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What to do in Vilnius? TOP attractions and activities

What to do in Vilnius? TOP attractions and activities

Welcome to the lively and charming Vilnius - the pearl of Lithuania. Rich history, stunning architecture and a thriving cultural life. There are many beautiful places in Vilnius that offer a unique and unforgettable experience to visitors of all ages. While walking around the city, you will be impressed by the warm and friendly atmosphere. You'll find locals chatting over a cup of coffee in cozy cafes, artists presenting their work in bustling galleries and musicians filling the streets with their sounds. This city is open to everyone.

And now we’ll present you a one or a few day trip plan, so you won’t run out of ideas of what to visit and what to do in Vilnius!

What to see in Vilnius?

Go on a journey through time, strolling through the picturesque old town, where the past and the present coexist harmoniously. Immerse yourself in the city's rich cultural heritage - from the majestic St. Anne's Church to the iconic tower of Gediminas Castle.

Old Town

This historic district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Northern Europe. In the Old Town of Vilnius you will see various architectural styles: Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism. It is also full of hidden gems such as narrow streets, hidden courtyards and gardens that give visitors a sense of mystery and adventure.

What to do in Vilnius? TOP attractions and activities

The Gediminas' Tower

It is one of the oldest buildings in Vilnius, built in the 14th century. It was once the residence of Grand Duke Gediminas, part of the defensive fortification of the Upper Castle. The tower has become a symbol of Vilnius and on the top pf the tower you will see a a breath-taking panorama of the city.

Cathedral Square

In this square stands the St. Apostles Stanislovas and Vladislovas Cathedral and the bell tower. It was the center of religious and political life in Vilnius for centuries. And the Vilnius Archcathedral is one of the city's most important religious buildings and a symbol of the Lithuanian Catholic faith. Today, many festivals, concerts and events take place here.

St. Anne's Church

This red brick church is one of the oldest buildings in Vilnius, built at the end of the 15th century. It is widely known in the world for its unique architecture, which combines elements of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. St. Anne's Church is considered one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in Europe.

Vilnius university

Founded in 1579, it is the oldest university in the Baltic States. The main building of the university is a beautiful example of Renaissance architecture. And the historic university campus is one of the most picturesque places in Vilnius. Throughout its history, Vilnius University has been a center of political and social activism, standing at the forefront of many movements.

Užupis

This bohemian neighborhood is famous for its artistic community and their legacy. Užupis is an officially recognized independent Republic of the city of Vilnius, with its own flag, currency, constitution and government. Užupis is widely recognized as the center of creativity in Vilnius.

Pilies street

This historical street is one of the oldest in Vilnius. It has been a center of trading, culture and politics for centuries. It has beautiful old buildings. Many were built in the 16th - 17th centuries. Now, there are many restaurants and cafes here. In warm weather, you can enjoy coffee, ice cream and charming views of the old town from the outdoor tables.

Gates of Dawn

These gates are one of the few remaining parts of the old city walls. They have been an important place of prayer and pilgrims for hundreds of years. A miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary is kept here, which is believed to have healing powers. The Gates of Dawn are also an example of impressive architecture: intricate carvings, enchanting stained glass windows, a unique combination of Renaissance and Gothic styles.

Bernardine garden

Located in the center of Vilnius, near the Bernardine Church and the monastery, the garden is a peaceful and quiet escape from the bustling city. The Bernardine Garden has been around since the 16th century. The former Sereikiškiai Park is full of lush flora and trees. A great place to relax and enjoy nature. And in the summer, during the warm season, you can have a picnic here!

What to do in Vilnius? TOP attractions and activities

Museums in Vilnius

The city's vibrant art scene is reflected in the many museums that showcase the best of contemporary art and cultural heritage. We have prepared a list of those that you cannot miss when you are looking for things to visit in Vilnius. It’s perfect for families, art lovers and groups of friends. Interesting places in Vilnius await you!

Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

The Palace was built in the 15th century for the rulers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the future kings of Poland. Now, the palace houses a museum and its visitors can go along 4 routes inside the palace. Route 1 includes authentic walls and an extensive collection of archaeological exhibits. The 2nd route presents the architecture development of the residence of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in the late Gothic, Renaissance and early Baroque eras. The 3rd route shows the fortifications of the castles and palaces of the Lithuanian grand dukes and the collection of weapons, while the 4th route presents an exposition center.

The Energy and Technology Museum

The museum is dedicated to the industrial heritage of Lithuania. It is located in the old Vilnius power plant. The museum mainly focuses on certain topics related to the permanent exhibitions. For example - about energy, Vilnius industry, interactive science, gas in Lithuania, solar and wind energy.

Europa park

This park consists of an open-air museum of the European Center and its collection. It was founded by the Lithuanian sculptor Gintaras Karosas. While admiring the valuable landscape of the park, you will also discover admirable masterpieces of art. The exhibition covers an area of ​​55 hectares and includes the works of more than 120 artists from 35 countries. Also, the park displays the world's largest television artwork created by Karosas himself, which is accredited by the Guinness Book.

Liubavas Manor Watermill-Museum

Located near Vilnius, near the Žalesos River, Liubavas is one of the oldest manors in Lithuania. The ponds of Liubava were described in detail as early as 1546. In the treasury book of the Lithuanian ruler Žygimantas Augustas. Famous Lithuanian nobles ruled the land at that time. Now visitors can see the Liubavos manor in the stone mill - a new museum initiated by the sculptor Gintaras Karosas. The buildings themselves, technological equipment and specific features of the landscape have been carefully restored in order to preserve authenticity. The water mill-museum has won the Europa Nostra award.

National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art exhibits the works of famous contemporary Lithuanian artists. They are presented in chronological order from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. Each hall has its own theme and offers a look at Lithuanian art from different periods and perspectives. Highlighting the most important historical events, facts and characteristic styles. In the National Gallery of Art the story is told not only about the artists and their work, but also about the development of Lithuanian society and cultural diversity.

Alexander Pushkin Literary Museum

The Alexander Pushkin Literary Museum has a collection of more than 8,000 exhibits. It consists 19th centuries furniture and things, that belonged to the poet in the first half of the 20th century. Including household items, manuscripts, photographs, books, other publications and works of art.

MO museum

This museum exhibits contemporary art exhibitions that explore trends in modern art. Changing exhibitions focus on emerging artists. Therefore, visitors always have the opportunity to see something innovative and interesting. The museum has one of the largest collections of contemporary art in Lithuania. You can see the works of both Lithuanian and foreign artists.

What to do in Vilnius? TOP attractions and activities

Things to Do with Kids

If you are looking for places to go in Vilnius with children, this section is just for you. The city offers many fun and educational activities for families. Educate, have fun and learn history through interactive activities with your kids by going to museums. These types of memories are for a lifetime!

Toy Museum

The museum playfully presents the historical treasures of toys, emphasizing the value and versatility of the toy as an object of science. This is especially relevant for children who spend their childhood playing with toys. The expositions start from the Stone Age and move through the Middle Ages to the 20th century - a period when the toy industry had a massive rise in popularity.

Railway Museum

Here you will find a variety of train models, carved tracks and other exhibits related to railways. In a separate hall you will find a train city. You will have to complete tasks and find a cyclist, a cow, a fallen person and other small objects. Giant trains and wagons await in the outdoor exhibit.

Museum of Illusions

In a huge, almost 400 square meter space you will explore scientific inventions and mysterious works of art. The museum is known for its interactive entertainment - drawing with light, playing with shadows and moments of life upside down. Such a wonderful world of illusions will make you question what you see with your own eyes.

Fairy Valley

In Fairy Valley, you will find a fairy-tale environment, extraordinary-looking dolls and interesting educational activities. Both, the smallest and older children will find something to do here. Performances, organized on weekends will take you to a wide fantasy world that will fascinate you.

What to do in Vilnius? TOP attractions and activities


Tour offers

Panemunė road: honey tasting – Panemunė castle – Raudonė castle – Veliuona – Raudondvaris

A Unique Sand Dune Peninsula - The Curionian Spit

Degustation trip to Latvia: Latvian cheeses - Shiitake mushrooms - sea buckthorns

Sightseeing - degustation tour by bus - Napoleon's treasure hunt - courtly feast - theatrical excursion

Sightseeing tour around the Old Town of Klaipėda

Hike In Gauja National Park - Up And Down The Switzerland Of Latvia

One-day sightseeing tour: chocolate - tulip blossoms at Burbiškis Manor

Siesikai Manor - Antanas Smetona residence – baking a tree cake - kugel - Taujėnai Manor – mead degustation

Lukiškės prison + authentic chicken kiev - tour of the old town of Vilnius

SPA getaway on the seaside

Night tour: Christmas tree night tour from Vilnius

Weekend sightseeing trip: exclusive, annual Fishermen's festival "Palangos stinta" with a visit to the Amber museum

Trakai castle – kibinai degustation – ship tour

Rusnė Island - Šilutė Evangelical Lutheran Church – baking tree cake - Lithuanian lunch

PRIVATE TOUR IN KULDIGA: charming streets, live history and coffee

One day sightseeing bus trip to Kernavė and Užutrakis manor

The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum - Ligatne - wine tasting - Cēsis - Sigulda - Turaida Castle

Historical sightseeing tour of Naujoji Vilnia "Reborn City"

Jewish life in Klaipėda in the 19th and 20th centuries

Sightseeing - nature tour of Naujoji Vilnia: "Pearl of nature"

HIKING TOUR FROM RIGA: Cesis - Medieval Heritage And Natural Treasures