There are many hidden gems around the world, and Lithuania is one of them. Lithuania has had its fair share of struggles, but today it has one of the fastest-growing economies in Europe. Since the country gained its independence, tourists from far and wide have been flocking to this Baltic country for many reasons. It’s the combination of the fresh Baltic sea breeze and the underrated landscape that makes this country stand out. The cities of Lithuania pay tribute to this country’s past with an interesting mix of architectural styles and memorials.
Here are just a few reasons why everyone should visit Lithuania.
The Lithuanian Scent
One of the many reasons why Lithuania stands out from other European countries is that it actually has its own scent! Many perfume manufacturers have been trying to recreate the natural scent of Lithuania into its very own spritz. A few parts of the country are said to smell like a combination of ginger, raspberry, sandalwood, wildflowers, and musk. Just imagine the Baltic sea breeze on your face combined with a little hint of nature’s own perfume!
While a few other European countries may disagree, Purnuškės, a small village in Lithuania, is actually the true geographic center of Europe. There is a white granite monument placed on top of a crown of stars to mark the exact spot. The best part of all is that it is the rest of Europe is easily accessible from Lithuania, so you can make a whole trip out of it.
Touring around Europe can get expensive, but Lithuania is a very budget-friendly destination. The capital city of Lithuania, Vilnius, is one of the most affordable cities to visit in Europe. There is so much to do in Vilnius and it is small enough to see everything you want in two days. It is a vibrant city with remarkable landmarks and also has a vibrant nightlife. This city is also a must for anyone on a budget who loves baroque architecture.
Lithuania’s landscape is vastly underrated. There are no mountains but the never-ending forests and turquoise lakes are the country’s best-kept secret. The country also shares half of the Curonian Spit with Russia. The Curonian Spit is one of Europe’s highest drifting sand dunes that spans over 61 miles and separates the Baltic Sea coast from the Curonian Lagoon. This UNESCO World Heritage Site remains almost untouched thanks to the country’s former rulers who forbade any tourist or foreigners to set foot on the dunes.
Rich in history
It’s no secret that Lithuania has had a rather turbulent past. It was occupied by two of the most infamous regimes during the 20th century and there are various monuments exhibited around the country in memory of those that faced hardships during these eras. The Kernavė Archaeological Site, which is also protected by Unesco, shows evidence of a human settlement that dates back to almost 10,000 years ago. Lithuania is a must for any history buff’s bucket list!
It’s clear to see why this country is so easy to fall in love with. It has the right mix of culture and lifestyle, which anyone of any age can benefit from. When it comes to affordable European destinations, Lithuania is the place to go!