Vilnius Travel Guide

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Vilnius Things to Do

  • Gediminas castle

    The funicular railway started operating in Vilnius in 2003. It takes people from the foot of Gediminas Hill and in 35 seconds the funicular railway covers the 71m. The ascending journey which includes getting on and off the funicular lasts around one minute. The train accommodates up to 16 people. Opening Hours: May to September (Mon to Sun) 10.00...

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  • Cathedral

    The Vilnius cathedral, is rather at odds with the rest of the churches in Vilnius. It is far more contempary looking and feeling than any other church in Vilinus. Perhaps this has to do with the fact that the cathedral was confiscated from the church during the Russian era and used as an art gallery, something it would be well suited to. I found...

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  • Genocide Victims Museum

    The Museum of Genocide Victims (the KGB Museum) is located in the former Gestapo/KGB-headquarter in the centre of Vilnius. The museum is split over 3 floors and covers the period from around 1940 to 1991; Partisan wars, deportations, Soviet prison camps, the KGB, anti-Soviet resistance, and much more... The basement of the old KGB-headquarter was...

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Vilnius Restaurants

  • Very good food here

    Very nice restaurant, friendly service, great atmosphere. good food I had the herring with potato which was great

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  • Real nice cafe

    Great atmosphere, great prices, excellent service, you can be either inside or outside. Just really nice and friendlyI stopped in here for a beer around lunchtime, and stayed for a grilled sandwich which ended up to include fries. All good

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  • Fantastic Lithuanian restaurant

    This place is a local pub/brewery/restaurant. It is great.I ate here twice, Both times I was made to feel very welcome by friendly staff, and it was obvious that the locals ate here as well, it soon started filling.The decor is rustic and the food I had was rustic and delicious.First time I had the grilled local sausages, and the 2nd time...

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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

    The city centre of Vilnius is not very big and you can reach almost all the touristic spots on foot. For longer distances, you can rely on a pretty good public transport system, formed by bus and trolleybus lines.

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  • Trains

    Travelling by train is easy to and around Vilnius. As a student with an ISIC card you get 50% discount. But it is already cheap without discount. You can get from the airport to Vilnius, you have to buy a ticket in the train. If you did not buy a ticket at the station where it is possible you get a penalty of 5 Lt.

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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

  • 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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  • Love locks...

    Like some other cities around the world, newly-wed couples in Vilnius hang love locks on the bridges as a symbol of eternal love...My photo is from the Zvërynas bridge.

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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • Trakai

    Our half day tour to Trakai Castle was the individual highlight of our 2 days in Vilnius. The fortified castle built on an island by Grand Duke Vietautas during the 15th century and now fully restored is magnificent. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy this castle and the magificent lake which surrounds the castle. Make certain you take your...

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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

  • 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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  • How to find the objects.

    I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.

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  • Post office.

    Not a "favorite thing" but where to post it else? You will find the main post office at Gedimino prospektas 7.

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