||We invite you to travel in the center and the Old Town of Vilnius by the orange ‘Cyclocity’ bike. Vilnius Tourist Information Centre has prepared a route with a map which specifies 52 points: museums, galleries, churches, monuments and other places of interest. You can visit these places riding a bicycle and then leaving it at special stops.
Download free route with the map
Vilnius Cathedral Belfry was closed the entire decade; during the last three years architectural research and restoration work was conducted. On the 16th of May the Vilnius Cathedral Belfry opens its doors to visitors!
The Belfry is the element of particular importance of Vilnius Cathedral as well as Lower and Upper Castle, one of the vertical dominants of the Old Town of Vilnius that became the symbol of the city. In the 13th century the tower was part of the defensive wall. Almost all ground floor of the old tower has survived to the present day. In the 16th century the defensive tower became the Belfry of the Cathedral; it acquired its present appearance in the beginning of the 19th century. The height of the Belfry is 52 m, with the cross – 57 meters.
The Belfry, one of the oldest and tallest towers of the Old Town, offers a beautiful panorama. Residents and guests of Vilnius will be able to see exposition of bells, the old clock of the city, explore the historic pictures of the reconstruction of Belfry and the Cathedral. Video surveillance cameras installed on the top floor of the Belfry will help the visitors to get acquainted with the city panorama and famous architectural sights.
Church Heritage Museum will organize tours, educational programs and events in the Belfry. In May-September, the Belfry will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 19 p.m. on weekdays and on Saturdays, in cold season – one hour shorter.
New Google Street View views from Vilnius have become available on Google Maps. Supplemented Street View views enable to look around the Lithuanian National Museum, Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania or Vilnius Town Hall, take a walk in the park of the Presidential Palace, enjoy the view which opens from a symbol of Lithuania, Tower of the Gediminas‘ Castle.
Visit the Museums:
Lithuanian National Museum
Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania
Vilnius Town Hall
Park of the Presidential Palace
Tower of the Gediminas’ Castle
For more views click here.
As part of a Vilnius City Municipality initiative, JCDecaux will open 24 bike stations in the city center that will offer riders more than 200 bikes for rent. Investments into the project have reached 6.4 mil. Euros.
At the rental stations, bikes will be available for rent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The stations will be distributed at distances of 300-400m from each other. The bike rental season will extend to October 15th.
Every year, the amount of available bike rental stations will grow. Next year, the amount of available bike rental stations will increase to 36, and the amount of available bike – to 300.
Those wishing to use the service will have to pay a 20 Lt registration fee. The first half hour of rental will be free. The second half hour will cost 0.45 Euros, the third – 1.45 Euros, the fourth – 3.5 Euros.
Cyclists will be able to use the system by connecting their Vilnietis card or with a CycloCity card, which will cost 8.7 Euros. The rental fees will be paid out of this initial value.
This bicycle rental model was first introduced in Vilnius in 2003. Similar systems now exist in Paris, Dublin, Brussels and 64 other cities around the world.
For more information visit www.cyclocity.lt.
By Patricia Schultz
The world’s bestselling travel book is back in a more informative, more experiential, more budget-friendly full-color edition. A #1 New York Times bestseller, 1,000 Placesreinvented the idea of travel book as both wish list and practical guide. As Newsweek wrote, it “tells you what’s beautiful, what’s fun, and what’s just unforgettable — everywhere on earth.” And now the best is better. There are 600 full-color photographs. Over 200 entirely new entries, including visits to 28 countries like Lebanon, Croatia, Estonia, and Nicaragua, that were not in the original edition. There is an emphasis on experiences: an entry covers not just Positano or Ravello, but the full 30-mile stretch along the Amalfi Coast. Every entry[ the Vilnius Old Town and the Curonian Spit] from the original edition has been readdressed, rewritten, and made fuller, with more suggestions for places to stay, restaurants to visit, festivals to check out. And throughout, the book is more budget-conscious, starred restaurants and historic hotels such as the Ritz, but also moderately priced gems that don’t compromise on atmosphere or charm.
The world is calling. Time to answer.
Patricia Schultz is the author of the #1 New York Timesbestseller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. A veteran travel journalist with 25 years of experience, she has written for guides such as Frommer’s and Berlitz and periodicals including The Wall Street Journal and Everyday With Rachael Ray. She also executive-produced a Travel Channel television show based on 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Her home base is New York City.
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Snekutis, a bar in Vilnius.
he Old World is webbed with well-traveled beer trails in
places like Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic. But in
the past few years, rumors have swirled about an overlooked
historic beer trail in Lithuania. Centered around the town
of Birzai, a town in the country’s north, some 50 to 70
farmhouse breweries are producing earthy, unusual ales,
often employing techniques not seen elsewhere, and fermented
with types of brewing yeast that — as the Canadian beer
writer Martin Thibault has discovered — appear to have
different DNA from all other known strains. To get a taste
of what the Lithuanian beer trail offers, sample the wares
at specialty beer bars like Bambalyne, Alaus Namai and
Snekutis in the capital, Vilnius. After that, the truly
intrepid can seek out countryside breweries. — Evan Rail
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November 3, 2012
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The images with adventures of children in the magical world of the movie Narnia, couldn’t stop spinning into my brain everytime i read, either in my travel notes or in my ferry ticket, the short but yet long-lasting name of “NIDA”. The 5 minutes ferry ride, from Klaipeda to the harbour of Smiltynė, feeds up even more your imagination as it approaches to its destination. It’s 11 am on a weekend day that promises partial cloudy skies and a small probability of rain in the afternoon but, in the Baltic sea things could change in an eye blink during the month of October. If im lucky, i could get some light breaking through those angry looking clouds, i thought myself with the biggest of the religious faiths i had ever felt.
The bus ride crosses from east to the western part of the Lithuanian Curonian Spit in 45 minutes. With a diversity of landscapes changing dramatically, it tricks your eyes. And for a short moment, you might doubt if the direction of the place you are goin to, is correct.
Colourful houses, with a strong scandinavian influence in their architecture, decorate the village of Nida. Time stands still at noon, it seems like just the adventurous people on the bus and myself will have the joy to walk and explore every corner of the town. Slowly heading towards the Sand Dunes, which little by little are being uncovered from the dense forest, an atmosphere of tranquility and pleasure fills up the air.
Laid back daily life dominates the panorama in each single block of houses i passed by. There are no more tourist around, every single one has taken his own way, following different paths without worries of what could happend next. A sence of vastness and solitute spread out miles around, just the hypnotizing sound coming from the sea breeze is the only one breaking the silence. In the distance, a massive silhouette begins to take form… it is the great Dune.
A little bit of light finally appear after have fought for half of the day against the thick shild of clouds trying to block its way. The moment that i was wishing for, unveiled artistic patterns on the dune’s sand. Some parts, simmilar to the patterns of a dried reptile skin with stripes, have been not touched or damaged by any living creature. For moments felt like the Dune itself moved to the rhythm of the wind with a zig-zag dancing steps learned in the best local latin salsa club. The blue sky contrasting with the golden yellow of the dunes, caused by a briefly but blessed sun beams, set up the best scenario to admire the impossible and unearthed beauty around the Dune. This is a holy moment of nature which makes you believe in extraordinary, unique, unpredictable and unexplicable moments of life.
“Over there, the far away Cape, belongs to Russia” said each other, almost whispering, a couple of tourist pointing out far away to the horizon. Perhaps because they were afraid to break the frightening but adictive silence, or because they have read the sign with the note “Valley of death”, every one kept his words for later, later where they could speak up loud, over there, far away, where mother nature could never hear them and where she could not be disturbed from her deep beautiful sleep.
Wide and long beaches bigger than 4 lanes highways, with ivory fine sand, are a common characteristic along the Baltic Sea coast. In the late afternoon, a few locals enjoy the quiteness and loneliness of the place. There are not many tourist during the month of October and those who dare coming, will receive a gift from the gods by allowing you witness its non-stop pinkish-orange sunsets and calm waters that will seduce all your sences with its wave of magic and divinity.
A calm, quiet almost sacred atmosphere in a late chilly afternoon, in the curonian spit, makes you wish nothing else but, to capture the moment deep inside your thoughts in a memory snap that could be recalled anytime you wish to help you scape from the modern world. The wind blows stronger and the sun hides behind the horizon. All it moves are the spiral shaped sands, they lead you to a path without return through out infinity sand dunes from where you could not go out anymore if you stay longer, it is time to leave…
Air Baltic flies to Vilnius via Riga and to another Baltic destinations. You could also fly straight to Klaipeda but you would miss the opportunity to visit 2 great Lithuanian cities: Vilnius & Kaunas, which are on the way to Kleipeda. There are plenty of trains and busses running along these 3 cities. Visit www.airbaltic.com for more offers on flights and for train conexions www.litrail.lt . Ferries from Kleipeda to Curonian Spit time table www.keltas.lt/eng/
WHERE TO STAY:
Galeia G Žvejų g.15, LT91248 Klaipėda.
Furnished apartments with all facilities for rent in down town Klaipeda. Contact Inga for more details +37062955891
WHERE TO EAT:
Klaipeda La Cle. Sukileliu str. 10, Klaipeda 91244, Lithuania; +370 693 12355; www.lacle.lt.
It serves international and Lithuanian dishes. The cosy atmosphere, its location in down town kleipeda and its fabulous kitchen makes this restaurant the perfect place either for a fine dinning or just to chill out with a cup of coffee while enjoying the lovely view it offers from the main square. Try the bisson sausage, a baltic speciality.
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The Curonian Spit was the last destination to be visited by Luis, after 7 days being in Lithuania with mostly rain and cloudy days, he did not know if he could get the “feel of the place” with such an unfavorable weather conditions. The day he arrived to Klaipeda, a non-stop rain discouraged him to take the trip. Next morning all had change, the rain was gone, it was still partially cloudy but with sunny spells. The Curonian Spit wanted to show her most photogenic face to his camera.
A big thanks to Lensrent from Basel, Switzerland, for their support. Images taken during the Lithuanian Photo Documentary with the Canon 5D MarkIII & 7D Cameras and with Canon 70-200 and the 17-40mm Tilt-Shift Lenses.