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Two sightseeing tours will be organized for the participants of IWPMA 2015 conference:

  • Vilnius City Sightseeing tour

Vilnius – the capital of the Republic of Lithuania

Vilnius with population 526 356 inhabitants is the capital of the Republic of Lithuania. Naturally, it is the largest city in the country.

Vilnius is truly a city unlike any other. Once experienced, its unique charm and beauty can never be forgotten. Countless people have fallen in love with it, on the superb example of how history and modernity can harmoniously coexist. The Old Town and surrounding city center are a perfectly preserved mosaic of historic architectural styles, while just across the peacefully flowing River Neris a sleek new skyline testifies to Vilnius’s dynamic entrepreneurial spirit.

The Old Town, historical center of Vilnius, is one of the largest in Eastern Europe (360 ha). The most valuable historic and cultural heritage is concentrated here. The buildings in the old town – there are about 1.5 thousand of them – were built in a number of different centuries, therefore, it is a mixture of all European architectural styles. Although Vilnius is often called a baroque city, here you will find some buildings of gothic, renaissance and other styles. The main sights of the city are the Gediminas Castle and the Cathedral Square, symbols of the capital. Their combination is also a gateway to the historic center of the capital. Because of its uniqueness, the Old Town of Vilnius was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

More information about Vilnius: http://www.vilnius-tourism.lt/en/tourism/places-to-visit/

Vilnius Sightseeing tour is free of charge and will be organized on 28 June 2015.

Please register to the tour by sending an e-mail with the subject “Vilnius tour” to IWPMA 2015 organizers iwpma2015@leu.lt

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  • Trakai Castle (14th century) Sightseeing tour

Trakai – historical capital of medieval Lithuania

Trakai is a well-preserved historical village with more than 5,000 residents, and one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country. This small town is famous for its picturesque landscape and the legendary medieval Trakai Castle. Historical capital of medieval Lithuania fascinates with its wooden architecture and magnificent scenery. Trakai can be proclaimed being one of the most visited spots on the cultural tourism map.

Trakai was residence of Lithuanian Grand Dukes living earlier in the Island and Peninsula Castles. Trakai is the only town in all Eastern Europe situated in the island.

Trakai is also known for the Karaimes (a people speaking the Turkic language), who have lived there since the 14th century and have preserved their traditions. The kenesa – a Karaime sanctuary – and houses of Karaimes have survived in Trakai, and the national dishes (the most popular is kybyn – a small pasty stuffed with minced meat) of this ethnic group can be tasted at the Karaime Restaurant.

Trakai attracts visitors to a wonderful place offering refuge from a hectic city life, with walks around the beautiful area or yacht trips on one of the numerous lakes.

More information about Trakai http://www.trakai-visit.lt

Trakai Sightseeing tour is free of charge and will be organized on 29 June 2015.

Please register to the tour by sending an e-mail with the subject “Trakai tour” to IWPMA 2015 organizers iwpma2015@leu.lt

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