Vilnius is a distant and mysterious city, lost in the middle of Europe. It is the city of myths and poetry.
The city of spaces and contrasts, where forests make their way to the city center, while a still operating UNESCO
protected century-old prison is just two minutes away from the Parliament.
Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania. It is situated in southeastern Lithuania at the confluence of the Neris and Vilnele
rivers, close to a site claimed to be the Geographical Centre of Europe (its location is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records).
Vilnius is a cosmopolitan city with diverse architecture. For centuries Vilnius has been called "The Jerusalem of the North" for its tolerance
and multiculturalism. The same streets host Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches, the biggest Eastern European synagogue was standing in Vilnius
until the end of the WWII, and you can still spot pagan symbols on church crosses (Lithuania was the last European country to accept Christianity).
There are 65 churches in Vilnius. Like most medieval towns, Vilnius was developed around its Town Hall. The streets of the old town meander between
palaces, churches, shops and craftsmen's workrooms. Narrow, curved streets and intimate courtyards developed in the radial layout of medieval
Vilnius. Vilnius Old Town, the historical centre of Vilnius, is one of the largest in Europe.
The buildings in the old town were built over several centuries, creating a blend of many different architectural styles. Although Vilnius is
known as a Baroque city, there are buildings of Gothic (St. Anne's Church), Renaissance, and other styles. Their combination is also a gateway to
the historic centre of the capital. Owing to its uniqueness, the Old Town of Vilnius was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994.
Vilnius is also known as one of the greenest European capitals because of the abundance of trees and parks.
We are inviting you to take participation in the international bridge festival Vilnius Cup and to take a chance to walk in the narrow streets of The Jerusalem of the North.