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Dating back to the 14th century, Vilnius features a mix of European architecture that reflects the grandeur of its history as the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.Friday, May 31

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Dating back to the 14th century, Vilnius features a mix of European architecture that reflects the grandeur of its history as the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. In 1994, the Old Town of Vilnius became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is also haven for modern art and gourmet experiences, luscious parks and bold ideas.

This is the happiest capital in the EU, too, with 98% of residents happy with life in Vilnius. And with its wealth of green spaces — 46% of city space is dedicated to parks, squares and forests — the Lithuanian capital is a joy to discover on foot in any weather, being compact in size and with most sites within walking distance of each other. The city has plenty of secret gems to discover, too: from a Frank Zappa monument to a ‘swing of destiny’ over the river. The old streets are peppered with art by local and foreign artists, while the new modern art museum, MO Museum, designed by the famous architect Daniel Libeskind, is home to more than 5,000 works of modern and contemporary art.

Vilnius has something to offer for both adventure lovers and those seeking a slower pace of life. Exploring Vilnius from a kayak or hot air balloon gives travellers a different perspective of the city.

Across the river lies another world — the independent republic of Užupis with its quirky bohemian atmosphere and own unique constitution in 33 languages. There’s no need to hurry while exploring the art installations and breathtaking panoramas of the city because in Užupis, everyone has the right to be lazy.

The nightlife in Vilnius is lively and compelling. The music scene here is big, with clubs and venues full of music lovers who come to listen to both local and international artists. From Thursday night, streets are full of revellers and those ready to dance well into the small hours.

19 of the country’s 30 best restaurants are here, and the food scene focuses on local produce and new Nordic cuisine. Historic recipes are served with a modern, innovative flair, so even the most traditional Lithuanian dishes get a contemporary makeover. And the locals are proud of their craft beer, too — adventurous drinkers can try the slightly unusual, pink, sour beetroot ale.

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Vilnius is one of a few European capitals in which you can enjoy bird’s eye views of the Old Town from a hot air balloon

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