Top ChoiceMonument in Šiauliai

Hill of Crosses

Hill of Crosses

Lithuania's fabled Hill of Crosses is a symbol of defiance as much as a pilgrimage site. More than 100,000 crosses have been planted on this low hill, many of them strung with rosary beads that rattle softly in...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Vilnius

Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

If you only see one museum in Vilnius, make it this one. On a site that has been settled since the 4th century AD stands the latest in a procession of fortified palaces, repeatedly remodelled, destroyed and...

Top Choicewravastusposhobukepeshaslojiketrafrofrekapretrecrostobrikespovohivedrabreroshicluuipiweswebebrophaditraphiswaprudeturaclowrukouaslavogeclevishowrofresiswauespiriprefrikuluhucrabrostepistouicrauo in Vilnius

Nineteen18

Helmed by renowned chef Matas Paulinas, this is one of Lithuania's most memorable dining experiences. The pared-down decor contrasts vividly with the imaginative, beautiful dishes kept secret until they're placed...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Kaunas

Ninth Fort

Lithuania's dark 20th-century history is poignantly told here, 7km north of Kaunas. Begin in the sombre, church-like gallery with striking stained glass and exhibits detailing Lithuania's suffering under the...

Top ChoiceCathedral in Vilnius

Vilnius Cathedral

Vilnius Cathedral

Stately Vilnius Cathedral, divorced from its freestanding belfry, is a national symbol and the city's most instantly recognisable building. Known in full as the Cathedral of St Stanislav and St Vladislav, this...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Druskininkai

Grūtas Park

Grūtas Park

With Soviet-era statues of Lenin, Stalin and prominent Lithuanian members of the Communist Party that once dominated Lithuanian towns lining the forest trails, Grūtas Park pays black-humoured homage to a dark...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Vilnius

Vilnius University

Vilnius University

Founded in 1579 during the Catholic Counter Reformation, Vilnius University was run by Jesuits for two centuries. During the 19th century it became one of Europe's greatest centres of learning, and the university...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Nemunas Delta

Nemunas Delta Regional Park

Where the Nemunas, Lithuania'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...

Top ChoiceMuseum 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. The highlight is the chance to poke around inside one of the former underground...

Top ChoiceDunes in Nida

Parnidis Dune

The 52m-high Parnidis Dune is simultaneously mighty and fragile. Past settlements around Nida have been engulfed by the moving sand dune but this is a delicate landscape of mountain pines, meadows and fine blonde...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Vilnius

Museum of Genocide Victims

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 members of the Lithuanian resistance who were murdered,...

Top ChoiceCastle in Trakai

Trakai Castle

Stepping across the wooden walkway to Trakai's Gothic castle is like tripping into a fairy tale. The castle is estimated to date from around 1400, when Grand Duke Vytautas needed stronger defences than the...

Top ChoicePublic Art in Juodkrantė

Witches' Hill

A coven of wooden sculptures is gathered on a forest-clad hill in Juodkrantė, carved by Lithuanian artists over the years since 1979. At this open-air sculpture gallery, a devil grimaces beneath an arch of wooden...

Top ChoicePark in Centre of Europe

Europos Parkas Sculpture Park

Some 21km north of Vilnius, off the Utena road, is Europos Parkas. Leading contemporary sculptors, including Sol LeWitt and Dennis Oppenheim, show over 100 works in wooded parkland (bring mosquito repellent)....

Top ChoiceSquare in Vilnius

Cathedral Square

Katedros aikštė buzzes with local life. In the 19th century markets and fairs were held here and a moat ran around what is now the square’s perimeter so that ships could sail to the cathedral door. Within the...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Palanga

Amber Museum

Housed in a neoclassical palace built by Count Feliksas Tiskevicius in 1897, this revamped museum showcases what is reputedly the world’s sixth-largest collection of Baltic gold – 20,000-odd examples in all. The...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Molėtai

Lithuanian Ethnocosmology Museum

This unusual museum explores the cosmos’s connection to cultural ideas of hell, heaven and earth in its bubble-shaped exhibition centre. Dwarfing it are two observation towers housing telescopes providing...

Top ChoiceJewish Site in Vilnius

Tolerance Centre

One of the main branches of the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum, the Tolerance Centre is simultaneously a museum of Jewish history and culture, and a performance space. Its multimedia exposition about the...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Vilnius

Cathedral Bell Tower

Cathedral Bell Tower

Climb the creaky stairs into the free-standing belfry of Vilnius Cathedral, once part of the city's 13th-century defences. Towering 57m high, it's one of the city's oldest brick buildings as well as Vilnius' most...

Top ChoiceMarket in Vilnius

Halės Market

Traditional market stalls mingle effortlessly with on-trend cafes at Halės Turgavietė, one of the city's oldest food markets, staffed by Russian traders. The glossy metal and glass construction, completed in...