Although most people know of large kingdoms like the Romans or the Ottomans, many kingdoms in history have disappeared from public knowledge. These kingdoms were important in ancient history but sadly remain forgotten by most modern people. *** Listverse portal made a Top 10 of Forgotten Kingdoms. In first place you can find – Grand Duchy Of Lithuania (1236–1795)  When most people hear of the country Lithuania, they do not think of a major world power. But for a large chunk of European history, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was one of the most powerful forces on the continent. At first, they were a set of unaligned tribes. But under King Mindaugas, the various Lithuanian tribes united as a single nation. The Lithuanians spread their influence across Eastern Europe, conquering territories all the way from the Baltics to the Black Sea, including large chunks of modern-day Ukraine and Russia. Lithuania also made a

The Financial Times Group’s unit fDi Intelligence has published its European Cities and Regions of the Future rankings, ranking Vilnius in third spot in the category of medium-sized cities. The ranking is based on five factors: economic potential, business environment, human capital and quality of life, cost efficiency and communications, and the city‘s strategy for foreign investment attraction. In 2004, Vilnius won the Financial Times Eastern European city of the future award. Vilnius mayor Remigijus Šimašius said: “The award that we received this year shows that, within twelve years, Vilnius turned from a promising Eastern European city into a growing Baltic capital with its own vision, strategy and outlook for the future to be not one of the three, but the best place in the region for turning dreams into reality.” Only Zurich and Edinburgh was ahead of Vilnius in the European Cities and Regions of the Future rankings. FDi

According to British site “Mail Online” article “Where can you have a weekend city break for £100 all in? The cheapest European destinations revealed…”, Vilnius is the cheapest European destination for a weekend.

“Continental breakfast travel” blogger recommends Lithuania for visit in 2015 as “<...>there are few countries that I feel I’ve seen so much of and still have plenty left to see.”