Baroque Marvels and Jewish Heritage
Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, is an accessible destination for tourists, with a walkable historic centre and good public transport. It’s a student city with plenty of nightlife options, but it also wears its medieval heart on its sleeve. Its Old Town made up of narrow cobbled streets that make wandering aimlessly a pleasure, and another beautiful Baroque church seems to be around every corner here. To the west of the old town, 19th-century buildings bring an air of stately elegance to the city.
This is also a city with a long Jewish heritage – prior to World War II, the Jewish population was as high as 45%. However, the Holocaust wrought immense horror here, and today only one synagogue remains in use.
The city’s Jewish roots are recognised by its appearance on the European Route of Jewish Heritage. Destination Napoleon also passes through Vilnius.