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Trace the timeline of Lithuania’s capital city in its magnificent medieval fortresses, mesmerizing churches, intriguing museums and scenic riverside promenade.

Discover outstanding heritage sites within the ancient city of Vilnius, Lithuania’s largest city and capital. Centered on the compact medieval Old Town, Vilnius is dotted with breathtaking monuments, architectural masterpieces and significant historical sites. Explore the scenic riverside city to find an intriguing destination that has been central to the country’s historic struggle for independence.

Located at the confluence of the Neris and Vilnia rivers and surrounded by seven rolling hills, Vilnius is an ideal city for exploring on foot. Begin your walking tour on the cobbled streets near Cathedral Square. Here, find the neoclassical Vilnius Cathedral, which contains a collection of impressive stuccoworks and frescoes. Stroll northeast toward the greenery of Castle Hill to find the main buildings of the National Museum of Lithuaniawithin the medieval Vilnius Castle Complex. Walk or take the funicular railway to the hilltop to see the ancient fortification of Gediminas Tower.

Turning south, find the historic Gates of Dawn, the former southern limits of Old Town, which contains a splendid shrine to the Virgin Mary. Just outside Old Town, step inside St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church to see the vividly stuccoed ceilings.

Learn about Lithuania’s struggle for independence under the 50-year Soviet rule at the Museum of Genocide Victims. Vilnius’ thriving contemporary culture is on display at the Lithuanian Art Museum and the Contemporary Art Centre.

Take a break from strolling around and visit a kavinė or coffeehouse for an afternoon treat. Try sweet poppy seed cakes or spurgos doughnuts with a hot cup of giliu kava, a coffee-like drink made with acorns.

Vilnius is located in central eastern Lithuania. The city’s international airport and main bus and rail stations are conveniently located near the city center. Use local trolleybuses to get around the city easily. Take a daytrip to see Trakai’s castles amid peaceful lakes.

Where to stay in Vilnius

Vilnius showing an administrative building

Old Town

5/5Exceptional!(6 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Old Town, Vilnius Cathedral and Presidential Palace are top sights worth seeing.

Old Town
Business District, Vilnius, Vilnius County, Lithuania

Business District

4/5Very Good!(18 area reviews)

Shopping, bars and historical sites highlight some of the noteworthy features of Business District. Make a stop by Europa Tower or Zalgiris Stadium while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Business District
St. Anne\'s Church showing a statue or sculpture, a church or cathedral and heritage architecture

Uzupis

You'll enjoy the restaurants and parks in Uzupis. You might want to make time for a stop at St. Anne's Church or Bernardine Park.

Uzupis
Snipiskes, Vilnius, Vilnius County, Lithuania

Snipiskes

While visiting Snipiskes, you might make a stop by sights like Europa Tower and National Art Gallery.

Snipiskes

Top hotels in Vilnius

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva
Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva
4 out of 5
Konstitucijos av. 20, Vilnius
The price is £51 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep

Located in Business District, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Europa Tower and Vilnius Cathedral. National Art Gallery and Lukiskes Square ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (772 reviews)

"Great hotel. Very flexible in regards to check-in/checkout"…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva
Comfort Hotel LT - Rock 'n' Roll Vilnius
Comfort Hotel LT - Rock 'n' Roll Vilnius
3.5 out of 5
Kauno str. 14, Vilnius
The price is £33 per night from 20 Oct to 21 Oct

Situated in Vilnius, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from St. Nicholas Church and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Vilnius Cathedral. Gates of Dawn and Vilnius Town Hall are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (722 reviews)

"Great location with quick walk to central, nice and clean hotel with excellent service."…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2020

Comfort Hotel LT - Rock 'n' Roll Vilnius
Green Vilnius Hotel
Green Vilnius Hotel
3 out of 5
Pilaitės pr. 20, Vilnius
The price is £29 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep

Situated in Vilnius, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Vilnius TV Tower and within 3 miles (5 km) of Lithuanian Exhibition Centre and Lithuanian Parliament ...

3.9/5Good! (62 reviews)

"Good location,variuos breakfast,tidy room,friendly staff. Noise from other room last night."…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2019

Green Vilnius Hotel

Top Holiday Rentals in Vilnius

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Kempingas Slenyje
Kempingas Slenyje
2 out of 5
Slenio g. 1, Trakai, Vilnius
The price is £36 per night from 18 Oct to 19 Oct

Situated in Trakai, this campsite is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Uzutrakis Manor Estate and within 6 miles (10 km) of Trakai Island Castle and Trakai History Museum. ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

"Sehrschöne Lage am See unf nicht weit mit dem Auto nach Trakai und Vilnius"…"

Reviewed on 6 Jun 2019

Kempingas Slenyje
Old Town Trio Apartments
Old Town Trio Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Raugyklos 15, Vilnius
The price is £43 per night from 26 Sep to 27 Sep

Located in Old Town, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Nicholas Church and Vilnius Cathedral. Vilnius Town Hall and Town Hall Square are also within ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (111 reviews)
Comfort in a perfect location.

"Lovely studio apartment, very comfortable bed and a couch/pull out bed. Big walk in shower, full kitchen facilities too. Great value for money for 3 nights incl a good breakfast. Nice location, only 10-15 mins stroll from the Old Town and all the sights, bars and restaurants. 12 mins in cab from ..."…"

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2019

Old Town Trio Apartments
Skapo Apartments
Skapo Apartments
3 out of 5
S. Skapo g. 8, Vilnius
The price is £49 per night from 18 Oct to 19 Oct

Located in Old Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Pilies Street and Vilnius Cathedral. Gediminas Avenue and Presidential Palace are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (133 reviews)
Great place

"Well located from main spots, comfortable bed. Overall it was great place."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020

Skapo Apartments

Popular places to visit in Vilnius

Trakai Island Castle
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Trakai Island Castle

4.5/5(40 reviews)

Make your way across a wooden boardwalk to reach this fairytale-like castle on a lake in Trakai, where you can find a fascinating museum and archery range.

Vilnius Cathedral
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Vilnius Cathedral

4/5(62 reviews)

Discover the heart of Catholic spirituality in Lithuania when you explore the opulently decorated nave and chapels of this Palladian-style cathedral.

Gates of Dawn
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Gates of Dawn

4/5(62 reviews)

Investigate one of Old Town’s most significant historical and religious sites to see a medieval fortification adorned with a chapel and a venerated shrine.

Vilnius University
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Vilnius University

4/5(31 reviews)

Walk around the campus at Vilnius University during your visit to Senamiesčio seniūnija. While in this culturally rich area, find time to visit its stunning cathedral.

Gediminas Tower
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Gediminas Tower

4/5(61 reviews)

Find the birthplace of the city of Vilnius within the foundations of this medieval castle tower, which has a museum and stunning hilltop views.

Three Crosses
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Three Crosses

4.5/5(37 reviews)

Climb to a monument that tells a story from Lithuanian folklore on this scenic hilltop, where you can also see panoramic views of Vilnius’ city skyline.

Top things to do in Vilnius

Vilnius sightseeing HOP ON HOP OFF tour
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Vilnius sightseeing HOP ON HOP OFF tour

£14
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Tour to Trakai with excursion in the Castle
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Tour to Trakai with excursion in the Castle

£36
Per adult
Private Historic Walking Tour of Vilnius City Center
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Private Historic Walking Tour of Vilnius City Center

£79
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Jewish Vilnius Tour
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Jewish Vilnius Tour

£11
Per adult
Soviet Vilnius Tour
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Soviet Vilnius Tour

£11
Per adult
Best of Baltics + St Petersburg
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Best of Baltics + St Petersburg

£2,960
Per adult

Reviews of Vilnius

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

BernardOSulliva

16 Mar 2020

We have visited over 50 major cities and towns throughout Europe and Vilnius would be among the top 10 . Wonderful short City break destination Clean Classy city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Jan 2020

Great craft ales. Friendly people. Easy to get about. Modern city. Good prices.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Jan 2020

Beautiful city and is great for a short break.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Dec 2019

A wonderful city break, wishes we’d stayed longer

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Dec 2019

Went with friends for our annual xmas trip. Excellent restaurants. Loved Vilnius

4/5 - Good

Tim

15 Dec 2019

Overall a nice friendly clean city, worth going for a weekend as there isn’t much going on in town.

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Trakai

Trakai

Vilnius showing an administrative building

Senamiesčio seniūnija