Vilnius

Vilnius In Your Pocket

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When you’re strolling through the Old Town, enjoying its lively cafés and bars and its choice of excellent restaurants, spare a thought for its incredible history and the residents who over the centuries have survived the ebb and flow of mighty armies, invasions and occupations, from Napoleon’s doomed Grande Armée to the repressive tsarist era to the murderous regimes of Hitler and Stalin. Before the two world wars, the city of Vilnius was 40% Jewish, 30% Polish, 21% Russian, 2% Lithuanian. Today, the city is 63% Lithuanian, 17% Polish, 12% Russian, 0.4% Jewish. The Jewish Vilnius and Verkiai features in this issue tell more about the ghosts of the past.
In this guide you'll find the best of what to do, see, eat and drink. We have feature articles on culture, customs, sports, where to travel in Lithuania, plus some pointers on local food. We also have a list of what's on. The print guide is published three times a year, available at selected hotels, bookshops and kiosks. Don't forget to check out Lithuania's other cities Kaunas and Klaipėda and the sandy coastal resorts Palanga and Nida. Visit our facebook page to get the latest updates, and download our new free In Your Pocket travel app for IOS and Android.

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