National Geographic Traveller (UK)
WHAT’S NEW IN VILNIUS
When Paupio Turgus opened in the new Paupys district in 2021, it brought a fresh selection of international flavours to Vilnius’ city centre. One of few food halls in the capital, it’s home to four bars and 17 restaurants.
After 115 years, Lukiškės Prison closed in 2019 and turned into a complex of 250 artist studios, while its courtyard and former church now host concerts and festivals. Take a guided tour of the site, which served as a set for Netflix’s Stranger
Cutting through national, regional and nature parks, the 464-mile Lithuanian section of the new 1,300-mile, trans-Baltic Forest Trail adds to over 200 hiking routes in the country, which can be accessed from Kaunas, a short train ride away
from Vilnius. baltictrails.eu
New train connections are making Interrailing to Vilnius even easier. Daily trains run from major Polish cities; once across the border, LTG Link goes straight to the capital. Looking ahead, the high-speed Rail Baltica service is due to open in
2030. ltglink.lt/en railbaltica.org