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Located a little over 5 km south of Vilnius city centre, is the Vilnius Airport (VNO). The largest airport in Lithuania by passenger traffic, it is the main international gateway into Vilnius. It also serves as a base for Wizz Air, Ryanair and Small Planet Airlines. Transit to and from the airport is by train, bus, taxi, or car rental.
Established officially in the 14th century, Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania, and the nation’s largest city. It is popular for its expansive, medieval Old Town that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, splendid baroque architecture and numerous landmarks. The various styles and eras reflected on the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, offers a warm sense of history and culture that draw visitors to it time and time again.
A city of remarkable architectural heritage and one of the largest medieval old towns in eastern and central Europe, Vilnius is warm and welcoming compact city that is perfect for a weekend getaway.
With cool bars, spectacular views, thriving café culture and great street art, it is a wonder many people skip this part of the world on their tours of Europe. A rapidly growing city, Vilnius has much more to offer beyond its iconic landmarks which include the 16th-century Gate of Dawn, St. Anne's Church and the neoclassical Vilnius Cathedral.
This former torture chamber, KGB office and prison, is not a fun location to visit, but definitely a must-see while in Vilnius. Documenting a sad aspect of Lithuania’s history, the museum is home to excellent exhibits on the horrors, which occurred over a period of 50 years.
Visits to the actual KGB prison cells form a picture of the history of the occupation, enabling you step back in time and revisit the harrowing experiences of the victims and the atrocities committed.
Lithuanian cuisine is made up of tasty and hearty meals, which usually consist of potatoes, dairy, pork and dill. A few you would come across include, šaltibarščiai, a chill beetroot soup consisting of sour cream, yoghurt or buttermilk, and beetroot, topped with a hard-boiled egg or dill.
There is also the potato pancake called bulvinai blynai, sometimes stuffed with meat or topped with delicious sauce. Another is cepelinai, where minced meat is deliciously wrapped inside a potato dumpling.