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Centre of Europe

Paberžės seniūnija, Lithuania

A small monument in Lithuania marks the geographic center of Europe—or at least one of the claimants.  


According to some measures and estimations the centre of Europe is not somewhere in Germany, Austria or other so-called Central-European countries but instead it is located in Lithuania, about 26 kilometers from the capital Vilnius.

Naturally, people in Lithuania got excited about being host to the centre of Europe and a big sculpture park, Europa Park was started at the spot. But, French scientists who had proposed the spot for the center in the first place sent news that they accidentally missed the exact target by couple of kilometers. The correct centre is now marked with a square and a small museum.

Though there are many candidates claiming to be the centre of Europe, this one is marked as such in the Guinness World of Records.

Know Before You Go

If you want to use public transport instead of driving or cycling there, you can use direct bus service from Vilnius Bus Station (runs about 5 times a day; you can book online or pay the driver), or use a local minibus 132 (runs about 4 times a day) from Pramogų arena or Jeruzalė. They will give you certificate as a proof of visit.

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