Lithuania Journals

Festivals and places to relax afterwards in Lithuania

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A May 2008 trip to Lithuania by dangaroo

Quote: Party then relax in Lithuania!

Gadi Music & Geology Festival

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Attraction | "Udra Udra Udra!"

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A few notes before we start - one the photo is not at all relevant and two the festival actually takes place in Kernave not Vilnius.. not sure what's gone wrong with dooyoo there but anyway!Gadi is a festival in Lithuania taking place in the 2nd weekend of May in the old capital Kernave (about 35-40km from Vilnius), the music festival follows a week of events your car in it's an additional 10lt. You could also do what we did and park the car on the outside part of the festival and then go through the hole in the fence that many were using. Lithuania is very relaxed and it's not like you'll be facing any consequences of deportation from the festival!The bands on the main stage...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 20, 2008

Cozy

Attraction | "Cozy or Dozy?"

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I suppose after slagging off Nobo bar in Warsaw, I should do a positive review. I'm not going to though, I'll get another waste of a few beers worth of money out of my system! I've been to Cozy Club/Cafe Bar in Vilnius a few times.The word Cozy couldn't be far from the description, it's not cosy at all, it's a modern pub with little room for socialising except for with people on your table.It's another slightly expensive place (beer is cheap but coffees are expensive) for the well to do with good jobs or for the more classy foreigner, the cafe upstairs is a pretty popular place and serves a variety of complicated coffees that come in an enormous glass with ice cream, coffee bea...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 5, 2008

Forto Dvaras

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Restaurant | "Traditional Lithuanian Cuisine in Vilnius"

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Forto Dvaras is a restaurant that is part of the Lithuanian"Fortas" chain and the one I'm reviewing is located in the center of the city at Pilies g. 16, Vilnius on the main street heading through old town.I've had occasion to go there a few times, they specialise in local cuisine and I can definitely recommend going there if you are looking to try something traditional.The restaurant is a rustic restaurant with wooden interior, waiteresses in traditional costumes, old Lithuanian music playing and a selection of local delicacies ranging from the slightly bizarre beer snacks like pig snout or pig ears to the every day beer snack like fried bread, there is also a large rang...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 5, 2008

Transylvania Pub

Attraction | "No Dracula Here"

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Radio Luxembourg is the latest newcomer to my worldwide bar/club/restaurant reviews. Radio Luxembourg is an alternative club in Warsaw where you can see any number of live bands (reggae, rockabilly, psychobilly punk, ska, blues, death metal, viking metal etc) for usually no more than 5zl (1.20), a few times a month African nights or Indian nights are also organised where you can taste their styles of music and also food.In the same courtyard are also Dobra Karma (a roots reggae/ska/balkan beats club), an African pub and a little greek restaurant, which gives it a nice feeling.Beer is 6zl (1.45), other drinks are cheap too and the place stays open depending on how many people ar...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 7, 2008

Filaretai Hostel

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Hotel | "Cheap and Quiet Hostel in Vilnius"

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Filaretai Hostel is located to the east of the centre of Vilnius, just after Uzopis and off in to a colourful courtyard. I spent a couple of weeks in the hostel about 4 years ago and it has continually upgraded itself since then. It's a short walk from the central area where as the other hostels tend to be in the thick of things but this actually has some benefits, firstly you get exercise to-ing and thro-ing and secondly it feels like a relaxing haven as the area that it is in, is unbelievably quiet and peaceful.The staff were a bit old school Lithuanian - that's to say they don't go out of their way when it comes to customer care but on the other hand they are not fake and normally get t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2009

Filaretai Hostel
Filaretų Street 17
Vilnius 01207
+370 5 2154627

Kernave

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I've just returned from Kernave this weekend, 35km through the wooden house dotted countryside from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, lies the former capital and one of the first settlements in Lithuania - Kernave. Pretty small for a former capital, just a few houses, one shop, one cafe, a population of around 300 and a rather standout church! If there is proof that size doesn't matter this is it! A small walk to the back of the church will lead you to a sensational breathtaking view over the piliakalnis (fortified hill mounds) to the enormous bend in the River Neris and to the valley below. Traditionally the locals lived by the river but after being attacked in 1390 by the Teutonic Knights ...Read More
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Druskininkai is a seasonal town or even village by a small lake, a spa resort in the South Western corner of Lithuania in an area neighbouring Poland and Belarus. In season, it's a trendy place for holidaying Russians and richer Lithuanian and has always had a long history of attracting the middle classes from Vilnius, Warsaw and Moscow ever since a train line ran close by from Warsaw to Saint Petersburg at the turn of the last century. If you are into the saunas and massages on offer then the prices may appeal but beyond the world of relaxation and frolicking in the nearby water park, there is very little to do here. The mud is supposed to have curing benefits.The countryside in the area ...Read More
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Paluse is a village in the Eastern part of Lithuania, a tiny place on a lake with the countries oldest surviving wooden church which has been made completely without nails. Rarely visited by foreigners but regularly by people from Vilnius, it lies at the heart of the Aukstaitija National Park and ironically rather close to the Nuclear Power Plant at Ignalina.The area is beautiful, a very leafy area with clear lakes and pure nature, lots of birdlife and a perfect place to relax. It is possible to rent chalets from 14lt - 40lt (5 litas = 1 pound), these are often filled up with teenage school kids who come for the weekend from Vilnius and grill sausage on an open fire, drink beer etc with th...Read More

Roko Naktys!

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Of all the music festivals that I've been to, I've always enjoyed the Lithuanian ones more than any other due to the superb atmosphere created by what I consider to be the most open, friendly and fun-loving people in Europe. The lack of stupid rules and security also make it like one big house party!Roko Naktys is a rock festival which takes place once a year and has taken place in the middle of nowhere in Northern Lithuania for the last 5 years. I visited in 2005 and it was in Plateilai, a tiny place within a Nature reserve, the festival was held right by the lakeside and it was warm enough (particularly if you were drunk enough) to swim in.The ticket to the festival for the w...Read More

Zoo Fest - One of the Best

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As I've mentioned in the reviews for Gadi Festival and Roktys Naktys, there's very little better than a music festival in Lithuania. Whilst both of those are more geared to the hard rock or metal fan. ZooFest is a bigger mixture of music but predominantly Punk, Ska, Psychobilly, Hardcore, Alternative with some metal bands usually attending.The festival takes place in the small town of Alytus in the southern corner of Lithuania by Belarus and Poland, the town itself has quite an alternative scene and Zoo Club which organises the festival is a regular gig for bands touring in the region.The club and organisers of the festival are also particularly active in contacting...Read More