Vilnius

Lithuania’s lively capital wears its heart on its sleeve.

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Vilnius takes great pride its cultural and architectural heritage, interspersing its majestic towers, spires and domes with attractive green spaces and grand public squares. Yet its battle scars aren't hidden –prominent museums, memorials and Soviet-era concrete relics serve as thought-provoking reminders of past struggles.

Getting around

The simplest way to travel around Vilnius is by bus. Trolleybus services run from 0500 to midnight, providing links between the landmark-laden centre and the suburbs. For tourists, new 'Fast Buses' are a handy option – not only do they have extended routes, but there are limited stops in residential areas. Tickets are interchangeable between the services, and you can buy a one-, three- or 10-day pass, or pay the driver as you get on. Pre-loaded e-tickets are a sound option if you're planning a longer stay.

There’s no subway or metro system, so exploring further outside the city centre relies on the road network and may take a little longer than you’re used to. You'll have no issue flagging down a taxi if this is your preference, but it's a good idea to establish the price before climbing in.

Though Vilnius has several prominent hills, particularly in the parks, the city profile is largely flat. This is ideal for pedal-powered exploration – simply head to one of the automated cycle rental zones to hire a bike. With plenty of attractions to visit in and around the Old Town, travelling on foot is also perfectly viable.