Top things to do in Lithuania

Top Choice Monument in Šiauliai

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 the …
Top Choice Park in Druskininkai

Grūtas Park

With Soviet-era paraphernalia arranged across leafy parkland, Grūtas Park (aka ‘Stalin World’) pays black-humoured homage to a dark period of history. Statues of Lenin that once dominated Lithuanian towns now sulk a…
Top Choice Museum in Kaunas

Museum of the Ninth Fort

Lithuania's dark 20th-century history is powerfully and poignantly told at the Museum of the Ninth Fort, 7km north of Kaunas. Begin in the main museum, a modern gallery space with a church-like interior, which detai…
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, destroyed and rebuilt. One of its grandest manifestations, the baroque…
Top Choice Dunes 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 sa…
Top Choice Castle 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 peninsula…
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…
Top Choice Historic Building in Vilnius

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 su…
Top Choice Indian in Kaunas

Moksha

Moksha reels you in with ambient, plucked-string music, chilli-spiked aromas and personable service. A menu of Thai-style soups and Indian mains, from spiced chickpeas to Bengali fish, offers plenty to suit vegetari…
Top Choice Gallery in Kaunas

MK Čiurlionis National Museum of Art

One Lithuania's oldest and grandest galleries, Kaunas' leading art museum (founded 1921) is the place to acquaint yourself with the dreamlike paintings of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875–1911), one of the co…