Highlight: Drive to Vilnius and stroll through the old town - all day
Today we say goodbye to Poland and drive to a small country full of beauty, history, fascinating traditions and culture: Lithuania. Vilnius has been the capital of the Grand Duchy since the 14th century and, in contrast to all other capitals of the neighboring Baltic countries, was never controlled by the Teutonic Order. That is why it has been able to keep its own appearance to this day.
The seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lithuania is located here. With the university founded in 1579, Vilnius is one of the oldest university cities in Europe. It is assumed that the heyday and rapid development of Vilnius will date back to the 15th-16th century, when the University of Vilna was founded here in connection with a Jesuit college. As a result of the city's liberal politics, especially the admission of refugee Jews from all over Europe, Vilnius became the most important center of Jewish culture in Northern Europe around 1900 and was nicknamed the "Jerusalem of the North".
Today Vilnius is very modern and young with its varied city center and modern residential buildings. At the same time, however, you will also find a diverse ensemble of medieval buildings in the style of baroque and classicism, churches of various Christian faiths and a synagogue. The city was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
After our arrival we check into a hotel in the center and stroll with the guide in the enchanting old town. Upon request, we will stop in one or the other cozy restaurant to try local specialties.
Overnight in Vilnius