With its rich culture and vibrant arts scene, Vilnius is a breath of fresh air. Here are 10 top ways to enjoy Lithuania's buzzing capital
With its twisting alleys of baroque and Gothic architecture, Renaissance-style castles and countless cafés, it’s easy to lose a day or two in the Old Town.
The bohemian Užupis district has a style of its own: laid-back and endlessly creative. Many of its streets are decorated with lively murals and sculptures.
Vilnius County’s Regional Park boasts 77 lakes, acres of rolling pine forest and enough legends and myths to tempt even the most reluctant of hikers. Visit in September to take in the spectacular autumn colours.
Underneath the unassuming village of Kernavė lie the remains of Lithuania’s medieval capital, plus evidence of Stone, Bronze and Iron Age settlements as well as early Russian trade links.
So you know where to find the Equator line, but could you pinpoint the geographic centre of Europe? Well now you can – it’s 26km north of Vilnius, near the village of Purnuskes, and is surrounded by a nature reserve.
Discover Lithuania’s musical roots by catching the International Festival of Folk Music (26-29 May) or the long-running International Jazz festival (13-16 October).
The Vilnius Marathon (11 Sep) is a novel way of exploring the area, or you could time your visit with this year’s European Basketball Championship (31 Aug-18 Sep).
Just 28km west of Vilnius, Trakai’s tranquil lakes, rolling hills and Island Castle are a monument to old Lithuania.
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