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Route visiting filming locations of BBC series “War and Peace” in Lithuania – specially for cinephiles

2016-03-31 , Updated 2016-04-01 00:00

The State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy (hereinafter - STD) introduced the route to filming places of the BBC series “War and Peace” in Lithuania.

A six-part historical series according to the novel by Leo Tolstoy was mainly filmed in picturesque places of Lithuania has become a true sensation in Great Britain and induced great interest of the British in Lithuania - a country at crossroads of historical events. The series has already aired and will be on air on television of other countries, including Lithuania.

Today STD introduced three “War and Peace” routes in the English language - on foot and bike in Vilnius and by car throughout Lithuania. According to Jurgita Kazlauskienė, Director of STD, the “War and Peace” routes are intended for tourists travelling independently, however, the country’s tourism industry is expected to actively exploit them. Lithuanian viewers will also be able to see the series in June, thus the route should also be of interest to cinephiles of Lithuania.

“This is the first time that we have used a film to promote tourism. Film tourism is a new and very promising tourism niche, perfectly exploited in many countries of the world. We feel huge tourist interest and hope that this STD initiative will serve as a starting point for opening up film tourism in Lithuania”, said Jurgita Kazlauskienė, Director of STD.

The series created by the British public broadcaster BBC in cooperation with the American enterprise The Weinstein Company was already broadcasted to viewers in the USA, UK, Canada and Sweden. Televisions of Estonia, Belgium, Denmark, the Philippines, Greece, India, Iceland, Israel, China, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Portugal, France, Russia, Finland, Taiwan and Ukraine also acquired broadcasting rights.

The series “
War and Peace” were filmed in Vilnius, Merkinė, Trakų Vokė, Trakai, Kernavė and Rumšiškės. According to Lineta Mišeikytė, Executive Producer of the series in Lithuania, places rich in their past, bearing bright signs of war and peace, which are abundant in Lithuania, were the reason for BBC’s decision to film and convey peripeteias of the magnificent novel in Lithuania in particular.

“Fooling the camera is impossible, therefore the filmmaker searches for places closest to the original geographically and historically. In Lithuania, the Curonian Lagoon may turn into the lake Baikal, Kintai may become the desert of Ural, the Trakai gravel quarry - the Bering Strait (after snowing), Rumšiškės may turn into Siberia and Kernavė valleys - into the Alps. When it comes to filming projects, the most intense competitors of Lithuania are the entire Eastern and Central Europe. In this specific case, Lithuania defeated Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Russia”, said L. Mišeikyė.

The series “War and Peace” brings the beginning of the 19th century to life, when Lithuania was the western periphery of the Russian Empire and survived Napoleon's march to Moscow, the fame and destruction of the Grand Army. This is what the series “War and Peace” depicts through destinies of a few Russian aristocrat families.

In 2015, the number of foreign tourists increased by 2.3 percent in Lithuania. Tourism flows from the United Kingdom grew by 17.2 percent in 2015.

Routes of the series “War and Peace” are available online at: 

BBC series "War and Peace" tour on foot, PDF file
BBC series "War and Peace" by car, PDF file

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