There are still many people in the world who are not aware of the city of Vilnius. Does it mean it is worthless visiting? No, it does not. It means that many people have not yet discovered this true diamond of the Northern Europe.
The city’s narrow and winding streets of the old town are a perfect place to get lost at any time of the year. A wide variety of architecture styles create the look of a European city from centuries ago.
Marvellous churches are sure to grab the attention of visitors. Even the Emperor Napoleon was amused by the glory of St. Anne‘s church so much that he felt eager to carry it home to Paris “in the palm of his hand“.
Vilnius is also a heaven for those who love hearty cuisine and cannot resist the lure of a pint or two of good beer. Even more appealing, the quality what you get is well above the price you will pay!
People in Vilnius
You should not be surprised if people on the street seem cold and unfriendly to you. The people of Vilnius need to establish a strong, personal connection before they reveal the depth of their soul.
Normally, you will face no problem speaking English in shops, restaurants, or banks, provided the person is relatively young.
Lifestyle in Vilnius
Hard work and a clear structure are among the most important values. There are no such things as long lunch breaks or closed grocery shops on Sundays as in many European cities. You can rest assured that you will be able to buy anything you need at any time before 10 p.m.
Nothing unites Lithuanians more than basketball games. The sport is a kind of religion in the country. There is even a giant monument dedicated to basketball next to the biggest arena in the city.
Where is Vilnius
Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and it is situated in the south eastern part of the country. Interestingly, it is the closest capital to the geographical centre of Europe.
Getting to Vilnius
There are different ways to get from International Vilnius Airport to the city centre. Bus Nº 3G is likely to be one the most convenient options as it departs every 5-10 minutes. You can consider getting off at Lukiškiu Aikšte or Zaliasis Tiltas, depending on where you are planning to stay.
Alternatively, you can take a taxi just in front of the arrivals terminal.
Things to Do in Vilnius
Sightseeing is a must-do in your free time while in Vilnius. Below you can see the attractions that are considered to be the most popular ones among tourists:
It is an important historical symbol which appears in different patriotic poems and legends. You can climb the hill to get there or take a funicular. Inside you will find a museum and then reach the top to admire the most picturesque view of the countryside.
This big building with a nice, authentic interior is the heart of Catholic spiritual life in Lithuania. Many famous nobleman, bishops, and dukes from Lithuanian and Polish history are buried inside its crypts and catacombs.
It is the tallest structure in Lithuania (165-metres high) and a piece of Soviet architecture. You can enjoy a terrific view while having a drink or a meal on a rotating platform that revolves once every 45 minutes.
Shopping in Vilnius
Acropolis is the biggest shopping mall and entertainment centre. All attractions are available under one roof: an enormous supermarket (Maxima XXX), clothing and shoes boutiques, books, furniture, a cinema centre, an ice skating field and many different restaurants.
Panorama is another big shopping mall which includes 180 shops and services, 18 cafes and restaurants and 1500 parking places in a free underground parking lot.
There are hundreds of shops, cafes and restaurants, amazing playgrounds for children, as well as a cinema.
Dining and Nightlife in Vilnius
When it comes to food, Lithuanians are mainly focused on meat and potatoes. The number one, must-try dish is cepelinai (meat-filled potato dumplings). You should also go for bulviniai blynai (grated potato pancakes) and a pink cold beet soup.
Here you will not only taste the dishes that have just been mentioned, but also will learn a lot about Lithuanian culture thanks to the interior and decorations.
Forto dvaras is ideal for those who want to try the best cepelinai in Vilnius.
You should come here not only because the food they serve is mouth-watering but also because it is located in one of the coziest districts of Vilnius. You will never forget dining in the outdoor terrace right on the banks of the river Vilnele.
Nightlife in Vilnius
This is a new bar where a good selection of wine is available at reasonable prices.
Absentofejos stands for the most difficult place to get into. However, if you are lucky enough to get in, you are likely to meet some Lithuanian superstars there.
Pabo Latino is an ideal place for dancing which is popular among wealthier locals and tourists.
Excursions and Tours in Vilnius
A Free Walking Tour
Free walking tours start every day at 12 p. m. in front of Vilnius Town Hall and are made in order to show some ‘hidden’, less popular but still nice and exceptional places.
Events in Vilnius
Vilnius, a charming city in Europe, signs its name under many reputable high end business events every year and each of them draws global attention. Considered as an ideal destination for international meetings like congresses, conferences, symposiums, trade shows, fairs and exhibitions, Vilnius offers limitless opportunities for all kinds of event attendees.