Lithuania’s fourth-largest city, Šiauliai (show-ley), is a workaday town and not worth a special trip. That said, its central location makes it a handy stopover, whether you are moving north to south or east to west. The city’s main claim to fame, at least during Soviet times, was the massive military airfield on the outskirts of town. To this day, Šiauliai retains a whiff of lingering communism.
That’s not to say it’s not attractive. The main drag, Vilniaus gatvė, is prime pedestrian strolling turf, lined with the usual mix of cafes and bars. The city’s biggest drawcard is the incredible Hill of Crosses, 10km to the north. Outside of that, there are several offbeat museums that warrant a few hours of attention.