The basic data on most common Lithuanian tourism routes 19 total can be found on presentation which was created with the help of the project funded from EU structural funds. It can provide some ideas of where to go and also gives idea about EU funds absorption in Lithuania for the needs of all travellers. Also see below for more ideas on what to do in different places of Lithuania.

Song and Dance Celebration Dainų šventė — The biggest traditional music festival, first time organized in 1924. Held every four years in summer since 1990. It usually lasts about a week.

Kaziukas Fair

kaziuko mugė — the largest annual folk arts and crafts fair held in the streets of vilnius’ centre and old town on the friday-sunday nearest to march 4. it is a saint casimir's day, the anniversary of the death of saint casimir, the patron saint of lithuania and poland. the fair also features music and dance, attracts tens of thousands of visitors and craftsmen from all over the country as well as from neighbouring countries. to the lesser extent it is celebrated also in kaunas and klaipėda. information, among the other sources, is provided on the official website which usually is created in the beginning of every year. the internet address typically consists of two lithuanian words kaziuko muge meaning little casimir's fair with some extension which can vary from year to year. note: it works only a month before and after the event.

There are now many work options in Lithuania. Any EU national can work and live freely in Lithuania. For non-EU citizens residence permits must be obtained, and employers must prove a lack of competent workers in Lithuania for such employment, which can be difficult.

In Lithuania you need the residence permit and a registered address for the working for non-EU citizens. The immigration authorities will usually be fairly fluent in English, otherwise either Russian or Lithuanian is useful. One seldom manages working life without control of the language.

In Lithuania the worker pays 21% of an income tax 6% for health and unemployment insurance which is about 3%. The taxes take about 20% of the salary, irrespective of income. Minimum wage is about 300 Euros and average wage is approaching 850 Euros.

Lithuania has one of the best educational systems in the World. Many universities participate in student exchange programs. Most popular international college in Lithuania is Lithuania Christian College, LCC, in Klaipėda. The best universities of Lithuania are Vilnius University Vilniaus Universitetas, VU, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University Vilniaus Gedimino Technikos Universitetas, VGTU, and Kaunas University of Technology Kauno Technologijos Universitetas, KTU.

In Kaunas, apart the biggest technical university in the country, KTU, there are a Lithuanian University Of Health Science Lietuvos sveikatos mokslų universitetas, Sports University Sporto universitetas, the Academy of Music and Theatre Muzikos ir teatro akademija, Aleksandras Stulginskis University former Agriculture University, and multidisciplinary University of Vytautas Magnus.

Klaipėda and Šiauliai also has its own universities. In the country several lower educational institutions which go with the name kolegija engl a college also are found.

The course supply hangs very much from the university and there also are somewhere programmes for English. However, pay attention to the fact that Lithuania's official language is Lithuanian and in the law it has been prescribed that the Lithuanian student has a right to study in Lithuanian in Lithuania. Especially all the courses of the candidate level will be thus in Lithuanian and in the Master of Arts programmes in English the bulk of the courses is in English. Depending on the rules of the university the courses must have a certain number of foreign students before it must be in English it touches courses in English and if this limit is not exceeded, the lecturer may lecture, if desired, in Lithuanian. Because the employment of universities has been lowered last year about 20% and the addition which is paid for the courses in English in some universities to the lecturers was removed, many lecturers choose the easiest road preferably for them to themselves. Then the foreign students can take the course by writing either essays or based on personal meetings.

The grading system in Lithuania is generally 1-10 in which 5-10 correspond to the accepted performances. The local students usually have to keep their average very high and still a higher one in order to get the scholarship in order to guarantee free studies. There is no financial aid for studies.


Pilgrimage places define the geographical area within which the place is known and from which pilgrims are drawn. The location of nature objects, such as mounds, forests, trees, stones and water embodied the network of sacred places in the pre-Christian Lithuania. The ancient Balts had their own center of pilgrimage Rickoyto Romuva, its geographical locality is still unknown. It is, that the trinity of Baltic gods – Perkūnas Thunder God, Patrimpas Fertility God and Pikuolis Underworld God – were venerated under the old and high-powered oak at that place.The 16th-17th centuries are the formative period of the network of Christian pilgrimage places in Lithuania. Trakai, Šiluva, Gate Of Dawn Aušros Vartai, Samogitian Calvary Žemaičių Kalvarija, Vilnius Calvary were the main pilgrimage centers as well as Vilnius Cathedral veneration of Saint Casimir. The new pilgrimage places refreshed the network in the 18th–19th centuries, the Hill of Crosses, an ancient hill-fort of Jurgaičiai, became one of them when after uprising of 1831 and 1863 the crosses had been built in the memory of dead.The places of apparitions of Virgin Mary complement the network of pilgrimage places in the 20th century exclusively. The obstruction for pilgrimage to the sacred places either places of apparitions was evident in the soviet era; several places Vilnius Calvary, The Hill of Crosses, Janoniai Spring in Anykščiai district were destroyed physically.The 23 main catholic pilgrimage places can be grouped at the present time. Most of them are bound with the cult of Virgin Mary 12 – the worship places of images of Holy Mary, 3 – places of apparitions, 1 – the place of coronet image and apparition. The second groups – Calvaries 5 places, the Samogitian Calvary has the miraculous image too, the places of saints and cult of holy persons 4 places, the Cathedral of Vilnius has the coronet image of Holy Mary too, the worship places of Cross 2 places and holy spring Mažučiai Spring 2km away from Alksnėnai village, Vilkaviškis district.

The main and most popular places of pilgrimage today are included into the tourist routes.

Motor vehicle transport is one of the forms of travel mode to the most pilgrimage places in Lithuania individual cars, shuttle or charter buses. Pilgrimage is travelling on foot too, this is popular among youth. Directions of traveling on foot can be divided into 3 large areas:

Pilgrimage by foot from the Hill of Croses to Šiluva is organized by Šiauliai Diocese annually in the beginning of September.

Pilgrimage by foot from the Gate of Dawn to Trakai is organized by Vilnius Archdiocese Youth Centre annually in the beginning of September.

Community of Lithuanian Pilgrims provides assistance and organizes pilgrimage by bus:



Lithuanians are proudest of one thing: Basketball. To them it is not just a sport, but a symbol of freedom. Lithuanians had been oppressed by the Russians for a long time, kept fighting against them and were the first to declare their independence from the Soviet Union. Basketball finalized this process when the newly independent country of Lithuania participated in the World Olympics in Barcelona: they barely managed to raise enough money to send the team to the tournament, but they returned as heroes because they came back with a bronze medal after besting the Russian team for it. This victory was even more meaningful because, in previous Olympic games, Lithuanian athletes had been forced to play for the Soviet Union, winning a gold medal for the Soviets in the 1988 Olympics. Lithuania also has the highest number of NBA players per capita of any country, and is consistently one of the top-ranked countries according to The International Basketball Association FIBA.

Lithuania is as basketball-mad as the British are with football or New Zealand with rugby. Lithuania is one of the most successful teams in international competition, winning medals in three out of four Olympic tournaments, bronze, and finishing fourth in 2008. Major domestic clubs are BC Žalgiris from Kaunas and BC Lietuvos Rytas from Vilnius. Basketball is so popular in Lithuania that you are sure to find a basketball court in almost every park and playground.

Be careful if some people challenge you to a basketball game. Common Lithuanians are very good in basketball, and you might just embarrass yourself.

Arvydas Sabonis is a legendary basketball player that earned a spot in Basketballs Hall of Fame.

Artūras Karnišovas is all time leading scorer for Lithuanian national team.

Swimming is also a sport that is gaining a lot of attention, especially after Rūta Meilutytė won olympic gold medal in women's breaststroke.

Žydrūnas Savickas is another person that Lithuanians are proud of. He is considered as the strongest man in the world.

Knowing Lithuanian sports will definitely help you win their hearts.

K. Donelaitis St 38, LT-28141 Utena
Info about tickets and services +370 389 70012, info specifically about swimming pool and gym +370 389 65143
Utena, north of bus station, at the edge of the park

In 1958 the first children's Sport School in Utena was opened, it was a beginning of the sports complex gradual development which ended up by constructing this multifunctional arena opened on 30 Apr 2009.

Kamorūnai village, Leipalingis, Druskininkai district. Club HQ: Vaistariškių St 7, LT-44104 Kaunas
Reception +370 611 45333, HQ +370 698 30658
Location of Golf course: southern Lithuania, 19km away from Druskininkai, few km North-East of Leipalingis town, by Vilkė (Wolf) stream

General information via e-mail . First Scottish-style 18-hole golf course, a length of more than 6km.