Top 10 things to do in Lithuania

Traveling to Lithuania for the first time? Below, I have rounded up a handy list of things tourists get up to in Lithuania for fun. Hope you find it useful!

Go on a snowmobile safari tour

Skiing and snowboarding are very popular activities in Lithuania, though experiencing a snowmobile safari is no doubt, one of the coolest top 10 things to do in Lithuania during the winter months.
Top 10 things to do in Lithuania

On a snowmobile safari tour, you'll get to see amazing scenery and get to do a wide range of cool activities such as ice fishing and ice hiking. The most popular types of snowmobile safari tours are 2-day expeditions, which typically costs around $360 (~280EUR), though you can also book short safari expeditions for around $150.

In all, you can expect from a snowmobile expedition to include things like hotel accommodation, meals, snow gear, etc. You can get more info and book snowmobile tours with local operators such as “Force One” and “Baltic Saitas”.

Take a scenic drive

One of the best ways to explore Lithuania's beautiful countryside is by hopping on a car and hitting the road! Most car rental companies are based in both Vilnus and Kaunas airports, which will be your best bets for hiring a car in Lithuania when you arrive there.

There are dozens of scenic routes to choose from in Lithuania but one of the most rewarding routes you can drive is the Pilgrim Route, which runs between Marijampole, Vilnius, Kaunas and Siauliai. The Pilgrim Route takes you past some of Lithuania’s most popular tourist sights such as the famous Hill of Crosses (near Siauliai), Marijampole Basilica, Vilnius Cathedral, and Pazaislis Monastery (Kaunas).

The Old Hansa Route is another beautiful travel route in Lithuania, which runs along the entire A12 route between Pagegiai, Siauliai, Joniskis and Zagare. The highlights of the Old Hansa route include visiting the gorgeous Rambynas Regional Park, the cathedral of St Paul’s and Peter’s in Siauliai, the Hill of Crosses (on the way to Joniskis), and the town of Zagare, which is the oldest Jewish settlement in Lithuania (dates back to the 12th century).

Explore an old soviet bunker

Yep, that's right! One of the top 10 things to do in Lithuania is exploring an ex-soviet underground bunker near the city of Vilnius. The people that run the soviet bunker really do a good job at giving visitors an idea of life in a soviet bunker during the Cold War.

Once you arrive at the site, you’ll be greeted by actors posing as KGB wards who will take you "prisoner" inside the bunker and that's when the whole experience becomes quite surreal! You’ll get to wander off the bunker's maze-like corridors, be taken to the interrogation rooms, drink vodka shots and even wear gas masks. Tours of the bunker normally last three hours and cost around $60 (~50EUR). For more info on this type of tour, check out booking services such as "Lithuania hotels travel" and “Baltic Adventure”.

Join a horse riding expedition

One of the main reasons to travel to Lithuania in the first place is to explore the beautiful outdoors while getting close to nature. A fantastic way to do all this is by joining one of the horse riding expeditions organized by the "Riding Services Centre" in Kurtuvenai Regional Park.

The Riding Services Centre is a professional horse riding center, which offers horse riding lessons for all ages and advance techniques for experienced riders, as well as fun horse riding trips of the surroundings of Kurtuvenai.

The centre also offers horse riding summer camps and long distance horse riding expeditions that take you all the way to the coast of Lithuania (check out for more info).

Attend a folk festival

A visit to Lithuania wouldn’t be complete without attending a Lithuanian folk festival to learn about Lithuanian culture and traditions. One of the best folk festivals you can attend in Lithuania is the “Kaziuko Muge”, which is an arts & crafts fair event held every year on March 4 in the Old Town of Vilnius.

Another folk festival worth attending is the Lithuanian Song and Dance Festival, which is one of the biggest Lithuanian celebrations of the calendar year. This folk festival is held in early July and showcases Lithuania’s different ethic regions by hosting of live performances, craft contests and regional foods.

See Lithuania’s main sights

Going on a sightseeing trip is without a doubt, one of the top 10 things to do in Lithuania. There are lots to be seen all across Lithuania, though the three main tourist hotspots are Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda.

In Vilnius, you could easily spend 2-3 days since the capital boasts a huge number of attractions and tourist sights so it’s a good idea to book a guided tour. The must sees in Vilnius are the Vilnius Cathedral, the National Museum Of Lithuania, Gediminas Castle, the Contemporary Art Centre, and Park Of Europe, which is a stunning open-air museum.

The main sights in Kaunas are the Kaunas fortress, the Devil museum, Kaunas Castle, and the Museum of Rumsiskes. In Klaipeda, you want to check out the Lithuanian Sea Museum, and the Clock and Watch Museum.

Take a flight on a hot air balloon

If you're traveling with a healthy budget, riding a hot air balloon will be definitely something else to add to the list of top 10 places to visit in Lithuania. From a hot air balloon you’ll get a bird’s eye view and enjoy really spectacular views of Lithuania!

There is a ballooning center in the outskirts of Vilnius (next to Vilnius International Airport) that offers balloon tours (~$160pp) of Vilnius, Trakai, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Siauliai, and other places in Lithuania. Another operator offering balloon rides is Baltic Balloons, which offers balloons tours of Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda for around $250 (~190EUR) p/person.

Take a ferry ride to Germany or Sweden

If you’re looking for more cool things to do in Lithuania, how about adding a ferry ride to the itinerary? From Klaipeda ferry port you’ll be able to catch ferry rides to Kiel and Sassnitz in northern Germany, and Karlshamn in southeast Sweden.

DFDS Seaways is the main ferry company servicing these three routes all throughout the week. Mind you though, the ferry crossing from Klaipeda to either place takes well over 15 hours and costs roughly $170 (~130EUR) for a round-trip ticket. This means, to make the most out of the trip, you’ll want to allocate at least 3 days for each place to make the whole trip worthwhile.

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