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Vilnius guide – our top 15 picks for what to see in Vilnius

Vilnius was our 3rd and last capital of the Baltic states. After seeing charming Tallinn and vibrant Riga, we though nothing can surprise us. We were wrong! The biggest city in Lithuania turned out to be so heartbreakingly beautiful that we seriously didn’t want to leave! We re full time travellers, so it is very rare to us to be so amazed by a single place. Vilnius is just… perfect. We found there everything we love: awesome architecture, delicious food, interesting people and a lot of things to do both during a day and at night. We spent only 5 days in this city and we already miss it. We are writing this post with a smile though! Creating this Vilnius guide reminds us of an amazing time we had in the capital of Lithuania :).

Cathedral Square Vilnius guide

Gediminas Tower & Castle Hill

Gediminas Tower is situated on the top of the castle hill. In order to get there you need to walk up for approx 10 minutes on the uneven, pebbly road. You can also take a funicular for 1 euro one way.

In our opinion Gediminas Tower is the best tourist attraction in Vilnius! If the weather is good, the views from the top are absolutely breathtaking. You can see the beautiful landscape of the city and take awesome photos.

Duration: 30- 45 minutes

Admission: Castle Hill- free; Gediminas Tower- 4 euro

Vilnius guide pro tip: If you are into history, you can also visit Lithuanian National Museum which is situated at the foothill. Cathedral Square & Palace of the Grand Dukes are just few steps away.

Gediminas Tower in VIlnius

Gates of Dawn

Gates of Dawn is the most unusual church that we have ever seen. It is easy to guess that it is located at the… gate! Right in the heart of Old Town. It looks really amazing! It wasn’t easy for us to find an entrance to Ausros Vartai. We really wanted to get inside to see the famous painting- Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn.

Gates of Dawn in Vilnius

It turns out that the door to the church are located on the left, in the white building that you can see on the picture above.

The painting of Virgin Mary is really impressive!

Duration: 10- 15 minutes

Admission: Free

Vilnius guide pro tip: No matter if you are Christian or not, be sure to get inside the Gates of Dawn. You can take awesome photos of an Old Town from there.

Gates of Dawn Vilnius

KGB Museum (also known as Genocido Auku Muziejus)

It is one of the worst places we have ever seen. Not as bad as Auschwitz Concentration Camp but still terrible. The way prisoners were treated by the communist were beastly.

If you are interested in the history of Lithuania and Eastern Europe, be sure to visit KGB Museum.

Duration: 1-2 hours

Admission: 4 euro per person; 2 euro per camera

Vilnius guide pro tip: There are no signs on KGB Museum anywhere in Vilnius. Be sure to remember its Lithuanian name Genocido Auku Museum, to avoid getting lost.

KGB Museum Vilnius

Vilnius Cathedral

The most important sacral buildings in Lithuania. Cathedral is huge, monumental and all white. It is the final resting place of many important people including Saint Casimir and Alexander Jagiellon.

Duration: 10- 15 minutes

Admission: Cathedral- free; Crypts- 4,50 euro

Vilnius guide pro tip: Vilnius Cathedral is located right next to the Palace The Grand Dukes.

Cathedral in Vilnius

Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

The palace was one of the most important places of Poland- Lithuania Commonwealth. It was demolished at the beginning of XIX century. All you can see now is the reconstruction done about 20 years ago.

Duration: 30 minutes- 1 hour

Admission: 3 euro

Vilnius guide pro tip: The palace is not original, so our suggestion is to not bother getting inside. Seeing it from the outside is perfectly enough.

Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

Presidential Palace

Presidential Palace is the most politically important place in Lithuania. The building is really impressive from the outside. If you want to see the interiors, you need to book a tour in advance. Contact ekskursijos@prezidentas.lt for more.

Duration: 5-30 minutes

Admission: Free

Vilnius guide pro tip: Be sure to visit the palace at 6 pm to see the guards change. If you are lucky enough to be in Vilnius on Sunday, go there at noon to see the flag changing ceremony.

Presidential Palace in VIlnius

Holy Trinity Church with the Divine Mercy painting

If you are Christian, it is a must-visit place for you because of the miraculous Divine Mercy painting. If you are not, you still should visit Holy Trinity church. The baroque architecture of the building is very impressive.

It is one of the most beautiful churches in Vilnius.

Duration: 10 minutes- 20 minutes

Admission: Free

Vilnius guide pro tip: The painting is located on the front right side of the church.

Divine Mercy painting Vilnius

St. Casimir’s church

We were really surprised how HUGE this church is. It was built in 17th century and was the first baroque sacral building in Vilnius.

It is a must-see for all architecture lovers!

Duration: 5-10 minutes

Admission: Free

Vilnius guide pro tip: The palace is located right next to the Town Hall.

St. Casimir's church

Town Hall Square

It is the most vibrant place in the Old Town of Vilnius. Full of lovely cafes and restaurants. In the summer, children are cooling off in the fountain and running barefoot around the square. We loved the amazing atmosphere of this place!

Duration: 5 minutes- few hours

Admission: Free

Vilnius guide pro tip: There is a Rimi grocery store at the square, where you can buy cheap food & drinks.

Fountain at Town Hall Square in Vilnius

Wrong Room

Escape rooms are getting more and more popular all around the world. We really love them! It is a great alternative for those of you who don’t like museums, architecture, art and history. The rules of the game are simple: you will be locked in a room and have 1 hour to escape. You will have to solve the riddles that are hidden all around the room in order to find the key to the door.

It is so much fun!

Duration: 1 hour

Admission: 40-50 euro for 2-4 people

Vilnius guide pro tip: If it’s your first time playing this game, choose the Professor’s room, it’s the easiest one to escape from.

Wrong Room Vilnius

Hill of Three Crosses

Climbing up the Hill of Three Crosses is the best hike you can take in Vilnius. The view from the top is beautiful! This place is not as crowded as the Castle Hill, so you can enjoy the quiet time during your hiking.

Duration: 1-2 hours

Admission: Free

Vilnius guide pro tip: It is not easy to climb up the hill because of the terrible path. Be sure to wear good shoes to avoid injuries.

Hill of three crosses

Church of St. Theresa

Another beautiful and monumental baroque church in Vilnius. It has one of the most impressive altars in Lithuania!

Duration: 10-15 minutes

Admission: Free

Vilnius guide pro tip: The church is located right next to the Gates of Dawn.

Church of St Theresa Vilnius

Orthodox church of St Nicolas

You won’t find this church in any guide of Vilnius. That is why we think it is worth seeing. It is a truly local place, where you can watch people praying and professing their fait.

Duration: 5-10 minutes

Admission: Free

Vilnius guide pro tip: The church is currently under renovation, so don’t be discouraged by the way it looks from the outside.

Orthodox church of St Nicolas in Vilnius

National Lithuanian Philharmonic

The National Lithuanian Philharmonic is really impressive. It is one of the most beautiful buildings that we have visited in Vilnius. It is worth to see it from the outside and also book a ticket online to get inside and listen to the classical music.

Duration: 5 minutes- few hours

Admission: Free or paid

Vilnius guide pro tip: Go to this website to check out the event schedule.

National Lithuanian Philharmonic

Saint Cathrine’s church

We have stumbled upon this church on the last day of our stay in Vilnius. We really liked it! It was built in 17th century and is another beautiful example of baroque architecture in Vilnius.

Duration: 10- 15 minutes

Admission: Free

Vilnius guide pro tip: Saint Catherine is just few steps away from the Church of Holy Trinity.

Saint Kotryna church

Where to eat & drink?

Dublis

Having a dinner at Dublis restaurant is a must- do in Vilnius. It is an unforgettable experience, not only because of the food but because of the way the food is served.

So here is how it works: everyday at 7 pm the dinner starts. You pay 50 euro for 3 hour fiesta. You will get 10 AMAZING dishes to try. What’s even better- you will be able to see how they are being prepared through the open kitchen. How awesome is that?

Dublis dinner Vilnius

Zatar Falafel & Hummus

If you are looking for the cheap and healthy place to eat in an Old Town of Vilnius, you should go to Zatar. They serve vegan and vegetarian food that is really delicious!

Our falafel plate sand fresh juices were out of this world. Too bad we found this restaurant on the last day of our stay in the city. We will definitely come back there next time we will be in Vilnius.

Zatar Falafel & Hummus Vilnius

Glory Bar by Stikliai

We love Glory bar! It is the best place to have a drink in the Old Town. It is located right next to the Lithuanian National Philharmonic. The drinks are pretty cheap (2-5 euro). In the summer you can sit outside in the beer garden.

Glory bar Vilnius

Dream Bar by Stikliai

Dream is a high-end bar, located just few steps away from the Town Hall square. It is open until late at night. We really liked it- the luxurious interiors, big doors with the specific handles are something we will never forget. And the drinks.. they were really good! Especially the espresso martini.

Dream Bar Vilnius

Where to sleep?

We were staying in Ramada Hotel & Suites. It is a lovely, 5 star boutique hotel situated in the heart of an Old Town. You can read the full review of it here.

Here you can check other hotels located in an Old Town of Vilnius.

If you are planning to stay in the city longer than just few days, search for the best apartment on AirBnb.

If you are a budget traveler and really don’t have money, you can call Mrs. Alfreda +370 615 220 76. She is a lovely old lady that we met in a church. She has 3 rooms to rent in the heart of Old Town (with parking space available). When we asked her how much does she charge for 1 night stay she replied: I’d appreciate anything. You will pay me as much as you want.

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