Vilnius is also known as Vilna, Vilno, or Wilno. The name of the city Vilnius is believed to have come from the river Vilnia.
Vilnius, a rail and highway junction, a commercial and industrial city, and a center of education and the arts is a cosmopolitan city with diverse architecture. Vilnius has earned the well-deserved reputation of being the most hospitable city in the world, and the Hospitality Club is the great attestation for that.
The city is known for its peppy nightlife and is home to one of the most vibrant pubs, clubs, bars, and discos in the Baltic States. Vilnius’ major attractions include numerous palaces of feudal lords, many gothic & renaissance buildings, Pilies Street, The Old Town, the Gediminas Castle, the Cathedral Square, Cathedral Basilica, Frank Zappa statue, Lithuanian National Museum, The Centre of Europe, The overpriced European Park, Three Crosses Hill.
Vilnius is often dubbed as the baroque city because of its gothic & renaissance buildings.
Facts about Vilnius
• Area: 402 sq kms
• Population: 540,318
• Languages: Lithuanian is the official language, but Russian, Polish, and English are also understood and widely spoken.
• Religion: The major religion is Roman Catholic followed by Lutheran, Russian Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical Christian Baptist, Muslim, and Jewish.
Traveling To Edinburgh
Edinburgh Airport, 8mi (13km) west of the city center, receives flights frequently from Europe, Ireland and other parts of the UK. The city has a limited number of services from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and North America. The best option is flying to London, then taking the train or bus north.
Glasgow International Airport, 55 miles west of Edinburgh, also has air connections with Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Vancouver, and Dubai.
The Lothian Buses Airlink runs frequently from Waverley Bridge, just outside the train station, to Haymarket and the airport, taking half an hour. The taxis are considerably expensive options. The buses are the cheapest but maybe a little exhausting. The Ferries are other interesting options to travel to Edinburgh.
Sun and rain are typical traits of the Scottish climate. The city enjoys the best climate from May to September. The daylight hours are long in summer, but short and extremely chilly in winter. The winter can be bitterly cold, with short daylight hours, but that doesn’t chill the spirit of travelers because the city has an abundance of indoor attractions and activities.