General travel information for Lithuania
Geographical location: Northern Europe, Baltic States
Highest elevation: Aukštojas (293 m above sea level)
Longest river: Memel (total length 937 km)
Form of government: Parliamentary republic System of
Government: Semi-presidential democracy
Neighboring countries: Latvia, Belarus, Poland, Russia (Kaliningrad)
Capital: Wilna (Vilnius)
Area: Approx. 65,300 km²
Residents: Approx. 2.8 million people (2019)
Population density: Approx. 43 residents per km²
Religions: Approx. 77% Roman Catholic, approx. 4% Russian Orthodox, approx. 2% Protestants, approx. 10% non-denominational, minorities of Jews, Muslims and Jehovah’s Witnesses
Travel climate: Cool, moderate travel climate
Time zone: UTC + 2, (March to October) UTC + 3
Area code: +370
Country code: LT, LTU, 440
Electricity: In Lithuania, the sockets of type C and F are used. The mains voltage is 230 V with a 50 Hz change interval. An overview of the sockets and plugs used in our travel countries can be found at wikipedia.de.
Travel climate in Lithuania
In Lithuania, as in all Baltic states, there is a cool, temperate climate with cold winters below 0 ° C and moderately warm summers between 16 and 17 ° C. The westerly wind prevailing on the coast carries warm and humid air from the Baltic Sea inland. The warmest month is July with an average of 17 ° C, the coldest month is January with an average of −5.1 ° C. The annual average temperature is 6.2 ° C. The mean annual rainfall is 661 mm, in the south-west significantly more, in the north less.
Culture and sights in Lithuania
Lithuania is shaped by many different cultural influences. These include the long independence and maintenance of a non-Christian state religion, the long shared history with Poland, the relationship with the Hanseatic League in the Baltic Sea region and historical affiliation with the Russian Empire. It was from there that the Orthodox churches that could not be overlooked in the big cities were laid out. In the west of the country the Hanseatic-Northern European tradition with strong German, Danish and Swedish influences z. B. visible in the brick Gothic and in numerous bourgeois half-timbered houses. In the east, especially in Vilnius, Polish cultural elements are often present. In Lithuania, music is part of the art and culture associated with, among other things, paganism. Folk music is very popular in Lithuania to this day. It is maintained and developed in most of the cultural centers in all parishes. The ancient Lithuanian instruments are Kanklės and Birbynė. The singular polyphonic folk song in Lithuania is Sutartinė.
The baroque old town of Vilnius is under special protection of the UNESCO World Heritage, as are the dunes on the peninsula of the Curonian Spit and the archeological site of Kernavė.
The natural beauties of Lithuania can be explored in the numerous national parks and protected areas that are well worth seeing. The vast wetlands and marshland such as the Praviršulio tyrelis area or the Aukštumala high moor between Sowetsk and Klaipėda are particularly worthwhile excursion destinations on a trip through Lithuania. Near the town of Nida, located in the beautiful landscape of the Curonian Spit, rises the second highest dune in Europe, the High Dune. Other natural attractions are the high terraces of Kaunas on the Memel, the Vilnia Valley in the Pavilniai Regional Park in Vilnius or the Kaunasser Meer reservoir with the wonderful Pažaislis monastery.
Public holidays in Lithuania
Jan 1st New Year
Feb 16th Independence Restoration Day
March 11th Independence Day (national holiday)
In Apr. Easter Monday
May 1st Labor Day
May 4th Independence Restoration Day
June 24th St. John’s Day
July 6th Coronation of Mindaugas I.
August 15 Assumption day
November 1 All Saints’ day
Nov. 2. National holiday
Dec. 24 Christmas eve
December 25 Christmas
December 26, the day after Christmas
December 31 New Year’s eve
Medical information for Lithuania
For legal reasons, we as a tour operator are not allowed to communicate any binding medical information for Lithuania and therefore refer to the information provided by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Robert Koch Institute and the German Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health
Travel advice for Lithuania
You can obtain current travel and safety advice, information on entering and leaving the country, as well as special criminal law advice and recommendations for your stay in Lithuania from the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Foreign mission in Lithuania
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Vilnius Administrative
District / consular district: Lithuania
Street address: Raina Bulv. 13, 1050 Riga
Postal address: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, PO Box 186, 1050 Riga, Lithuania.
Telephone: +370 5 210 64 00, for emergencies (+370) 650 55510, 8 650 55510
Fax: +370 5 210 64 46, +49 30 1817 671 80
E-Mail: Contact form
Website: http: //www.wilna.diplo.de Official languages
in the host country: Lithuanian
Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Berlin
(There are other honorary consulates in Dresden, Erfurt, Essen, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Künzelsau and Munich)
Street address: Charitéstraße 9
Postal address: Charitéstraße 9, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 890 68 10
Fax: +49 30 890 681 15
E-Mail: [email protected]