Vilnius Added to UNESCO’s World Heritage Journey


With its impressive collection of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and classical buildings, as well as the cultural influence its had on the rest of Eastern Europe, Vilnius Old Town is certainly deserving of its place on the UNESCO World Heritage list.


The picturesque and well-preserved historic centre of Lithuania’s capital is known to exceed expectations, and offers a unique setting for business travellers and tourists alike. The meeting and event possibilities contained within the UNESCO-protected Vilnius Old Town make for a destination and experience like no other.


The Vilnius/UNESCO partnership was recently taken to a new level with the signing of an agreement to include the city in the UNESCO ‘World Heritage Journeys in the European Union’ project.


The aim of the project is to promote the European Union’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites to foreign markets by creating thematic journeys, which connect European Union countries. These journeys will also emphasise the principles of sustainability, authenticity and innovative education. Lithuania’s capital now joins six other countries (Cyprus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Austria) in creating the Romantic Europe journey. 


The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is implementing the project in collaboration with National Geographic. UNESCO plans to develop four thematic World Heritage Journeys: Ancient Europe, Royal Europe, Romantic Europe, and Underground Europe. This initiative is supported by the European Union.

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