Tourism in Lithuania

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Lithuania attracts many tourists from neighbouring countries and all over the world. In 2016, 1.5 million tourists arrived to Lithuania.

Overview[edit]

Lithuania experiences a constant increase of foreign visitors.[citation needed] As of the first half of 2006 the number of visitors (except from the member states of the European Union and member states of EFTA) has risen 11.1 percent compared to 2005 and reached 985,700. Lithuania attracts foreign visitors mostly from Russia, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Belarus, the United Kingdom, Estonia and Finland. Druskininkai and Birštonas resorts experienced around 50 percent increase of occupiers in 2005 compared to 2004; while the increase of arrivals staying in Neringa and Palanga averaged 22 percent.[citation needed] The majority of visitors staying in hotels and lodging houses come from Germany, Poland, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Russia, and Finland.[citation needed]

From January to September 2006, Lithuanian hotels have experienced a 13.7 percent increase of occupiers compared to 2005, 51 percent of them being foreign visitors (nearly 620,000). Among them, a number of foreign occupiers in Druskininkai has increased 25.7 percent and 27.5 percent in Palanga. Almost a half of the foreign visitors were staying in the capital, Vilnius, that experienced an increase of 10.6 percent. More than twice as many foreigners had stayed in Birštonas' sanatories, compared to 2005.

In 2013, 2.2 million tourists, of whom 1.2 million were from other countries, stayed at various accommodations in Lithuania.[1] This represented an increase of 10.5 percent from 2012.[1]

The new Vilnius City Center

Agrotourism has also gained extreme popularity in the country among the locals as well as foreigners. Ecotourism is actively promoted by the government and national parks – Lithuania has built a successful ecotourism industry, and is also been acknowledged as one of the world's most ethical destinations.

Hot air ballooning is very popular in Lithuania, especially in Vilnius and Trakai. Theme routes through historical and nature sites are popular among domestic and international tourists.

Nemunas Delta Regional Park and Žuvintas biosphere reserve are known for birdwatching.[2]

Tourism information centres operating in all majors cities and smaller towns, national parks and other places, attractive for domestic or international tourism.[3]

If the nature of the tour is that the guide is "interpreting the cultural and natural heritage of an area", Lithuania requires the guide have a guiding license. This definition follows the European standard for tour guiding (CEN). Licensed Tourist Guides are the only professionals permitted to conduct tours in all sites and museums within a city. Licensed guides are required in those areas where the local authorities state that one of them is mandatory.[4] There is a Guides Database to find a guide in your language as well.[5]

Arrivals by country[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Lithuania on short term basis in are from the following countries of nationality:[6][7]

Rank Country 2015 2016
1 Germany 170,100 174,800
2 Belarus 163,500 171,900
3 Russia 149,700 150,600
4 Poland 127,200 148,400
5 Latvia 116,600 134,500
6 Ukraine 59,500 84,000
7 Estonia 52,600 58,300
8 United Kingdom 54,100 58,200
9 Italy 40,600 39,900
10 Norway 42,400 39,800
Total foreign 1,141,800 1,258,100

Major cities[edit]

Klaipėda Sea Museum

National parks[edit]

View from Ladakalnis Hill

Protected areas established for the preservation of natural and cultural features.

Žemaitukas - a historic horse breed from Lithuania. Known from the 6–7th centuries, it was used as a war horse by the Lithuanians.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites[edit]

Lithuania has the highest percentage of hot air balloons per capita.[10] Flights over the Vilnius Old Town and Trakai Historical National Park are particularly popular.

Resorts[edit]

Seaside resorts[edit]

  • Palanga – the summer capital of Lithuania with sandy beaches
  • Nida – a world heritage site with unique nature
  • Juodkrantė – a resort in Neringa

Spa towns[edit]

  • Birštonas – a balneological resort and a spa town, surrounded by pine forests.
  • Druskininkai – a developed spa town with the largest water park in the Eastern Europe, the Snow Arena – one of the biggest indoor skiing slopes in Europe. The Water Park and the Snow Arena connected with the cable car.[11]

Pilgrimage sites[edit]

Lithuania has many holy sites, especially in Samogitia, which are worth a visit.

Major pilgrimage sites:

Military heritage[edit]

The country has some military sites left and may be very interesting place as a place of militarism heritage tourism. It might be interesting for anyone who is interested in history of the warfare or the Cold War.

Major militarism heritage sites in Lithuania:

Bicycle tourism[edit]

Signage for EuroVelo 11, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Bicycle tourism is growing, especially in Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route. EuroVelo routes EV10, EV11, EV13 go through Lithuania. Total length of bicycle tracks amounts to 3769 km (of which 1988 km is asphalt pavement).[13] Most known bicycle routes are: Nemunas River Cycle Route, Suvalkija Cycle Circuit, Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route. Most of the Tourism information centres and national parks have their local thematic bicycle route plans.

Museums[edit]

The names of the executed Lithuanian partisans are carved on the basement of the former headquarters of KGB in Vilnius

Museums include:

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tourism in Lithuania – 2013" (PDF). Statistics Lithuania. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fatbirder. Lithuania". fatbirder.com. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  3. ^ "TOURISM INFORMATION CENTRES". lithuania.travel. Retrieved 25 May 2018. 
  4. ^ "Visit Lithuania". visitlithuania.net. Retrieved 2 June 2018. 
  5. ^ "Lithuanian Guides Dtabase". guides.lt. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  6. ^ Number of guests and overnights in Lithuanian accommodation establishments. '000. All markets. 2014–2015
  7. ^ Number of guests and overnights in Lithuanian accommodation establishments. '000. All markets. 2015–2016
  8. ^ "Lithuanian Sea Museum". muziejus.lt. Retrieved 2 June 2018. 
  9. ^ "Lithuanian Sea Museum and Dolphinarium". muziejus.lt. Retrieved 2 June 2018. 
  10. ^ "Hot air balloon becomes name of Game to celebrate Lithuania National Pavilion Day". China Central Television. Retrieved 25 May 2018. 
  11. ^ "Druskininkai Cable Car". lynukelias.lt. Retrieved 2 June 2018. 
  12. ^ Žemaitijos nacionalinio parko teritorijoje veikiantys muziejai Archived 8 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "The Geography of Tourism of Central and Eastern European Countries". books.google.lt. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  14. ^ "Amber Museum-Gallery". ambergallery.lt. Retrieved 2 June 2018. 
  15. ^ "Church Heritage Museum". bpmuziejus.lt. Retrieved 2 June 2018. 
  16. ^ "National Gallery of Art". ndg.lt. Retrieved 2 June 2018. 

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