Lithuania Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Lithuania

Where is it: L ithania is located in Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Latvia and Russia.

Why do people go here: Lithuania has a few one-of-a-kind attractions including the site of the “Centre of Europe” and “Stalin World.” Resort hot springs in Druskininkai draw crowds and the Hill of Crosses is infamous for its devotional monuments.

What are the main entry points: Most travelers enter via train from Belarus to the cpaital Vilnius or from Poland or Latvia to Kaunas.

Currency used: Litas

Country Code for Phones: 370

Area codes for Major Cities: Kaunas 7

Religion: Roman Catholic (primarily), Lutheran, Russian Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical Christian Baptist, Muslim, Jewish

Population: 3.6 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Lithuanian 80.6%, Russian 8.7%, Polish 7%, Belarusian 1.6%, other 2.1%

Government: Semi-presidential republic

Languages: Lithuanian (official), Polish, Russian

Travel Information

Major Cities: Vilnius

Attractions: Hill of Crosses, Vilnius, mineral springs

Accommodation: Lithuania Hostels”, Lithuania Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links: Lithuania Laisves al. LT-3000 Kaunas Lithuania +370-37-32 34 36; FAX +370-37-42 36 78;turizmas@takas.lt, www.tourism.lt

Tips for Visiting

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Island castle, Euro Park, Ginuciai, Royal Palace of Lithuania

Health Issues: No vaccines are required to enter Lithuania. Health care for those without insurance will be provided in emergencies only.

When to go: The country can be crowed in the summer months, and with good reason: it is by far the best time of the year to visit.

Common Phrases: Hi!=Labas, Good morning!=Labas rytas!, Good evening!=Labas vakaras!,Welcome! (to greet someone)=Sveiki atvyke, How are you?=Kaip sekasi?, Thank you (very much)!=Aciu, You’re welcome! (for “thank you”)=Prashom

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 16 February (1918)

Getting Around: There is an extensive bus and train system in place. Buses are slightly cheap but both are inexpensive. Car rental is pricey, but roads are in good condition for those who choose to drive.

Good to know: Lithuania has the highest rate for homicide in Europe.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Lithuania is the Vilnius International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Lithuania travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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