The Congress will be held in the Holiday Inn Vilnius hotel Conference Center.
4 star Holiday Inn Vilnius hotel is is in the city centre, a short walk from the Old Town.
Šeimyniškių str. 1, Vilnius, Lithuania
ARRIVAL & TRAVEL
Arrival to Lithuania
Lithuania is easily accessible via various modes of transport. The infrastructure here is well developed, moreover, the country is not large and it is easy and convenient to travel between the major cities. The airports are typically 15 – 20 min. drive from the city center and the local and international bus network is extensive.
There are three international airports in Lithuania that connect the country with a number of European capital cities and some major international air travel hubs outside of Europe.
Most airlines arrive at Vilnius International Airport, the main airport of Lithuania. Kaunas International Airport receives mostly low cost airlines, such as Ryanair. Palanga International Airport, located near the seaside resort of Palanga, mostly offers short and mid-range routes to destinations in Europe. This airport is the smallest in the country and is a convenient gateway to western Lithuania, the beach resorts and the seaport of Klaipėda.
A number of large international bus companies with an extensive route network operate in Lithuania. There are frequent bus connections with most European capitals and some other large cities from the main Lithuanian cities - Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda. Coming to Lithuania by bus is an easy and convenient option. Bus is also a good choice for visiting neighboring countries, Riga-Vilnius connection being particularly popular with several daily departures.
International railway lines connect the capital city Vilnius to Moscow (Russia), Minsk (Belarus) and Kaliningrad (Russia). Vilnius Train Station is conveniently connected to Vilnius International Airport by a special railway shuttle line.
There are passenger trains from Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania, to Białystok in Poland, with further connections to Warsaw.
Vilnius can be reached by using the following routes:
- Vilnius – Kaunas – Klaipeda, highway A1 (E67, E85, E28) 311,40 km
- Vilnius – Ukmerge - Panevezys, highway A2 (E272) 135,92 km
- Vilnius – Minsk, highway A3 (E28) 33,99 km
- Vilnius – Varena – Gardinas, highway A4 34,46 km
- Vilnius – Utena, highway A14 95,60 km
- Vilnius – Salcininkai – Lyda, highway A15 (E85) 49,28 km
- Vilnius – Prienai – Marijampole, highway A16 (E28) 137,51 km
Vilnius is the only capital in Europe situated on the boundary between two ancient – Latin and Byzantine – civilisations. In this city of ancient and versatile cultures, the spirit of tolerance for different nations and religions has been displayed for some time. Vilnius was first mentioned in written sources in 1323, and by the 15th century it had turned into a beautiful medieval city, the heritage of which is still fascinating. The architecture of the Old Town is the feather in the cap of the city.
The baroque buildings of the largest Old Town in Central and Eastern Europe (360 ha), which has managed to preserve the medieval network of streets and typical spaces, remind us of beautiful ancient Italian towns where Baroque was born. Gracious slender towers supporting the sky are the works of the Lithuanian Baroque School. The Old Town of Vilnius, located in an amphitheatre of breathtaking nature, has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1994.
Established on the boundary of two cultures, Vilnius has always been a city of modernity open to dialogues of different cultures. Profound traditions and experiences of ethnic culture are creatively incorporated into modern art forms – theatre, music, visual arts, and dance – and render a new quality of art. Our artists are known throughout Europe and worldwide, and Vilnius has been awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2009.
The capital of Lithuania is one of the most beautiful cities in the Old Continent where the heritage of the past and the achievements of the present, science and culture co-exist in harmony. Residents of Vilnius are hospitable and cheerful people.
Lithuania is an unique country – green and flat land in the north of Europe, ashore the Baltic Sea. It is one of the three Baltic countries. The capital of Lithuania – Vilnius has always been a multinational, multilingual, and multicultural European city.
Lithuania is referred to as the Centre of Europe by its cultural criteria. There is a lot of beautiful and pristine nature, fascinating cities, clean air, security, friendly people, eventful, and pulsating cultural life in Lithuania.
The country has preserved many pagan and folk traditions that are still alive in villages. On the other hand, big cities are rich with vibrant cultural life and endless entertainment opportunities. There are numerous museums that have accumulated huge collections, national and private art galleries, the never-ending buzz of theatre and music halls, fascinating nightlife, a variety of entertainment options and sports events.
Total area: 65,300 sq. km or 25,174 sq. miles
Population: 2 793 397
Local time: GMT + 2 hours
International telephone code: +370
Geographical location: The Republic of Lithuania lies on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea
Neighbour countries: Latvia, Russia, Poland and Belarus
Government: Democratic Republic
Ethnicity: Lithuanian – 84.2%, Polish – 6.6%, Russian – 5.8%, Belarusian – 1.2%, Ukrainians – 0.5%, Other – 1.7%
Religion: Predominantly Roman Catholic (approximately 77.2% of the total population)
Electricity: 220 V, 50 Hz. European style 2-pin plugs
Climate: Maritime/Continental. Average temperature in July is +16°C, in January is -2.5°C