The jewel in Lithuania's crown, Vilnius is the country’s picturesque capital and is home to Europe’s largest baroque Old Town.
Named European Capital of Culture in 2009, Vilnius is a fiercely independent city that buzzes with an eccentric charm. Its Old Town received World Heritage status in 1994 and attracts many visitors to its cobbled streets and buildings, many of which date from the 13th century.
Vilnius Castle and Cathedral are the most visited sites in the Old Town, along with the more unusual statue honoring the musician Frank Zappa at Kalinausko Gatve 1 (said to be the only one of its kind in the world!).
Vilnius is also a very modern city which is evident in its many upmarket shops, restaurants and bars. As capital of one of the first countries of the Soviet Republic to declare its independence in 1990 and to join the E.U. in 2004, Vilnius is at the heart of Lithuania’s progressive spirit.
Vilnius airport is located 6km (3.7mi) south of the city.