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‘Cheapest’ destination in Europe has beautiful cathedral and ‘rich history’

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Looking for a weekend getaway that is affordable and not far to go in Europe? Then we have the destination for you.

Families looking for a quick travel getaway full of adventure, breathtaking scenery and delicious food – all without breaking the bank – are in luck.

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, gives you everything you need for a great holiday.

Let’s not forget it was recently crowned as the cheapest place to visit in Europe. This is according to the 2024 Post Office City Costs Barometer, which found the city costs £236.51 for a weekend break.

Here’s all you need to know about Vilnius, Lithuania.

What is Vilnius like?

Enriched in culture, the wallet-friendly and colourful city is surrounded by historical buildings, cobbled streets and plenty of green spaces.

The capital provides families the opportunity to explore UNESCO heritage sites and wander through historical sites.

Things to do in Vilnius?

From hot air balloon rides to walking trails and historical sites such as the IX Fort, Lithuania provides a mix of cultural and educational activities that are suitable for all the family.

If you’re after some culture head to Vilnius Cathedral which opened in 1783. The cathedral is located in the Old Town and is the Basilica of St Stanislaus and St Ladislaus of Vilnius.

The cathedral has a Google Rating of 4.8, with one user writing: “Absolutely beautiful! The gorgeous cathedral inside and outside. We got married here and it was a very special day for us and our guests. Every time I go to the cathedral it feels so peaceful and calm inside. It’s well-maintained, very clean, well preserved. St Casimir chapel is breathtaking too.”

Another wrote: “Vilnius Cathedral is a captivating architectural marvel, boasting impressive neoclassical design and historical significance. The grandeur of its facade and intricate interior detailing make it a must-visit cultural landmark.”

A third said: “The Vilnius Cathedral is a beautiful and historic place in Lithuania. Its grand appearance, inside and out, reflects the country’s rich heritage. It’s worth a visit for anyone interested in history and stunning architecture.”

Meanwhile, another popular place to go and visit is the Old Town. Located in the heart of the capital, the neighbourhood has plenty of historic buildings that you can explore by wandering through the streets.

Vilnius Old Town has a Tripadvisor rating of 4.5 with one person writing: “I really enjoyed walking around this town. There were so many old churches and other old buildings to see. They are all close to each other. A nice tourist spot.”

Another person commented: “Loved walking around to see the charming old town and its establishments. My visit was in December during the Christmas season so the visit was extra special.

“Many good shops to visit and tasty food to try! Would definitely recommend as there must be something for everyone.”

A third reviewed: “Vilnius old town is an architectural gem. There are many styles but the stand out is the Baroque period of building. It’s fascinating to go from medieval to Baroque in a street and to have such a rich cultural history laid before you.

“Also the terrain is undulating with some steep hills which gives it another dimension.”

How to get to Vilnius?

London is the only destination in the UK that has direct flights to Vilnius.

Meanwhile, you can travel from Belfast, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol, Newcastle, Liverpool, Southampton, Leeds, Aberdeen, Cardiff, Nottingham, and Bournemouth.

Airlines including Wizz Air and Ryanair fly to the Lithuanian capital.

There are plenty of places to stay too with a mix of modern hotels and spacious apartments.

Even better, Vilnius provides well-priced accommodation options with prices starting from £21 per room per night.

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