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Lithuania was known as the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic until 1991.
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Lithuania is the southernmost of the Baltic States, and the largest, with a range of attractions which will appeal to even the most world-weary traveller.
Despite being compact in size, Lithuania is a melting pot of various contrasting architectural styles that reflect how the country’s character and values have changed over time.
When in Lithuania, be sure to visit the cities of Vilnius and Kaunas; the Hill of Crosses for its unique atmosphere; the Curonian Spit for nature; and the Trakai castle.
The capital of Lithuania is located on the Neris River, in the south-east of the country.
Gedimin chose Vilnius as the capital of the principality of Lithuania in 1323.
Lithuania was united with Poland in 1569, and incorporated into the Russian Empire in 1795.
Vilnius had a large Jewish population until Nazi Germany occupied the town during World War II.
Vilnius is easy to explore on foot, with numerous little courtyards and tiny cobble-stoned back streets to explore - or you can take the weight off your feet at one of the many great outdoor cafes.
The old city contains the ruins of a 14th-century castle and numerous churches dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Many festivals are held in Vilnius, throughout the summer months, and the old Soviet-style opera house offers quality performances (at unbelievable cheap prices) any time of the year.
The Lithuanian capital's first period of growth took place immediately south of today's Cathedral Square, eventually becoming the jumble of Baroque, Gothic, Neoclassical and Renaissance architecture now known as Old Town.
Vilnius Airport is built on the plateau in the south of Vilnius, 7km or 15 minutes driving time from the centre of the capital city.
There are buses every 15 minutes: Bus No 1 runs between the airport and the railway station and bus No 2 travels through the city centre to the outskirts at ekine.
There are also a number of minibuses that travel out to Santarikes (No 15), Fabijonikes (No 20), ekine (No 23) and Pailaiciai (No 47).
Autorenta Vilnius was established in 1998, offering passenger car rental services in the Republic of Lithuania and all other Baltic States.
Where to Stay in Vilnius
Artis Centrum Hotels: Totorių g. 23, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Located in the very heart of Vilnius' old town the hotel is situated in a renovated 19th century building close to the Presidential Palace.
Guests at the Artis Centrum Hotels have a choice of rooms from standard or business class, to luxury suites. The restaurant Adelia is on site.
Grata by Centrum Hotels: Vytenio g. 9, Vilnius, Lithuania.
In the tradition of true hospitality, the family who run this hotel would like you to 'feel at home' in their cosy, classic-style apartments.
The three-star Grata by Centrum Hotels, established in 1996, was one of the first private hotels to be opened in independent Lithuania.
Grotthuss Boutique Hotel: Ligoninės g. 7, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Located on a cobble-stoned street in the heart of the old town of Vilnius, within walking distance of all the major points of interest.
Breakfast at the Grotthuss Hotel is served daily in the hotel’s Winter Garden, La Pergola.
Ratonda Centrum Hotels: Gedimino av 52/Rotundo str 1, Vilnius, Lithuania.
This cosy, four-star, family-managed hotel is located in the very heart of Vilnius, on the quiet Rotundo street, next to the Seimas (Parliament) building, ministries and Lukiškės Square.
Renovated in 2017, the Ratonda Centrum Hotels offers guests a choice of 43 rooms and culinary delights in the Liberta restaurant.
Lithuanian Language and Culture
The Lithuanians speak a Baltic language related to Latvian.
History of the Seimas and other information relating to the Lithuanian Parliament.
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