The thrill and excitement of exploring a new location is something we all dream about. What’s equally important to the budget-conscious world traveler is that these destinations offer the most value for the money. With the presence of a strong U.S. dollar is another reason that makes Lithuania an ideal destination for vacationers on a tight budget.
Situated on the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea, Lithuania’s historic heritage is one of unique character and one of the most interesting among the Baltic countries. Its cities are filled with art, music and ancient artifacts. Mushroom-scented woods rise up along the roads while farmers can be seen riding on hay carts. Lithuania invites visitors to explore its history and art, theaters, museums, concerts, and festivals. A visit to Lithuania’s capital Old Town of Vilnius is not to be missed.
The city is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List with approximately 40 churches, a few Gothic structures having survived over the centuries. Other reminders of what was once the glory of the Lithuanian Empire can be seen in the town of Trakai, home to the Trakai Island Castle. Five lakes surround the town featuring beaches and spectacular vistas of the surrounding area. Lithuania’s resorts have been revitalized offering tourists to modern-day health spas featuring a variety of services such as relaxing massages, remedial baths, and the exclusive amber therapy.
Visitors can experience a number of leisure activities that include hiking through Lithuania’s five national parks. Summertime invites visitors to numerous lakes and rivers for swimming and boating or viewing the countryside on a bicycle along the 110 kilometer-long coastal bicycle trail. Or perhaps view the beautiful Lithuanian landscape from above on a hot air balloon.
No visit is complete without tasting authentic Lithuanian dishes. Lithuanian dishes consist of potatoes and rye bread which are the staple foods while pork is the favorite meat, accompanied by beef and chicken.
The most popular dish associated with the Lithuanian diet is Cepelinai (potato dumplings), shaped like a Zeppelin and named after Graff von Zeppelin the inventor of the airship. It is also one of the least expensive meals found in Lithuanian restaurants. The oldest traditional Lithuanian beverages include mead and herbal brandies of different varieties. The country is also renowned for its breweries that produce lager and honey beer.
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