Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with a mix of Lithuanians, Russians, Poles and Jews. Lying on the bank of the Neris River, Vilnius received the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture in 2009. Since it's the largest city in the country and surrounded by many other fascinating towns worth visiting, investigating Vilnius car hire options is a good idea. The city is served by Vilnius International Airport (VNO), which lies just 6 kilometres to the south.
Highlights for visitors include Vilnius Cathedral, which dates from the 13th century and a tour includes the fascinating underground catacombs. Also worth a visit are the splendid Crediminias Square, the Three Crosses Hill - a memorial to seven monks who were tortured on this spot by pagans - and St. Ann's Church in the Uzupis District, which is among the most beautiful churches in the country.
For a great summer trip, the beach resorts of Nida, Palanga, Kursio and Nerija are some of the finest in the region, while the nearby Trabai National Park is a good place for family outings. Alternatively, you could try go-karting in the Panorama Mall in Plytines Street, taking a hot-air balloon tour of the city or visiting the magnificent Lithuanian Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vienuolio.
The medieval Old Town is one the largest in Europe and has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is can be easily covered on foot or you could hire a Velotakas bike that can be picked up for 14 euros a day and is a great way to get around. However, should you want to venture further, for example to nearby Kaunas, renting a car would be useful.
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