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.