Bizarre, beautiful and bewitching, Lithuania’s capital seduces its visitors with its astonishing old town charm. Its chocolate box baroque skyline covered with church spires is intoxicating, decadent and fragile. This is perhaps due to the colorful past history that underlines this attractive town, which has not always has been the capital of Lithuania. For over five centuries, until the 18th century, Vilnius had been the political and cultural centre of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The Old Town of Vilnius was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994, because the town "has preserved an impressive complex of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and classical buildings as well as its medieval layout and natural setting". When visiting Vilnius it is very easy to understand why Vilnius is the European Capital of Culture 2009, where else can you find the worlds only statue of composer Frank Zappa, and an unofficial republic inhabited by artists and bohemians. The people of Vilnius are well educated, kind and gentle and proud of their culture and heritage, and of course there are many beautiful women waiting to share this attractive city with its curious visitors.