Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania, and it’s a great place to visit if you want to experience Lithuanian culture. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Vilnius, then check out these 10 best things to do in Vilnius, Lithuania!
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Where To Stay in Vilnius:
If you’re looking for places to stay in Vilnius, then I’d highly recommend staying at Hostel Jamaika, as they have mixed dorms, female dorms and private rooms. They are also located in a very good location close to the Old Town. Read my Hostel Jamaika, Vilnius Review here if you are considering it.
The 10 Best Things To Do in Vilnius:
1. Gediminas Castle Tower
This is one of the most iconic buildings in Vilnius and Lithuania. Gediminas Castle Tower was built in the late 13th century by Grand Duke Gediminas. It is free to walk up, or you can take the funicular for a small fee. The tower offers great views of the whole city and is the perfect place to take photos!
A visit inside the tower costs €6 for adults and €3 for students and pensioners but is free for people with a Vilnius pass.
2. The New Arsenal of the National Museum of Lithuania
The New Arsenal of The National Museum of Lithuania is a great place to visit if you want to learn all about the history and culture of Lithuania. There is a wide range of different exhibits that cover lots of topics such as past wars, religion in Lithuania, national dress, and more!
Tickets to The New Arsenal of the National Museum of Lithuania cost €4 for adults and €2 for students and pensioners. You can buy the tickets online or at the door.
3. MO Museum
Mo Museum is one of the best things to do in Vilnius for art lovers to visit! Every month or so, there is a new exhibition to view. It is a very spacious museum – although I’d more likely call it an art gallery as there aren’t many artefacts. It’s perfect if you want to spend a few hours pondering upon the exhibitions.
Tickets for Mo Museum cost €9 for adults and €4.50 for students and seniors. It can be bought online or at the door.
Free Things To Do in Vilnius:
4. Hill of 3 Crosses
This is one of the best free things to do in Vilnius. To reach the Hill, you have to walk through the woods, which is a nice walk but can be quite steep in some places. There is a lot of history behind the Three Crosses, as they were originally made of wood in the 16th century – but you can read all about it at the top!
5. Vilnius Old Town
Vilnius Old Town is one of the most iconic parts of the entire city. It’s a great place to wander around, and there are lots of great shops and restaurants serving traditional Lithuanian food. There are lots of little streets, and everything looks picture perfect!
6. Open Gallery
The Open Gallery is one of the best-kept secrets in Vilnius! It’s one big gallery of street art that is great to explore, and there is also a short biography about the artists that created the piece in Lithuania and English. It’s open 24/7 and is a great place to take photos and gain inspiration as it’s very funky.
Unusual Things To Do in Vilnius:
There are some very interesting, unusual things to do in Vilnius; check out these:
7. Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights
The Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights is a very interesting and important museum as it explains the atrocities committed by the KGB. Furthermore, it is also set in a former KGB building, and you can explore the prison to help really get a deeper understanding of what went on here.
Tickets cost €6 for adults, €3 for pensioners and students with an ISIC card and are free for holders of the Vilnius Pass. They can be bought online or in person.
8. Vilnius Museum of Illusions
The Museum of Illusions is guaranteed fun for everyone! Here you will be able to explore and discover some mind-blowing illusions, and you can put your brain to the test to try and find out how the illusion works. It’s also a great place for taking memorable photos that are more unusual than the others.
Tickets cost €12 for adults, €9 for students and pensioners and €4 for ages 3-6. Tickets can be bought online and in advance online.
Best Day Trips From Vilnius
If you’re in Vilnius, then it’s also a great place to be able to explore other places in Lithuania from. Here are the best day trips you can do from Vilnius:
Trakai is a must-vist! It’s a short train ride away from Vilnius, and the train only costs around €4 for a return. When visiting Trakai, Trakai Castle is one of the most spectacular castles you can visit in the world. It sits in the middle of the lake and looks like something out of a fairytale. In the winter, the lake often freezes, which makes it look even more magical – but in the other months, it’s still just as good!
Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania, and there are also lots of great things to do there too! It takes around 1 hour by train or bus and costs around €6. One major thing you should visit if you go to Kaunas is Vytautas Church, which is the oldest church in Kaunas and was built in 1399.
Hopefully, you’ve found out some of the best things to do in Vilnius, Lithuania! Have you ever visited? What did you like the most? Is there anything you think should add to the list? Let me know down below! If you liked this post, then you may also like:
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