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Why visit Lithuania in 2016?

2016-02-05 , Updated 2016-02-09 00:00

The wonderful and always pulsating Old Town of Vilnius, which is well known for the multiplicity of new and traditional events, will invite Latvian residents to rediscover the neighbouring Lithuania. On February 5-7, at the international tourism exhibition Balttour 2016, which is held in Riga, Latvians will be invited to visit the Treetop Walking Path in Anykščiai, which was recognized as the world’s most innovative tourist attraction by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.

Furthermore, visitors will be invited to experience the exciting moments together with family in the renovated Dolphinarium of the Lithuanian Sea Museum.

At the exhibition in Riga apart from the major Lithuanian cities (Vilnius, Kaunas, Šiauliai, Panevėžys, Alytus), the other towns (Biržai, Ignalina, Molėtai, Rokiškis, Utena, Zarasai, Varėna) will present tourism news and attractive ecological, cultural and sustainable tourism products throughout the country.

This year, the capital Vilnius isgreeting tourists with an interactive cultural-educational project Talking Statues, which links several areas of art and modern technology. Fifteen sculptures of Vilnius Old Town invites for the personal conversation on the phone. During the direct call, listeners can get to know the personalities or characters immortalized in the statues and at the same time - the cultural, historical and architectural heritage of Vilnius.

Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania, at the end of 2015 was included in the list of Creative Cities by UNESCO’s World Commission and was recognized as the City of Design. Kaunas offers to get acquainted with the inter-war architectural objects; the thematic tour ‘Kaunas - the City of Design’ is available for booking at Kaunas Tourism Information Center.

On July 29-31, the 57th Sea Festival will take place in Klaipėda. This event is annually visited by 0.5 million people. While in Klaipėda you should not miss visiting the renovated Dolphinarium of the Lithuanian Sea Museum. This is one of the most popular tourist sites in Lithuania. After the reconstruction that took five years to complete and had a budget of more than EUR 14 million, the auditorium designed for watching exclusive dolphin shows was renewed, as well as a water screen, modern sound, lighting, ventilation and heating systems were installed. The Dolphinarium opened new and modern spaces of dolphin therapy tailored to the needs of people with disabilities. This multi-functional dolphin therapy center is one of a kind in the Baltic countries.

In 2016, the exclusive tourist destination in the context of green tourism will remain the Treetop Walking Path mounted in Anykščiai Regional Park, it is 300 metres long and leads to a 35-meter tall observation tower from which visitors can observe the legendary Anykščiai forest and the bends of the Šventoji River and take a canopy walk. The Treetop Walking Path is the only one in the Baltic countries and in Eastern Europe as well. The Treetop Walking Path set in Anykščiai Regional Park took the first place in the awards organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation in the field of tourism innovations.

On July 4-6, 2016, Birštonas resort town will host the Second Women’s Hot Air Balloon World Championship, which has already 60 teams of balloonists registered from all over the world.

The participation at Balttour 2016 is initiated by State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy. It is implemented and financed by the European Regional Development Fund.



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