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Vilnius Lithuania

Famous for its rich history, lively nightlife and UNESCO-listed Old Town, the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius is bursting with things to see and do. From soaking up panoramic views from the Three Crosses Monument to wandering down the pretty cobbles of Pilies Street, there's plenty to interest all kinds of travellers.

Vilnius’ Old Town – otherwise known as Senamiestis – is one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Europe, awash with historic buildings in a range of different styles. Here, you’ll find baroque and Gothic churches, palaces galore and the hilltop Gediminas' Tower which overlooks the entire city. Don't miss getting a photograph of the 16th-century Gates of Dawn – one of Lithuania's most important pilgrimage sites.

You can learn more about Lithuania’s wartime history in the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights – a site housed in a former KGB building which includes an exhibition of documents, photographs, maps and other items depicting the Sovietisation of the region in the 1940s. Other spots offering insights into the country’s history include the VVGŽM Tolerance Centre, the National Museum of Lithuania and the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.

If you’re looking for a cutting-edge nightlife scene and tasty restaurants, then look no further than Vilnius. The city offers a plethora of entertainment options, from heavy metal dive bars to vast electronic clubs and everything in between.


 

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