With its rich abundance of castles, lakes and forests, Lithuania surely is an enchanting country in Europe. One of the best times to visit the country is in early February when the Mardi Gras festivals are in full swing. The procession that takes place in the capital city of Vilnius is one of the best of its kind. September is also an exciting time to visit when the Days of the Capital Festival takes place. The International Craft Festival in May is the one place where you can see the true culture shining through in the exhibitions, national dishes and a night of dancing.
History buffs will delight in touring Vilnius, which has the designation of a world heritage cite and has been called one of the most historic cities in the world. Spend some time in Gediminas Square and tour the Cathedral boasting the classical style of architecture. Climb the Gediminas Tower and get a panoramic view of the city. If you are adventurous in spirit, try the tallest bungee jump in Europe from the TV tower.
The ancient capital of Trakai, located on the shores of Lake Glave, will introduce you to the picture postcard beauty of Lithuania. In this city you can visit a castle that dates back to the 14th century. Kaunas is the city of museums, one of which is called the Devil's Museum with exhibits dedicated to the survivors of the Nazi occupation of the country. This city has three theatres and castle ruins dating back to the 11th century.
There are several popular seaside resorts where you can enjoy the sun and the sandy beaches. This area is also well-known for its natural pine forests where you can walk the trails and delight in the peacefulness of nature. There are hiking trails all over the country, but in the UNESCO site at Curonian Spit National Park, you can hike through several pine forests and explore a range of large sand dunes. This area also has flora and fauna not found elsewhere in the country.
This is just a sampling of what Lithuania has to offer. It is the place to visit if you want to engage in extreme sports.