Things To Do Vilnius – Top Picks for What to See in Vilnius

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Best Places to Visit in Vilnius & Travel Tips

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Vilnius was our 3rd and last capital of the Baltic states. After seeing the 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 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 everything we love there: awesome architecture, delicious food, interesting people and a lot of things to do both during a day and at night. We spent a bit more than 3 days in Vilnius and we already miss it. I am writing this post with a smile though! Creating this Vilnius guide reminds me of an amazing time we had in the capital of Lithuania.

Cathedral Square Vilnius guide
Be sure to make the most of Vilnius sightseeing and plan the things to do in the capital of Lithuania right away.

The best way to see all the important places in the city is to attend one of the Vilnius walking tours. I personally recommend the one offered by Get Your Guide. You will be guided by a local, see the highlights of the city and try the local food.

General Info about Vilnius

CountryLithuania, European Union
Time in VilniusGMT+2, 7 hours ahead of New York, 2 hours ahead of London.
Vilnius currencyEuro
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Money exchange VilniusAt the airport or in the city center. Use Multicurrency Card to reduce the fees.

Vilnius Things to Do

See recommended Vilnius Old Town Tours:

 

#1 what to see in Vilnius

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 one of the best Vilnius tourist attractions! 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 travel tips: If you are into history, you can also visit Lithuanian National Museum in Vilnius which is situated at the foothill. Cathedral Square & Palace of the Grand Dukes are just few steps away.
Gediminas Tower in VIlnius
Going to Gediminas Tower is one of the best things to do in Vilnius.

#2 things to do 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, so it’s hard to miss while Vilnius sightseeing. 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
Gates of Dawn is one of the most famous Vilnius attractions.

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 travel tips: 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
Be sure to visit the Gates of Dawn during your Vilnius tour.

#3 things to do in Vilnius

KGB Museum in Vilnius (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 in Vilnius.

  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Admission: 4 euro per person; 2 euro per camera
  • Vilnius travel tips: 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 is a part of Alternative Vilnius Walking Tour, check it out here.

KGB Museum Vilnius
Looking for best places to visit in Vilnius? Go to KGB Museum.

#4 what to see in Vilnius

Vilnius Cathedral

Vilnius Cathedral is 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 tours tips: Vilnius Cathedral is located right next to the Palace The Grand Dukes.
Cathedral in Vilnius
Vilnius what to see: Go to the cathedral.

#5 things to do 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. Still it’s one of the top things to see in Vilnius.

  • Duration: 30 minutes- 1 hour
  • Admission: 3 euro
  • Vilnius travel tips: 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
Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania is one of the most important Vilnius sights.

#6 things to do Vilnius

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.

Presidential Palace is also one of the places to see on a Vilnius city tour (click to see more).

  • Duration: 5-30 minutes
  • Admission: Free
  • Vilnius sightseeing tour 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
Visiting the Presidential Palace may not be the top things to do in Vilnius but it’s still worthwhile.

#7 what to see in Vilnius

Holy Trinity Church with the Divine Mercy painting

If you are Christian, it is one of the must-visit places to visit in Vilnius Lithuania for you. You will see there 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 travel tip: The painting is located on the front right side of the church.
Divine Mercy painting Vilnius
Divine Mercy is one of the best places to see in Vilnius.

#8 things to see in 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 travel tip: The palace is located right next to the Town Hall.

St Kasmir Church is a part of a Private Vilnius Walking Tour, check it out here.

St. Casimir's church
St. Casimir’s church is on the list of Vilnius places to visit.

#9 Vilnius what to do

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 itinerary travel tip: There is a Rimi grocery store at the square, where you can buy cheap food & drinks.
Fountain at Town Hall Square in Vilnius
Dining at Town Hall Square is one of the fun things to do in Vilnius.

#10 things to do 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 travel 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
Looking for some awesome Vilnius activities? Go to the Wrong Room.

#11 Vilnius what to do

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

If you are looking for more Vilnius activities, check out this Afternoon Vilnius bike Tour.

Hill of three crosses
Hiking up the Hill of three crosses is one of best things to do in Vilnius.

#12 things to do Vilnius

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 travel tip: The church is located right next to the Gates of Dawn.
Church of St Theresa Vilnius
Visiting Church of St Theresa is one of the romantic Vilnius things to see and do.

#13 Vilnius what to do

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 travel tips: 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
Orthodox church of St Nicolas is one of the interesting places in Vilnius.

#14 things to do 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 itinerary travel tip: Go to this website to check out the event schedule.
National Lithuanian Philharmonic
Seeing National Lithuanian Philharmonic is a must do in Vilnius.

#15 things to see in Vilnius

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 travel tips: Saint Catherine is just few steps away from the Church of Holy Trinity.
Saint Kotryna church
Going to Saint Kotryna church is one of the free things to do in Vilnius.

Check out the most unique tours in Vilnius:

 

How to Get Around?

The easiest way is, of course, taking a Vilnius bus tour. You will be taken to all the important places in the city. If you don’t have time, you can just stay in the Vilnius sightseeing bus for the entire time and listen to the history of the city. You can lease anytime you want and get back to the bus when you want to get to another Vilnius tourist attractions.

Save your time and book your Vilnius bus tour online.

Car rent Vilnius

The second most convenient option is car rent Vilnius. You can drive around and see something else than just the Old Town.

Rent car Vilnius by clicking here.

Vilnius Public Transport

You can always use Vilnius public transport. Depending on the length of your travel, the ticket will cost 0,65-0,9 euro one way. You can also buy 24h ticket for 5 euro, 3 days ticket for 8 euro, or even 10 days ticket for 15 euro. There is no subway in Vilnius, so you can either travel by bus or train. Plan your tip online here.

If you want to use the public transport only for sightseeing, it’s better to buy Vilnius travel card. The price is ranging between 15 to 35 euro. See more here.

Vilnius Taxi

If you are not traveling on a budget, you can always choose to get around by Vilnius taxi. There are many local providers out there. If you want to save some money choose Uber or Taxify (click to get the first free ride), as they are operating in Vilnius as well.

Vilnius taxi
The best Vilnius taxi app is Uber or Taxify. You can always travel by Vilnius public transport if you want to save even more.

Best restaurants in Vilnius & Places To Drink

#1 where to eat in Vilnius

14Horses Uptown

Having a dinner at 14Horses Uptown (Dublis) is a must-do while in the capital of Lithuania if you are traveling as a group. For us, this restaurant is one of the best places to eat in Vilnius. Dining there is an unforgettable experience, not only because of the food but because of the way the food is served.

14Horses Uptown is definitely a fine dining Vilnius. They are not operating on a daily basis though, so be sure to contact them to book your dinner in advance.

Dublis dinner Vilnius
If you wonder what to eat in Vilnius if you traveling as a group, go to 14Horses Uptown.

#2 best restaurants 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. You will get there the best food in Vilnius, not only for vegan and vegetarian!

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
Zatar serves the best food in Vilnius for vegans and vegetarians.

#3 party Vilnius

Glory Bar by Stikliai

if you wonder where to go out in Vilnius, choose the 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
Looking for some inspiration for the pub crawl Vilnius? Go to Glory bar.

#4 Vilnius nightlife guide

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. It may be a great stop during the pub crawl Vilnius. 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
Go to Dream Bar Vilnius during the pub crawl Vilnius.

For best pub crawl Vilnius, book a tour with a local guide. You will be taken to the coolest places in the city and you’ll be able experience Vilnius at night. Check out this tour here.

If you want to try the delicious Lithuanian cuisine, be sure to join one of the Vilnius food tours. Book it online here.

Where to stay in Vilnius?

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 Vilnius hostels and 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 or AirBnb alternative.

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.

Ramada Vilnius
If you wonder where to stay in Vilnius, Ramada Imperial is your option to go.

Best day trips from Vilnius

If you have enough time, it’s worth to take at least one day trip from Vilnius. There is much more to see in Lithuania than just its capital city!

Kaunas

It’s the second biggest city in Lithuania. If you are traveling from Vilnius to the Baltic Sea, you will pass it by.

The easiest way to get from Kaunas to Vilnius and back is by bus. You can buy tickets online for as little as 6 euro one way. Here is the website where you can do it. The tip will last less than 2 hours.

An organized tour is not expensive either. The full day tour from Vilnius to Kaunas costs about $75 per person. You can book it online here.

Kaunas old town
It’s very easy to get from Kaunas to Vilnius and back.

The Hill Of Crosses

If you are looking for interesting places to visit near Vilnius, think about going to the Hill of Crosses. It’s probably one of the best destinations in Lithuania.

The name says it all- there are many crosses on the hill close to Šiauliai. This place is unique on a global scale. It’s worth visiting, even if you are not Christian.

The best way to get there from Vilnius is to take a guided tour. Book it only here.

hill of crosses
Hill of Crosses is one of the best places to visit near Vilnius.

Druskininkai

This lovely spa town is a perfect place to relax. It’s located quite close to the border with Poland. You will get there in less than 2 hours from Vilnius.

Druskininkai has a beautiful old town, aqua park and even a place where you can ski all year round (it’s called the Snow Arena).

If you wonder what are the best things to do in Vilnius in winter or summer, you can take a day trip to Druskinkai. It’s also a great place if you are visiting Vilnius with kids.

Read our full post about this town here.

blue orthodox church
Day trip to Druskinikai is one of the best tours from Vilnius you can take. if you wonder what to do in Vilnius in winter, go to the Snow Arena in Druskininkai.

Augustow

Why not visiting the neighboring country while in Lithuania? A lovely town, Augustow in Poland, is located just 3 hours driving from Vilnius. In the summer, you can cool off in August lakes. You can also rent a water bike there.

Read more about the town here.

Here you can discover more hidden gems of Poland.

Augustow church Poland
Looking for things to do around Vilnius? Visit Augustow.

Riga

Let’s go the other way. Europe is really small! If you have enough time, you can not only visit Poland but also the other neighbouring country – Latvia. The best choice would its capital, Riga.

It’s a vibrant city with one of the most charming old towns we have ever seen.

Read our full post about Riga.

three tenement houses connected together colorful
Visiting Riga may be one of the best of your Vilnius excursions.

Curonian Spit and Klaipeda

Of all Vilnius day trips, Curonian Spit is our favorite. This lovely National Park is the most beautiful place in Lithuania.

As it’s located on the peninsula, the best way to get there is by car or join one of the tours.

Read our full post about Curonian Spit and Klaipeda.

white beach in Nida
Visiting Curonian Spit is one of the best day trips from Vilnius.

Trakai

If you are spending just a weekend in Vilnius or your time in the capital of Lithuania is limited, visiting the island castle is one of the best things to do around Vilnius for you. It’s located just half an hour driving from the city.

The castle and the surrounding lake is absolutely breathtaking!

Book your private tour to Trakai for less than $50 here.

Trakai castle lake red
If you are spending a weekend Vilnius, be sure to visit Trakai.

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