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Vilnius: Take a trip to the capital of Lithuania

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SAS had offers for travel with Eurobonus points, so suddenly it was possible to get around a number of places for about DKK 100 in taxes, and the choice fell on the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, as I had heard very well about the city.
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Vilnius: Take a trip to the capital of Lithuania is written by Jacob Gowland Jørgensen

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Vilnius is ideal for a deprivation. It is a really nice city with a nice historic center, and quite surprising with a wealth of good places to eat at very reasonable prices. Vilnius is part of the editorial staff's own city guide: 6 cities you should visit in Europe.

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Higher level than with 4-star

The level was set a little higher than usual with the 4-star Moon Garthe Art Hotel's best room with balcony, and it can be clearly recommended, both location and breakfast kept, and then it was a well-functioning hotel with many fun details. 

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Places to visit in Vilnius

We spent most of the time walking around and experiencing the different neighborhoods. It was freezing cold, even though it was the beginning of June, but that was also the case in Copenhagen, so it was just on with the duvet jacket and walking in the fuss, and then getting warm.

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When we lived at the end of the main street, which was mostly for pedestrians, we got to see the many churches, gates and historic houses there quite a few times, so we quickly came to feel at home in the small big city.

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The most interesting places in Vilnius

The Genocide Museum / KGB Museum, which was very informative and housed in the former KGB headquarters. Although it was not for the faint of heart, it was not overly dramatic in relation to the otherwise rather dramatic history that has taken place in that house. It is located in a classy neighborhood on the edge of the old city

The small streets on both sides of the main street, especially Saviciaus & Literatura, where small shops, local restaurants and quaint houses provided a cozy atmosphere

The trip up to Vilnius landmark, the Three Crosses via the krea district Uzipis, which is a bit Christianshavn-like and the forest path by the canal behind

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Half-day trip to Trakai Castle

After two days, we felt like we had seen the most important thing, so we took a half-day trip to Trakai Castle immediately outside the city. You can probably take both the local bus and train there, but we jumped on an organized excursion, because sometimes a good guide can give a lot of extra info about the country, and it can be worth paying for. And luckily it was this time. We got a handsome, slightly confused guide who with a thick accent gave us an interesting insight into Lithuania as a modern country and as a historical battlefield.

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Trakai was a hit. The sun was peeking out, and all the locals were visiting that Saturday, so the stalls were busy (including Lithuanian pies!), cool folk music with full equipment and lots of boats on the lake that surround the fortress. The castle itself was partly rebuilt and was fine and castle-like.

Vilnius is not Tallinn's medieval city, but it is at least as interesting and fine as Riga, so finally set off on an extended weekend.

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About the author

Jacob Jørgensen, editor

Jacob is a cheerful travel nerd who has traveled in almost 100 countries from Rwanda and Romania to Samoa and Samsø. Jacob is a member of De Berejstes Klub, where he has been a board member for five years, and he has extensive experience with the travel world as a lecturer, magazine editor, consultant, author and photographer. And of course most important of all: As a traveler. Jacob enjoys traveling traditionally such as car holidays to Norway, cruises in the Caribbean and city breaks in Vilnius, and more out-of-the-box trips such as solo trips to the highlands of Ethiopia, road trips to unknown national parks in Argentina and friends trips to Iran.

Jacob is a country expert in Argentina, where he has been 10 times so far. He has spent almost a year in total traveling through the many diverse provinces, from the penguin land in the south to deserts, mountains and waterfalls in the north, and has also lived in Buenos Aires for a few months. In addition, he has special travel knowledge of such diverse places as East Africa, Malta and the countries around Argentina.

In addition to traveling, Jacob is an honorable badminton player, Malbec fan and always fresh on a board game. Jacob has also had a career in the communications industry for a number of years, most recently with the title of Communication Lead in one of Denmark's largest companies, and has for a number of years also worked with the Danish and international meeting industry as a consultant, among others. for VisitDenmark and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). Jacob is currently also an external lecturer at CBS.



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