Pazaislis Monastery,

Everyone from The Guardian to Lonely Planet is calling this Baltic state the top travel spot to hit in 2016.

On the southeast side of the Baltic Sea just east of Sweden, Lithuania is teeming with forests, lakes and rivers, not to mention 100 kilometres of coastline. The famous Curonian Spit is one giant sand dune extending from the seaside town of Klaipeda all the way to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. The capital, Vilnius, boasts striking baroque architecture, a vibrant artist community and an Old Town that’s on the World Heritage list. For day trips, your itinerary should include Trakai National Park with a visit to the Gothic Island Castle and a stop at the World War II Jewish monuments in Paneriai Forest. Visit Lithuania.Travel.