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Basic information

  • Area: 401 km² (154.8 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +3705
  • Currency: Lithuanian Litas (LTL)
  • Population (EST): 560 190
  • Official language: Lithuanian
  • Time Zone: EET (UTC+2)

Vilnius – Places to Visit

Old Town

A highlight of any trip to Vilnius’s has to be a tour of its Old Town. Dating back to the medieval era, this UNESCO World Heritage Listed stretches over 3.5 kilometres and encompasses over 74 quarters. Visitors can explore a tangle of narrow streets adorned with gorgeous gothic, renaissance, baroque and neo classical buildings. Be sure not to miss the Gates of Dawn, one of the city’s original gates, that has become a place of pilgrimage due to a revered icon of the Virgin Mary that is housed in its small chapel.

Aukštadvaris Regional Park

Aukštadvaris Regional Park is one of Lithuania’s most captivating natural spaces and is located in the Dzūkai uplands, not far from Vilnius. A wild expanse, covering some 17,000 hectares, the park is home to thick pine forests, countless lakes and many of the region’s endemic wildlife. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views whilst cycling through, or better still explore the land on foot via a network of hiking trails. A place of legends, be sure to see the mysterious stone of Nikroniai and Devil’s Pit, Lithuania’s deepest sinkhole.

Museum of Genocide Victims

For a haunting reminder of Vilnius’s tragic history, head to the Museum of Genocide Victims, also known locally as the “KGB Museum”. Located in the former KGB headquarters just off Lukiškės Square, the museum exhibits a vast collection of documents and objects that relate to the arrest, deportation and execution of countless victims during the Soviet occupation. To get the most out of your visit, book an English speaking tour with an experienced guide in advance.

Vilnius Cathedral

One of Vilnius’s most recognised landmarks is its breathtaking Cathedral which forms the heart of the city’s spiritual life. Blending a wonderful mix of baroque, renaissance and palladian style architecture, visitors can still see the remnants of the earliest structure, crypts of some of the city’s most notable residents and even a stebuklas tile that is said to grant the wishes of those who stand on it.