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VilniusLithuania

Trace the timeline of Lithuania’s capital city in its magnificent medieval fortresses, mesmerizing churches, intriguing museums and scenic riverside promenade.

Discover outstanding heritage sites within the ancient city of Vilnius, Lithuania’s largest city and capital. Centered on the compact medieval Old Town, Vilnius is dotted with breathtaking monuments, architectural masterpieces and significant historical sites. Explore the scenic riverside city to find an intriguing destination that has been central to the country’s historic struggle for independence.

Located at the confluence of the Neris and Vilnia rivers and surrounded by seven rolling hills, Vilnius is an ideal city for exploring on foot. Begin your walking tour on the cobbled streets near Cathedral Square. Here, find the neoclassical Vilnius Cathedral, which contains a collection of impressive stuccoworks and frescoes. Stroll northeast toward the greenery of Castle Hill to find the main buildings of the National Museum of Lithuaniawithin the medieval Vilnius Castle Complex. Walk or take the funicular railway to the hilltop to see the ancient fortification of Gediminas Tower.

Turning south, find the historic Gates of Dawn, the former southern limits of Old Town, which contains a splendid shrine to the Virgin Mary. Just outside Old Town, step inside St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church to see the vividly stuccoed ceilings.

Learn about Lithuania’s struggle for independence under the 50-year Soviet rule at the Museum of Genocide Victims. Vilnius’ thriving contemporary culture is on display at the Lithuanian Art Museum and the Contemporary Art Centre.

Take a break from strolling around and visit a kavinė or coffeehouse for an afternoon treat. Try sweet poppy seed cakes or spurgos doughnuts with a hot cup of giliu kava, a coffee-like drink made with acorns.

Vilnius is located in central eastern Lithuania. The city’s international airport and main bus and rail stations are conveniently located near the city center. Use local trolleybuses to get around the city easily. Take a daytrip to see Trakai’s castles amid peaceful lakes.

Top hotels in Vilnius

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Green Vilnius Hotel
Green Vilnius Hotel
3 out of 5
Pilaitės pr. 20, Vilnius
The price is NZ$52 per night

Situated in Vilnius, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Vilnius TV Tower and within 3 miles (5 km) of Lithuanian Exhibition Centre and Lithuanian Parliament ...

3.9/5Good! (62 reviews)

"Good location,variuos breakfast,tidy room,friendly staff. Noise from other room last night."…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2019

Green Vilnius Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva
Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva
4 out of 5
Konstitucijos av. 20, Vilnius
The price is NZ$90 per night

Located in Business District, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Europa Tower and Vilnius Cathedral. National Art Gallery and Lukiskes Square ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (768 reviews)

"Great hotel. Very flexible in regards to check-in/checkout"…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar. 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva
Artis Centrum Hotels
Artis Centrum Hotels
4 out of 5
Totoriu str. 23, Vilnius
The price is NZ$103 per night

Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pilies Street and Vilnius Cathedral. Gediminas Avenue and Vilnius Central Post Office are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (820 reviews)
Perfect location

"Perfect location right downtown, loved that it had a pool and sauna"…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar. 2020

Artis Centrum Hotels

Popular places to visit in Vilnius

Trakai Island Castle
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Trakai Island Castle

4/5(5 reviews)

Make your way across a wooden boardwalk to reach this fairytale-like castle on a lake in Trakai, where you can find a fascinating museum and archery range.

Vilnius Cathedral
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Vilnius Cathedral

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Discover the heart of Catholic spirituality in Lithuania when you explore the opulently decorated nave and chapels of this Palladian-style cathedral.

Gates of Dawn
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Gates of Dawn

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Investigate one of Old Town’s most significant historical and religious sites to see a medieval fortification adorned with a chapel and a venerated shrine.

Gediminas Tower
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Gediminas Tower

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Find the birthplace of the city of Vilnius within the foundations of this medieval castle tower, which has a museum and stunning hilltop views.

Three Crosses
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Three Crosses

5/5(6 reviews)

Climb to a monument that tells a story from Lithuanian folklore on this scenic hilltop, where you can also see panoramic views of Vilnius’ city skyline.

Vilnius TV Tower
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Vilnius TV Tower

The futuristic spire of the tallest tower in Lithuania houses a rotating viewing platform and a café with unbeatable views of the surrounding countryside.

Top activities in Vilnius

Small-Group Undiscovered Vilnius Tour
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Small-Group Undiscovered Vilnius Tour

NZ$66
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Discover Vilnius in 60 Minutes with a Local
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Discover Vilnius in 60 Minutes with a Local

NZ$35
Per adult
Tour to Trakai with excursion in the Castle
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Tour to Trakai with excursion in the Castle

NZ$70
Per adult
Trakai Town and Castle Tour with Authentic Karaim Lunch
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Trakai Town and Castle Tour with Authentic Karaim Lunch

NZ$291
Per adult
Soviet Vilnius Tour
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Soviet Vilnius Tour

NZ$21
Per adult
Kaunas Rumsiskes and Pazaislis Monastery Full Day Tour from Vilnius
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Kaunas Rumsiskes and Pazaislis Monastery Full Day Tour from Vilnius

NZ$331
Per adult

Reviews of Vilnius

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Verified traveller

16 Sep. 2019

Genuinely hipster but unpretentious.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Aug. 2019

Underrated city.

4/5 - Good

Romayne

4 Aug. 2019

Liked it very much. Everything in walking distance. Lots to see, do & eat.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Aug. 2019

Would highly recommend Barbacan Apartments and Vilnius.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Jul. 2019

Vilnius is a gem and still not overcrowded, although I think it would be busier on weekends. Old town is expensive for most items, but not food and drink. However, less expensive shopping areas are in close walking distance.

5/5 - Excellent

MitchK

26 Apr. 2019

Lovely city, very friendly people.

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