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Discover Medieval Vilnius Old Town A Postcard Perfect City
Great heritages are the major tourist attractions in Lithuania

Great heritages are the major tourist attractions in Lithuania   by Nancy

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Lithuania is the fastest growing tourist destination in Europe. Summer is the best season to visit the Lithuanian cities and experience the beauty of the beach life of the Lithuanian seaside. Visitors can avoid the tourist rush during late spring and early autumn. If visitors are targeting to experience the night life and restaurants only then perhaps weather does not matter. 

Vilnius is one of the main Lithuanian tourist attractions. It is situated at the crossroads between Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Western Europe.  Gediminas Castle and Cathedral Square are prime sights of the city.
 The Old Town of Vilnius also has historical significance and it is enlisted in UNESCO world heritage list in 1994. Vilnius has been targeted to transform into capital of European Culture up to 2009 which will be a great achievement for the city in modern time. 

Another, tourist attractions in Lithuania is Curonian Spit and Palanga. Curonian Spit can be recognized as the major separation line between Curonian Lagoon and Baltic Sea. It has been speculating that Curonian Spit was formed approximately 5000 years ago. On the other hand, Palanga is a seaside resort town. There is myth about the name is that it is named after a beautiful priestess who had promised the god to guard her virginity for the whole life but it could not happen and after the death of her husband "Kestutisâ", she returned to this place and served the god until she died. 

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Today, visitors can get here pagan's shrine. Some famous tourist centers of Palanga are Church of Saint Marie, Zemaiciu alka, Pajurio Regional Park, Sea Bridge, the street of J. Basanavicius, Birute hill and museum of Amber. 
The major pilgrimage site of Lithuania is hill of crosses. Its religious significance was recognized on September 7, 1993 when Pope John Paul II visited this place and declared it as the place of hope, peace, love and sacrifice. 
St. Catherine's Church, Old Town, Unesco World Heritage Site, Vilnius, Lithuania
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Druskininkai is situated at the estuary of the Nemunas River. The USP of this place is its beautiful landscape which is amalgamation of rivers, lakes, hills and forests. It is also known as "spa town" which was honored by czar Nicholas I of Russia in 1837. 

The first water park of Lithuania is also in the credit of Druskininkai. The city is also a prime centre of historical museums and galleries. "Druskininkai poetic fall" is a very famous annual event of the city. 

Thus, Lithuanian tourist attractions are perfect combination of art, culture and trendiness which have capability to attract visitors of different tastes and interests. If, someone is looking for spirituality then "hill of crosses" may be the perfect choice. 


Similarly, Vilnius is offering balance between trendiness and historical legacy and everyone should have faith upon the administration as the city is targeted to be the capital city of European culture. The great Myth attached with Palanga may attract various tourists. Even, Curopian Spit has capability to proof itself as a heritage hub. Although, in spite of various environmental concerns; it is in the UNESCO's World Heritage List under cultural criteria.

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About the Author: Author is an associate editor of http://stayreslithuania.com/. The website offers exclusive information of online reservation of Hotel in Lithuania. We also provide information about attraction in Lithuania, Lithuanian tourist attractions 

Discover Medieval Vilnius Old Town A Postcard Perfect City  by John Watson
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Travelling and discovering new places has always been my passion. I find travelling truly rewarding - you are always exposed to new sites and exciting adventures, meeting new people and learn something about their culture first hand. By the year of 2003 I have covered most of the western European countries but the eastern part was left undiscovered. 
I learned about Lithuania for the first time from my friend who has just arrived back from his vacation in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. He was full of pleasant impressions and affectionately described it as "a chocolate box city of three-storey baroque buildings". At that time I didn't know anything about the country, except that Lithuania is one of the Baltic States, which heroically gained its independence back from the former Soviet block in 1991. 

I was looking for my next holiday destination and instead of returning back to my favourite places I decided to give Vilnius a go, which sounded just as charming and romantic. I was also looking for something new, a refreshing break from some of Europe's mass tourism destinations. In a couple of weeks I flew to Vilnius.

My first impression of the town was pretty, homely and somehow unpretentiously elegant. It isn't exactly for those who are looking for a big turbulent metropolis city, which it isn't. Vilnius' charm lies in its medieval roots. Vilnius Old Town is one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Eastern Europe and because of its numerous historic buildings it is classified as a World Heritage site.

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According to the history, in the Middle Ages Vilnius was a blossoming city and one of the largest in Eastern Europe.  The city was built during different centuries, therefore you will find a blend of architecture with baroque and gothic dominating. 

The whitewashed Vilnius Cathedral and its belfry, medieval defence fortress, the intricate Gothic Church of St. Anne's, to name just a few, creates a postcard-perfect town.

I found Vilnius Old Town undoubtedly the most charming part of the city. Quaint shops and cosy cafes set amongst a blend of intricate spires, domes and towers are some of the first images that come to my mind. I especially loved exploring the atmospheric lanes of the back streets, where you can absorb the true spirit of medieval Lithuania.

I also loved its charming restaurants and cafes tucked away in the pretty courtyards. Some of the restaurants are set in the old atmospheric cellars and carry medieval deco themes.

The food is usually of a high quality and well presented and is inexpensive for most European travellers. Overall the city provides high standard restaurants, hotels and entertainment, yet everything here is affordable at low prices in comparison with Western European countries, which makes Vilnius even more appealing.

And last but definitely not the least, the laid back atmosphere and the welcoming attitude of the locals make the city even more pleasant.  Especially in the warm season the people of Vilnius love to spend as much time as possible outdoors strolling along the Old Town streets and sit at the lovely pavement cafes. Most of them are welcoming and friendly to foreigners. Especially younger people with the majority speaking English will gladly assist you with directions, help you if you are lost and sometimes even recommend to you the best places in town.

All in all Vilnius is a charming place to experience some living history, wandering among the medieval cobblestone streets; enjoy its diverse dining scene and elegant bars and also get to know its welcoming people. The city is a refreshing, not fully discovered yet and memorable destination.

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About the Author: John Watson is the publisher of a website called  Welcome-to Lithuania.  He and his girlfriend share their travelling experiences in Vilnius and Lithuania, recommending accommodation, best restaurants, major attractions, bars and other useful travelling tips.

KAUNUS, LITHUANIA, FEATURED HOTELS

Park Inn Kaunas
This hotel is located in Kaunas, and St. Michael the Archangel Church, Vytautas Magnus University, and Vytautas the Great War Museum are area attractions. Additional attractions include Kaunas Castle. Dining options at Park Inn Kaunas include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. A complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast is served daily. Recreational amenities include a health club, a spa tub, a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. The property's full-service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services.
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Amberton Hotel, Vilnius
Set in the heart of Vilnius, this hotel is close to Cathedral Square, Vilnius Cathedral, as well as Vilnius University. Additional attractions include Town Hall Square.
Dining options at Amberton Hotel include a restaurant. Room service is available during limited hours. This 4.0-star property offers small meeting rooms and audio-visual equipment. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas. The property offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include gift shops/newsstands and secure parking. This is a smoke-free property. 
Artis Centrum Hotels Vilnius
Set in the heart of Vilnius, this hotel is close to Presidential Palace, Vilnius University, as well as Vilnius Cathedral. Additional attractions include Town Hall Square. Dining options at Artis Centrum Hotels include 2 restaurants and a bar/lounge. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. This 4.0-star property has a 24-hour business center and offers small meeting rooms, a technology helpdesk, and technology support staff. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas.
Crowne Plaza Vilnius
Set in the heart of Vilnius, this hotel is close to Lithuanian Parliament Building and Vilnius University, as well as Vilnius Cathedral. Additional attractions include Vilnius Town Hall. Dining options at Crowne Plaza Vilnius include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool and a sauna. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This Vilnius property has event space consisting of banquet facilities and conference/meeting rooms. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include secure parking. There are 108 guestrooms at Crowne Plaza Vilnius. Coffee/tea makers and minibars are offered. 
Ecotel Vilnius
This hotel is located in Vilnius, and Zalgiris Stadium, Europa Tower, and Vilnius Cathedral are area attractions. Additional attractions include Vilnius University. Ecotel Vilnius features a bar/lounge, express check-in, and express check-out. Additional property amenities include secure parking. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. Bathrooms feature bathtubs. Televisions have satellite channels. Guests may request irons/ironing boards, hypo-allergenic bedding, and extra towels/bedding. Housekeeping is available.
Europa City Vilnius Hotel
Set in the heart of Vilnius, this hotel is close to Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania and Lithuanian Parliament Building. Additional attractions include Vilnius Cathedral. Dining options at Europa City Vilnius Hotel include a restaurant. Room service is available during limited hours. A complimentary breakfast is served daily. Recreational amenities include a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. This 3.0-star property has a 24-hour business center and offers small meeting rooms, secretarial services, and limo/town car service. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas.
Holiday Inn Vilnius
Set in the heart of Vilnius, this hotel is close to Europa Tower and Zalgiris Stadium. Additional attractions include Vilnius Cathedral. Dining options at Holiday Inn Vilnius include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness facility. This 4.0-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, secretarial services, and limo/town car service. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff, gift shops/newsstands, and laundry facilities. 
Hotel Conti Vilnius
This hotel is located in Vilnius, and St. Nicholas Church, Gate of the Dawn, and Vilnius Town Hall are area attractions. Additional attractions include Town Hall Square. Dining options at Hotel Conti include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness facility. This 4.0-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, limo/town car service, and business services. High-speed Internet access is available in public areas. Refrigerators and minibars are offered. Bathrooms feature bathtubs, makeup/shaving mirrors, bathrobes, and slippers.
Novotel Vilnius Centre
This hotel is located in Vilnius, and Vilnius Cathedral, Frank Zappa Monument, and Vilnius University are area attractions. Additional attractions include Town Hall Square.  Dining options at Novotel Vilnius Centre include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a health club, a sauna, and a steam room. This 4.0-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms and audio-visual equipment. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas.  There are 159 guestrooms at Novotel Vilnius Centre. Furnishings include desks and sofa beds. 
Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva Vilnius
Situated in Vilnius, this business-friendly hotel is near Europa Tower and National Art Gallery. Additional attractions include Vilnius Cathedral. Dining options at Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness facility. Spa amenities include beauty services and a hair salon. This 4.0-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms and business services. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Bathrooms feature handheld showerheads. They also offer phones, makeup/shaving mirrors, and hair dryers.
The Narutis Hotel Vilnius
Set in the heart of Vilnius, this hotel is close to St. John's Church, Vilnius University, as well as Vilnius Cathedral. Additional attractions include Town Hall Square. Dining options at The Narutis Hotel include 2 restaurants and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a sauna, and a steam room. This 5.0-star property offers small meeting rooms, secretarial services, and technology support staff. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. There are 53 guestrooms at The Narutis Hotel. Guestrooms have city or courtyard views. Rooms are individually decorated and furnished.  
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