3 Pearls of Lithuania

Continuing my post about Lithuania, I want you to know, that Lithuania has some amazing places to check out. To some I have even been twice because they were that incredible!

LADAKALNIS

Ladakalnis

It is a 175 m high mountain in the region of Ignalina at the national park of Aukštaitija. Once you climb to the top, you can experience an incredible view and especially on a clear day. From the top, you can see 7 different lakes: Ūkojas, Linkmenas, Almajas, Asėkas, Asalnai, Lūšiai and Alksnas.

There is a custom, which some people still follow- to bring some rocks to the top of the mountain and put them by an oak tree.  The place where the oak tree grows now, people used to give offers to the goddess Lada. Some people thing that is how the mountain got its name.

I climbed to the top of Ladakalnis last summer. The weather that day was really good- not a cloud in the sky. I really recommend visiting this mountain and don’t worry if you haven’t been to the gym for a long time. Anyone is capable of climbing it!

PUNTUKAS

Puntukas

The second largest boulder in Lithuania! It is located about 5km from the town of Anykščiai. This rock has a really interesting legend. It is believed, that a devil carried the stone to destroy the the Church of Anykščiai, but a rooster crowed and the devil disappeared back to the underworld but left the rock behind. A famous Lithuanian poet, Antanas Baranauskas, wrote about it in his poem “Anykščių šilelis”.

Everyone at school visits this rock during a school trip. And especially when studying about the poem “Anykščių šilelis”.

NIDA

A small resort town on the Curonian Spit. It is the westernmost point of Lithuania. Tourists from Lithuania, Germany, Russia and Latvia are the ones to visit this town the most. Nida is better for family vacations and especially people who like peaceful vacations. If any of you like parties, clubs, you will not find this in Nida. Palanga is your vacation destination for entertainment.

Nida is famous for the highest sand dunes in Europe. People are not allowed to slide from them or walk in every part of the dunes because every year, the dune gets smaller and smaller. When walking through the dunes, I wouldn’t suggest making any phone calls, because Kaliningrad is really near and your phone might be catching Russia’s phone companies. Calls might be really expensive!

Have you been to any of these places? If so, did you like them? Do you think there are more pearls of Lithuania?

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Exploring Vilnius

Vilnius

I have noticed an interesting thing. Everyone seems to be traveling a lot, exploring different places, cities, countries, continents..

.. But no one truly knows their own backyard. Yes, me included…

If asked, not many of you would show me where Lithuania is on the map. Some of you might be hearing this country for the first time.

Vilnius

Guess what!? Lithuania does exist and it’s one of the three Baltic countries (the other two are Latvia and Estonia). If you suddenly thought- “oh yeah, I know this country- the capital is Riga.” You know what? You are WRONG!! The capital is VILNIUS!!

VilniusIt might rain a lot in Lithuania and the summers aren’t that perfect as in Italy or Spain, but if I were to choose between Berlin(the city I recently visited) or Vilnius, I would actually choose Vilnius. It’ actually a very beautiful city. You can see this in thepictures I took while exploring my own home city. And talking about the backyard thing again-I found a street I have never known before..

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