Throughout their history, Lithuania and the other Baltic states have followed a different path to the rest of Europe. It’s a path that’s not well-known to the wider world. But since Lithuania became independent in 1990, its capital Vilnius has opened up to the world, merging influences both local and international. Today it’s a colorful, diverse, cosmopolitan city. As we say here, to get to know Vilnius is to fall in love with Vilnius.
On this tour, I’ll show you my hometown from a local perspective telling stories about it that I find fascinating along with some of my own, personal stories. We’ll start in the heart of the city, at Cathedral Square, then stroll through the cobbled streets of the old town and end at the Gate of Dawn. Along the way, we’ll discover baroque churches sitting side by side with craft eateries where you’ll get a chance to sample local chocolate, cannabis beer and cheese ice cream. I’ll also fill you in on the heartbreaking stories of the Jewish ghetto, and the figures who shaped the character of Lithuania’s people.
By the end of the tour, you’ll have discovered:
• How we celebrate Vilnius’ Birthday
• The independence of the Baltic states and why we consider it a miracle
• Why Lithuanian hot chocolate is the best hot chocolate
• Where to watch the stars and planets in Vilnius
• The street with the best local craftsmen
• Why a Vilnius hangman had up to seven wives
• Why Vilnius is called “the Jerusalem of the North”
Join me to seek out the best of what Vilnius has to offer.