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Welcome to Lithuania

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Lithuania is home to some of the most amazing sights, the legendary Hill of Crosses is one of them. These crosses all mean different thing to the people who placed them, from devotional, memorial to finely crafted art masterpieces. People used to creep past soldiers and climb barbed wire to be able to plant the crosses, for them this was a way they could express their national and spiritual fervour. 

Another interesting place to visit is Grutas Park, also know as Stalin World. Built to resemble a concentration camp, this park is both entertaining and educational. there are loudspeakers that sound the Soviet Anthems and feature socialist statues of the biggest names in the Soviet history. This park is easy to get to by bus and offers restaurants and canteens, where visitors can experience the Soviet era cuisine.

Out atop an island on Lake Galve, is the centerpiece of Trakai, Island Castle. This Gothic castle dates back to the 1400s and its footbridge links it to the shore and has a moat that separates the triangular outer courtyard from the main tower. There is a beautiful central court and a range of galleries, halls and rooms. The history of the castle can be seen in the Trakai History Museum and the prominence of the site is reflected in the collection of religious arts that the castle holds. If you book with JiveHippo.travel and visit Lithuania during the summer months you will be able to enjoy the concerts and plays that are shown in the magical courtyard of the castle.

Climate

Lithuania can display some extreme weather conditions and this is probably due to the maritime influences of the Baltic Sea neighboring part of Lithuania and the the other parts being landlocked by neighboring countries.

Average temperatures on the coast can be -2.5ºC in January and 16ºC in July.

Duty Free

Import regulations to visitors arriving with goods from within the EU are; 800 cigarettes, 1kg of tobacco, 10 litres of spirits over 22% 20 litres of alcoholic beverages less than 22%, 90 litres of wine and 110 litres of beer.

Getting Around

The larger cities in Lithuania have an extensive public transport system. 

Buses and trolleybuses as well as trains start from 5 am and run through to midnight. You will be able to purchase tickets in the bus or train stations and will be able to pay for as many days transport as you require.

Out in the smaller cities, there are only buses that are available for public transport.

there are no subways or railroads anywhere and this has proven that the public transport can be relatively slow.

Health

Before travelling to Lithuania, you should visit your doctor or GP and ask for  a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

This card entitles you to state provided medical treatment if needed whilst you are visiting. 

Language

The sole official language that is spoken in Lithuania is Lithuanian, and is native to around 85% of the countries population. 

You may also hear Russian and Polish being spoken in some parts.

Anyone in a tourist area will be able to speak English and is know to be their top foreign language.

Money

Lithuania currently use the Euro (€).

You will find that all major credit and debit cards are accepted in places throughout Lithuania.

You will find many ATM machines, where you will be able to withdraw the local currency.

Safety

If you are going to be renting a car during your visit to Lithuania, then please be aware to lock unattended vehicles and hide and contents. If possible it would be safer to use guarded car parks that you can find in the cities, especially overnight, as car theft is a general problem in certain areas.

There have been reports of petty theft and robbery, try and avoid unlit streets at night, busy places and public transport.

If you are looking to catch a taxi, it is better that you call a taxi from a recognized company rather than hailing one in the street. Do not use unregistered taxis.

Time

Lithuania is under the Eastern European Time Zone (UTC+02:00).

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