Lithuania’s fourth-largest city, Šiauliai (show-ley) attracts visitors almost entirely because of the Hill of Crosses, a startling crucifix-cloaked mound north of the city. It occupies a lofty rung in Lithuanian lore and Christian belief, drawing pilgrims and non-believers alike.
Aside from the legendary Hill of Crosses, Šiauliai is thin on attractions. Communist-era architecture lends the city a forbidding air, though a few outdoor sculptures and spirited museums liven up the town centre.
Šiauliai's central location makes it a handy stopover, whether you are moving north to south or east to west. Come for the crosses, but an overnight stay to stroll between Vilniaus gatvė's bars and restaurants is time well spent.