Although Vilnius with its 580.000 inhabitants is a big city, its compact city centre where most sights are located is best explored on foot.
The old town has many pedestrianised streets or pathways which are not accessible to cars or public transportation.
Exploring these parts of the town on foot offers the chance to have a look at the smaller sidestreets with their architectural details.
Old town can be easily explored by foot. What is more, almost all streets is easily walkable. From my experience I can say that sometimes it is hard to see old town in only one walk - better to stay somethere to relax a bit.
This is a tip for those who walk around Vilnius (my recommendation). Well, after my second visit to Vilnius I realized that Vilnius in contrast to many other old European cities had no central point/square in 2004 - a place like say Piazza di S. Marco in Venice, Italy, Staromestske Namesti (Main Square) in Prague, Czech or Rynek Glowny (Main Square) in Krakow, Poland. Well, some larger old European cities (Berlin, Rome) had a few such places. What about Vilnius, city of 550,000 citizens with one of the largest old towns in Europe ?
Well, there were a few places which pretends to be such central point for visitors (with a lot of lovely, small cafes, restaurants, hotels etc.):
1. Town Hall's Square (Rotuses aikste) - on my picture, quite large square where there was a platform put up, for music concert, I suppose;
2. Cathedral Square (Katedros aikste) - the largest square but... empty when I was there, maybe when they finish reconstruction of the Lower Castle... wise architecturer and much money needed :-);
3. Gedimino prospektas around the parliament bulding - well, outside the old town and... the place is rather too busy and more for business although...
I will come back to Vilnius again sooner or later to see the changes...
The best or better to say the only way to visit numerous attractions of Vilnius old town was walking on foot.
There were directions signs to most points of tourist interest, like on my picture, put along a few popular tourist itineraries. They were always written in two languages: Lithuanian and English :-))). Well, despite it I needed exact map of the old town not to get lost especially that most streets were not straight and not perpendicular one to each other.
I got up to the top of the Gediminas (castle) Hill by funicular train and my ticket entitled me to go back the same way. But instead, I decided to walk down on foot. And it was very nice and relaxing, a few minute walk which ended down at the Cathedral Square. Simply my recommendation.
I wouldn't really recommend driving in Vilnius, especially in the old town. The streets are narrow and often cobblestone, people drive like maniacs, and as you can see, they park wherever they want and facing in every direction. ;-)
Well, you can see from the photo that the weather was great and obviously I enjoyed walking around this city with my shorts ;-)