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.

Arriving at Vilnius

Flights from London City Airport arrive at the revamped Vilnius Airport (VNO), just over three miles (5km) south of the city. The airport was upgraded in the early 21st century, and a new terminal opened in 2007 following Lithuania's entry to the European Union. Train services commenced here shortly afterwards, providing seven-minute trips to the city centre. A footbridge connects the terminal and railway station.

Bus travel is also an option, with shuttle departing from Arrival Hall C and several public services calling at the airport. There's also a taxi rank outside the terminal. Journey times into the centre are 15–20 minutes, although traffic can be problematic on the main arterial routes. If you're planning to head beyond the city, you can hire a car in advance with LCY.