Tourism in Lithuania
Lithuania attracts many tourists from neighbouring countries and all over the world.
Statistics Lithuania issues national tourism reports. They are based on statistical surveys, visits to tourist information centers, statistics compiled by the Ministry of Economy, and aggregated data from the Bank of Lithuania's balance of payments records.
Lithuania experiences a constant increase of foreign visitors. 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. The majority of visitors staying in hotels and lodging houses come from Germany, Poland, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Russia, and Finland.
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.
Agrotourism has also gained extreme popularity in the country among the locals as well as foreigners.
Arrivals by country
- Vilnius - capital of Lithuania
- Kaunas - temporary interbellum capital of Lithuania with prominent Functionalism architecture
- Klaipėda - sea port with an attractive old town and heritage of the German culture
- Panevėžys - capital of Aukštaitija
- Šiauliai - famous for nearby Hill of Crosses
- Kėdainiai - city in central Lithuania with prominent Renaissance architecture monuments
- Aukštaitija National Park
- Žemaitija National Park
- Kuršių Nerija National Park
- Dzūkija National Park
- Trakai Historical National Park
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Kernavė - a complex of historical hillforts and an archeological site, nicknamed "Lithuanian Troy"
- Curonian Spit
- Vilnius Old Town - the old capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, is among the largest in the Eastern Europe
- Palanga - the summer capital of Lithuania with sandy beaches
- Nida - a world heritage site with unique heritage and nature
- Juodkrantė - a former German luxury resort
Lithuania is a perfect spot for people who are looking for some spiritual energy and to come in peace with themselves. It has many holy sites, especially in Samogitia, which are worth a visit.
- Major pilgrimage sites:
Military heritage tourism
Due to former Soviet occupation of Lithuania, the country has many military sites left and may be very interesting place as a place of Militarism heritage tourism. It might be interesting for everyone to see, who is interested in history of the warfare or the Cold War.
- Major militarism heritage sites in Lithuania:
|Tourism in Lithuania gallery|
- List of museums in Lithuania
- List of national parks of Lithuania
- List of regional parks of Lithuania
- Castles in Lithuania
- List of landmarks in Lithuania
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Lithuania.|
- Lithuanian State Department of Tourism
- Media related to Tourism in Lithuania at Wikimedia Commons
- Lithuania Travel Guide
- Tourism in Lithuania
- Žemaitija National Park’s website