Vilnius Travel Guide

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Vilnius Things to Do

  • Gediminas castle

    I always like going up hills over cities to get a great view and an idea of the layout of the city. This is a must in Vilnius because you truly see a great view of the old city on one side, and then a modern view on the other - such a great contrast. From the city, it is easy to walk towards the hill and I took the funicular going up, but then...

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  • TV tower

    I was devastated to go here. I saw the important role which the tower had in 1991, the Russians attacked the tower with tanks and killed several people defending it. This became a historical place and you can read about this event downstairs in teh tower. It turns around in 45 minutes , you can eat or drink and see the environment. It costs you...

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  • Gates of Dawn

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    Medieval city gates were commonly built with a religious relic to bolster their defence, at least in the mind of the locals. Things like a fragment of the true cross, a reliquary from the crown of thorns or hair of the Virgin Mary would be built into the gates in the hope of gaining favour from God. In Vilnius they went a step further, building an...

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Vilnius Restaurants

  • Excellent

    I think I saw this place reommended somewhere.Then I walked by one evening.Then I decided to try it.Really good. Great menu and service. Loved the food. Georgian water (Borjomi) served. I had cold beetroot soup served with roast potatoes. A local speciality. Summer food. Then a beef salad. Loved it too. €13.87 with a (big - 250ml) glass of Italian...

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  • Time travel

    I traveled back in time today. I had lunch in the Neringa, on Gedimino pr. in Vilnius.I first had lunch there in October ’93. I was on my first visit to the city to speak at a conference organised by the newly formed Lithuanian Lawyers Association. The country had re-gained independence only 2 years before, and the Red Army was still there - making...

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  • Cool

    We had a lovely outdoor lunch here. Steak with salad for me. Pasta for Ramuné.A relaxed atmosphere. Good food and service. A bit “see and be seen” type of crowd, but so what?€17.60 for two, by the time you add on an orange juice, a coffee and a water. My salad.

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Vilnius Nightlife

  • Nightclubs

    Entertainment Club GALAXY (GALAXY Pramogu Klubas) was located on the second floor of Forum Palace - on my picture. The building was modern, newly built and served as a center for sports, entartainment and business. I got to know looking at advertisements that It was universal arena where various events took place, such as banquets, fashion...

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  • Public bars

    We first spotted this pub in the day time, while walking through the Old Town, looking for the Tourist Info Office, this place was next door. We hadn't searched this place out deliberately for a night time drink, but as we were passing, decided to pop in We entered through the gateway into a garden area with seating. To the right was a red...

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  • Vilnius views at night

    Every Christmas/New Year we have the tallest Christmas tree in the world – Vilnius TV tower, light up with many lights from the top to the bottom and forms the most wonderful Christmas tree! THE HIGHEST BUILDING IN LITHUANIA - THE BROADCASTING TOWER - WAS TURNED BY 5,440 ELECTRIC BULBS AND FOUR POWERFUL PROJECTORS INTO THE WORLD'S TALLEST...

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Vilnius Transportation

  • Buses

    Frequent buses from the Vilnus bus terminal to Trakai, Lt 4,40 take 1 hour 20 minutes and drive you mad by their snails pace, also frequent minibuses, Lt 6, take half the time, leave when full and (at least on sundays) fill up very fast. In both cases you have to walk about 2 km to the island castle. There might be also a city bus, but no...

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  • Trains

    I took the train to & from Kaunas from Vilnius. It was quick, comfortable and good value. The express services take 65 minutes - check in advance to avoid the slower services. It was €6.37 each way. They don't seem to do return or discounted tickets (but you pay a bit extra if you buy your ticket on the train). The station has been renovated and...

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  • Taxis

    Arriving in Vilnius in the early hours of Sunday morning, and our first time here, I'd booked a transfer shuttle through Wizzair for 9 Euros. My e-ticket confirmed my booking, and stated that our meeting point was 01.30 by the Tourist Info Office, where our driver would be waiting with a Wizzair board. Well, we arrived early, and having...

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Vilnius Shopping

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  • New, sealed vinyls in Vilnius Old Town

    Rūdninkų knygynas is a small shop on the very edge of Old Town of Vilnius, where you can find and listen to 12inch records from home and abroad. They also have a large selection of English language magazines on the subject of design, photography, music etc., some books and a few eco- and handmade souvenirs. As they claim "We love music,...

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  • Lithuanian products

    Gedimino 9 is one of the newest shopping mall in Vilnius. The building was once Central Headquarters of the Lithuanian Communist Party. The building was built in 1893. At the shopping mall you can find Lithuanian products such as Lindex, La Senza and other well known trademarks.

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  • Central Shopping Mall

    Built in a renovated former headquarters of the Vilnius city government, the shiny new Gedimino 9 shopping centre has a lot of small shops in a very central location. For many travellers the little Rimi supermarket is your best bet on Gediminas, and probably the entire old town. There are also a lot of clothes shops to choose from.

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Vilnius Local Customs

  • Lithuanian Currency: Euro (since 2015)

    Lithuania joined the European Union (EU) on the 1st of May 2004 and on the 1st of January 2015 Lithuania even became a member of the Eurozone. This means that nowadays the Euro is the official currency in the country.When I visited Vinius in 2006 and 2011, Lithuania still had the Litas as official currency. The Litas was subdivided into 100...

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  • Non-verbal greetings

    Like other Nordic peoples, Lithuanians don't show much affection upon greeting.When they meet friends or acquaintances, they often just say hello or shake hands. A hand-shake is the norm when meeting someone new.Cheek kisses are limited to good friends, and it's usually just one kiss. I was a bit amazed to see some young people greeting each other...

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  • THE STEBUKLAS

    The miracle tile is all but impossible to find in the huge tile plaza that forms Cathedral Square in the spiritual and physical heart of Vilnius. This colourful tile, if you can find it, marks one end of the 2 million person human chain, which stretched for 650km from Vilnius to Tallinn to protest against Soviet rule, in 1989. The way to find it is...

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Vilnius Warnings and Dangers

  • Travel with Baby

    Restaurants were very accommodating of our son, and they all had baby chairs. People were friendly towards him, smiling and waving at him, especially the old women. Getting about was a bit difficult, though, like in the rest of the Baltics. The old town had some really bad pavements that were hard to push a pram along. But in the popular areas,...

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  • Don't get lost

    You mustn't think that, even if you have a map of Vilnius, you will find your way easily. This is because the local authorities seem to assume that everybody knows the city well and have put street names in as few places as possible, with some streets left unnamed altogether. Driving along the river to Sts Peter and Paul's Church we didn't see any...

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  • Pavements - watch where you are walking

    We hadn't been in Vilnius long before we released that there was plenty of potential to trip up/fall over.Not just from the uneven paving slabs/cobbled roads, but also from concrete slabs etc. Some pavements have gullies running across them. We also came across a few deep steps that appear from nowhere.So, while you are looking up admiring the...

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Vilnius Tourist Traps

  • TV tower of Vilnius

    TV tower of Vilnius is 326.5 meters high. There you can see view to the local suburb and the river. The entrance fee is 21 litas.

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  • TV Tower

    Not worth the fee to ride the elevator to the top. Visit the site for the history but really the view is not worth the cost considering how inexpensive everything else is in Vilinus.However, the trolly ride was interesting.

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  • DON'T buy anything from the street...

    The only good tourist trap I must tell you is: don't buy the crap from on the streets of Old Town. This is for the tourists. You will pay up to 3 times more as would from the store. Don't accept the price they tell you, even it it has a price tag on the souvenir.Tell them no! The alternative would be, find out the the local souvenir shop. You...

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Vilnius What to Pack

  • In Your Pocket Guide - Vilnius

    On my travels to Eastern and Central Europe I always try to get myself the latest edition of the "In Your Pocket" guide. These guides are very up to date, provide useful maps and offer all sorts of practical information for independent travels. Most of the tips can also be found on their webpage.Lithuania is the cradle of "In Your Pocket" as the...

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  • Lonely Planet Guide: Estonia, Latvia &...

    The Baltic States are rapidly developing countries, therefore an up to date guidebook is very helpful.On my trips to teh Baltics I used the Lonely Planet Guide "Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania" which offers information for all budgets on what to see and do, and tips on dining and accomodation. Vilnius is described on more than 30 pages in this guide.

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  • lithuaniaguide.info guide

    I'am the third time in Vilnius. Two times earlyer I have looked for local festivals in Lithuania, and dont find nothing in English. I was suprised than I found intersting guide with festivals and trips and places - en.lt.leisureguide.info this year. I really recomend to visit Apuole festival in midlle of august. It's very atractive, you will see...

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Vilnius Off The Beaten Path

  • Trakai

    The 13. and 14. centuries was a time of struggles against the crusaders of the Teutonic Order. During the second half of the 14th century a stone castle was built in Trakai, the temporary residence between 1316 and 1323 of the Grand Duke of Lituania.

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  • Sovietic-era buildings and other relicts

    Grutas Park (Gruto Parkas) is a large outdoor park which exhibits all sorts of Soviet relicts, such as sculptures, monuments or vehicles. It was opened in 2001 by a private entrepreneur. The park is also home to a museum with paintings, photos and other Soviet propaganda documents. The more than 80 exhibits are positioned along an approximately 2...

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  • Statues and fountains

    This statue is in honour of the Lithuanian novelist Žemaitė (1845-1921). Her real name was Julija Beniuševičiūtė-Žymantienė. She was born into a poor Polish speaking family, but had aristocratic ancestors, which produced a nature of snobbishness in her family. She was banned from speaking Lithuanian as a child, as this...

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Vilnius Sports & Outdoors

  • Basketball in Lithuania

    Basketball is the most popular sport in Lithuania. Interesting enough is the fact that Lithuania is ranked 5th in the FIBA world ranking (2011). Among the biggest successes are 3 European Championships and 3 bronze medals in Summer Olympics.When we were in Vilnius in 2006 the FIBA world championships were just taking place in Japan. During our...

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  • HOT AIR BALLOON TOUR

    A hot air balloon tour is a must do in Lithuania. This attraction is very popular among Lithuanians. Photographs also love hot air balloon flights because they are a brilliant platform for photography. I really loved my flight. We were slowly drifting across the landscape and enjoying wonderful views. A hot air balloon tour is a excellent option if...

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  • Relax at Forum Sporto Klubas

    Forum Palace is modern, newly built center for sports, entartainment and business. There was Forum Sporto Klubas (Forum Sports Club) located on the ground floor. Excuse, I didn't have enough time to relax there but I noticed that there were a lot of good quality sport attractions for a visitor there. First of all the swimming pool (and seperate...

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Vilnius Favorites

  • A very brief historical review.

    Vilnius was officially founded in 1323 by Gediminas, grand duke from 1316 to 1341. The town is presumably older than so, but this year Vilnius was mentioned for the first time in a document Gediminas sent to several European kingdoms and principalities. Merchants, craftsmen and artists were invited to settle in his country with its capital Vilnius...

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  • Vilnius in Your Pocket

    Look up Vilnius in Your Pocket on line before you go. It's got great tips on accomodation, restaurants, things to do and current events. We bought a hard copy at the airport when we arrived, too. The in your pocket series covers most of eastern Europe and some of western Europe, too. It is a wonderful travel guide.

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  • The mysterious statue

    I came across the photograph of this statue among my friend's pictures and found it intriguing. Who might it represent? A monk? A saint? And why is it situated on the ground and not on a pedestal? I thought it looked very effective as it is, with the man emerging from the wall (gate?) as if marching ahead. Is it a church decoration temporarily...

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