Take a trip to the dreamy city of Vilnius this summer, the capital of Lithuania. Steeped in history and tradition, it’s a pleasure just to walk around and soak up the summer atmosphere whilst taking in the Baroque architecture. Its Old Town is the biggest of its kind in Eastern Europe, with cobblestone streets, cafes, boutiques and impressive historic buildings around almost every corner, it’s no wonder the Old Town itself is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Some sites not to be missed include The Palace of the Grand Duke (now a museum), The Gates of Dawn which was part of the defensive fortifications framing the old town and a perfect photo opportunity, and The Vilnius Cathedral, right in the heart of the old town. For stunning views, take the funicular up to The Gediminas Castle, built in the 15th Century, which has a perfect vantage point over the city.
If you want to head away from more touristy areas, then experience a hidden gem of Lithuanian culture 30 minutes outside of Vilnius at the Liubavas Manor-Museum. See an amazingly restored watermill pulverise grains into powdery flour for bread, the central element of Lithuanian culture, and learn the intriguing history held within the grounds of one of Lithuania's oldest estates. Get your tickets here:
Known for its fairytale forests, make sure you make some time to visit the vast woodlands. Europos Parkas, is Europe’s largest open-air museum spanning 55 hectares and is set at the exact geographical centre of Europe. It features over 90 artworks from around the world spread around leafy woodlands, rolling hills, and natural springs, making this a top choice for nature lovers and art lovers alike and a perfect way to spend a day in nature.
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