Lithuania: A Small Country With Big Surprises

by Czarina Rose Lantajo

Are you having second thoughts about studying in Lithuania and leaving everything behind to throw yourself into a new and completely different surrounding? If so, that is completely normal but make sure to stop it! Studying abroad in Lithuania will be the best decision you ever made. Lithuania is emerging as a major study abroad destination and for good reason. This small country is the heart of Europe’s east and west so it has much to offer. It is impossible to capture and truly understand the magnificence of the country, the warmth of its people, and the adventure that awaits there, without experiencing it firsthand.

Read on to learn more about why this lovely country may be the perfect choice for your international program and leave all those second thoughts behind. 

Trakai Castle, Lithuania
Trakai Castle


Traditional Lithuanian food can be summed up in one word: potatoes. You name it and they make it. The spud spectrum includes everything from potato pies to potato sausages and they are easy to find hot and fresh almost anywhere. The Italians may have their crispy pizza and homemade spaghetti, and the French have their rich crème brûlée, but Lithuanians offer the simple, yet palate pleasing zeppelin. This sumptuous dish earned its name because it is shaped like the Zeppelin airship which was used in the early 20th century. It is a boiled potato stuffed with finely cut meat and served with sour cream sauce. It is basically a potato dumpling and is one uncomplicated dish that would be a wonderful addition to any book of comfort foods. 

Medieval Vilnius and Trakai Castle

The capital city of Vilnius contains nearly two thousand medieval, renaissance, gothic, and baroque style buildings within its Old Town area. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the largest and best preserved medieval quarters in Europe.

Not far away is the stunning Trakai Castle. It stands on an island in Galva Lake and was built in the 14th century. The Gothic structure is made out of red brick and has been painstakingly repaired throughout its life in order to preserve it. It now includes a museum of the castle’s history and the courtyard hosts concerts and events in the summertime.   

Hot Air Balloon Ride
Hot Air Balloon Ride

Take A Hot Air Balloon Ride 

If you have a fear of heights, this would be one of the best ways to overcome it. One popular trip takes riders on an hour long adventure to the outskirts of Vilnius and Trakai. The breathtaking trip enables you to see Lithuania from a whole new perspective. Lithuania will shine from below with emerald meadows, medieval castles, and azure waters.


Lithuanian is considered as one of the official languages of the European Union. What makes this so interesting is that it is known to be the most “conservative” form of Indo-European Language because it is the only language of its kind that has retained attributes of Proto-Indo-European. This may sound a little intimidating but don’t worry if studying a new language is the last thing on your to do list. While Lithuanians are full of national pride and love their heritage, most are polyglots, meaning they typically speak several languages. Students can often converse in English if they wish. It is a good idea to know a few words though. One very important is Dėkoju, which means thank you, a phrase that can take you far in any country.

Vilnius City, Lithuania
Vilnius City

Be Taken Prisoner In A Soviet Bunker Survival Drama

For a little spice during your study abroad experience, why not try exploring an underground bunker in the middle of a Lithuanian forest. Located near Vilnius City, in southeast Lithuania, this is not one of your average bright and shiny tourist destinations. Participants are required to sign health and safety waivers. 

The Red Army was the name given to revolutionary groups. Prepare to travel back in time and experience a small taste of what it was like to be captured by one of these groups. After signing the waiver, participants are kidnapped, handcuffed, and even blindfolded by members of the Red Army. The actors take their unsuspecting victims through an undeniably one-of-a-kind, semi-theatrical experience which leaves them in pure awe.