In Litauen, dem südlichsten der drei baltischen Staaten, wird eine Sportart wie Heute lebt Litauens Basketball Legende in Kaunas und ist Hauptaktionär bei. Aug. Der litauische Basketball ist für zwei Dinge besonders bekannt: exzellente Gibt für Litauen unter dem Korb immer alles: Jonas Valanciunas. 6. Sept. Bis ins dritte Viertel hält das deutsche Team gegen Litauen gut mit. Doch dann setzt sich der Favorit klar durch. Die DBB-Auswahl trifft nun auf.
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Visitors from countries where this type of junction is uncommon or not used at all, may find the Wikipedia article on roundabouts useful.
Be aware that the absence of such a sign means that turning right on red is not allowed, and the police will stop any driver seen breaking this rule.
It is scheduled to remove all "green arrows" until , while gradually installing the smart traffic lights. Many bigger city junctions have a separate green light for traffic turning left, but no red light.
The green light for the other directions shows arrows going straight and to the right, but you need to look closely to make them out.
Traffic rules equally apply to both pedestrians and drivers, therefore the pedestrian violator has no advantage over the vehicle driver.
This especially is relevant in cities: When moving back to the right hand lane watch out for fast-moving vehicles approaching from behind.
When driver overtakes you, he wants to get back to the lane as fast as possible, and this may seem as if he is tailgating you. The official language of Lithuania is Lithuanian , making up one of only two languages along with Latvian on the Baltic branch of the Indo-European family.
Despite the kinship of Lithuanian to many other European languages, the archaic nature of its grammar makes it hard for foreigners unfamiliar with the language to form even basic sentences.
English is generally well spoken and preferred foreign language by the younger generations. The older generations might have just the very basic spoken English skills and it be especially difficult for them to understand strong English accents written English might help.
Polish is somewhat understood in certain areas of Vilnius as well as south-east and southern districts of the country.
Keep in mind that all this is just a generalization and should be not applied blindly. There may be elderly person just next to you who may be fluent in English only because he or she worked in UK for several years.
Differences and specifics by regions and cities are provided above, it means that chances to communicate in one or another language are greater in a corresponding region or city.
Whether you will be understood depends on concrete person and your pronunciation. Those travelers who learn a few basic phrases of the local language are always amply awarded with good will and appreciation for their efforts, however sometimes it may be tricky: In case you managed to master some spoken Lithuanian, it may be extremely beneficial if you have any long-term or deeper interests.
Just be prepared, that you will be learning the so called Standard Lithuanian, understood by all. However if local people respond in a local dialect you may understand nothing, especially outside the largest cities.
You have then to say: Visiting this small but colourful country today, few travellers might guess that this was once the largest nation in Europe.
A few monuments remind of those golden ages, when the Grand Duchy of Lithuania stretched out far into modern day Russia , Poland and Moldova , but even fewer are still inside the Lithuanian borders.
Although it was severely damaged in 17th century wars with Muscovy, the castle was beautifully restored in the 20th century and is now a popular tourist sight.
Kaunas Castle in Kaunas is even older, but only a fourth of the original building remains. For a day at the sea, the popular seaside resort of Palanga is the place to be.
Although it gets crowded in summer, it has some great beaches and beautiful sand dunes. Dense forests, hills, beautiful blue lakes and rivers are the main base.
Its forests are home to elk, deer and wild boar. The lakes and countless streams in between them make the park a great place for water sports activities and the villages in the park have some interesting wooden churches.
Southwest from the national park lies a one of the largest forests, famous Labanoras Forest, which is a part of Labanoras Regional Park - and there is more rare plants, more rare birds, including Black Stork, Capercailye, Crane and few species of eagles, more rare animals like Lynx and Wolf, lakes 70 of them swimmable , mysterious swamps and numerous rivers and streams suitable for canoeing.
Another favorite regional park, especially among the birders, is the Nemunas Delta. The vast wetlands around the place where Neman River reaches the Baltic Sea are a popular eco-tourism destination and an important bird habitat.
Lithuanians describe their land with the help of poetry. Poetry and songs are filled with romantic images of gently rolling hills, vast valleys and meandering rivers, somber forests rich of animals, meadows full of butterflies and the birds singing in the sky.
This embodies what the Lithuanian is looking for and is happy when he finds it. This is what the Lithuanian is willing to promote and defend.
And when Lithuanians abroad begin to feel homesickness — this is homesickness for all such scenery and everything else related to it.
This is, according to many Lithuanians, the highest value of the country. Consequently, if you are after all this, you can experience more than you had expected, however this can be quite a challenging experience.
You have to be well prepared and probably to rent a car. You can see, hear and touch everything that is described in Lithuanian poetry and songs, but how you will perceive it depends on you and circumstances, which often are unpredictable.
And this is a part of modern Lithuanian myths and urban legends as well: One of the first things that travelers from the West notice is the lack of infrastructure and facilities in the recreation areas.
And there is no reason to expect any improvements or changes in this respect in the future: Lithuanians tend to make the difference between the "urban habitat" and the "visits to the nature", the latter is supposed to be a rough experience, a visit to the natural, not necessarily pristine or well maintained, but naturally strong and lively environment without the attributes of urban life, it should contrast with the daily routine of the city resident.
Visiting the nature is supposed to be a way of gaining vital energy. Therefore you must to "pave your path" through the woods as if you were a pathfinder — each time again and again — so that ultimately you are affected by elements of nature even against your will or laziness.
But if some effort is not a big trouble to you, all those gently rolling hills, vast valleys and meandering rivers, somber forests, meadows full of butterflies and the birds singing in the sky are almost every time guaranteed.
Lithuania was a part of Russian Empire and bordered Germany. Various small fortifications are sparsely scattered across the country, but most of them are concentrated in two places: Concerning religion, Lithuanian rulers were very flexible.
Some tended to Catholicism, others to Orthodox, and some were changing religions like clothes depending on trend. A direct consequence of this was that German Orders lost any legal reasons to continue their crusades to Lithuania.
Some say that Lithuania was forced to accept Christianity, some others can say that Christian Europe was forced to recognize Lithuania, but if the measure of progress is human life, then it was beneficial for all.
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. Usually every rental company offers the certain routes in certain rivers.
You can choose the desirable region or a concrete river or lake and arrange your stay in some larger town there, the boats will be delivered to the agreed point and taken back after your journey.
Alternatively, if you plan to stay in the certain city and have no concrete idea about the rivers, there always is some suitable water route not so far away from any city, just ask the company for suggestions.
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. The 16thth centuries are the formative period of the network of Christian pilgrimage places in Lithuania.
The places of apparitions of Virgin Mary complement the network of pilgrimage places in the 20th century exclusively.
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.
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:.
Lithuanians are proudest of one thing: 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: 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 Olympics.
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 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.
He is considered as the strongest man in the world. These 24 countries are: Together, these countries have a population of more than million.
One euro is divided into cents. While each official euro member as well as Monaco, San Marino and Vatican issues its own coins with a unique obverse, the reverse, as well as all bank notes, look the same throughout the eurozone.
Every coin is legal tender in any of the eurozone countries. Akropolis a chain of shopping malls in Lithuania is one of them and definitely worth visiting if you are a shopping malls maniac, as it houses an ice skating rink, bowling lanes and a cinema.
On the first and the second floors of the Helios City restaurants, cafes, small shops, beauty salon, dry cleaning and other service companies are located.
The centre of the city or the Old Town and the new leisure and service centre are separated by less than 1. It is convenient to access the Helios City from any place of the city — either by public or proper transport.
Thousands of merchants can be found there on a good weekend, from not only Lithuania, but also from as far away as Ukraine. Clothes, shoes, and even music can be bought there.
Counterfeit goods still can be found, and it was a serious issue several years ago. Overall, a low price is guaranteed, quality is not.
The main shopping centres in Kaunas are: There is even that symbol of "mall culture", which is new to Lithuania, Akropolis. Actually, Mega has the biggest aquarium in whole Europe that could be find in a mall.
It has more than fishes from every ocean and various seas. It is more than worth seeing. Klaipeda is a major shopping centre for people from Latvia and Kaliningrad.
The main shopping centres are: Many people coming to the city on cruise ships shop in Klaipeda , due to the good value and price combination.
Amber shops are very popular in Lithuania, which is found in the Baltic Sea. The cost of living in Lithuania is cheaper than Western European Countries, some of the other Baltic Countries have similar prices, with some being even cheaper.
Lithuanian dinners usually include meat, potato, vegetables and sometimes a curd sauce of some sort. Pork is traditionally eaten, beef much less so.
Needless to say, vegans will have a hard time eating out, although some large restaurant chains will have vegetarian dishes on the menu.
Some fast food in Lithuania, such as Kibinai, from the Karaim people small turnovers usually filled with spiced lamb, and Cheburekai a Russian snack , large folds of dough with a scant filling of meat, cheese, or even apples, can be found around the city.
Many restaurants have menus in English usually in the Lithuanian menu and to a lesser extent, Russian. If you are traveling to Lithuanian shore from the eastern part of Lithuania and you are passing through Karmelava you must try Cepelinai.
Usually, 3 or 4 homemade Cepelinai call fill up a big person. A visit to a kiosk will show that there may be more than 50 different brands of beer in this small country.
Alcohol percentages are displayed on the label, and usually range from 4 to 9. The beer tastes excellent, putting global brands to shame and it can be said that Lithuanian lager is of at least equal quality to Czech, Slovak, German, and Polish lager.
A request for a Lithuanian beer always generates goodwill, even in a Chinese or other foreign-themed restaurant. When you visit a bar or restaurant without intending to eat, try one of the bar snacks, which are very popular among Lithuanians.
The most popular of these snacks consists of a bowl of pieces of garlic bread covered in cheese. The larger supermarkets have an incredible variety of vodka from all the main vodka-producing countries.
Lithuanian mead, or midus is a beverage produced exclusively under government control. It is commonly made from all sorts of Lithuanian flora, from leaves and berries to some tree bark.
For tourists, quality sparkling wines, such as Alita or Mindaugas , and local liqueurs are popular choices to bring back home. Keep in mind the law that came into effect from Jan that prohibits selling alcohol in shops between 10PM and 8AM bars, cafes, restaurants etc.
The selection in coffee ranges from northern European brands to French ones. In coffee houses, you should expect to pay up to 1. Some of the wonderful drinks such as the Marganito are great for fun filled party drinks and rated one of the top kinds of wine in the country, perfect for weddings.
Unlike restaurants, or pubs aimed at tourists, bars Baras may be frequented by heavy drinkers and can therefore be somewhat rowdy. Nevertheless a visit may still be very rewarding, especially if you accept an invitation to participate in karaoke.
However, many nightclubs have internal smoking rooms, which have a degree of ventilation. Tap water is suitable for drinking in many parts of Lithuania.
In other areas, local people prefer to purchase bottled water or to run tap water through water filters. If you need to buy bottled water, a 5 litre bottle is not much more expensive than a one litre bottle.
Where in doubt about the tap water, seek local advice. There are two main clearly distinguished types of accommodation in Lithuania: Domestically it is considered that the actual difference is only in those two types of accommodation and price.
This may be very useful to know if you want to move around without pre-booking accommodation or just in unusual circumstances: There are several international hotel chains in the major Lithuanian cities, and a variety of local hotels.
Many hotels and motels are members of Lithuanian Hotel and Restaurant Association , some hostels are members of Lithuanian Hostels Association.
Hotels, hostels and motels are ranked by stars 1 to 5 stars. The price of accommodation depends very much on the place. Some hotels in Neringa and Palanga may be similarly or more expensive as in Vilnius because of highly acclaimed location.
In this case the price may seem high and hotel itself overrated, but it all is determined by location.
It especially applies to Neringa which is a more expensive place in all respects. Most hotels do have web home pages, but some do not. Nevertheless, the Internet helps considerably in planning.
You will find the hotels of every town in their own articles. However, remember that this is a service maintained by the volunteers and you should not wait for current prices let alone that there would be all the possibilities listed.
When travelling to a popular vacation spot in the summer and around the New Year like Palanga or Druskininkai make sure to book a room in advance because demand may outnumber supply.
Additionally, some of the cafes on the main highways between cities also have rooms to rent. They may be good places to meet other travellers and wrong places if you expect to deal with locals.
In the biggest towns there are companies which rent apartments "to the long-time tourist or worker". This will give you some portals or sites of companies, though not all of them are available in English — some are, however, available in other languages such as German, Polish or Russian.
Also you can use option of online translation, it often is sufficient. Homestead Sodyba , nom. One of the key features is that homesteads typically are not related to agriculture, but usually are associated with short-term and long-term recreation places.
They are a type of accommodation in the countryside. Homesteads which are members of Lithuanian Countryside Tourism Association are ranked by storks 1 to 5 storks.
The official website of the Association Countryside. There are 10 official types of activity; each homestead is focused on one or several of them.
Here is a list of all ten types of activity you can choose from their website: Currently the association has over homesteads, most of which provide Quiet recreation services around homesteads.
The Family Celebrations are in second place, and the third is the Holidays for Families with children. Culinary heritage homesteads are scattered throughout the regions and offer services related to the traditions of the concrete region.
The popularity of Celebrations service can answer the question where the Lithuanian urban youth go to celebrate: You have a whole house with all equipment and a territory with ponds and saunas on your own This is a striking difference compared to the Westerners who come to the Baltic cities to get drunk.
It may give you an idea why locals sometimes express a very negative attitude to the foreign visitors and insist that they are inappropriately behaving in the inappropriate place.
You should know and accept that the forest is an appropriate place in such situations. Homestead that is focusing on Celebrations provides a far more adequate service than some luxury hotel or a restaurant in a city can offer.
Three homesteads listed below are not only deserving attention, but also distinctly represent three different styles.
They all are conveniently situated near the main roads, but at the same time conveniently secluded. There are two kinds of camping in Lithuania: Camp sites are ranked by stars 1 to 4 stars.
Most of camp sites are in recreation areas and very few are near the main roads. There are about 25 camp sites that are members of the association, and several that are not.
Lithuanians consider this kind of business not profitable. If there is a need for a camp site it is very common to look for the homestead instead: All facilities are available, living comforts vary in accordance with the rank storks of the homestead.
Therefore it is impossible to come across the camp site incidentally just driving down the main road e. In this case one should also pay attention to the road signs of homesteads.
The other kind of camp sites, plenty of which are marked on the regional maps with an icon resembling a tent specified on bilingual legend: Some of those icons indicate the presence of homesteads that specialize in countryside tourism industry and offer a certain zone where the canoeists and bicyclists can stay in their tents overnight for the small fee.
Typically such sites are surrounded with impassable thickets; scarce wild meadows are either swampy or full of formicaries and unsuitable for rest, the private land is the only salvation.
The sites that are in public recreation zones usually are free of charge and have no facilities except some rugged wooden furniture benches and tables typical for Lithuania.
Lithuania has one of the best educational systems in the World. Many universities participate in student exchange programs. 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. 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.