Information for Travelers
Lithuania's capital and largest city, Vilnius, is steeped in history, with plenty for visitors to see and do.
Located in the southeastern Baltic state, the city sits on the banks of the Neris River and has long drawn traders and travelers to its ancient streets.
The city is known for its Baroque architecture, which is particularly evident in the medieval old town.
Vilnius provides a very multicultural feel, with German, Polish, Russian and of course Lithuanian influences.
Home to impressive churches and cathedrals, cozy cafes and quirky art installations, this is one of the best-preserved old towns in Europe.
Nowadays, however, it is a very beautiful and peaceful place, with many parks and green spaces scattered around.
It's this charming, laid-back feel that makes things to do in Vilnius a delight to explore.
However, the buildings on these partially cobbled streets reflect different styles and eras.
One of the oldest higher education institutions in all of Central and Baltic Europe, Vilnius University was notably founded in the 16th century.
The 16th-century Gate of Dawn, which houses an icon of the Virgin Mary, provided access to the city.
Though once known as "the Jerusalem of the North", its thriving Jewish population was sadly wiped out during World War II.
A host of historic tourist attractions, cultural landmarks and fascinating museums are tragically all that's left of the sizable community.
Read about Vilnius in Wikipedia