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A 2 DAYS TRAVEL ITINERARY TO EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF VILNIUS

Rarely can a city impress me as much as this, that you should be able to see all the top things to do in Vilnius in just a couple of days

The capital of Lithuania is a hidden gem and still a great secret location, especially when compared with Tallinn in Estonia. And I knew that when visiting Vilnius, I would be comparing Tallin and Vilnius in my mindset. I can tell you that Vilnius didn’t disappoint me, its so full of beautiful monuments, lovely streets and imposing architectures.

The reason why Vilnius is so interesting to visit is that it was, since its foundation on the 14th century as the new capital of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas, a very important strategic city. Vilnius also played a big role in one of the most important and largest central European kingdoms called the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Unfortunately it was torn apart by the bigger empires surrounding and the Soviet Union took over in 1921. Vilnius and Lithuania had to wait until 1991 to become independent again. Still they kept most of the monuments intact, what made Vilnius become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

So check my quick travel guide about Vilnius, an itinerary for 2 days with the top sights and some travel tips for the best travel experience in Vilnius.

BEST TIME TO GO TO VILNIUS

The best season to visit Vilinus is from June to September, with warmer daily temperatures around 20 degrees celsius and pleasant nights outside, without too many rainy. There will be some more tourists but not as many as in Tallinn. An alternative for slightly cheaper accommodation is from April to May with mild temperatures already well above 0 degrees celsius.

HOW TO GET TO VILNIUS AND GET AROUND VILNIUS:

The best way to get to Vilnius is by air. Vilnius is well connected to all major hubs in Europe with the top airlines or with Baltic Air as the region official carrier. The airport is about 15-20 minutes away from Vilnius city center and a taxi will cost 10€. A cheaper transfer can be done by train and/or bus to reach Vilnius city center from the airport, just for 1€.

If you are travelling from other Baltic capitals to Vilnius, do take a flight with Baltic Air as they operate plenty of flights in between the 3 Baltic Countries. There are also train and bus connections from Vilnius to Riga and Tallinn that take 5-6 hours and will be obviously cheaper.

Once in Vilnius, walk as much as possible as the attractions aren’t very far from each other. It’s also a quite flat city execpt for Gediminas Hill and the three crosses Hill. In case you get tired do take an Uber or a taxi back to your hotel, is still quite cheap (3-4€ if you are staying in the OId Town).

WHERE TO STAY IN VILNIUS:

Old Town of Vilnius is the best option as gives you direct access to most important city attractions. A 3-star hotel will cost around 50€ for a room, the lowest prices.

THE BEST 2-DAY VILNIUS TRAVEL ITINERARY

The Old Town isn’t very big so with 2 days in Vilnius you’ll have just enough time to experience the best of Vilnius. I have visited in actually one day most of the best things to do in Vilnius and they are quite close from each other, but with this 2 days itinerary you can easily explore the city and comfortably fit a tour to nearby Trakai Castle and Village.

DAY 1 IN VILNIUS

On day 1 you should concentrate in visiting all of the top attractions of the Old town that you can see in the map above. The order of visit depends on where you are located but as a rule of thumb try to start at the cathedral square of Vilnius as it has. You can see below my top things to do on day 1 in Vilnius, but feel free to make some on day 2 if needed be.

VILNIUS CATHEDRAL SQUARE

By day and night, the Vilnius Cathedral square is a highlight and a central point for any traveller coming to Vilnius. It concentrates 5 top attractions in radius of 300 meters including the famed cathedral, Vilnius Castle, Grand Dukes Palace, Three Crosses Hill and the National Museum of Lithuania. What I also really liked is that you can easily walk from the city center to here in 15-20 minutes so really easy to come here and discover Vilnius.

Vilnius Cathedral

Palace and Museum of Grand Dukes of Lithuania

Gediminas Hill and Castle Tower

Lithuania ‘s Presidential Palace

Vilnius Town Hall

St Anne’s Church

Gate of Dawn

Literary Street

DAY 2 IN VILNIUS

Tour to Trakai Castle and Village for 1/2 day (see my related post)

Uzupis Republic

Three Crosses Hill

TRAVEL TIPS FOR THE BEST EXPERIENCE IN VILNIUS:

  • Walk as much as possible to discover plenty of narrow streets to explore namely around the Town Hall
  • The first rooms of the Palace of the Grand Duke are the most exciting but do take 2 hours to see all the different sections
  • Don’t miss the opportunity to enter the Gates of Dawn, its a beautiful religious shrine, don’t take pictures though
  • Have a night walk after dinner to see the city top sights iluminated, namely Cathedral square area
  • Check if there are any concerts in the church of St. Catherine, they are simply stunning with the best classical music plays

CHECK ALSO MY OTHER RELATED POSTS

EXPLORE TRAKAI CASTLE, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CASTLE IN LITHUANIA

Trakai is one of the top attractions in Lithuania and the Baltics, check how to get there and what to see

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My name is Renato Azambujo. I live currently in Hamburg, but was born and raised in sunny capital of Portugal, Lisbon. I also lived in Switzerland for some years, before settling in Germany for the last years.

I am huge passionate about travel, photographer and a global explorer, always looking to the next destination.

I have so far visited over 70 countries across the 5 continents, because I really love knowing about new places, interact with different cultures and get to know myself better after each journey.

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