Winter is coming! We just had first snow in Vilnus a few days ago.. Now it’s raining again but as days are getting colder and shorter, our guides often get asked by travelers, what they shouldn’t miss during a short stay in Vilnius.
So if your time here is limited, here we offer TOP 5 things to do in Vilnius 🙂
VILNIUS FREE WALKING TOUR
We have been running this tour since 2009. During those years we squeezed most of the highlights of Vilnius old town, Užupis (a district of artists) and stories from local peoples’ lives into approximately 2 – 2,5 hours walk. It will give you a great introduction to the city, the local guides will tell you stories that you won’t find in guide books and later you can come back to the visited places and explore them yourself.
Vilnius free walking tour starts every day at 12 PM (midday) from Vilnius town hall (Didzioji 31). Look there for us with a yellow sign.
Vilnius old town is full of beautiful courtyards so don’t make a mistake making circles around 3 main streets! There was a time when you could cross almost the whole area of the current old town only walking from one backyard to another. Try to find these places during your stay in Vilnius!
There are a few places in Vilnius that provide a lovely panoramic view of the city. Probably, the most popular one is Gediminas hill. A legend says that the founder of Vilnius, Grand duke of Lithuania Gediminas, started building the city exactly from this point. Now the place is popular among both locals and foreigners.
The hill of three crosses – it is said that the first crosses appeared there to pay a tribute to Christian monks that came here in the 14th century to spread Christianity and who were brutally killed here by local Pagan Lithuanians.
Bell tower of St. John’s church – a 68 meters tower is the tallest building in Vilnius old town. For a fee of 2,5 euros you can get to the top of it for bird’s-eye view of Vilnius old town, visible from nowhere else.
Vilnius is full of churches! Once our guides tried counting them all, so according to our calculations, there are approximately 30 of them in the old town. Yes, we know that most of you are already tired of them. However, we still offer to visit at least one during your stay in Vilnius. So, if you have to choose THE ONE, we recommend St. Peter and Pauls’ church. It’s a masterpiece of Vilnius’s baroque and has more than 2000 little statues inside. ChurchPOP elected it as one of the top 16 most beautiful churches in the World. If you want to see the whole list just head to http://churchpop.com/2015/08/25/16-churches-so-beautiful-theyll-take-your-breath-away/
Most of the museums in Vilnius are closed on Mondays and some on Tuesdays as well. Probably, the most popular one here is KGB/genocide museum. Visit a building that was the headquarters of the KGB in Lithuania during the Soviet occupation and take an opportunity to learn about what Lithuania went through under the Soviet regime.
For more info visit http://genocid.lt/muziejus/en/
If you are not into history, try Money museum in Vilnius! A modern and interactive museum will also be a good choice for travelers with children. Give it 30 mins – 1 hour and find out interesting facts about currencies from all over the world! By the way, the entrance is free!
For more info visit http://www.pinigumuziejus.lt/en/