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Lithuania Travel and Tourism

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Lithuania , officially the Republic of Lithuania is a country in Northern Europe, the southernmost of the three Baltic states. Situated along the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea, it shares borders with Latvia to the north, Belarus to the southeast, Poland, and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad to the southwest. Lithuania is a member of NATO, the Council of Europe and of the European Union. Its population is 3.6 million. Its capital and the largest city is Vilnius. This year Vilnius is European Capital of Culture. During the 14th century, Lithuania was the largest country in Europe: present-day Belarus, Ukraine, and parts of Poland and Russia were territories of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. With the Lublin Union of 1569 Poland and Lithuania formed a new state, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Commonwealth lasted more than two centuries, until neighboring countries systematically dismantled it from 1772 to 1795, with the Russian Empire annexing most of Lithuania's territory. In the wake of the First World War, Lithuania's Act of Independence was signed on 16 February 1918, declaring the re-establishment of a sovereign state. Starting in 1940, Lithuania was occupied first by the Soviet Union then Nazi Germany. As World War II neared its end in 1944 and the Nazis retreated, the Soviet Union reoccupied Lithuania. On 11 March 1990, Lithuania became the first Soviet republic to declare its renewed independence. Prior to the current financial crisis, post-Soviet Lithuania had one of the fastest growing economies in the European Union. Lithuania became a full member of the Schengen Agreement on 21 December 2007. In 2009, Lithuania celebrated the millennium of its name.

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Tourism of Lithuania - Vilnius
Tourism of Lithuania Though Latvia has been a fairly popular destination for tourists from Scandinavia for some years, its Tourist industry is not as big as its neighbors. The industry is beginning to develop at a noticeably faster pace since the Latvia joined the European Union in 2004 and the subsequent choice by airlines of Vilnius as a low cost destination from Western Europe. Soviet Sculpture Gardens - Grutas Park - Stalin World This attraction is situated 120 km southwest of Vilnius on the A4 highway near the town of Drusinikai, (Tel (370 82 33 555 11). This strange and very controversial establishment has been described as where Mickey Mouse meets Stalin. It a a 30 hectare site which is surrounded by barbed wire and gua...

Things to See in Lithuania - Vilnius
Things to See in Lithuania National Museum The National Museum holds a fantastic collection of ethnographic exhibits ranging from costumes to tools, weapons and jewellery. Kids will love the reconstructed dwellings of ancient Lithuanian peoples. Well worth an afternoon's perusal. Trakai Island Castle & History Museum Lake Galve, Trakai Lakes 28km W of Vilinus The centrepiece of the old Lithuanian capital of Trakai is its picture-postcard Island Castle. The painstakingly restored red-brick Gothic castle is perched atop an island on Lake Galv. It probably dates from around 1400, when Vytautas, Lithuania's Grand Duke of the time, needed stronger defences than the nearby peninsula castle afforded. Hill of Crosses 10km N of Siauliai C...

The Lithuanian Language And Learning To Speak it for Tourist - Vilnius
The Lithuanian Language And Learning To Speak it for Tourist The official language of Lithuania is Lithuanian. Visitors who make the effort to speak the Lithuania language are respected. Learning to speak the Lithuanian language is not difficult. So make the most of your trip to Lithuania a or simply impress your friends and family and start learning Lithuanian today! EuroTalk Interactive has developed a language learning software, which is fun and affordable! With CD and DVD ROM for beginners, intermediate, and advanced learners there is bound to be something for everyone! For more information or to order your copy of Talk Now! Lithuanian for as little as £24.99 .

Lithuania Travel Information - Vilnius
Lithuania Travel Information Largest and southernmost of the Baltic nations, Lithuania is bordered by Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east and south, and Poland and the Russian Federation to the southwest. Forests spread through almost 30 percent of the country, and rivers, streams and more than 3,000 lakes shape the land. Five national and 30 regional parks preserve this paradise for boating, fishing, hunting, bird watching or horseback riding. The largest river, the Nemunas, flows into the Curonian Lagoon, separated from the Baltic by the Curonian Spit. This 60 mile long bank of sand dunes and pine trees stretches from the southwest to the seaport of Klaipéda. One of the most beautiful unspoiled natural spots in the whole Baltic region,...