Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is a beautiful city. The UNESCO-listed old town is well known for plenty of historical attractions. In addition, the city has quite a few cool-looking bars, excellent views, cute coffee shops, beautiful churches, and cobblestone streets, making it an ideal weekend destination in Baltic countries.

How to get to Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius is easily accessible by air from cities all over Europe and beyond. I arrived at Vilnius International Airport, Lithuania, from Riga, Latvia, by Air Baltic. I landed at 11:00 PM. The airport is tiny but well connected by train and bus with the city center of Vilnius. Since I arrived late at night, I grabbed a Taxi (Metered) to my hotel instead of venturing out for transportation.

Took a Air Baltic flight to Vilnius
Took a Air Baltic flight to Vilnius

The taxi needed to be paid in local currency and cash; luckily, I found an ATM in the tiny arriving hall, and surprisingly my Bank Card worked, so I grabbed some money just to survive the night. After that, it was an easy ride to the hotel; the taxi fare was 55.00 Litas (US$ 1 = 3.06 Litas), which took me about 12 – 15 mins.

A view of Congress Hotel from the street!
A view of Congress Hotel from the street!

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Getting Around In The City

UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town, is easily walkable. Public transportation is excellent in Vilnius if you know your route. Otherwise, plenty of meter taxi is available all over the city. UBER is also a convenient way to get from point A to point B for people like me.

Public Transportation in Vilnius
Public Transportation in Vilnius

Best Time To Visit

Regardless of when you are visiting Vilnius, the city is clearly fascinating in all seasons. My first-time visit was in mid-September, and I found the weather as perfect as it could get with mild temperatures.

10 Best Things to do in Vilnius

Here is a list of must-see attractions in Vilnius, but the list can grow long depending on your taste and priority.

Stroll Along The River

Vilnius is an easily walkable city. I enjoyed walking through the cobblestone streets and narrow winding alleys, particularly strolling by the riverbank. The scenic view of the river bank is beautiful.

a view of Neris River in Vilnius
Walking along the Neris River in Vilinus

Visit Halle Market in Old Town

If you want to try some traditional food, you can’t afford to miss this gorgeous historic building with small stalls selling all kinds of things. Most interesting is the local food items. You will find from smoked meat and fish, fresh fish, and vegetables to souvenirs.

Halle Market in Old Town
Smoke fish is one of the items I saw in Halle Market

Church Hopping

It is unthinkable to visit Vilnius and not stumble into a stunning church. No wonder why the city is often called “the city of churches.” After all, there are enough of them to keep you busy, at least for a day, regardless of whether you are a religious person or not. Here are a few I have visited and do recommend.

St. Anne’s Church

This stunning Roman Catholic church in Vilnius is unique; it appears like no other church I have ever seen. The Gothic, 16th-century church is Located in the Old Town, right on the bank of Neris river. Definitely worth a visit.

St. Anne’s Church in Vilnius
St. Anne’s Church – The Roman Catholic church in Vilnius

Church of St. Michael

The church was built by the Chancellor of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Leonas Spiega, between 1594 and 1597 for a convent of Bernardine nuns and also served as a Sspieha family mausoleum. The Church Heritage Museum is established in this church and is located right across from St. Anne’s Church.

Church of St. Michael
Church of St. Michael in Old Town
Gate of Dawn is a well known religious place
In Old Town, Gate of Dawn

Gates of Dawn

Gate of Dawn is a well-known religious place worldwide and one of the most visited shrines in Vilnius. This is the only surviving gate of the first original five gates in the city wall that was built between 1503 and 1522. I highly recommend visiting this place even if you’re not religious.

Vilnius Cathedral and Square

The Cathedral Basilica of St Stanislaus and St Ladislaus of Vilnius is Lithuania’s main Roman Catholic Cathedral. It is situated in Vilnius Old Town, just off Cathedral Square.

Vilnius Cathedral at Cathedral Square
Vilnius Cathedral – The main Roman Catholic Cathedral of Lithuania

Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas, Vilnius

St. Nicholas Church is one of Vilnius, Lithuania’s oldest Eastern Orthodox churches. The first wooden Orthodox chapel founded on the place of today’s St. Nicholas church was built around 1340.

A view of St. Nicholas Church, Vilnius
A view of Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas

All Saints Church

All Saints Church is a Baroque-style church in Vilnius, Lithuania. This beautiful church was built between 1620 and 1630 and was adopted for the Carmelites’ needs. In the second half of the 17th century, the church was linked with a monastery and formed a single complex.

A Church in Vilnius
Church in UNESCO World Heritage Site – Old Town

Gediminas Avenue Vilnius

The symbolic street of Vilnius, with elegant architecture starting from the end of the 19th century. Most of the lavish stores and government organizations are located here.

Early Morning view of Gediminas Avenue in Vilnius
Beautiful view of Vilnius Cathedral from Gediminas Avenue

Throughout, this street went through a lot of changes, including name changes starting from Saint George Avenue, Mickiewicz Street, Adolf Hitler Street, Stalin Ave, Lenin Avenue, and finally to Gediminas Ave.

Vincas Kudirka Square, Vilnius
Vincas Kudirka Square located along Gediminas Avenue

Visit The Republic of Uzupis

Definitely, you got to visit this self-proclaimed “Republic of Uzupis” and discover the unexpected. The maze of alleys and narrow streets alongside roadside cafes, restaurants, and boutiques will definitely bring a few good memories back home.

A Street of Uzupis, Vilnius
Narrow street in Uzupis

Wander around the Old Town

Old Town is beautiful and easily walkable, so this is one of the best things I recommend to do while visiting Vilnius. The network of narrow streets will lead you to surprises, such as historic churches, beautiful neighborhoods, squares, and more.

neighborhood in Uzupis, Vilnius
Neighborhood in Uzupis

Where to stay in Vilnius, Lithuania

Hotel Congress, Vilnius 

The 4-star Hotel Congress is located in a 19th-century building 2,150 feet from the Old Town Vilnius. Guests can exercise in the fitness center or try a selection of available massage treatments in a parlor nearby. The front desk staff is available 24 hours and can assist with luggage storage. There is limited parking available. A varied buffet breakfast is served in the hotel’s elegant restaurant, which offers a variety of European dishes. Hotel Congress is located within a 10-minute walk of the Vilnius Cathedral.

Congress Avenue Hotel, Vilnius

The 4-star Congress Avenue Hotel is centrally located on Vilnius’ main street, Gedimino Avenue, only a few steps from the National Theater and Government Palace. At the reception of the property, guests can book city tours or buy tickets for the nearby National Opera and Ballet Theater. In addition, there is a terrace on the top floor of the hotel, where guests can enjoy city views. Furthermore, the Cathedral of Vilnius is a 5-minute walk away. Moreover, all leading shops and the finest bars and restaurants are near the Congress Avenue Hotel.

My Opinion and Last Word

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