Capital of Lithuania, Vilnius is a remarkable city in every way. Perfectly situated, this southern Baltic country is close to Poland.
With a population of approximately 600,000, Vilnius has quickly established itself as one of the region’s major tourist hotspots, thanks in part to the quality of life it offers to travelers and expatriates.
A dynamic city, affordable in terms of price, which is waiting for only one thing: to be discovered. In the following article, we present you our selection of the 10 must-do activities to do once you’re there.
How to get to Vilnius?
To get to Vilnius, it’s very simple. Indeed, you will have no other choice than to take the plane and this, whether you leave from Paris, Berlin or even Prague, in Czech Republic.
From Charles-de-Gaulle airport, it takes 2 hours and 40 minutes to fly, compared to about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Berlin. Most flights are direct. From Prague, the journey will be a little longer, especially because of the connection. It is necessary to count between 5 and 6 hours of journey.
What to do in Vilnius?
Are you wondering what to do in Vilnius? Fortunately for you, we have prepared a selection of the 10 best things to do and not to miss during your stay in Lithuania. Must-do activities in Vilnius that will make your stay magical and unforgettable.
1. The Republic of Užupis
Užupis is the smallest district of Vilnius. However, it is a highly improbable, colorful, characterful place. It is located on the banks of the Vilnelė River.
On the spot, many local artists, intellectuals and even entrepreneurs meet. A place you should not miss for anything in the world.
2. Museum of the Occupation
The Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights is located in the heart of the former headquarters of the Soviet secret police. It is a multi-storey building.
On the ground and second floors you can learn more about the history of the city, the period of the Soviet occupation and the resistance operations. In the basement you will also find old prison cells and the execution room.
3. Gediminas Tower
Gediminas Tower is the symbol of Vilnius. Located on the hill of the same name, it is the most unmissable activity in the Lithuanian capital. At the time, it was part of a larger complex, a castle that served to defend the city.
Only the tower has survived. It can be visited and offers an impressive view of Vilnius and its surroundings.
4. MO Museum
Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the MO Museum is the newest and most unusual museum in the city. The internal staircase, designed as a DNA sequence, has become a must for amateur photographers.
In addition to its futuristic building, the museum offers many exhibitions, especially of contemporary art. Most often, Lithuanian and Baltic artists are featured.
5. Grand Duke’s Palace
This palace dates from… 2018. It is actually a reworked and revised replica of the original palace, built in 1801. This palace includes beautiful Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance style ceremonial rooms and also serves as a museum.
Here you will find beautiful works of art, architecture and more, telling you about Lithuanian history. There are also traces and remains of the first palace.
6. St. Anne’s Church
If there’s one thing that strikes you about Vilnius, it’s the number of churches you’ll find along the way. Don’t miss to visit St. Anne’s Church. A flamboyant gothic red brick church built in the early 1500s.
Legend has it that Napoleon Bonaparte was so impressed by its beauty that during one of his conquests he wanted to take it back with him to France.
7. Walk along the Neris River
If you want to get a glimpse of Vilnius that no one else will have, there is only one solution: walk along the Neris River. Start your 7-kilometer walk in the Zverynas district and stroll through the old town.
You will finish your walk in the northern district of Zirmunai. During this short walk you will pass many of Vilnius’ must-see establishments, cafes and street art.
8. Gate of Dawn
The Gate of Dawn is a must-see in Vilnius. It is even the one and only gate of the old city still standing. On it, there is a painting of the Virgin Mary.
A sacred painting in the eyes of the locals who, to show their devotion, continue to bring small offerings. In front of it, you will find small cakes, drawings, flowers etc.
9. Vilnius University
Vilnius University is one of those things you should not miss in Vilnius. Founded in the 16th century, it has a wide range of architectural styles.
While walking around the campus, you will appreciate the numerous paintings, sculptures etc. Don’t miss to visit the library either! A lively, buzzing place, always full of students.
10. Presidential Palace and City Hall
The Presidential Palace, built at the time to accommodate Russian governors, is one of the only buildings in the city… With a green roof. It is quite possible to visit the place.
Nearby is the city hall where different kinds of events are organized (exhibitions, concerts and weddings). Absolutely all tours pass by the city hall, so you should not miss it.
Where to eat in Vilnius?
In Lithuania, there are many culinary specialties. Šaltibarščiai (pink soup), Cepelinai, sorrel soup, varškėčiai (pancakes), skruzdėlynas, beet herring, kibinai or plokštainis (potato cakes)… You will have the choice.
That’s why we invite you to discover our list of the 10 best brunches in Vilnius, to make the culinary tour of the city and eat some really local dishes.
Where to stay in Vilnius?
Are you planning to visit the heart of the Lithuanian capital? Rather than spending a lot of time looking for a place to stay, check out our selection of the 10 best hotels in Vilnius.
Affordable, accessible and well-located hotels that are sure to suit you and make your stay an exceptional one.
Discover Vilnius through its most beautiful activities
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