The EGI User Forum 2011 will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania between 11-14 April, at the Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva.

Lithuania is a member of the Europe Union, Council of Europe, NATO and the Schengen Agreement. In 2009, Vilnius was the European Capital of Culture. 

Vilnius may seem far away in the Northeast corner of Europe, but it’s the continent’s geometrical gravity centre. Founded in 1323, Vilnius is now the capital of Lithuania and its largest city with a vibrant economic, social and cultural life.The historical centre is one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in the region and was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1994.

The Old Town is a rich display of European architectural styles through the centuries. Although Vilnius is often called a baroque city, there are examples of gothic architecture, Renaissance monuments and neoclassic buildings, alongside a score of Eastern baroque churches.

Famous city sights include the medieval Gediminas’ Tower, part of the old fortress and the Cathedral Square with its iconic bell tower and the neoclassic Vilnius Cathedral. Vilnius is also the birthplace of many artists, medieval warriors, legendary queens and fiction’s most sophisticated serial killer: Hannibal Lecter. 

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Cathedral Square, Vilnius
Credit: Lestat (Jan Mehlich)

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