Where you ask? The Lithuanian capital Vilnius is the second largest city in the Baltic states, with a population of 542,664, and one of the most beautiful and picturesque too.
So famed for its old town architecture, that the UNESCO declared the capital a world heritage site in 1994.
With numerous sights, amazing shopping and plenty of restaurants and bars to spend your evenings in, this is a city with so much to offer.
Everything you need for a long weekend
Spend your first day on a walking tour of the famous Old Town.
This free and guided tour showcases all that the capital has to offer, with a mix of Pagan God statues and a tour of the independent republic of Uzupis.
You’ll also get a gander at every church and cathedral in the city while the tour ends in Cathedral Square at the foot of Gediminas Tower.
After that, there is an interesting and sobering KGB museum across town.
As you’d expect while this is hugely interesting and haunting, the museum details the sad history of Lithuania after the treatment of its citizens by both the Nazis and Soviets.
While there is no denying that this is sadly what put the capital on the map, it is still an important part of the city that everyone must see.
Hungry after all this culture? Get yourself to one of the many bars and eateries in town.
I can suggest the Boom Burger, for a very hearty portion at lunch or dinner while the Alaus Biblioteka and Bar Bukowski are ideal watering holes for a well-earned beverage.
So much culture without breaking the bank!
Travelling far afield is great and something we should all do. However, with our dreams often set on tropical destinations, jungles, and huge culture shocks, there is a danger we are neglecting amazing locations that are relatively on our doorstep. Vilnius certainly fits that bill!
Plus, it’s a city you can enjoy on a budget too – both for getting there and once you’re in the city. In fact, it is possible to spend a weekend In Vilnius and not spend any more than £200 (excluding flights).
Read The Money Shop’s guide and find out how you can see this amazing city on a budget.