Welcome to Vilnius European Capital of Culture 2009

Vilnius - the Capital of Lithuania
About the City
History and Legend of the City
Places of Interest

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is one of the most frequently visited cities of Eastern Europe. It draws attention, not only because of its unique architectural character, but also by its cultural events and attractions. A variety of business, political and cultural meetings are held there. Vilnius is attractively presented at international tourism exhibitions and co-operation between many capitals of Europe is promoted.

Vilnius Capital of Lithuania old time

UNESCO evaluated the city of Vilnius in its activities for creating good neighbourhood relationships and as a civic community. In 2000-2001 it recognised Vilnius as a city of peace by presenting it with the “City of Peace Award” for the European and North American region. In 2009, Vilnius, as the first of the new cities of the EU Member States, will become the European Capital of Culture. It will share this honour with the Austrian city of Linz.

During the first ten years of independence the city has become a tourist attraction centre. It is, therefore, not surprising that during these ten years the number of tourists has consistently increased and at the same time tourist infrastructure and services have been developed.