Thursday, 17 September 2015

Backpacking to Vilnius in Lithuania

Vilnius in Lithuania, has continuously been voted a top destination for the young at heart backpacker. I've decided to have a quick look, to understand why this city, in a fairly 'obscure' part of Europe is ranking so high on most respected travel publications and web sites. Big was my surprise when I started my research to find out what a spectacular city, Vilnius is and what it actually offer tourists. So here are my findings: (Please note that I haven't visited Vilnius yet, but it is on my bucket list!)

Vilnius Town Hall
Vilnius is located in Lithuania on the Baltic Sea in Northern Europe. Lithuania used to be part of the Eastern Block during the Cold War and such it was a no go area for most Westerners. With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 most Soviet satellite states became independent, including Lithuania. This also opened up the treasure that is Vilnius, to the world.

Vilnius is a medieval town with lots architectural masterpieces. The city was developed around its town square, with the town hall the main focus.

The population is fiercely patriotic to their homeland and this is very visible in the streets of Vilnius.

Some of the top sites of Vilnius for tourists are the following:
The Museum of the Victims of Genocide:
Lietuvos apeliacinis teismas. 2006-08-10"
by Algirdas  Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania:

Zamek Dolny w Wilnie" by Poznaniak - Own work.
Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons
Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Vilnius:

St. Peter and St. Paul's Church Exterior, Vilnius, Lithuania -
Diliff" by Diliff - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
There are many more sites in Vilnius that makes a visit to this Baltic city worthwhile.

You can search below for good accommodation in Vilnius: