Camping in Lithuania: a showcase of natural beauty and cultural heritage

Camping has never seemed a more attractive way to take a vacation. It is inexpensive, has low environmental impact, and as an outdoor pursuit has low risk of COVID-19.

During the pandemic, interest in camping soared with a 500 percent increase in bookings in summer 2021.

Camping is also a low carbon holiday. A study by PKF consulting comparing CO2 emissions from motorhome travel with the impact of flying, car rental and hotel accommodation found emissions to be lower in all classes motorhome trips.

Lithuania is a compact country where you can travel from north to south in three hours. It has beautiful beaches, lush countryside and historical monuments, as such the Baltic nation is perfect for a road trip.

Four of the best routes to make your visit have been compiled by Lithuania travel, built to showcase the expanse of natural beauty and cultural assets of Lithuania.

“The camping routes lead to the most spectacular places in Lithuania and show what it is like to travel in our ethnographically diverse country,” explains Inga Valentonienė, Head of Tourism Products and Marketing Department at Lithuania Travel.

“Relatively short driving distances allow you to observe rapidly changing landscapes in just a few days: from vast meadows or sand dunes to archaic-looking towns.

As in many Baltic states, wild camping is allowed in the Lithuanian countryside (some limits are placed in national parks).

1 – Three Waters to the West

Discover three of Lithuania’s most remarkable reservoirs on this 620 km campsite road where you visit the Baltic Sea, the Curonian Lagoon and the Nemunas River Delta.

The route is dotted with natural beauties such as the UNESCO heritage site, the Curonian Spit, a white sand path connecting the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon.

Along the way is Cape Ventė, an essential part of one of the main bird migration routes and home to one of Europe’s first birding stations. Nearby is Samogitia, the last region of the country to retain its ancient pagan traditions.

2 – Three capitals of the South

This southern campsite road is a section of 470 km and passes through three distinct capitals: Vilnius, Kaunas and Trakai.

Vilnius, the historic capital of Lithuania, has one of the most picturesque medieval castles in Europe. Vilnius contrasts old and new with contemporary architecture and tall church towers. Kaunus presents a mixture of Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance buildings.

Hot air ballooning is available in Vilnius, and Kaunas thermal retreats in the form of neighboring resorts, Druskininkai and Birštonas, are available for those who wish to relax. These destinations offer the opportunity to heal and drink from local water sources.

3 – Lakes and Manors of the North and East

These 690 km road showcases the natural beauty of northern and eastern Lithuania. Along the way, in the Highland region (Aukštaitija), all motorhomes are advised to park near the oldest national park in Lithuania. Here, visitors can experience the wild side of Lithuania with many wild mushrooms, berries and forest baths.

History and culture abound on this route with Lithuanians Museum of Ethnocosmology in Molėtai and the opportunity to explore 19th century mansions.

4 – Cross-country ski course

A 1400km campsite road around Lithuania may seem like a journey, but dotted with 29 cities, the three capitals, the largest Lithuanian island Rusnė and leading to the castle-lined ‘Heaven Road’ that winds along the Nemunas River, this journey into really worth it.

Visitors can discover the famous Lithuanian seaside resort – Palanga – on the shores of the Baltic Sea, take a tour through the seven hills of the town of Telšiai – the so-called capital of Samogitia – and visit the Hill of Crosses, a place of pilgrimage.

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