In 2009, Lithuania celebrates the millennium of its name, a symbolic borderline of its prehistory and the starting point of its civilization. No other date in the second half of the 20th century or the beginning of the 21st century comes close to the importance of this jubilee date for the history of Lithuania.
Lithuania inhabited by people of Baltic descent, was once a powerful empire stretching from Baltic Sea to Black Sea. It is now known for its fascinating history, beautiful nature and friendly, welcoming people.
Lithuania has one of the nicest capitals in Europe - Vilnius, which is still undiscovered by mass tourism.
Close to Vilnius, is the fascinating 15th century Trakai Castle, a magnificent monument to the past glory of Lithuania, where a Medieval Feast can be organized. Helpful servants will warmly welcome you at the feast pulsating with the spirit of the Middle Ages ... The thundering sound of gunshots and trumpets will announce the whole world about your arrival.
Discover unique dishes and drinks recreated according to recipes of ancient books, primeval dances and music, clown’s jokes, games and other revelry, brutal knights’ fights, fakirs spitting with fire and find yourself back in time in the vivid atmosphere of life in the Lithuanian castles…
If you want to be lords at a medieval feast - Trakai castle is an ideal venue for it!
Lithuania’s dish are not just hearty and delicious, but fun to make. A cooking course with a restaurant’s chef will enable you to make cepelinai yourself, learn fascinating things about the history of Lithuanian cuisine and pick up a few cooking secrets. A dynamic and enjoyable activity with plenty of food, good company and music.
On the morning of January 1st, Vilnius woke up as European capital of culture. After five years of preparation, and ready for its name millennium, Lithuania is proud that its capital Vilnius will be bearing al along 2009 this prestigious title together with Linz (Austria).
There are all sorts of festivals, from classic, jazz and theatre to folk festivals and marvelous craft fairs planned in 2009.
January 2009 marks the start of the large-scale project ARTscape, which will present the contemporary cultural scenes of different European countries. Helsinki became the first European Capital of Culture of the 21st century, therefore ARTscape not accidentally starts its program with a representation of contemporary art, cinema and jazz from this most Northern European country. ARTscape is an integral part of the national program ?Vilnius - European Capital of Culture 2009”. The project is co-organized by some of the most qualified cultural institutions: Kino Pavasaris, Vilnius Jazz and gallery ?Vartai”.
Lithuania has a strong and long Pagan history where many traditions still survive. You will have the unique opportunity to participate in a special place of worship traditional pagan rituals. Listening to the traditional pagan music and tasting an authentic meal without cutlery, you can either choose to get involved in the rituals or just watch, and have plenty of fun.
Why not play or arrange a golf tournaments at the newest 18-hole golf courses in the Baltic! Near to Vilnius there are 3 professional golf clubs, which provide high level services in a well-maintained environment with an excellent club atmosphere.
These qualities, combined with the areas natural undulations, provide a perfect setting for a memorable golfing experience!