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Vilnius is the most dynamically developing city in the Central and Eastern Europe

Vilnius was elected the most dynamically developing city of service centres in the region in the Central and Eastern European Service Centres Awards held in Warsaw on Thursday evening, and representatives of Lithuania won another five prizes.

Vilnius was awarded as the most dynamically developing city of service centres in the region for the fourth consecutive year.

According to the data of “Go Vilnius”, the decision of companies to invest in Vilnius is most affected by the supply of skilled workers, which 50% of investors named as a motive, convenient urban infrastructure and logistics (20%), favourable business climate (18%), proximity of markets, i.e. adjacent and conveniently reachable 3 large markets: the Nordic market, the Central and Eastern European market and the Western European market (15%).

“Investors and international service centres find Vilnius attractive, because of it being one of the most open, fastest and most dynamically developing cities not only in the region, but in Europe as well. Companies choose Vilnius primarily for its talented, skilled and multi-lingual professionals. Vilnius is the most radical implementer of the open data policy; moreover, we have the fastest Internet connection, the city is convenient for living and working. By creating attractive conditions for business, Vilnius has confidently and rapidly advanced being the investment attraction centre in the region for 4 years in a row”, – said Remigijus Šimašius, Mayor of Vilnius.

International companies established in Vilnius also received awards for their work in the awards ceremony held in Warsaw. “Cognizant Technology Solutions” won in the BPO Firm of the Year category, “Danske Bank (GSL)” was elected the Shared Services Firm of the Year in the Baltic States for the second consecutive time, and “Western Union Processing Lithuania” received the award for the application of robotized solutions (Top RPA Implementation of the Year). Šarūnas Šuipis, General Manager of Western Union Lithuanian Division, was awarded as the Best CEO.

This year, Lithuania and companies operating in the country were nominated in 15 categories. Vilnius and Kaunas were nominated in the city categories, Telia, Danske Bank (GSL), Western Union, Nasdaq, Adform, Bentley Systems,, NFQ Technologies and Skandia competed in various service centre categories, and Rosita Vasilkevičiūtė (Danske Bank (GSL)), Šarūnas Šuipis (Western Union) and Arminta Saladžienė (Nasdaq) were nominated candidates in the Best CEO category.

According to the data of “Go Vilnius”, out of more than 60 international service centres operating in the country in 2017 and employing about 15 thousand specialists, 44 centres were established in Vilnius. This number will continue to grow, because this year,, the largest hotel reservation platform in the world, will settle in Vilnius. Its service centre is planned to hire as many as 900 people in the next few years.

The Central and Eastern European Service Centres Awards have been held for six consecutive years. Independent jury of business professionals evaluate cities of the region, service centres and their managers for the development of the service centre sector. More than 50 companies from Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Latvia and Lithuania were nominated for this year’s awards. The event held in the Warsaw Intercontinental Hotel on January 31 – February 1 brought together more than 300 guests, who listened to presentations and took part in discussions before the award ceremony.


Lithuanian born Viktoras Breneris designed Lincoln penny

Ar žinojote, kad žymioji JAV vieno cento moneta su Prezidento A.Linkolno atvaizdu buvo sukurta Šiauliuose gimusio žydų kilmės lietuvio Viktoro Brenerio?

“I wanted A.Lincoln to be more intimate, deeper, more kindly. I read everything I could find describing the man’s personal side. I studied his portraits and the death mask until I believed I knew him. My mind was full of Lincoln,” said Lithuanian born Litvak Viktoras Breneris, who designed Lincoln penny, as well as 125 other medals, sculptures, badges, etc.

The first Lincoln Cents were officially released on August 2, 1909 and are still being produced today. To have a President’s portrait on a coin was almost a “revolutionary” act: up to 1909 the only figures on everyday American coins were allegorical figures, like Liberty. It was President Theodore Roosevelt who authorized the creation of the Lincoln penny in 1909 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth.

Source: Lietuvos Respublikos ambasadaJAV

DYK that there is “Little Lithuania” in the USA

Ar žinojote, kad Pensilvanijoje yra ir lietuviškiausias JAV miestelis – Šenandorius (Shenandoah, Schuylkill apskritis), kur ir šiandien lietuviais save laiko iki penktadalio miestelio gyventojų. XX a. pradžioje jis vadintas “Amerikos Vilniumi”. Net 42 metus Shenandoah merais buvo lietuviai. Shenandoah miestelyje 1872 m. buvo įkurta pirmoji JAV lietuvių parapija, ir pastatyta pirmoji lietuvių bažnyčia.

Pensilvanijos valstijos sprendimu 2013 m. Šenandoriuje pastatytas istorinis žymeklis, kad čia yra “JAV mažoji Lietuva” (angl. Little Lithuania USA). Esame dėkingi “JAV mažosios Lietuvos” gyventojams už per šimtmečius puoselėjamą lietuvybę, Lietuvos laisvės ir nepriklausomybės stiprinimą bei Lietuvos vardo Amerikoje garasinimą.

DYK that there is “Little Lithuania” in the USA? A historical marker erected by the Penn sylvania Historical & Museum Commission stands in the town of Shenandoah (Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau), which has the highest percentage of residents with Lithuanian ancestry in the USA. Lithuanians first arrived in Shenandoah in 1869. The first Lithuanian parish was established here and the first Lithuania church was built in Shenandoah in 1872.

Source: Lietuvos Respublikos ambasada JAV

Come and explore Lithuania at Holiday World Show Dublin 2018 (Jan 26-28)

Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Ireland, is delighted to invite you to visit Lithuanian stand at this year’s Holiday World Show in Dublin. At the three-day travel event, Lithuania will be based at stand T14, and our promises is to be the place with a warm welcome and 100 reasons to visit Lithuania.

Lithuania is on The New York Times list of 52 places to go to in 2018, so visit our stand and find out why ! We will tell you more about how and why the river Vilnelė in capital city Vilnius is being dyed bright emerald green for St. Patrick’s Day, where to find the geographical centre of Europe, the only castle in Eastern Europe built on the island, the oldest tree in the Europe, the hill with tens of thousands of crosses, UNESCO heritage sites and many more about an amazing land of Lithuania ! At our stand you will be able to choose from a wide variety of brochures about Lithuania and taste our traditional Tree Cake.

Lithuania is gearing up to celebrate 100 years since the restoration of independence so there has never been a better time to visit us!
RDS Simmonscourt, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Lithuania stand – T14
Show Dates & Times:
26th January (Friday) – 10.00 am – 1.00 pm Trade only ; 1.00 pm – 6.00 pm Public & Trade
27th January (Saturday) – 11.00 am – 5.30 pm Public & Trade
28th January (Sunday) – 11.00 am – 5.30 pm Public & Trade
For more information please visit Holiday World Show 2018.


8 Lithuania Restaurants among the top 30 restaurants in the Baltics – Silvija Travel Tips

The chefs of as many as eight restaurants in Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda woke up as part of the Baltic cream of the crop following the reputable Scandinavian White Guide 2018 evaluations of restaurants that happened for the second time now in our country. Eight from fifteen restaurants evaluated in Lithuania made it to the Baltic top 30 restaurants, with Nüman in Kaunas reaching the third place.


Uoksas ranked 30th, Džiaugsmas (Joy) – 20th, Monai (Tricks) – 15th, Telegrafas (Telegraph) – 11th, Monte Pacis – 10th, Gastronomika (Gastronomy) – 8th, and Sweet Root – 7th.

“When the White Guide was brought to Lithuania last year, in cooperation with Kaunas IN and GO Vilnius, their well-established and reputable experts showed some surprise as regards the quality and character of our restaurants. White Guide rankings, known otherwise as Scandinavian Michelins, are very much sought after, and thus very much appreciated by our restaurants and the country itself to that matter. Actually, the restaurant boom has not subsided as yet. And the gastronomic tourism may well promote Lithuania as a tourism destination, while serving as one of its major attractions”, says Indrė Trakimaitė-Šeškuvienė, Acting Head of the State Department of Tourism.

A White Guide 2018 website with the list of all restaurants ranked was presented in Tallinn on 29 November. This year’s evaluation covered 15 Lithuanian restaurants (10 last year) (by number of points granted): Nüman (Kaunas), Sweet Root (Vilnius), Gastronomika (Vilnius), Monte Pacis (Kaunas), Telegrafas (Vilnius), Monai (Klaipėda), Džiaugsmas (Vilnius), Uoksas (Kaunas), SOMM (Vilnius), Dublis (Vilnius), Gaspar’s (Vilnius), Amandus (Vilnius), Buceris (Vilnius), Lauro Lapas (Vilnius) and Šturmų švyturys (Vilnius ir Ventės Ragas).

For more information, please contact:
Gerda Butkuvienė
Press Officer
State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy

Source: Vilnius-

Vilnius – Startup City Alliance Europe – Silvija Travel Tips

FVilnius is the first city in the Baltic States and the entire East-Central Europe region, which has become a full-fledged member of the Startup City Alliance Europe (SCALE). The application of “Go Vilnius” for the membership of Vilnius city was approved in the meeting of the alliance held in Kiev.

SCALE has been developing a system, which helps European start-ups to easier reach different cities where they can test and develop their ideas and products.

According to the Director of “Go Vilnius” Inga Romanovskienė, the participation of Vilnius city in SCALE network will allow the city and its rapidly growing community of start-ups to establish relations with most advanced European start-ups and thus exchange ideas, innovations and promote the development of knowledge economy.

Participation in the SCALE network opens up opportunities for Vilnius companies not only to take part in foreign projects, but also to attract and develop new international start-up or knowledge economy projects and to hold business conferences related to these areas.

“Having become SCALE members, we have a real opportunity to make Vilnius a new hot spot on the map of new European technology events,” says Inga Romanovskienė.

The SCALE network founded in Amsterdam brings together 19 European start-up organizations operating in such European cities as Amsterdam, Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo, Lisbon and Rome. The aim of the cooperation of the cities is to create a transparent ecosystem of start-ups able to help start-ups to reach new markets.

According to Berth van der Lingen, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Lithuania, SCALE is a very important organization, which helps create a common ecosystem of European start-up cities, which would enable a faster and more efficient cooperation.

“It is amazing that Vilnius is the first of the cities in its region to join the Startup City Alliance Europe (SCALE), which was founded in spring of 2016 at the initiative of the start-up agency “StartupAmstredam”. SCALE seeks to create an ecosystem of European start-up cities, which will promote more efficient sharing of knowledge, financing opportunities and product ideas. This step is yet another proof that Vilnius can play an important role in the urban ecosystem of European start-ups.

As the matter of fact, start-up communities of Vilnius and the Netherlands have already been cooperating: the Dutch business accelerators and venture capitalists have actively operated in Vilnius, also developing initiatives of the development financing. The team of embassy employees highly appreciates the opportunity to contribute to Vilnius joining the SCALE network, which will further strengthen the interaction between start-up communities of the Netherlands and Lithuania”, said Berth van der Lingen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Lithuania.

One of the main goals of SCALE is assistance in the creation of a transparent ecosystem of European start-ups, which will help start-ups reach different countries and successfully develop their activities therein. Another very important goal of SCALE is the strengthening of the cooperation between self-government structures, universities, businesses, investors and start-ups of European cities.

“Go Vilnius” implemented the accession of Vilnius to SCALE. An information platform was developed for successful attraction and cooperation of start-ups in cooperation with the law firm “Trinity” and “Startup Lithuania”, presenting information on the legal and tax framework, business development procedures, start-up ecosystem, thematic events and start-up visa procedures – all that is needed for successful co-operation.


5 Lithuanian Christmas Eve Traditions You Should Try – Silvija Travel Tips

In Lithuania, Christmas Eve is one of the most peaceful holidays of the year. It has always been a time when the whole family gathers at the dinner table. Tradition has it that all disagreements must be settled before Christmas Eve dinner so that the upcoming year may bring peace and joy. This little list will help you experience Christmas Eve in a very Lithuanian way.

Sharing a Christmas Eve Wafer

Before even touching any food on the Christmas Eve table, Lithuanian families share what is known as kalėdaičiai – thin wafers made of wheat, flour and water. Beginning with the eldest member of the family, the wafer is shared with everyone at the table. This is often accompanied by exchanging wishes for the upcoming year. If you’re in Vilnius before Christmas, kalėdaičiai can be bought in any church.

Enjoying a 12-dish Dinner

There are over 100 Lithuanian Christmas Eve dishes, all united by one fact – none of them are made with meat. The pre-holiday fast will only end on Christmas Day, so on Christmas Eve Lithuanians turn to dough and fish. Making 12 dishes for the dinner symbolises the months of the upcoming year. If you want them all to be successful, you should try a bit of all 12.

Making Christmas Eve Divinations

One of the longest nights of the year has traditionally been a time to cast a light on the future, especially with regard to relationships. The simplest thing you can do is grab a handful of traditional Christmas cookies kūčiukai or nuts, and then count them. If the number is even, you’ll find a partner or get married in the next year. If it’s odd – tough luck. Maybe the year after next. And if you’ve had a lot of salty herring during dinner, place a cup of water by your bed. Whoever hands it to you in your dream that night will become your future spouse.

Hearing Animals Speak

Every Lithuanian child knows that around midnight on Christmas Eve, animals can speak, or at least that’s what the legend says. And if they do talk, they’ll tell you about the future that’s in store for you. It’s not that simple, though – you can’t just wait around for them to start speaking, because rumour has it that it’s dangerous and may not end well. It has to happen by chance, but do try to keep an ear out!

Taking Some Time Off

Above all, Christmas Eve has always been a time to forget everyday chores. It was believed that doing them on this day may bring bad luck, so take the old folk advice to heart and just relax, get together with the people you love, and cherish the time you spend in each other’s company.

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Cosy Evenings in Vilnius – Silvija Travel Tips

There’s beauty to be found in Vilnius at any time of the year. However, exploring the town in winter also requires knowing about places where you can step inside to warm up and nibble on a little comfort food – Vilnius Tourism have put together a handy guide.

Gražių vaizdų Vilniuje galima rasti visais metų laikais. Tačiau tyrinėjant miestą žiemą būtina žinoti apie jaukias vietas, į kurias užsukęs galėsi pailsėti, užkąsti ir sušilti. Šis trumpas gidas padės jas rasti.

Apsilankyk „Džiugo“ kavinėje ir paskanauk iš lietuviško sūrio pagamintų desertų, kurie puikiai tiks prie kavos ir pakels nuotaiką. Arba stabtelk „Holy Donut“ ir nusipirk „Vaidilutę“ – spurgą su salyklu, medumi ir sėklomis. O jei norėtum paragauti deserto, kurį žino kiekvienas vilnietis, „Rūtos“ parduotuvėje nusipirk medaus torto.

Chaika“ – miestiečių ypač mėgstama vieta. Ši kavinė įsikūrusi mažame name pačioje senamiesčio širdyje ir turi ypatingą atmosferą. Būdamas Užupyje, užeik į „Kmyninę“. Čia rasi tradicinių saldėsių ir visame pasaulyje žinomų desertų. O naudotų knygų knygynas „Mint Vinetu“ turi ir mažą kavinę, kuri yra puiki erdvė tyloje atsipalaiduoti su arbata ir gera knyga.

Padaryk trumpą petraukėlę ir pasistiprink puikiais užkandžiais vienoje iš vilniečių dažnai lankomų vietų. „Pinavija“ prekiauja kibinais ir desertais. „Beigelistai“ pasiūlys kokybiškų beigelių su įvairiais priedais. Ypač džiugina mintis apie pyragą ar blynus? „Pilies kepyklėlėje“ kepa tokius, kurie tirpsta burnoje.

Padaryk trumpą petraukėlę ir pasistiprink puikiais užkandžiais vienoje iš vilniečių dažnai lankomų vietų. „Pinavija“ prekiauja kibinais ir desertais. „Beigelistai“ pasiūlys kokybiškų beigelių su įvairiais priedais. Ypač džiugina mintis apie pyragą ar blynus? „Pilies kepyklėlėje“ kepa tokius, kurie tirpsta burnoje.

Sau patinkantį alų tikrai rasi „Alaus bibliotekoje“, kurios meniu rasi platų gėrimų pasirinkimą iš Lietuvos ir viso pasaulio. Jei norėtum pasijausti kaip vietinis, „Špunka“ turi tam tinkamą atmosferą ir alaus iš mažųjų aludarių. Vilniaus geležinkelio stotyje esantis „Peronas“ – tikra patirtis. Nuliniame perone pačioje stotyje įsikūręs baras siūlo išgerti alaus ar kokteilių neįprastoje vietoje.

Jei ieškai kulinarinio potyrio, apsilankyk „Ertlio name“. Šis senamiestyje esantis restoranas ruošia istorinės lietuviškos virtuvės patiekalus. Užupio „Sweet Root“ puikiai tiks norintiems paragauti sezoninio maisto, o dar daugiau pasiūlymų vakarienės vietai rasi geriausių Vilniaus restoranų sąraše.


Visit Džiugas Cafe to try desserts made from Lithuanian cheese that will tickle your tastebuds and go well with a coffee. Or head over to Holy Donut and grab a Vaidilutė – a donut with malt, honey and seeds. For something sweeter, pop into a Rūta shop and ask for medaus tortas – a layered cake with honey and lemon that’s a true local classic.

If you’re feeling hip, go to Chaika. The cafe’s located in a small house in the middle of the Old Town and has a distinct vibe. If you happen to be in Užupis, Kmyninė is a good choice – there’s a wide selection of traditional pastries and desserts from around the world. If you’re after a quiet corner, pop into Mint Vinetu – the pre-loved bookstore hosts a small cafe and the solitude you’ll find inside is perfect for opening a book.

Take a little time off from exploring the town and pay a visit to some of the locals’ favourite places for snacks. Pinavija offers kibinai (a traditional Karaim pastry) and desserts. For quality bagels, head to Beigelistai. And if pie or pancakes sound like your kind of thing, go to Pilies kepyklėlė – they are experts in both.

Unwind in Alaus biblioteka, with its excellent selection of craft beer from Lithuania and beyond. For a more local feel head over to Špunka and treat your tastebuds to a beer from a Lithuanian microbrewery in a true neighbourhood bar. And if you’d like to find a place that’s popular with locals, go to Peronas. The bar on platform zero of the Vilnius Train Station is unlike any other in town – you’ll find beers and cocktails on the menu.

For a fine dining experience, visit Ertlio Namas. This restaurant puts a modern twist on historical cuisine and offers a real culinary experience. Sweet Root is a good choice for seasonal dishes, but ultimately, you can’t go wrong with any of the top restaurants in Vilnius.


Šiemet Vilnius milijonojo turisto sulaukė dar greičiau nei pernai – Silvija Travel Tips

Šiandien Vilniuje buvo iškilmingai sutiktas šių metų milijonasis turistas. Tradiciniu tampantis milijonojo turisto iškilmingas sutikimas įvyko daugiau nei dviejomis savaitėmis anksčiau nei pernai – ženklas, rodantis, kad lankytojų skaičius sostinėje auga.

Milijonuoju turistu tapo Vokietijoje gyvenantis estas Christian Veske. Į Vilnių jis su šeima – žmona Margit ir dukrele Saara Salme – atvyko savaitei. Viešnagės metu C. Veske tvarkys darbo reikalus, o jo šeima mėgausis kalėdine Lietuvos sostine.

„Niekada nesu laimėjęs jokioje loterijoje, todėl visiškai nesitikėjau kažko panašaus. Tai nuostabu! – įspūdžiais dalijosi C. Veske. – Su šeima būtinai apsilankysime Vilniuje dar kartą.“

„Sveikiname milijonąjį sostinės svečią ir linkime, kad laikas, praleistas mūsų mylimame mieste, Jums paliktų malonių įspūdžių. Lauksime Jūsų sugrįžtant,“ – sakė Vilniaus miesto turizmo ir verslo plėtros agentūros „Go Vilnius“ direktorė Inga Romanovskienė, įteikdama Vilniaus svečiui dovaną – savaitgalio kelionę į Vilnių, viešnagę viešbutyje „Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square“ bei ekskursiją po gražiausias ir įspūdingiausias sostinės vietas.

„Džiaugiamės tuo, kad Vilnius kasmet tampa vis populiaresnis turistų tarpe, dėl to milijonąjį turistą šiemet galime pasveikinti dar anksčiau nei pernai. Mūsų prognozės rodo, kad iki šių metų pabaigos Vilniuje apsilankys daugiau nei 1,2 milijono turistų – apie 4 proc. daugiau nei praėjusiais metais, – sakė I. Romanovskienė. – Kitais metais Vilniuje duris atvers nauji stambūs viešbučiai, muziejus, bus stiprinamos rinkodaros priemonės, todėl tikimės dar spartesnio turistų skaičiaus augimo.“

Tikimasi, kad ateinantys metai atneš dar geresnius rezultatus turizmo sektoriui sostinėje. Kad taip būtų, dedamos didelės miesto ir turizmo sektoriaus dalyvių pastangos. Planuojama, kad 2018-aisiais Vilniuje duris atvers trys nauji viešbučiai („Courtyard by Marriot Vilnius City Center“, „Ibis Vilnius Center“, „Hotel Pacai“). 2018-ųjų rudenį planuojama atidaryti modernaus meno „Mo muziejų“, kuris turėtų tapti turistų traukos centru, padvigubės Valdovų rūmų ekspozicinės erdvės. Stiprią injekciją tarptautinio Vilniaus konkurencingumo didinimui suteiks nuo 2018-ųjų liepos mėn pradedama rinkti Vilniaus turisto rinkliava. Iš jos surinktos lėšos bus skirtos miesto žinomumo didinimui, konferencijų turizmo skatinimui, tarptautinio miesto pasiekiamumo gerinimui bei turistinio Vilniaus patrauklumo didinimui.

Daugiau informacijos:  „Go Vilnius“ anksčiau pranešė, kad 2017 m. pirmąjį ir antrąjį ketvirtį Vilnius sulaukė atitinkamai 7 ir 5 proc. daugiau turistų nei praėjusiais metais. Dėl vasarą vykusios Vilniaus oro uosto rekonstrukcijos buvo prognozuojama, kad tuo laikotarpiu turistų srautai sostinėje gali sumažėti apie 20 procentų. Tačiau remiantis Statistikos departamento paskelbtais 2017 m. trečiojo ketvirčio apgyvendinimo paslaugų statistikos duomenimis, oro uosto uždarymo poveikis Vilniui buvo mažesnis nei tikėtasi: turistų skaičius sostinėje liepos-rugsėjo mėnesiais sumažėjo tik 2 proc., lyginant su tuo pačiu 2016-ųjų laikotarpiu.

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Patraukliausia Lietuvos turizmo traukos vietovė – Pakruojo dvaras – Silvija Travel Tips

Šiaurės Lietuvos krašte, garsėjančiame aludarystės tradicijomis bei bajorų virtuve, dešiniajame Kruojos upės krante – klasicistinio stiliaus dvaras, patekęs į Rekordų knygą kaip didžiausias iki šių dienų išlikęs dvaro pastatų kompleksas mūsų šalyje. Jame visais metų laikais, tiek vasarą, per naktigonę, tiek kalėdmečiu, klausant pasakos apie Spragtuką, galima pasinerti į dvarišką gyvenimą ir dvaro istorijas – apie baronus fon Ropus, apie to meto dvaro technikos stebuklus, vėjo malūną ar net lietuviškojo Robino Hudo, Tado Blindos, ūsus. Pakruojo dvaras skelbiamas Patraukliausia Lietuvos kultūrinio turizmo traukos vietove 2017.

Lietuva Europos Komisijos inicijuotame Patraukliausios turizmo vietovės projekte EDEN (European Destinations of Excellence) dalyvauja jau nuo 2008 m., teikdama paraišką daliniam finansavimui gauti. Kaskart Europos Komisija skelbia vis kitą temą patraukliausiai turizmo vietovei išrinkti. Šiemet tema buvo kultūrinis turizmas, ir projekte dalyvavo tokios Europos šalys kaip Malta, Kroatija, Ispanija, Prancūzija, Airija, Suomija, Belgija ir kt. Lietuvoje sulaukta rekordiškai daug – net 33 paraiškų iš skirtingų šalies regionų. Pagal Europos Komisijos nustatytus kriterijus jas vertino ekspertai tiek iš Vilniaus universiteto, tiek iš Vilniaus savivaldybės administracijos, tiek iš Kultūros paveldo departamento, tiek iš Ūkio ministerijos bei Turizmo departamento. Galutinis sprendimas buvo priimtas tiesiogiai aplankius daugiausiai balų surinkusius objektus, viso – 11, nes du objektai surinko vienodą balų skaičių.

„Pakruojo dvaras – ne tik vietinio turizmo perlas, bet ir turintis potencialo sudominti Europą. Simboliška, kad Lietuva turi 7 UNESCO objektus, o nuo šiol turės ir 7 EDEN vietoves – norėtųsi, kad jos būtų stiprus masalas turistams, norintiems kuo geriau pažinti Lietuvą kaip patrauklią šalį kelionėms. Pripažinimas Europos mastu – itin reikšmingas, nes ne tik padidins vietovės žinomumą ir pritrauks turistų iš užsienio, bet ir prisidės prie Lietuvos kaip patrauklioms turistinės šalies garsinimo“, – nepailstančius Pakruojo dvaro šeimininkus sveikina laikina Turizmo departamento vadovė Indrė Trakimaitė-Šeškuvienė ir skelbia dvarą karščiausia 2018-ųjų metų vietove kelionėms po Lietuvą.

5 vietą projekte užėmė Raudondvario dvaras (Kauno r.), masinantis lankytojus grafienės Rozalijos istorijomis apie Tiškevičių aistrą citrusams ir atkurtą apelsinų sriubos receptą. 4 vietoje – Užugirio dvaras (Ukmergės r.), kuriame įminti pirmojo Lietuvos prezidento A.Smetonos ir jo žmonos pėdsakai, mat dvare pirmoji pora vasarodavo. 3 vietoje – Ilzenbergo dvaras (Rokiškio r.), puoselėjantis biodinaminį ūkį ir Meilės salos legendas. 2 vietoje – Jurbarko krašto renesanso perlas Panemunės pilis, kviečianti lankytojus į lobio paieškas.

Tarp 2017 m. finalininkų pateko ir unikalus „Baltosios“ ir „Raudonosios“ sinagogų kompleksas Joniškyje, ir Marijampolės cukraus fabrikas, atveriantis turistams vartus saldžių ekskursijų metu, ir Šlyninkos malūnas (Zarasų r.), kuriame, sakoma, gyva „Velnio nuotakos“ dvasia, o svečiams užmaišomi blynai iš ką tik maltų „razavų“ miltų. Taip pat – „mažosiomis Rumšiškėmis“ vadinamų Kleboniškių bei ne tik tulpių žydėjimu, bet ir 5 km ilgio alėjomis, tvenkiniais su 15 salų ir 22 liūtų tiltais garsėjančio Burbiškio dvaro (Radviliškio r.) kompleksas. Patraukliausia Lietuvos kultūrinio turizmo vietove pretendavo tapti ir Paežerių dvaro sodyba, sauganti ne tik iš Suvalkijos kilusių šešių Vasario 16-osios signatarų istorijas, bet ir Belvederio bokšto legendą apie nelaimingą grafo meilę, ir Radvilų laikus menanti Biržų pilis.

Apie patraukliausias turizmo traukos vietoves Lietuvoje yra sukurti video, profesionalios fotografijos. Žinia apie jas buvo skleidžiama socialiniuose tinkluose, spaudoje. 2018 m. kovo mėn. Pakruojo dvaras bus pristatytas iškilmingoje ceremonijoje Briuselyje kartu su kitomis išskirtiniausiomis Europos kultūrinio turizmo vietovėmis.

Ankstesni laimėtojai: EDEN projektą „Patraukliausia Lietuvos turizmo vietovė 2015. Turizmas ir vietinė gastronomija“ laimėjo Druskininkų savivaldybėje kepamas šakotis; 2013 m. EDEN nugalėtojas – Telšiai kaip vietovė, pritaikyta visiems; 2011 m.„Lietuvos turizmo traukos vietove“ buvo paskelbtas Všį Rokiškio turizmo informacijos centro projektas „Rokiškio dvaro sodyba“ kaip išskirtiniausias atstatytas ir pritaikytas turizmui statinys Lietuvoje; 2010 m. Lietuvos darnaus vandens turizmo traukos vietove išrinktas Zarasų rajono turizmo informacijos centro projektas „Zarasų kraštas – dangaus krantas žemėje“; Nemuno deltos regioninis parkas 2009 m. pelnė išskirtinės gamtos, kultūros ir turizmo darnos vietovės vardą; o „Lietuvos turizmo traukos vietovė 2008. Nematerialus paveldas“ laimėtoju buvo išrinktas Žemaitijos nacionalinis parkas.

EDEN (angl. European Destinations of Excellence) apdovanojimai skiriami naujoms, mažai žinomoms Europos turizmo vietovėms 27 šalyse narėse ir šalyse kandidatėse. Išrinktos vietovės įsipareigoja puoselėti socialinį, kultūrinį ir aplinkos tvarumą. Rinkdama šias vietoves EDEN siekia atkreipti dėmesį į Europos turizmo vietovių vertybes, įvairovę ir bendras savybes. Ji padeda skleisti informaciją apie naujas Europos turizmo vietoves, sukuria sąlygas visoje Europoje keistis gera praktika ir skatina ryšius tarp apdovanojimus pelniusių vietovių.Geriausio kultūrinio turizmo projekto rinkimus įgyvendina Valstybinis turizmo departamentas prie Ūkio ministerijos vykdydamas 2017 m. EDEN projektą „Lietuvos turizmo traukos vietovė 2017. Kultūrinis turizmas”.

Vilnius invites travelling back in time for centennial celebration – Silvija Travel Tips

Vilnius is ready for a weekly celebration of the Centennial of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania, from 9 to 18 February. According to the City of Vilnius, efforts will be made to take the entire old town of Vilnius back to 1918. Plenty of events and celebrations have been planned for this particular week, involving active participation of the restaurants and bars, free tours around Vilnius, special illumination of the Independence Act-related key buildings, the distribution of the ancient publication, all this leading to the concert at the Cathedral Square with an element unseen until now – the Centennial Bell.

“Back then, in 1918, Vilnius happened to be in the centre of events, just like now, when the capital is setting the trend and showing the direction. Therefore, we wish to have the anniversary of this extremely important date for Lithuania marked not only officially. Vilnius has been and will remain an open city, therefore, we will try to involve as many as possible people from Vilnius and beyond in this celebration. The highlight of the celebrations will be travelling back in time to see Vilnius as it was in the fateful 1918, with its sounds and tastes”, says Remigijus Šimašius, Mayor of Vilnius.

The Mayor has noted that the upcoming February 16th will feature not only already recognizable highlights, such as the tricolour traffic light campaign, bonfires along Gediminas Avenue (100 this time), youth march, free tours but also new ones, including cooperation with restaurants etc. with a view to achieving a 1918 flashback through century-old tastes and ambiance, as well as the then street names, the tricolour illumination of bridges and the interactive Centennial Bell.

“February is not the best month for celebrations in terms of the weather, so we want to create warm atmosphere downtown to attract the population. I am certain that the old advertisements, restaurant signs, typical cuisine and music will definitely take you back in time to Vilnius in 1918”, says the Mayor of Vilnius.

Remigijus Šimašius invites everyone’s creative involvement in the celebration of this week, for example, by using retro graphics in their social network accounts, by making aged inter war-style business advertisements, which will compete to be published in Vilnius Newspaper, issued specifically for this occasion.

The key personalities and the buildings of that time will not be forgotten either – Vilnius public transport will feature the photos and quotations by the signatories, and the ten key centennial buildings will enjoy a special tricolour illumination.

In memory of the patriarch of the nation, Jonas Basanavičius, a largest live installation has been planned with several hundred bearded men.

All the events, festivals, restaurants, bars and hotels, as well as the photos of the old Vilnius will soon be available on a special Vilnius map:

List of events and highlights planned for the centennial celebration in Vilnius:

Time-travelling in festive week (9-18 February), involving restaurants, hotels, other public establishments, businesses and anyone willing to join the celebration.
Century Bell on Cathedral Square.
Free flashback tours around Vilnius.
100 symbolic bonfires along Gediminas Avenue.
Live installation ‘Basanavičius’s beard’
Symbolic illumination of key centennial buildings.
A tricolour traffic light campaign on Gediminas Avenue.
Signatories’ quotations on Vilnius public transport as of January.
Tricolour bridge lighting.
Ancient Vilnius Newsletter.
Theatre play for children Green Alive (under the pre-agreed schedule with schools).
The Concert for the Restoration of the State of Lithuania on Cathedral Square.
Patriotic march of the Lithuanian youth ‘Road of Statehood’ (Cathedral Square-Rasos Cemetery).

Source: MFA

Kaunas, Lithuania – Top 15 Places To Visit – Silvija Travel Tips

Kaunas is the second-largest city in Lithuania after Vilnius and has historically been a leading centre of Lithuanian economic, academic, and cultural life. Kaunas is home to a variety of festivals and events, including the famous Kaunas Jazz festival, Hanza days, Operetta, Pažaislis Classical Music festival, Bike show, Kaunas city days, Songs festival ( listed by UNESCO), International Modern Dance Festival and much more. The Old Town has a collection of ancient architectural monuments, the remnants of the 14th century with remains of Kaunas castle, the buildings of the Middle Ages in the Gothic and Art Déco styles. The Kaunas Fortress has a valuable military heritage composed of a number of buildings and walls that used to be a military complex. There are nine Forts around the city and the IXth Fort serves as a museum. The macabre collection of nearly 3,000 devils at the Devils’ Museum and the exhibitions showing the unique artistic styles of composer and painter M. K. Ciurlionis, as well as J. Maciunas initiator of the avant-garde Fluxus art movement. The Funicular in the city is a unique means of transportation, is still in use today, including the genuine pre-war wagon, wooden seats, and stop platforms. Even today the funicular takes people up to the hill, from which the panorama of the Kaunas city centre and Old town is wide open. Kaunas is the only city among Baltic States, where such means of transportation is available. Kaunas is located at the confluence of the two largest Lithuanian rivers, the Nemunas and the Neris, and near the Kaunas Reservoir, the largest body of water entirely in Lithuania. Since the restoration of independence, improving substantially air and land transport links with Western Europe have made Kaunas easily accessible to foreign tourists.

– Kaunas Castle, Lithuania
– Town Hall, Kaunas
– Kaunas Cathedral Basilica
– Vytautas the Great War Museum, Kaunas
– Eternal Flame, Tomb of the Unknown Solder, Kaunas
– Statue of Liberty, Garden of Vytautas, Kaunas
– Žaliakalnis Funicular Railway, Kaunas
– Christ’s Resurrection Church (Radio Factory, 1952), Kaunas
– St. Michael the Archangel’s Church, Kaunas
– Kaunas Priest Seminary
– Vytauto Didžiojo tiltas (Great Bridge), Nemunas River, Kaunas
– Perkūnas (Thunder) House, Kaunas
– Lithuanian Bank / The Bank Museum, Kaunas
– River Memunas and Neris, Santakos Parkas, Kaunas
– Church and Monastery of Pažaislis, Kaunas

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