Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Vilnius

Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

On a site that has been settled since at least the 4th century AD stands the latest in a procession of fortified palaces, repeatedly remodelled, extended, destroyed, and rebuilt over the centuries. What visitors now…
Top Choice Park in Druskininkai

Grūtas Park

Both entertaining and educational, the black-humoured Grūtas Park (aka 'Stalin World') has been an enormous hit since it opened in 2001. The sprawling grounds, built to resemble a concentration camp (complete with l…
Top Choice Monument in Šiauliai

Hill of Crosses

One of Lithuania's most awe-inspiring sights is the legendary Hill of Crosses. The sound of the thousands of crosses – which appear to grow on the hillock – tinkling in the breeze is wonderfully eerie. Planted here …
Top Choice National Park in Nemunas Delta

Nemunas Delta Regional Park

Where the Nemunas, Lithuanian's largest river, spills into the Curonian lagoon, it splits into four distributaries: the Skirvytė, the Atmata, the Pakalnė and the Gilija. The result is a wetland Delta of surpassing b…
Top Choice Gardens in Around Palanga

Orvydas Garden

The Orvydas Garden was the work of stonemason Kazys Orvydas (1905–89) and his oldest son turned Franciscan monk, Vilius (1952–92). The carvings were originally created for the village cemetery in nearby Salantai but…
Top Choice Cemetery in Vilnius

Antakalnis Cemetery

One of Eastern Europe’s most beautiful graveyards lies in this leafy suburb, a short stroll east of the centre. Those killed by Soviet special forces on 13 January 1991 are buried here; a sculpture of the Madonna cr…
Top Choice Castle in Trakai

Trakai Castle

The centrepiece of Trakai is its picture-postcard Island Castle atop an island on Lake Galvė. The painstakingly restored red-brick Gothic castle probably dates from around 1400, when Gran Duke Vytautas needed strong…
Top Choice Museum in Žemaitija National Park

Cold War Museum

This museum on the site of a former Soviet nuclear missile base is situated deep in the heart of the Žemaitija National Park. There’s a small exhibition on the history of the Cold War, particularly on how it played …
Top Choice Landmark in Nida

Parnidis Dune

The panorama of coastline, forests and this unforested, 7km thread of golden sand snaking south into Russia is unforgettable. Make sure you don't stray from the wooden boardwalk as the dune is very fragile. At the b…
Top Choice Museum in Vilnius

Museum of Genocide Victims

This former headquarters of the KGB (and before them the Gestapo, Polish occupiers and Tsarist judiciary) houses a museum dedicated to thousands of Lithuanians who were murdered, imprisoned or deported by the Soviet…