When you think of European cities to visit, the usual suspects might come to mind: Paris, Rome, London. But tucked away in the northeastern corner of the continent is a city that, while not as globally renowned, packs a punch in terms of charm, history, and culture.
Welcome to Vilnius, Lithuania.
A Brief Dive into History
Vilnius isn't just any city; it's a living, breathing testament to centuries of history. Founded in the 14th century, it's seen its fair share of rulers, from Polish kings to Soviet regimes. Each era has left its mark, creating a mosaic of architectural styles and cultural influences.
The Labyrinth of Old Town
Wandering through the streets of Vilnius's Old Town is like stepping into a time machine. Cobblestone streets wind their way through medieval buildings, Baroque churches, and hidden courtyards. And the best part? It's a UNESCO World Heritage site, recognized for its unique blend of European architectural styles.
The Launchpad of an Adventure
For me, Vilnius wasn't just a destination; it was the starting point of a bikepacking journey that will take me to Tallin. The city's blend of history, culture, and modern vibrancy made it the perfect backdrop to begin an adventure, setting the tone for the journey ahead.