e-News 06/2022      

VILNIUS – GROWING & IMPROVING – AND CELEBRATING

The Lithuanian capital is marking a historic milestone in 2023 – 700 years of history. Managers from Via Hansa & Borealis in the Baltic countries and Poland were visiting Vilnius last week to prepare for the celebrations and were very positively surprised by the developments in the city over the last two-three years: new residential areas, office buildings, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, etc. Whole new neighborhoods have emerged. The city is improving and growing. Vilnius, founded in 1327 by Grand Duke Gediminas, has had a very turbulent history through the centuries, and it is today a modern, vibrant, and safe city, which has a lot to offer its guests.

The city is preparing for a grand celebration next year with an abundance of festivities, exhibitions, concerts, festivals, performances, and activities. You can find the preliminary anniversary program here. In general, we recommend our guests visit Vilnius next year, study the festival program and participate in the celebrations when they are there. Vilnius is also a great MICE destination. There are plenty of new modern hotels like the 5-star Pacai, the 4-star hotels Courtyard Vilnius City Center and Garden Inn Vilnius City Center, while the 4-star Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva, with 456 guest rooms and suites, is still the largest hotel in town. For more information, please contact: vilnius@viahansaborealis.com

KAUNAS – THE PREWAR LITHUANIAN CAPITAL

Between the two world wars, when the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, was annexed by Poland, Kaunas became the capital of Lithuania. This resulted in both a political and urban bombshell for the otherwise medium-sized reality. New public buildings were needed, a new population arrived with needs for modern architecture. Between 1919 and 1939, over 12.000 buildings in modernist style were built in Kaunas, and over 6.000 of them still exist today. We are now offering very exciting tours of Kaunas New Town with specialist guides exploring modernist architecture, including Kaunas Central Post Office, Vytautas Magnus War Museum, Bank of Lithuania, Kaunas State Philharmonic Hall, the Zaliakalnis Funicular and private apartments and houses of the Kaunas interwar bourgeoise. For more information, please contact: jurgita.slizyte@viahansaborealis.com

FROM OUR OWN DIGITAL WORLD

Following a busy summer, Via Hansa & Borealis' Baltic and Polish offices are currently implementing a completely new operational software system, which will enable us to do offers faster, at least the part of this which we can control ourselves, and handle the whole operation in more automated and efficient processes than until now. The Nordic offices of Via Hansa & Borealis have already been successfully using the software system for some time, and the whole company will now be on one and the same technological platform. The investments into the software system confirm the trust of Via Hansa & Borealis in the future of our business. For more information, please contact evija.snorina@viahansaborealis.com.