Vilnius – Pearl of the Baltic States
Vilnius – Pearl of the Baltic States


Pearl of the Baltic States

Published: 12 May 2023, 11:00

Welcome to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania

Vilnius is one of the most beautiful and oldest cities in Europe. The Lithuanian capital wows visitors with exciting sights and diverse architecture: Baroque churches, magnificent classical buildings and modern buildings shape the cityscape. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and charms visitors with its medieval alleyways, small shops and courtyards. Vilnius is also known as the “Rome of the East” because of its many churches.

Vilnius offers a real taste of history, while at the same time being very modern and cosmopolitan. Old and new are closely intertwined in the Baltic State metropolis on the River Neris. A creative artistic milieu, contemporary museums and galleries and a booming start-up scene look ahead to the future. Whether as a short city trip or a tour of the Baltic States – there are plenty of reasons to visit Vilnius.

numbers, data, facts

  •  Time difference: + one hour 
  •  Population: 580.000
  •  Official Language: Lithuanian
  •  Currency: Euro

A sightseeing tour of Vilnius

Even more to discover: excursions from Vilnius

Vilnius is a wonderful place to discover over a weekend. If you plan a little more time and explore the area surrounding the Lithuanian capital, you will be richly rewarded. One of the highlights is an excursion to Trakai. In addition to the medieval town centre, you can also admire the old moated castle and taste the traditional Kibinai Trakai pasties. A good hour by car or train from Vilnius is the pretty town of Kaunas – the 2022 European Capital of Culture and a lively university town with an eventful history. On the outskirts of the city is the Pažaislis Monastery – a showpiece of Lithuanian Baroque architecture. A little further away, but definitely worth the trip, is the Curonian Spit, a unique natural paradise with extensive sandy beaches and a forested hinterland.

Excursion tips from Vilnius

Vilnius from BER

Five travel tips for ...

1.    Visit St. Stanislaus Cathedral and climb up the bell tower

2.    Stroll through the Old Town and stop at a kavine (café)

3.    Roam through the free Republic of Užupis and have your passport stamped

4.    Enjoy the view of the city from Gediminas’ Tower

5.    Take a trip to the moated castle of Trakai

1.    Eat a traditional Šaltibarščiai (cold beetroot soup) as a starter

2.    Order the national dish Cepelinai (potato dumplings stuffed with minced meat)

3.    Snack on Kepta Duona (sourdough bread with garlic) with some Lithuanian beer.

4.    Try Balandėlai (cabbage rolls) in a small bar.

5.    Buy kalduny (stuffed dumplings) to keep you going between meals

1.    Visit St. Anne’s Church, a Gothic masterpiece

2.    Admire the Gate of Dawn from the Renaissance era

3.    See the Presidential Palace as an example of classicism

4.    Visit the National Theatre for Soviet architecture

5.    Discover the modern face of Vilnius in the business district

Image source title: View of Vilnius © dudlajzov / AdobeStock

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