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The Hospitality Club is the world's largest hospitality exchange organization. We are thousands of friendly members world wide who offer each other free accommodation when traveling. Membership is free and joining just takes a minute - we would love to have you onboard!

Travel Guide for Lithuania

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Lithuania that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Lithuania Page.

Basic Facts

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Official Country Name: Lithuania
Capital: Vilnius
Population: ~2,84M
Telephone Code: +370
Time Zone: +2h
Area: 65,000 sq km
Language(s): Lithuanian
Ethnic Groups:
Lithuanians 83.5 percent
Russians 6.3 percent
Polish 6.7 percent
Belarussians 1.2 percent
Other 2.1 percent
Highest Mountain: Juozapines
President/Head of State: Dalia Grybauskaite
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Attractions and Things to See and Do

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Tourist routes in Kaunas county Walking route through Kaunas routes

The second largest Lithuanian town Kaunas is situated at the junction of two largest rivers of Lithuania - the Nemunas and the Neris. Kaunas is unique for its history and distinctive geographic position. It is the best to start the excursion from Kaunas Castle.


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Here you can include references to maps that are somewhere on the internet. Two conditions apply: they cannot be protected by copyright, (or you have to make sure that we are allowed to use them), and you have to make sure that it is ok if we call them up from here. If that is a problem, you can also send us the image file and we will upload it to our server.

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Suggested Itineraries

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1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...


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Getting there and away
By plane
There are three international airports in Lithuania. Most likely you will land in Vilnius International Airport. The other two are in Kaunas and Palanga. A number of airlines have flights to Lithuania:
Aeroflot, Air Baltic, Aurela, Austrian Airlines, Aviavilsa, Czech Airlines, Estonian ... more


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If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest.

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Restaurants, Supermarkets, Street Food, Local Specialties ... (great site about traditional lithuanian food)

Money and Costs

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Lithuanian currency is Lithuanian Litas (LTL). It is currently peged to Euro where 1EUR = 3.45LTL.

Exchanging Money
You can change money at any bank. Take euro or usd as they have the best rates.
Traveler cheques are usualy not accepted (except for some top-end hotels and restaurants), but there is no problem to cash them at any bank or exchange office. There is 24hours a day opened exchange office in between bus and train station in Vilnius. Good ... more

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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Lithuanian diplomatic missions, Foreign diplomatic missions, Consular info

Borders and Customs

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Post and Communications and Internet

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Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospi ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.


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Here you can include photos that are hosted somewhere on the internet. As with maps, you have to make sure that it is ok for us to use the photos here (so they should be either your photos, or you should ask the owner), and that it is allright to call them up from here. You can find quite many photos in

Activities and Sports

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There are 102 sport fields in Lithuania, 800 different sport clubs, 104 sport schools (by 2004).
Basketball is considered to be the second Lithuanian religion: Lithuanian basketball team plays very good internationally, usually taking the 3rd place in Olympics.

Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas... (kalendorius) (renginiai)

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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there is a monument o famous Frank Zappa in the centre of Vilnius. Great place of interest. Vilnius is the European capital of culture in 2009. More info:

Language and Useful Phrases

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The state language is Lithuanian, which belongs to the Baltic branch of the Indo-European family. The Lithuanian lan­guage boasts the best-retained ancient vocalic system and a number of morphological pecularities, known only in extinct or no longer used lan­guages, such as Hittite, Ancient Greek or Sanskrit. Russian, Polish (and German in some areas) are also widely spoken. English is widely spoken in major cities.

Please note pronunciation:
'š' is pronounced as 'sh'
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Events and Holidays

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Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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Don't drive to Lithuania your best car - it will be most likely stolen! Most of the cars in Baltic states are 10 and more years old. There were enough stories how some well-organized Lithuanian criminals were stealing cars from naive West European foreigners.
At the moment (by January 2005) only Vilnius, Lithuanian capital, is considered to be relatively safe and almoast free from cruel robberies (which occurs anyway from time to time). Lithuania is a beautiful country to visit, but you hav ... more

Tourist Traps

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Government and Politics

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GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...


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No state religion.
The majority of Lithuanian religious believers are Roman Catholics. There are also Russian Orthodox and Evangelical Lutherans, as well as adherents of Islam and Judaism. A total of 842 religious communities were registered in Lithuania in 2001.

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

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Vilnius Historic Center UNESCO World Heritage Site

Offtopic Messages

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Here you can add messages that are not exactly related to the aims of the Hospitality Club (but related to the country). Do you need a visa invitation? Looking for an internship, job or a flat to rent? Just add this here, and if you are lucky other members will read it and contact you. Remember: do not send messages like this directly to members - after giving you this space here, we will fight spam even more strictly!
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