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Like it's Baltic neighbours, Lithuania has a lot to offer for '''nature''' lovers. Dense forests, hills, beautiful blue lakes and rivers are the main base. The forested '''[[Aukštaitija National Park]]''' [http://www.anp.lt/] is perhaps the most popular of the country's national parks for its balanced diversity of natural and cultural values. Its forests are home to elk, deer and wild boar. Some of the pines you'll see here are up to 200 years old and the park is a safe haven for many plants and birds that are endangered in the rest of the country. The 126 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. South east from the national park lies a one of the largest forests, famous Labanoras Forest, which is a part of [http://labanoras.am.lt '''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, 285 lakes (70 of them swimmable), mysterious swamps and numerous rivers and streams suitable for canoeing. No surprise that its popularity among holidaymakers exceed even popularity of its neighbour Aukštaitija National Park.
Another favourite regional park, especially among the birders, is the[http://www.nemunodelta.lt/ '''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.
* '''Molotov Line''' – the line of Soviet hardened field defences of World War II, its section of 328 km stretches between the Lithuanian seaside near Palanga up to Polish border and marks the former border between Germany and Lithuanian SSR in 1941. Construction of the pillboxes started in 1941 April, some 100 out of 1641 objects were more or less completed until June 22, 1941 when Wehrmacht unexpectedly invaded Soviet Union, violating the non-aggression pact of 1939.
* <see name="Oflag 53" alt="subcamp of Buchenwald concentration camp" address="Pagėgiai district, Lithuania Minor (German: Pogegen)" directions="From the centre of Pagėgiai turn west (from Vilnius St to Jankus St which soon turns into the road No 4230) and go 1 km 83 m Anužiai direction, then turn to the right (road sign “Oflager-53”) to the forest, the site is 410 m away from the road" lat="" long="" phone="+370 656 18551" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours=""></see> Established 15 Apr 1941, closed Jun 1944. A memorial complex for prisoners of war who died in Pagėgiai concentration camp erected in 1977, rebuilt in May 2005. For more information contact [http://www.pagegiai.lt/index.php?761933499 Pagėgiai Region Tourism Information Centre], Šereikos St 3-3, LT-99254 Vilkyškiai, Pagėgiai district.
* <see name="Macikai Village Concentration Camp - Lockup" alt="former German WW II POW camp Stalag 1C / Soviet prison for internal enemies GULAG department No.3" address="Macikai village, LT-99156, Šilutė district" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+370 441 62207" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="+370 441 62207" url="" hours="Tuesday-Saturday 11:00-15:00" price=""></see> Once it was a manor. Then, in 1924, its territory was used for the barracks of Lithuanian Army. 1939 Germans established the WWII POW camp. 1944-1948 Soviets continued to use the camp for the German POW. 1948-1955 it was renamed to "GULAG department No.3" and served as a prison for "internal enemies". 1995 the Museum of Macikai Concentration Camp was established.
*'''[http://www.saltojokaromuziejus.lt/ Plokštinė SS-4-type Intermediate-range Missile Silo Complex]''', Didžioji St 8, Plateliai village, Plungė district. ☎ +370 677 86574. In [http://www.zemaitijosnp.lt/ Samogitian National Park].
*'''Seimas Barricades''' - Remains of the barricades built around the Parliament building to protect the newly-democratic Lithuanian parliament from Soviet troops in 1991. Gediminas av 53, LT-01109 Vilnius.
* '''[http://www.hubertus.lt/ Hunting and fishing]''' — Commercial hunting and fishing is allowed, popular, well organized and under control, and virtually does not make damage to nature. Poaching is strictly illegal, though still happens, even to the extent of organized crime. However it has a very negative attitude among entire society, intolerance to such kind of crimes is constantly increasing.
* '''Horse riding''' is fairly popular among Lithuanians and some foreigners, Germans in particular. The "Yellow Pages" website[http://www.1588.lt/en/veikla/zirgynai-hipodromai-jodinejimas?ps=25&pa=2&so=city_search&&pa=1] lists 63 stud-farms and other companies involved in this service. One of the best known and situated in attractive recreation area near Šiauliai is <do name="Kurtuvėnai Horse Riding Centre" alt="" address="Parko St 2, Kurtuvėnai, LT-80223 Šiauliai district" directions="Kurtuvėnai is a village near Šiauliai: from Šiauliai centre drive South-West down the A12 highway (Kelmė direction) about 15 km, then turn right after Bubiai village (road No 215) and drive about 5km, then turn left to Kurtuvėnai" lat="" long="" phone="For reservation +370 413 70333, Mobile +370 618 29964" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="www.kurtuva.lt" hours="Open whole year round. price="Price for 2 persons 270 LTL/78 €, including two nights accommodation in ***camping"></do>
* '''Dog Sledding''' popularity is increasing. Most suitable areas are in the eastern Lithuania, although there are several places in Samogitia too. The lithuanian portal of extreme sports '''Xteam'''[http://www.xteam.lt/LT/22/Roges,sunu-kinkiniai.htm] lists 17 companies all over the country offering this service. These companies are mostly so called "homesteads" which run countryside tourism business and offer various kinds of entertainment. There is no need to highlight any, they all good in their own way. Same applies to locations, practically the choice depends on personal preferences, financial and time factors and also on mood. One of the clubs seriously involved into this sports is <do name="Top Dogz" alt="Rogių Šunys" address="L. and I. Daujotai, Vičiūnai village, Kernavė elderate, LT-19170 Širvintos district" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="Mobile +370 650 99985, +370 650 34844" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.rogiusunys.lt/en" hours="" price=""></do> Among other companies which offer dog sledding all year round, is one especially attractive due to its superb location, south-east of Kernavė in a most mysterious part of Neris Regional Park, called Devil's Corner (Velniakampis) - '''[http://www.nuotykiuakademija.lt Adventure Academy (Nuotykių akademija)]'''. Contact phone +370 699 86767, address Žalgiris village, Vievis elderate, Elektrėnai municipality.
* As with eastern Europe in general, openly gay behaviour such as holding hands or kissing may result in a violent confrontation from an onlooker. Suspicion of homosexuality may also cause problems; two male visitors to a straight nightclub should sit a respectable distance apart, even if they are heterosexual. Overall, if you are a man that prefers other men over females you should not be open about it. Usually, the ones that are proud about it get harassed. On the other hand, lesbians are not typically attacked.
* Members of ethnic minorities, (particularly those of African descent), may experience some form of racism. This is not tolerated by the authorities and racist attacks are rare. However non-whites may at least have to get used to being stared at by locals, especially in rural areas. More often than not this can be out of pure curiosity rather than malice. The issue of race relations, the history of slavery and civil rights are relatively unknown. That said, the presence of several Afro-American basketball players in the Lithuanian league does help and means that racism is perhaps not as big a problem as in other eastern European countries. The best way to overcome any minor issues is to maintain a dignified air and understanding that for many Lithuanians living in a homogenous society, they may not have had any previous contact with a person of color. Therefore, if you are a dark skinned, do not be surprised that they whisper to each other. You might hear them saying something similar to "nigger". They do not say it because they mean to disrespect you. They do not understand why it is a wrong thing to do, since they hear this word in movies and music.
* Driving in Lithuania is considered dangerous according to European standards. Lithuania's rapidly expanding economy has lead to an increase in traffic density, thus accident rates are high. As a pedestrian, take great care when crossing the roads, as pedestrian crossings are widely ignored. When driving be careful of aggresive, quickly going and irresponsible drivers. It's better to pass them even if they are flouting rules. Keep in mind that traffic police could be corrupt. Mind the forest roads, collisions with wildlife animals can easily occur.