Are you visiting Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, anytime soon? Lucky you! Vilnius is a great city to visit. It has some great architecture and as it’s quite compact you can visit most sights in Vilnius on foot. On this page I’m sharing the top sights in Vilnius. With this list you’ll see all the highlights of Vilnius.
View from Gediminas Castle Tower
If you’ve just arrived in Lithuania, you can go straight up the hill to the Gediminas Castle Tower. Because from there you’ve got a beautiful view over Vilnius. You’ll have to pay entrance to the tower, but the platform where it’s on is free to visit.
Church of St Casimir
One of my favorite sights in Vilnius was this beauty. It’s the Church of St Casimir. I loved the colors and the decorations. You can find it just behind the Town Hall in the city center of Vilnius.
The Town Hall in Vilnius is located on the central Town Hall Square. The Town Hall isn’t only used for reprsentational events but also has a cultural function. And right outside the Town Hall you can find this big yellow head, at least it’s there for the month of July 2020 as it’s part of the exhibition.
Town Hall Square
The Town Hall Square is the central square in the old town of Vilnius. It’s here where most of the events take place and you can always have a drink or a bite at one of the many restaurants.
The neo-classical Vilnius Cathedral at sunset is such a pretty sight! You’ve got the Bell Tower in front and the Cathedral in the back. It’s located on a big square. You see the Gediminas Castle Tower on the hill in the back.
St. Anne’s Church
With a name like this, it mus be on my list of course! It’s the St. Anne’s church. It’s a Roman-Catholic church in a beautiful Gothic style.
Office of the President of the Republic of Lithuania
You almost walk right pass it, as this office of the President is a bit tucked away in the old city center of Vilnius. But make sure to pay it a visit as it’s a beautiful building with a fountain and a statue garden.
Holy Trinity Church & Basilian Gate
The yellow building you see on the picture is the Basilian Gate. It’s the entrance gate to the Holy Trinity Church. You can see this gate from the main street.
Gates of Dawn
Speaking of gates, you can find this beautiful Gates of Dawn right behind the yellow Basilian gate. The Gates of Dawn used to be a gate to the city. It was build in the 1500’s. There used to be ten city gates, but this one is the only one that survived.
Uzupis is an unofficial republic. It’s a neighborhood of Vilnius that has its own constitution and even a border control. It houses many creatives so it’s a nice neighborhood to walk around in and spot some public art.
Lukiskiu Square is a big square in the North West of Vilnius. It’s the largest square in Vilnius. When I was there in the summer of 2020 they created a beach on the square. There was sand, beach chairs and a screeen showing the sea.
There’s an historic market hall in Vilnius, right outside the old city gates. It’s called Halés Turgaviete. It was constructed in 1906 and is one of the largest market halls in Lithuania. The indoor market place has stalls selling all kinds of things, from breads to vegetables.
You can find really cool street-art in Vilnius. One of my favorites was this yellow guy from the Brazilian brothers Os Gemeos. They created it in 2015 during the Vilnius Street Art Festival and it’s an ode to their grandfather who was from Latvian descent. The yellow giant holds their grandfather in his hand.
Need a place to stay for your time in Vilnius? I recommend the Amberton Hotel. It’s located next to the Cathedral Square in Vilnius, so it has the perfect central location. The hotel lobby is beautiful with this indoor courtyard. Some of the rooms have a balcony overlooking Cathedral Square, so you can watch the sunset over the Cathedral.
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