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Rebellious, quirky and vibrant, Lithuania (Lietuva) is Europe's best-kept secret. Shoved successfully between Russian pillar and Nazi post, tenacious little Lithuania stunned the world when it played David and Goliath with the might of the Soviet Union - and won its independence just over a decade ago.
Its capital, Vilnius, is an incredibly small place (can this really be a capital city?) with astonishing contrasts - eerie shadowy courtyards, eccentric artist community, awesome arts and beautiful baroque.
VILNIUS Tours, Travel and Activities
Vilnius has plenty to keep you busy. Start at the KGB Museum, head down Gediminas Avenue to Parliament, visit St Peter & Paul's Church, check out Vilnius University, Town Hall Square and more.
There are lots of nightclubs in the oldtown, such as Connect, Galaxy, Gravity, Helios, Intro, and others. Just choose. The main concert and sports events hall is Siemens arena, on the bus stop "Pramogu arena". You are in the basketball country, so don't miss the opportunity to see a basketball game in the real atmosphere
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SUGGESTED ITINERARIES: LITHUANIA
Lithuania's most incredible, awe-inspiring sight is the legendary Hill of Crosses. The two-humped hillock is covered in a forest of thousands upon thousands of crosses - large and tiny, expensive and cheap, wooden and metal. Some are devotional, to accompany prayers, others are memorial.
It's thought that the tradition of planting crosses here may have begun in the 14th century. In the Soviet era the crosses were bulldozed at least three times, only to spring up again. It's an eerie place, especially when the wind blows and the silence is broken by the rattling of crosses and rosaries.
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