On summertime, it’s best to head for the cool chambers of the Bernardine monastery in Tytuvėnai, northwestern Lithuania. Once inside, you’ll come face to face with the fascinating history of Christianity in Lithuania – from ancient paintings by the monks to centuries-old liturgical garments, and even a relic of John Paul II. For more info, visit http://bit.ly/2KsHbWe. Photo credit: Andrius Aleksandravičius. Elegant architecture is the perfect match for classical music. Photo credit: Lukas Misiukevičius. #NationalPhilharmonic #classicalmusic #orchestra #architecture #realisbeautiful #beautifulLithuania #travelling #visitLithuania. On 6 July, the sound of Lithuania’s national anthem won’t just be heard across the country – it will be heard around the world. Why? Because Lithuanians all over the world are invited to unite in celebrating 100 years of Lithuania's statehood. So wherever you are – spread the word: encourage Lithuanian friends to join the celebration and sing the anthem at 9pm Lithuanian time! #tautiskagiesme, #musu4milijonai, #welcometolithuania Can you guess what kind of vegetable is growing here? (Hint: it’s orange and loved by bunnies.) #realisbeautiful #beautifulLithuania #nature #freshfood #travelling #visitLithuania Photo credit: Andrius Aleksandravičius. If you’re traveling to get an authentic taste of Samogitia, make sure you save Plungė Manor for dessert. Photo credit: Andrius Aleksandravičius. #realisbeautiful #beautifulLithuania #explore #architecture #manor #summer #visitLithuania. You’re in a park in Vilnius, surrounded by Lithuania's most authentic traditions – handicrafts and the very best of the country’s varied folk music and dance. This is the national “Festival of Songs”, and this year it's dedicated to the centenary of the restoration of Lithuania’s independence. Here, you’ll see 8,000 dancers appear in a single stadium, all dressed in colourful folk costumes – or hear a choir of more than 20 000 voices singing traditional songs to bring the spirit of Lithuania into everyone’s heart. For more info, visit http://bit.ly/2IpsAoN. Photo credit: Matas Jankauskas. It's a calm Wednesday evening, and the sea breeze tousles your hair as you stroll along the pier in Klaipėda. Your attention is suddenly drawn by the blare of a ship’s siren, welcoming you to Lithuania’s one and only seaport. The water temperature in Lithuania’s lakes is currently over 20 degrees Celsius. Fancy a swim? #realisbeautiful #beautifulLithuania #nature #lake #travelling #visitLithuania Photo credit: Aistė Jūrė. It's half past ten in the morning as you sit reading on the jetty in Preila, swinging your legs in the cool water. Just as you turn the page, a seabird tries to steal the last bite of your bread. That’s about as much drama as you can expect here, away from the noise and chaos of the big city. It’s safe to say that St. Annes Church in Vilnius is photogenic from every angle. Photo credit: Vitas Danys. #realisbeautiful #beautifulLithuania #architecture #oldtown #travelgram #travelling #travelLithuania Visit the region of Aukštaitija, and you'll enter a land of delicious pastry dishes. Bite into the traditional delicacy known locally as "cold-noses" – fresh blueberry dumplings, served in a creamy sauce – and you’ll taste a sweet burst of Lithuanian summer. Photo credit: Ignas G. Who ever said there’s such a thing as “too much greenery”? Photo credit: Andrius Aleksandravičius. #realisbeautiful #beautifulLithuania #greenery #wildnature #lonelytree #sunset #travelling #visitLithuania You come to rest in front of a giant sundial – a sign that you’re nearing the end of your 43km-long hike along the Curonian Spit. The monument’s unique design, and the tranquility of this spot on top of the dunes, persuade you to linger just a little longer to enjoy the panorama that opens up before you. To find out more about ways to enjoy the Curonian Spit on foot, by bike or on the water, visit http://bit.ly/2yB57kI. Photo credit: Gediminas Mažeika. Could this cottage by the Curonian Lagoon be your dream house? Photo credit: Andrius Aleksandraičius. #realisbeautiful #beautifulLithuania #holiday #travelling #nature Today, people all over Lithuania will be out roaming the forests in search of flowers and ferns. According to our age-old traditions, it brings good luck to gather wild flowers and greenery for a floral crown on St. John's Eve. So if you want to experience what is possibly the most Lithuanian of all celebrations – come along, put on your crown of flowers, and join the locals as we sing and dance away the shortest night of the year! Photo credit: Lilija Lozovič. You climb to the top of the observation tower at Kirkilai, near Biržai in northern Lithuania. As the sun slowly sets, you take your time to admire a unique landscape featuring more than 30 sink holes filled with water to form tiny lakes, surrounded by lush greenery – and soundtracked by a symphony of birdsong. Photo credit: Giedrius Akelis. An adventure with nature is waiting around every bend in the road. Photo credit: Vaidas Gegužis. #realisbeautiful #beautifulLithuania #road #greenery #nature #adventure #travelling #visitLithuania. It's half past noon in Birštonas, and the hot sun makes you thirstier with every step. Thankfully, you soon come to this curious yellow building. Stepping inside, your pour a little water from a tap and take a sip – delicious sparkling water, straight from Birštonas’s famous subterranean springs! For more info, visit http://bit.ly/2M5KL4U. Photo credit: Gintaras Vitulskis. Sometimes it seems like the towers of Rietavas church in Samogitia touch the sky. Photo credit: Marius Dizaineris. #realisbeautiful #beautifulLithuania #architecture #travelling #village #church #towers #visitLithuania. Every time you stroll down Laisvės Alėja – “Freedom Avenue” – in the heart of Kaunas, you’ll discover something new. Like this recently installed ring of lights, a tribute to Dutchman Jan Zwartendijk, who helped Jews escape Lithuania during World War II, and a symbol of the humanity and courage that connects the Netherlands and Lithuania. Photo credit: Andrius Aleksandravičius.