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10 things to do in Vilnius

Vilnius is a city best known for its historical charm, particularly its Unesco-listed Old Town. Yet there are few European capitals modernising quite so rapidly. Today, for every preserved baroque church there’s an achingly hip café; for every old cobbled street, a modernist work of art.

This fascinating contrast of the time-honoured and the on-trend make Lithuania’s capital a refreshing and rewarding weekend break. Here are 10 of the best things to see and do during a visit.

Enjoy the view

A sea of red-tiled roofs and lush green parkland, punctuated by dozens of church spires: Vilnius looks spectacular from on high. The loveliest panorama in the city – particularly at sunset – is from the Three Crosses, a monument set atop the cheerily-named Bleak Hill, but it’s a steep walk. Gediminas’ Tower offers an almost-equally striking view, and is easily reached by funicular, or else take a lift up to the stylish rooftop Skybar (radissonblu.com) to gaze out over the city with a cocktail in 

 

Tour a breakaway republic

Užupis, which means “the other side of the river”, is a neighbourhood that sits apart from the rest of Vilnius – both physically and politically. In 1997, Užupis declared itself an independent republic, with its own flag, anthem and president, and two decades on it retains its distinctive vibe. This bohemian district has some great riverside pubs and cafes, alternative artists’ workshops and a prominent, wall-mounted constitution featuring idiosyncratic articles such as “People have the right to have no rights”.

 

Try a local delicacy

Two dishes dominate dining here: cepelinai and kibinai. The first are filling, zeppelin-shaped dumplings of grated potato, stuffed with mince or curd, slathered in sour cream and served on huge plates. The latter are traditional pastries – not dissimilar to Cornish pasties – typically filled with mutton and onion and sold in every Vilnius bakery (though the best ones are in Trakai, a great day trip from the capital).

See the city’s street art

Vilnius has many fine contemporary art galleries, but to really see how artists here express themselves, simply step outside. There are quirky al fresco works of art across Vilnius, from a bronze bust of Frank Zappa to a street lined with hundreds of tiny paintings, prints and ceramics, but it’s the colourful, often political street corner graffiti that really stands out, including a mural of Trump and Putin locking lips.

Make a wish

In August 1989, an extraordinary thing happened: two million people formed a human chain stretching 420 miles from Tallinn to Vilnius, in protest of Soviet occupation. Within seven months, Lithuania was independent. To commemorate this event, a stone tile marked stebuklas (miracle) was laid in Vilnius’ main Cathedral Square. Today, it’s a lucky charm, so stand on the tile, spin clockwise and make a wish.

Step back in time

Not just under the radar, but out of sight, there’s a concealed corner of Vilnius that belongs to another era. Situated in the up-and-coming Šnipiškės district, it’s a 19th century community of pretty, wooden homes with wood-burning stoves, outhouses and communal water pumps, all linked by unpaved streets. It is under constant threat from developers, with many houses burning down in suspicious circumstances, but you can see what remains on the Alternative Tour from Vilnius Free Tour (vilniusfreetour.lt).

Sip a craft beer

Vilnius has a proud farmhouse brewing tradition, and has fully embraced the craft beer boom. Popular brewpubs include Alaus Namai (alausnamai.lt), home of Širvenos ale – brewed using peas – and Šnekutis (facebook.com/BaraiSnekutis), known for its cloudy amber Jovaru Alus. Many pubs also serve surprisingly tasty non-alcoholic wheat beers and stouts brewed by Švyturys (svyturys.lt).

Dig into Lithuania’s history

Lithuania has a long and tumultuous history, from the wealth and prosperity of the Middle Ages to the devastating occupations of the 20th century. You can uncover it all with visits to the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania (valdovurumai.lt) and the Museum of Genocide Victims (genocid.lt).

Stroll along the river

Vilnius is a great strolling city, but forego the cobbled streets and winding alleys for one day in favour of the riverbank. A walk alongside the river Vilnelė offers a mix of thriving nature and major city sights, like the atmospheric Bernardine Cemetery, the trumpeting Angel of Užupis and the leafy Kalnai Park.

Shop for traditional food

Foodies shouldn’t miss the covered Hales Market (halesturgaviete.lt). This beautiful historic building, opened in 1906, has stallholders selling everything you could possibly desire, from smoked meat, fresh fish and organic vegetables to clothes, flowers and gifts. There’s also a lovely bakery-café.

Source: Independent.co.uk

100th anniversary of the restoration of Lithuania-“Light Festival”in Klaipeda

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Lithuania, Klaipėda was inspired by the colors of the fourth “Light Festival”. Watching the thousands, the “Century Gates” created by Italian artists “Marianolight”, and the couple of dozens of other festival projects, dazzled on the Theater Square. Colorful, emotional, and Lithuania festival with the return of independence to the centenary, visitors will be waiting for two more days 💛💚❤

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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!
Venue:
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.

Source: urm.lt

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.

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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- tourism.lt

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.

Source: Vilnius.lt

Lithuanian-American Innovation Award €10.000 – Silvija Travel Tips

U.S. Ambassador in Lithuania Anne Hal invites interested parties to apply for Lithuanian-American Innovation Award

U.S. Ambassador in Lithuania Anne Hall announces the new round of applications for the annual Lithuanian-American Innovation Award worth of €10.000. Launched in 2016 by the Baltic American Freedom Foundation (BAFF), the American-Lithuanian Business Council (ALBC), and the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, the Award highlights and promotes innovative cooperation between the United States and Lithuania.

“Innovation is critically important to our national economies and a tie that connects Lithuania and the United States,” said Ambassador Hall. “In this centennial year, we are particularly excited to celebrate what we can accomplish when we work together.”

The Innovation Award will be granted to a Lithuanian individual, organization, university, or firm that has developed an innovation in collaboration with a U.S. partner. The Award seeks to recognize creative solutions and developments broadly across business and commerce, academic and scientific research, medicine and health, the environment, energy, and education. Last year’s awardees demonstrated innovation in the genetic editing (Dr. Linas Mazutis and scientists from Harvard University), genome sequencing (Virginijus Siksnys, PhD, et al and DuPont Pioneer), and smart building sectors (Mr. Rimas Gulbinas & Maalka Commercial Building Sustainability Platform).

Any innovative project that demonstrates a clear Lithuania-American link is eligible to win the Innovation Award. The core requirements are an impact or clear potential impact of the innovation, and the clear demonstration of collaboration with a U.S. individual or entity. The deadline to submit application is January 22, 2018.

Two awardees will be announced in late February 2018. First prize will be €10.000 and the runner-up will receive €5.000.

To learn more about the award, and to download an application, visit http://www.amlithbc.org/Award

Note: Information provided by U.S. Embassy in Lithuania – December 13, 2017

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Photo: 2016 Lithuanian-American Innovation Awards

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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Cathedral Basilica, Vilnius, Lithuania -Silvija Travel Tips

Cathedral Basilica, Vilnius. The Cathedral of St. Stanislav and St. Vladislav is the most important place of worship for Lithuania Catholics and the location for the main Christian, folk and national festivities. In 1922, the Cathedral was granted the title basilica. This is the highest church category awarded by the Pope.

Many prominent people of the Lithuanian Grand Duchy – Noblemen, Bishops and Dukes are buried in the vaults of the Cathedral. The Sovereings Mausoleum located beneath the Chapel of St. Casimir contains the remains of the Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland Alexander. He is the only ruler of Poland and Lithuania buried in Vilnius. Vytautas the Great, a grandson of Duke Gediminas and the most powerful Lithuanian ruler, is buried in the vaults of the Cathedral together with his wife Ona. Two wives of Žygimantas Augustas, Queen Elisabeth of Austria (Habsburg) and Queen Barbora Radvilaitė (said to have been the most beautiful woman of her time), are also buried on the site. The walls of the Cathedral also provide shelter for the urn with the heart of King Vladislovas Vaza (Wladyslaw Vasa).

The ancient wall of the temple dating back to the 13th-15th centuries, and the oldest Lithuanian fresco painted in the 14th century, have survived in the vaults of the Cathedral.

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Amber Bay, Neringa, Lihuania – Silvija Travel Tips

Lagoon Bay in Lithuania situated in the northern part of Juodkrantė village is called the Amber Bay. The name was derived from the amber mining works based here in the nineteenth century. In 1855, when deepening lagoon bottom for navigation near Juodkrantės, workers discovered amber in the sludge. Soon various businesses were interested in this discovery. The first, who started the organised excavation of mud from the bottom of the lagoon for amber was ship-owner, Wilhelm Stantien. After the merchants of Danzig joining, the company of amber excavation “V. Stantien and M. Becker” was established. Increasing company’s amber business. Spacious barracks for workers were built. A ship repair factory was opened and port embankment was built and equipped in the northern part of Juodkrantės.

Dud to the hard winters in the region amber excavation works were carried out only in summer. The amber excavated from the lagoon’s bottom was cleaned and separated from impurities. Between 1860 and 1890, the yearly average excavated was approx. 75 thousand kilograms of amber. During the 30 years working in Amber Bay area 2.250 tons of amber was excavated from the bottom of the Curonian Lagoon. Besides the raw amber collected, archeological amber was also found from the Neolithic Period (3rd century BC). These finds were in the collection of Professor R. Klebs, also known as the Juodkrantė Amber Treasure. It was composed of more than 400 amber jewelry pieces, and particularly valuable human and animal amber figurines. Learn more about Amber and the finds at Amber Gallery-Museum, Nida, Neringa, Lithuania.
www.ambergallery.lt

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