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Weekend in Vilnius

Lithuania’s petite capital is a Baroque beauty with immense allure for weekenders, home to Eastern Europe’s largest Old Town and sensitive memorials to historic struggles.
Hot-air balloons are a popular way to see Vilnius

Friday

GEDIMINAS HILL ❶

Vilnius was founded on this 48m-high hill, occupied since Neolithic times by a series of settlements. The castle today dates to the 15th century and commands 360-degree views of the city; it’s particularly atmospheric at sunset. Inside the tower there’s a branch of the National Museum of Lithuania, displaying 16th- to 18th-century armour (lnm.lt; £3).

The Upper Castle on Gediminas Hill is a key national symbol
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