Lithuania

Lithuania is a country in the Baltic region of northern–eastern Europe. One of the three Baltic states, located on the shore of Baltic sea.

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Lithuania is one of the developing countries in the European Union. One of the fastest Internet in Europe, great nightlife, beautiful nature, low living costs and not crowded surroundings makes it a great country to visit, study or stay for the volunteering project. Although if you are afraid of rain, wind and cold, it may be not so pleasant in winter.

Vilnius         Capital of Lithuania – Vilnius

In the 14th century, Lithuania was one of the largest and powerful countries in Europe. Our history is preserved in highly-worth to visit and impressive monuments, buildings, and museums that you can find in every city, big or small, of Lithuania.

Trakai Island Castle in Galve Lake            Trakai Island Castle – the former residence of the Grand Dukes

Nevertheless, biggest cities are modern and European, with developed and comfortable public transport, touristic activities, bars, clubs, and restaurants.

kaunas                            Kaunas Old town

Lithuania is also known for it’s beautiful and untouched nature. Only 3-hour ride from the capital and you can be on the opposite side of Lithuania – stunning seashore.

papludimys                        Karkle beach
nida                        Nida

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Vilnius

Historical capital of Lithuania. Vilnius is classified as a Gamma global city according to GaWC studies, and is known for the architecture in its Old Town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. In 2009, Vilnius was the European Capital of Culture. After declaring Independency in 1991, Vilnius fastly started developing and now it’s modern, multicultural and active European city. There are 65 churches in Vilnius. Like most medieval towns, Vilnius was developed around its Town Hall. The main artery, Pilies Street, links the Royal Palace with Town Hall. The Old Town of Vilnius, the historical center of Vilnius, is one of the largest in Europe and the most valuable historic and cultural sites are concentrated here.

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Lithuania is a small country with well-developed roads and infrastructure. Due to that, other cities in Lithuania are very easily reached.

Kaunas

Second-largest city of Lithuania. While Vilnius was incorporated into Poland, Kaunas served as temporary capital of Lithuania during the interwar period. During that period it has been nicknamed the Little Paris because of rich cultural and academic life, fashion, construction of countless Art Deco, Lithuanian National Romanticism architectural style buildings as well as popular furniture, interior design of the time and widespread café culture. The city inter-war architecture is regarded as one of the finest examples of the European Art Deco and received the European Heritage Label, it also resulted in naming Kaunas the first city in Central and Eastern Europe as a UNESCO City of Design. In 2022, Kaunas will be the European Capital of Culture.

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Pocket vocabulary:

  1. Labas (hi)
  2. Kaip sekas? (how are you?)
  3. Gerai (good)
  4. Ačiū (thank you)
  5. Koks tavo vardas? (what’s your name?)
  6. Mano vardas yra… (my name is…)
  7. Malonu susipažinti (nice to meet you)
  8. Alus (beer)
  9. Viso gero (bye)
  10. Aš noriu… (I want…)

 

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