The proud land of independent Lithuania is fast being recognised as one of Europe's travel hubs. It's a nature-lover's delight. National Parks such as Aukštaitija, Trakai, Žemaitija and Dzūkija offers tranquility and much needed bliss for someone who admires nature.

Lithuania's biggest attraction is its stunning Baltic coastline, especially the unique sliver of white sand known as Curonian Spit. Lonely coastal wetlands lure migrating birds by the tens of thousands while inland, lush forests watch over burnished lakes.

The capital, Vilnius, is a charming territory for artists. Its frayed courtyards, cobbled streets and baroque churches are animated by the vibrant optimistic culture of today.

Remains of the Cold War and Soviet sculptures are memories of a dark recent past, while the Hill of Crosses and Orvydas stone garden resonates the land's enduring faith. Other popular sites include Ninth Fort, Trakai Castle, Gediminas Tower, Old Town of Kaunas, Palanga beach and Nida dunes.

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