Vilnius is the tiny capital of Lithuania that should definitely be top of your list for a city break. It has a rich history, tonnes of culture and plenty to keep you occupied, while still being small enough to walk everywhere – perfect!

Vilnius is still relatively unspoiled by tourism and is one of the few Eastern European capitals that is not a known destination for stag and hen do’s – think Prague before it got popular. Make the most of it while you don’t have to fight your way through comedy outfits at the check-in line.

It is bursting with art

Vilnius has a declared artist’s republic called Užupis with its own constitution, so as you can imagine, art is the heartbeat of this city. You can see amazing street art on almost every corner, and there are plenty of stalls where you can buy your very own piece to take home with you!

It has a fabulous Christmas market

Vilnius Christmas markets

Although Vilnius might not spring to mind when choosing a destination for Christmas markets, it should do! It has Christmas markets spread over three locations – Cathedral Square, City Hall Square and Bernardinai Gardens with traditional Lithuanian handcrafted goods, carousels and games a-plenty.

It has a great night-life

You’ll find that Vilnius offers a vibrant night-life ranging from cocktail bars to pubs to clubs – it even has its own secret speakeasy bar which you can track down on Aušros Vartų gatvę.

The people are wonderful

The Lithuanian people are helpful and friendly, and it seems like all speak perfect English! They love a good night out, and you will never be short of a drinking partner in Vilnius if you need one.

Lithuania’s history has a dark shadow of persecution by both the Nazis and the Soviet Union, but the people never stopped fighting for their right to independence. I like to think the spirit of independence is still very much reflected in the modern city today. Visit the Museum of Genocide Victims if you want to find out more about Lithuania’s history.