In 1995, a group of Lithuanian artists and intellectuals erected a statue of Frank Zappa in the nation’s capital Vilnius. Two years later, on April Fool’s Day 1997, the city’s bohemian quarter declared itself an independent Republic.
Founded in 1991 by Lithuanian sculptor Gintaras Karosas, the open-air modern art museum displays works by international artists, including large-scale works by famous contemporary artists and sculptors on its 55 hectare grounds.
The Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center is an avant-garde arts centre in Vilnius that not only celebrates the works of avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas, but also highlights major works from the Fluxus movement.
The Museum collects material connected to Lithuanian literature, from folklore of the past to literature of the present. The archives include material from about 600 various authors who lived in or emigrated from Lithuania.
The M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum is a group of museums based in Kaunas. It is dedicated to the works of the painter and musician M.K. Čiurlionis who was associated with the Symbolist and Art Nouveau movements.
Vilnius City Tour has been a successful tour operator since being established in 1998. They specialize in organizing regular sightseeing tours in Vilnius and Trakai as well as guided excursions all around Lithuania.
Stay in minimal-style apartments of up to three rooms in this contemporary yet cosy hotel. Each apartment contains a kitchen area and is simply furnished, with splashes of colour and wooden floors throughout, and there is a bathhouse complete with jacuzzi.
A designer building in the heart of Palanga, this hotel's interior and spa were especially created around notions of harmony and nature, including quality all-natural materials throughout, and unique architectural details by Lithuanian artisans.
In the heart of Vilnius Old Town is Medininkai, with a 16th century courtyard offering it‘s guests the pleasure of dining outdoors in the pleasant atmosphere of summery ancient Vilnius. International cuisine is served, as well as a number of Lithuanian classics.
A fine-dining steak house, Helios, in the Old Town of Vilnius serving up American steak in an elegant setting, accompanied by an impressive international wine list. See your steak being prepared from the open-plan kitchen, dedicated to the freshest produce.
Set in the courtyard of Stikliai Hotel, this restaurant is well-reputed in the city of Vilnius for its delicate fine dining. Blending French and Lithuanian cuisine, the menu is complimented by a romantic dining room, adorned by plants reaching to the glass roof above.
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Lithuania is the most
southern of the Baltic States, home to the breathtaking sand dunes known as the Curonian Spit. Located above Poland and Belarus, it has managed
to create an identity of its own while simultaneously drawing on influences from its
In the middle of the Lithuanian capital
Vilnius, stands the world's first statue honoring American
rock-legend Frank Zappa. The same
city is also the proud keeper of the beautifully preserved Old Town. Lithuania
can be summed up as a country where old and new collide in an awe-inspiring fashion.
Sadly much Lithuanian literature has
never been translated, but a works of Lithuanian origin have found their way
through to an international audience. Polish-Lithuanian poets Czeslaw Milozs
and Adam Mickiewicz may be claimed by both countries. Milozs'
Vilnius-based memoir Beginning With My
Streets and Mickiewicz' national epic Pan
Tadeusz both have very strong Lithuanian links.
Lithuania has a long tradition of folk
music, but they can certainly also compete on the contemporary scene. TrioVD
are a good example of this, with their daring jazz-compositions that just have
to be explored like so many other interesting aspects of Lithuania and its culture.