mann even had his summer house there, as well as Jean-Paul Sartre, who loved to visit this place too. The Spit is also great for people who love to search for amber because over there you can find it just by walking on a beach.
These are just three places that are not founded by many tourists yet. You should also visit Vilnius, the capital, and cultural center of Lithuania, also Trakai Castle and many other small but unbelievably beautiful places. You can search for more must-visit locations in special guidebooks for this country and shop for it online. For instance, at Target, where you can use special online coupons for Target.com and purchase these books much cheaper.
So prepare for your trip and see everything in Lithuania before the whole world finds out about it.