things to do in Vilnius, Lithuania

Are you looking for things to do in Vilnius? Dazzling travelers for decades with its historic Old Town, charming countryside nature, and fascinating historical resilience – Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, has a little bit of everything.

A stroll through the picturesque Old Town is a step back in time (1387 to be exact!) as it’s known as one of the best preserved historic old towns in Northern, Eastern, and Central Europe. Vilnius is an incredibly walkable city that only deserves to be explored, whether on a walking or bike tour.

Walk past the stunning Cathedral Square to see local events take place or do a bit of people-watching. Head to the last remaining gates that formed the great wall that once enclosed the city from enemies.

Known as “the Jerusalem of the North” for its large Jewish community at the beginning of the 15th century, a stroll through the Jewish quarter is necessary to get the full spectrum of the Lithuanian history.

So pack your bags, and get ready to explore the next destination on your bucket list, Vilnius!

1 – Check out the impressive artwork and views at the Vilnius Cathedral & Bell Tower

Vilnius Cathedral & Bell Tower

Centered right next to the historic Old Town, the Vilnius Cathedral is a church dedicated to the saints Stanislaus and Ladislaus, dating back to the 19th century.

Besides being known as where the Grand Dukes of Lithuania held their coronation ceremony, the church is a house of beautiful art.

Inside, you’ll see many paintings between the 16th-19th centuries, from frescoes to various other religious artworks. Step in a bit further, and you’ll also see remnants of the church’s previous use as a pagan temple, like the original floor and altars.

Next, stop by the 57 meters tall bell tower for epic city views, including all of Cathedral Square down below.

2 – Take a stroll through the charming Old Town

Old Town, Vilnius

Enjoy a walk through the Old Town of Vilnius, northern Europe’s most extensive and continuous medieval town, founded in 1387.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site is an assortment of cultures, religions, and architecture that enchants visitors left and right with sights like Town Hall Square and the Gates of Dawn.

Discover unique sites like Vilnius University, the oldest Baltic education institution, on a walking tour! Stroll Gediminas Avenue and Pilies Street, and the restaurant-lined Vokieciu Street.

Afterward, pop into a store for some hand-crafted souvenirs, or sit in at a restaurant to sip on a beverage of a traditional Lithuanian drink like kvass, a low-alcohol drink, or coffee.

3 – Shop for local goods at Hales Market

Hales Market, Vilnius

Check out the fresh ingredients and wonderful food aromas at indoor Hales Market – Vilnius’ most prominent and oldest market!

Located in the heart of Old Town, spend a few hours looking through the food stall and checking out other items typically sold, like handcrafted home goods items.

The market is famous for selling authentic ingredients and organic produce and works closely with local farmers using best practices. Hungry? There are tons of cafes and restaurants to dine at to your heart’s content inside!

If market hopping is on your list of things to do in Vilnius, check out Kalvariju Market next! A cash-only, smaller local market overflowing with local vendors, local ingredients, and more.

4 – Stop and smell the roses at Bernardine Garden

Bernardine Garden, Vilnius

Bernadine Garden is a breath of fresh air in central Old Town. The garden covers 9 hectares of plants and flowers of all shapes and colors, including a 400-year-old oak tree (the oldest in Vilnius!).

Also known as Sereikiškės Park, Bernadine Garden comes from the Bernadine monks who visited the garden. Bernadine Garden was officially opened to welcome them in the 15th century.

Since then, the garden has been a favorite place for locals to get together. Today you can stroll through the idyllic park with a beautiful square, giant fountains, a botanical garden, ponds and meadows, and much more.

Entry to the park is free, and opening hours are from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM.

5 – Learn about the Lithuanian fight for freedom at the KGB Museum

KGB Museum, Vilnius

Learn about the Soviet influence and the fight for freedom in Lithuania at the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights.

Divided into two floors, get an idea of the day-to-day life of those who lived through the war between 1940-1953. The museum is inside the former office of the KGB Deputy Chief, where locals were held captive if there was any suspicion of rebellion.

The KGB Museum is immensely impactful, engaging, and an excellent opportunity to learn about the 50-year Soviet regime with detailed exhibits, artifacts, and stories from those kept captive inside.

The museum is open every day except for Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are 6 euros per adult.

6 – Visit the important site of The Hill of Three Crosses

The Hill of Three Crosses, Vilnius

The Hill of Three Crosses is a famous monument in Klanai Park – an 8-minute drive from Old Town Vilnius. The symbolism dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries when a group of Franciscans died as martyrs on the hill. Today the crosses honor their deaths.

Nowadays, the monument has become a national identity amongst Lithuanians. Today, you can walk by the memorial and see it for yourself. Pass the monument during sunset, and the crosses will illuminate beautifully, and sometimes in different colors, to celebrate a holiday.

From the Hill of Three Crosses, you can get spectacular views of the Old Town, so don’t forget your camera!

7 – Check out St. Anne’s Church, the most famous church in Vilnius

St. Anne's Church, Vilnius

Sitting close to the right bank of the Vilnia River is St. Anne’s Church, a church with Gothic architecture in red brick and stunning detail.

The 500-year-old church has a few interesting stories and legends, including gunshot holes on the walls.

Though the outside may be impressive, the inside isn’t as much. After the fires and war destructions, the interior has changed a lot.

However, it’s still worth going inside and checking out the remnants of the Baroque interior and the frescoes inside that have since been redone.

The church is free to enter anytime between Tuesday-Friday – 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM.

8 – Check out the royal digs inside the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Vilnius

Only a 2-minute walk from the Gedimina’s Tower is the 15th-century Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.

The lavish palace was built as the home of the future Kings of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. However, it was demolished in 1801 after it was used for various other administrative purposes.

You can visit the modern, Renaissance-style Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, which was rebuilt in 2002 and completed in 2018. It sits today where the original once stood.

Inside, you’ll see archaeological remains of the original palace and rooms restored to their original medieval design. You’ll learn more about the day-to-day life and purpose of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.

9 – Take in the stunning Lithuanian countryside on a Hot Air Balloon Flight

hot air balloon rides over Vilnius

Enjoy the views of Vilnius and fly over the picturesque landscape of dozens of lakes, rolling hills,  and even the Trakai Castle on a magical hot air balloon ride!

Witness the beautiful views of Trakai, a beautiful historic town with a quaint lake right beside it. Take a peek at the Trakai Castle, which sits on its little island!

On your hot air balloon experience, you’ll be able to celebrate with a glass of champagne as the sun starts to set its rays on the beautiful Lithuanian countryside. When you book a hot air balloon experience, you will also receive roundtrip transportation from your hotel for your convenience.

The experience lasts around 2 hours.

10 – Experience the Trakai Castle, the only castle built on a lake in Eastern Europe

Trakai Castle, Lithuania

The famous Trakai Castle is a stunning piece of medieval architecture dating to the 14th century, situated on Lake Galvé, the deepest lake in Lithuania. Found on an island, the way to get to the castle is on foot using the bridge.

Inside the castle, you can discover some of the exhibitions which hold the history of the previous residents of the castle, the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. Get to know how they lived inside the Trakai Castle, how long they lived there, and peek at a few of their belongings.

Make sure to check out a tour from Vilnius, which includes a stop at the Paneriai Memorial Park, the sight of the Ponary massacre.

11 – Explore the inside of the rich Užutrakis Manor

Užutrakis Manor, Lithuania

Visit the beautiful Užutrakis Manor, known as one of Lithuania’s most well-preserved mansions and parks. Complete with French-style interiors, dreamy terraces, and stunning views of the Trakai Castle from the estate.

The park is a stunning mix of antique sculptures, busts, and various plants and trees. To get to the mansion, the noble family used a boat to traverse Lake Galve rather than take the road to the estate on the peninsula.

The manor was restored recently to its glory days, and the park, with its French landscape touches, grew to 80 acres.

The mansion hosts some concerts and events, so check them out!

12 – Get panoramic views of Vilnius from Gediminas’ Tower

Gediminas' Tower, Vilnius

Sitting atop Gediminas Hill is the last bit of the defense castle called the Deminias Tower. Named after the founder of Vilnius, the Grand Duke of Gediminas, the tower dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries.

The legend says that he ordered the tower’s construction after he had a dream of a howling iron wolf, which signifies a strong capital city.

Check out the museum inside and the exhibitions that display artifacts from the tower, like art, items, and letter archives. Don’t forget to also check out the events hosted inside!

The Gediminas’ Tower is a favorite local spot to catch a stunning sunset and 360-degree views of Vilnius.

13 – Enjoy the great outdoors at Pavilniai Regional Park

Pavilniai Regional Park, Vilnius

Enjoy a scenic trek through the Pavilniai Regional Park, renowned for its beautiful natural landscape and sights.

Check out the Pūčkoriai Exposure, the highest exposure in Lithuania of 65 meters near the Vilnia River, and the Pūčkoriai Dam, a fascinating geological sight. You’ll see tons of hikers, walkers, people fishing, and even four-wheeled motorcycles in the distance, taking advantage of the park’s beauty on a sunny day.

Visit the fun Ribiskes Labyrinth inside the Pavilniai Regional Park. If you’re visiting in winter, Minsk Liepkalnis Hill is famous for skiing.

Book a mountain bike tour through the park, seeing more geological and historic sites at the park, with the guidance and instruction of your tour guide.

14 – Climb to the top of St. John’s Bell Tower

St. John's Bell Tower, Vilnius

Tucked into the corner streets of Old Town is one of the most beautiful churches, St. John’s Church Bell Tower.

Aside from its beautiful Baroque architectural style, and stunning interiors, one of the highlights of visiting the church is the spectacular views from the bell tower.

You can climb the 193 original steps or take the elevator to the top of the tower for incredible views of Vilnius’ famous red roofs and curvy streets.

The bell tower is the tallest building in Old Town, reaching 45 meters high! You can find this must-see spot on Pilies street. Adult tickets start at 5 euros for adults and 3 for students.

15 – Take a look at the ancient texts inside Vilnius University

Vilnius University

Explore the oldest university in the Baltics, Vilnius University, adorned in various architectural styles, from Baroque Gothic to Classical.

Perhaps one of the treasures inside the university is the library, as it’s one of the largest in Lithuania. The library predates the university, as the Jesuits founded it in 1570.

Visit the library, and look at some of the books inside, some as old as 400 years. Also, inside the library, you can find documents, archives, and other fascinating literature pieces.

Look at the ancient texts in the library, and look around at the impeccable ceiling, wall frescoes, and intricate chandeliers.

The library is 6 minutes away from Old Town.

16 – Learn about the early Jewish community at the Jewish quarter

jewish tours in Vilnius

Travel 8 minutes north of Old Town to explore the  “Jerusalem of the North.” In the early 15th century, Lithuania saw a rise in Jewish immigration, most settling in Vilnius.

Back then, there was an opportunity to grow in Vilnius for the members of the growing Jewish community. They built their neighborhood and even constructed their synagogue, which today is the Great Vilnius Synogague.

Today, you can roam the streets of the Jewish quarter and read some of the commemorative plaques and memorials set out around the streets.

You can deepen your knowledge of the Jewish quarter by booking an engaging tour of the Jewish quarter. Learn about remarkable Jewish community members and their life in Vilnius.

17- Wander inside The Church of St. Francis and St. Bernard

The Church of St. Francis and St. Bernard, Vilnius

Look at the intricacies inside the Church of St. Francis and St. Bernard, even after years of changes.

The church was restored to its original glory in 1994, with a few items saved from the original church worth checking out.

The Bernadine Monks founded the Church of St. Francis and St. Bernard in the middle of the 15th century.

Be greeted by wood altars in late Baroque style and see brilliant examples of frescoes from the 16th century depicting Bernadine religious imagery. Look at the original cross and a replica of the Holy Steps directly from Jerusalem.

The church is 9 minutes from Old Town, and mass is available in English for those interested.

18 – Plan an escapade to Kaunas

Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas is a historical and picturesque city 1 hour and 20 minutes northwest of Vilnius. It is known for its medieval charm, fortresses, castles, and quaint streets. There are many things to do to get lost in Kaunas for the day!

Explore the streets of Old Town, checking out the differently mixed architectural styles, enchanting cobblestone streets, and dozens of shops and restaurants to tuck in for a pick-me-up.

Visit the Kaunas Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, a Gothic church from the mid-15th century, or stroll through The Kiemo Galerija – The Courtyard Gallery for a peek at modern art in Kaunas.

Take a train or bus to Kaunas, costing between 5-9 euros one way.

19 – See a holy image of St. Casimir at The Pink Church of St. Casimir

The Church of St. Casimir, Vilnius

The Pink Church of St. Casimir owes its name to its slightly pink-tinged facade and the mix-match of different architectural styles.

Like many other churches, the pink church of St. Casimir underwent many changes, from fires to war, but today, it has been restored as a Catholic church to honor St. Casimir.

Step inside to see an interior as beautiful as the outside. The Baroque interiors showcase beautiful dark marble mixed with pink stonework. You can also see a few images of St. Casimir and an icon surrounded by silver.

Some locals believe the icon of St. Casimir, also known as “Three-Handed St. Casimir,” grants miracles, so don’t be shy to ask for a wish!

20 – Get trippy inside the Vilnius Museum of Illusions

Vilnius Museum of Illusions
Credit to Vilnil Museum of Illusions

Step into an alternate reality when you visit the Vilnius Museum of Illusions, from upside-down rooms, optical illusions, and other activities that blend science and fun like nowhere else.

Check out the exhibitions, where you can see interactive art, solve tricky riddles, see lights and shadows, and do funky science experiments. The exhibits are constantly changing with new activities, so there’s always something new to see!

Once you’ve explored, have a cup of coffee inside the funky 2D cafe, and don’t forget to take a selfie inside!

Tickets are available for purchase online, starting at 12 euros per adult. The museum is open every day of the week, beginning at 10:00 AM.

21 – Get on the Swing of Destiny at the Free Republic of Užupis

Free Republic of Užupis, Vilnius

Stop by the unique district of Užupis – the smallest community 12 minutes away from Old Town that recently underwent an artful transformation.

The Free Republic of Užupis was a dodgy neighborhood in the early 90s. However, towards the end of the decade, it all changed when a group of artists got together to create an art space called in the community called Užupis Art Incubator.

Today, the colorful, artsy, and innovative district attracts visitors to check out the art scene of sculptures, paintings, and creative installations at the Užupis Art Incubator.  Locals also recommend swinging on the “Swing of Destiny” under the Užupis Bridge. While there, you’ll also hear about the legend of the Mermaid of Užupis.

22 – Take a walk to explore the Street Art scene

street art tours in Vilnius

Vilnius has many art displays on almost every corner, from art sculptures to murals and funky arrangements.

You already know about Užupis being a hotbed for creatives and the best art scene. However, there are other places to scope out as you go through the city.

Check out the mural of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on the wall of the barbecue restaurant Keulė Rūkė called “Make Everything Great Again.”

Walk through the Graffiti Alley of Vilnius, also in Užupis, a walkway covered in different art mediums and colorful murals.

Check out the “Think” mural in the Old Town, an inspiring work of street art, or the #WALLSTHATREMEMBER – a mural dedicated to honoring the once-growing Jewish community.

23 – Take a tour of the historic Lukiškės Prison

Lukiškės Prison, Vilnius

Check out the interiors of the Lukiškės Prison, an active detention center from 1904 until it closed in 2019.

The prison was known to be the first prison to have different religious worship centers inside, as well as for keeping some of the worst political prisoners from Lithuania and surrounding countries.

The prison underwent a cultural transformation and recently opened as an art center with multiple works of art inside by local artists. Along with art galleries, you can also check out a concert inside, and grab a drink and snack, all while exploring the former prison.

Check the website to book your entry to the events inside, see what’s happening, or book a prison tour.

24 – Get wild at Zoopark

Zoopark, Vilnius

If you have kids, you should add a trip to the Zoopark to your list of things to do in Vilnius and learn more about the local ecology and wildlife.

With over 80 different animal species living at Zoopark, you’ll be able to see and learn more about the natural habitats of local animals and a few exotic animals. Additionally, you can book a guided zoo tour to enrich your experience and even feed a few animals their favorite food!

If you have kids, the guided tours are entertaining, as the guides will typically offer fun trivia throughout the experience! Tickets and tours are available on the zoo’s website.

25 – Take a peek at Lithuanian heritage at the National Gallery of Art

National Gallery of Art, Vilnius

Get an expansive view of Lithuanian art and experience the works of art through the years at the National Gallery of Art, located only 9 minutes from Old Town.

Explore the many exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, dating back to the early 20th century to today.

Each piece is organized chronologically to follow Lithuania’s art timeline, making it a great experience to walk through. It feels like the artist paints the country’s history and society before your eyes!

Tickets to visit the art museum start at 8 euros per adult, but entry is free if you visit on the last Sunday of the month!

26 – Sit for a while at Town Hall

Town Hall, Vilnius

Check out Town Hall in the center of Old Town, an administrative Neoclassical architectural building that dates back to 1432. The Town Hall is where Lithuanian government officials meet with other world leaders when visiting Lithuania.

The Town square on any other day is a lovely place to enjoy, and sit at one of the nearby cafes or restaurants and do some people watching.

On some occasions, Town Hall square is famous for street performers, from acrobatics to musicians.  Locals recommend taking a break at a cafe in the square to relish the architecture.

Other activities that take place outside of Town Hall are outdoor markets and different types of cultural festivals.

27 – Walk through the Hill of Crosses

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Located a little under 3 hours north of Vilnius is the fascinating site of the Hill of Crosses. When you get there, you’ll be surprised to see a scene of many crosses placed in one place.

The tradition is that families place each cross for a loved one who passed, and it is a tradition that started as early as the early 1800s.

The practice began as an act of faith and a way for the families to honor their recently departed. The ceremony is said to have roots within the Šiauliai religion. For them, the cross is a symbol of love.

To see the site thoroughly, book a tour of the Hills of Crosses site from Vilnius!

28 – Take a tour inside the Presidential Palace

Presidential Palace, Vilnius

Book a tour to explore the Classical-style Presidential Palace.

It is a beautiful example of Classical style architecture built in the 18th century as the residence of a Lithuanian nobleman. However, today, it’s the official office of the President of Lithuania.

The free palace tours, typically between 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, are on Saturdays and Sundays. Also open on Saturdays is the park near the palace. Admission into the palace is free.

Stick around for the flag hoisting ceremony every Sunday at noon for 5-10 minutes. This event commemorates the Lithuanian Armed Forces, appearing in full uniform. There is also a Changing of the Guards happening daily at 6:00 PM.

29 – Dress up for a night at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre

Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Vilnius
Credit to Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre

Bring your best outfit to attend a show to remember at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre!

After the first ballet concert in 1636 in the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Vilnius became one of the first European cities to host this type of entertainment.

The Lithuanian National Opera House then opened in the 18th century to host many more ballet performances inside its Ballet Theatre, including opera concerts and even hosting film premieres.

Browse the performance calendar and dates and select a show that catches your eye! Tickets can be purchased online or by phone.

Pro tip: Book your tickets 14 days before the performance date.

30 – Admire the details at the Gates of Dawn

Gates of Dawn, Vilnius

The Gates of Dawn was originally part of the city’s defensive wall, dating back to 1503, comprised of 10 gates. The only one standing is the now-famous Gates of Dawn, which has become a sacred space to gather for many locals.

Walking by the Gates of Dawn, you’ll notice a beautiful image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a cross at the top of the gate, and an overall light blue tone with gold details.

The image of the Virgin Mary is known worldwide across several religions; therefore, you may bump into a crowd when visiting.

The gates are located only a 7-minute walk from Old Town.

31 – Appreciate the art on Literatai Street

Literatai Street, Vilnius

Lovers of art and curiosities must visit Literatai Street, only a 6-minute walk from Old Town, overflowing with numerous expressions of art using different mediums, from painting, woodwork, and glass sculptures.

It’s believed that the Lithuanian poet Adomas Mickevičius lived on this street in the 19th century. However, it wasn’t until 2008 that a group of local artists paid homage to Mickevičius, other artists, and the arts by adding different art forms throughout the street.

Since 2011, Literatai Street has become one of the most visited avenues in Vilnius to observe so much public art and learn about its inspiration. In addition, the walls are updated with new art, so visit it often, even if you’ve seen it before!

32 – Take a close look at 16th-century war artillery at City Bastion

City Bastion, Vilnius

The City Bastion is a museum showcasing the interesting history of the weapons and defense tactics used by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

The museum is inside a replica of what the defense fortification would have looked like. It shows many examples of the different types of artillery used during the 16th century to fend off foreign enemies in Lithuania and most of Europe.

Walk through the brick tunnel hallways, glance at the cannons, and learn about the difficulties of war.

The museum tickets start at 6 euros per adult and 3 euros for children. The museum is only a 7-minute walk from Old Town.

33 – Learn about the currencies of the world at the Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania

Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania, Vilnius
Credit to Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania

Learn about the history of money and the world’s different currencies inside the fascinating Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania.

Dig deep into the more than 50 exhibits, each showing different types of currencies worldwide, from the early days of trading to the future of money.

See the history of the euro and why it became the main currency of more than a few European countries. Then, visit the interactive and digital displays of money, including fun money games.

Don’t forget to check out the record-breaking and largest coin pyramid, made of 1,00,935 coins using Lithuanian one-cent coins.

Entry is free to the museum.

34 – Bike tour your way around Vilnius

bike tours in Vilnius

You could walk around Vilnius, but how about biking it instead?

Book yourself on the next bike tour to explore the historic Old Town of Vilnius, plus a few other parts a little outside the historic city center, fast on a bike tour.

You’ll ride behind a knowledgeable and local tour guide as you pass by the famous landmarks from Gedimino Avenue to the artsy Literatai Street, the Gates of Dawn, and more.

If you’re up for a different biking adventure, take a mountain bike tour to Pavilniai Regional Park for incredible nature views and slightly rugged paths. On your way to the park, you’ll stop by the artsy district of Uzupis.

35 – Get to the top of the TV Tower of Vilnius

TV Tower of Vilnius

Reach new heights when you visit the top of the tallest structure in Lithuania, the TV Tower of Vilnius.

The 1974 TV tower was built to be a television transmission antenna, but today hosts several attractions and activities to check out inside.

Start with the panoramic views from the 19th-floor observation tower. If you’re visiting on a clear day, you’ll be able to see the best views of Old Town and the countryside near Vilnius. Also up there is the Milky Way restaurant, which serves primarily European food.

The Fight for Freedom Museum shares information on the Lithuanian fight for independence and is also inside the tower.

Entry inside ranges between 11-14 euros per adult.

36 – See how the different classes of Lithuanians lived at The New Arsenal of National Museum of Lithuania

The New Arsenal of National Museum of Lithuania, Vilnius
Credit to Lietuvos nacionalinis muziejus

Visit The New Arsenal of National Museum of Lithuania. This 2-floor museum encompasses Lithuanian cultural and ethnic artifacts, from archived documents to furniture pieces that belonged to the Duchy of Lithuania and much more.

Learn about Lithuanian history uniquely through items and imagery of what life was like between the 18th-20th century, not only for the noble class but also for the everyday laborer. Take a look at folk clothing, art, and typical items that decorated the homes of Lithuanians.

The museum is a short 5-minute drive from Old Town, and tickets start at 5 euros for adults and 2,50 euros for students. The museum is open every day except Mondays.

37 – Take a tour of the Scenarios of Chernobyl HBO Mini-series

Scenarios of Chernobyl HBO Minisserie, Vilnius

Did you know that the HBO mini-series called Chernobyl was filmed in Vilnius?

To date, it’s considered the most significant film project that’s taken place in Lithuania. In preparation, various neighborhoods where the mini-series was filmed transformed back to the Soviet era that Lithuania experienced.

Want to get a behind-the-scenes look at the mini-series? Check out the various tours hosted by a few locals that will show you the neighborhoods where the filming takes place and a bit about the real Soviet history and the filming process of the mini-series.

Check out the tour list, each granting a unique view of this real era that affected Ukraine and Lithuania.

38 – Stop by the other Churches

other churches in Vilnius

The 14th-century Holy Trinity Church is in the heart of Old Town. The church’s interiors reveal stunning frescoes and an ornate, gold-detailed altar.

Situated close to the Gates of Dawn is the Church of St. Theresa, overflowing with fascinating stories and sights to see. Walk near the Crucified sculpture and look at the legs, which have faded from the kisses it receives from its devotees. The church also has impressive artwork inside and even a few crypts underneath.

Visit what is known as one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Vilnius, the Church of St. Peter and Paul in the Antakalnis neighborhood. Inside you’ll find a variety of sculptures decorating the interior.

39 – Attend an event at Medininkai Castle

Medininkai Castle, Vilnius

Medininkai Castle is a historic defense fortification built in the first half of the 14th century. However, the castle’s impressive exterior is no match for the many activities and fun attractions to see inside!

From musical performances to interactive castle games and dozens of cultural events, there always seems to be something happening at the castle worth exploring.

Undoubtedly, one of the main attractions is the observation deck, which gives optimal views of the Medininkai neighborhood and around the castle itself.

What’s more, the castle is near one of the oldest roads used as a trading route between Russia and Lithuania. Learn about all this and more when you stop by the Medinikai Castle!

40 – Stimulate your mind with the art inside MO Museum (Modern Art Museum)

MO Museum, Vilnius
Credit to MO Museum

Mostly housing modern and contemporary art, Mo Museum in Vilnius is one of Lithuania’s most significant private art collections, housing over 5,000 pieces.

Most art pieces are thought-provoking, with a select group of paintings considered entirely rejected by the Soviet authorities for various reasons. Today, many paintings inside are art pieces that have circulated the world for their message, often resonating as well as they did when they were first created.

Step inside, and check out upcoming events and gallery displays at the museum. Tickets can be purchased online, starting at 11 euros. Make sure to buy tickets at least 30 minutes before the museum closes to have sufficient time to explore the pieces yourself.

41 – Pay your respects at the Monument to Frank Zappa

Monument to Frank Zappa, Vilnius

Of course, visiting the Monument to Frank Zappa has to be one of the most interesting things to do in Vilnius, as the famous busts of the American musician hold a fascinating story.

Locals say Frank Zappa didn’t have a direct connection to Vilnius or Lithuania entirely. However, his contemporary, free-form musical styles inspired many Lithuanians, and Zappa accidentally became a symbol of freedom for Lithuanians.

The bust was created and unveiled in 1995, after the death of Zappa, and today, many locals look to the bust with fondness. The figure serves as a reminder of freedom, especially post-Soviet occupation.

You can find the bust 12 minutes away from Old Town.

42 – Go to an outdoor concert at Vingis Park

Vingis Park, Vilnius

Vingis Park is a popular spot amongst locals, as the park hosts the most extensive outdoor concerts, and other special events in Vilnius.

When the green space isn’t hosting a show, the park is an ample open space with walking paths for cyclists, runners, and skaters to enjoy a moment in nature. In the summers especially, the park becomes the favorite local spot to enjoy a picnic with friends.

Also, in the summers, the park opens up an amusement park with a small zoo, and if you’re up for it, you can rent some sports equipment to enjoy the park even more.

The park is dotted with adorable lunch and coffee shops nearby as well!

43 – Learn about the fight for Lithuanian independence at The House of Signatories

The House of Signatories, Vilnius
Credit to Lietuvos nacionalinis muziejus

Visit The House of Signatories, which was the backdrop of the moment in which the Act of Independence of Lithuania was signed in 1918.

Inside the House of Signatories, you’ll see examples of what the independence of Lithuania brought back to the country’s people, from speaking their language to using symbols that represent the country.

Check out the exhibits and objects, diving deep into the fight for independence with interactive technology.

Guided tours are available in English and can be arranged ahead of time via email for an additional price.

You can buy your tickets in person or online, which starts at 4 euros per adult. The museum is open every day except for Mondays.

44 – Spend a day visiting other fascinating Museums

other museums in Vilnius
Credit to Energy and Technology Museum

Learn about the history of toys, specifically dating back to the 19th-20th century, at the Toy Museum. See a collection of Lithuania’s oldest toys, with original and replica toys.

Train enthusiasts, check out the Railway Museum of Lithuania, which covers the history of trains in Lithuania. The museum has an indoor exhibit with examples of train parts, while the Outside has real-life examples of historic trains.

The Church Heritage Museum combines religious art with Lithuanian culture. See the exhibits with various documents, art, and religious artifacts belonging to some of Lithuania’s most influential churches.

Visit the Energy and Technology Museum to look at the future of industrial machinery utilizing solar and wind power to create an alternative energy source.

45 – Browse the books inside Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania

Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, Vilnius

Visit the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania to see different archives, documents, and artifacts that create the written history of Lithuania.

The library is 14 minutes away from Old Town by car. It is a popular place to visit because of the amount of information inside and how much it spans different areas of Lithuanian identity.

From education to science and economy, it’s a library that stores all of this information to educate the public.

Step inside to see the different activities to encourage locals and visitors to learn about Lithuanian culture and information. There are activities for children and adults, from free guided tours to heritage events and hands-on activities for children.

46 – Step on the Stebuklas for good luck

Stebuklas, Vilnius

Take your spin and wish for your desires to come true when you spin on the lucky “Miracle” tile!

Located in the heart of Old Town in Cathedral Square is the “Miracle” Tile that locals and tourists believe bestows good luck upon those who visit it.

Spinning on the tile for good luck has gained more popularity with time and the internet. You’ll know you found it if you see a large crowd huddled near a tile!

The belief stems from the Soviet occupation of Lithuania and other countries. In 1989, the largest human chain was created across several nearby countries, beginning near the Stebuklas tile.

The brown tile itself says Stebuklas meaning Miracle in Lithuanian.

47 – Get your tickets to attend The Christopher Summer Festival

The Christopher Summer Festival, Vilnius

Visit Vilnius during the 2-month music festival called The Christopher Summer Festival. The concerts occur throughout Vilnius and are the country’s most significant musical event.

The genres of music at the festival range anywhere from classical to jazz and rock and electronic music, so there’s genuinely a genre for everyone!

Aside from different sounds, you can expect international musicians to take on the festival from flamenco to fado.  Concerts take place in some of the most beautiful spaces in Vilnius, from cathedrals to riverside outdoor areas.

The festival’s central theme is diversity in sounds and musical genres as a way of social inclusion.  The festival takes place from July to August, so don’t miss it if you can!

48 – Do a refreshing Beer Tasting

beer tasting in Vilnius

Sip on the best brews of Vilnius on a beer-tasting tour! Travel around the neighborhoods near Old Town and step inside the best bars and pubs serving local beer while learning about local drinking customs.

Try the most famous beer in Lithuania, Tanker Father Midnight, and learn about some of the exciting legends surrounding beer drinking in Lithuania straight from the bartenders and pub owners.

Learn about the process of making local beer, see how it’s changed throughout the years, and sample a few of Lithuania’s traditional and new beers. The tours last anywhere between 1-3 hours.

Join a group of like-minded travelers, and explore this unique (and refreshing) side of Vilnius!

49 – Plan to hit up the best bars

best bars in Vilnius

Make your way to the “Beer Library,” Alaus Bibloteka, an infinite source of the best beers and cocktails you could ask for, from local drinks to international favorites. The “librarians” will happily help you decide on your drink from the detailed menu.

SOMM is the place where wine lovers get together. Located in Old Town, SOMM delivers not only a menu of over 400 wines but a great food selection to choose from. Allow the help of the in-house sommeliers to help you create the best food and wine combo.

Looking for something trendy? Check out Distilerija and Youngs Club, offering exquisite drinks (Distilerija is known for their whiskey!), snacks, and a long evening ahead of dancing.

50 – Devour local delicacies at the best Restaurants

best restaurants in Vilnius

Share a traditional meal at Džiaugsmas, voted one of the best restaurants in Lithuania. Enjoy biting into local and organic ingredients in dishes like Cepelinai (potato dumplings with minced meat).

Check out Ertlio Namas and Senoji Trobele and try classical old European dishes, some of which stem from the recipe books of the country’s noble class. Try a four-course dinner, or go all in with the 6-course dinner with an exquisite wine pairing fit for a king.

RoseHip is the perfect eatery for vegans and vegetarians, serving plant-based burgers and other hearty dishes made with the freshest plant-based ingredients.

For an authentic Lithuanian gastropub experience, check out Šnekutis for a sip of Lithuania’s best beers and traditional dishes.

How to get to Vilnius?

The main airport you’ll arrive at is Vilnius International Airport. From there, you can take a few buses that will take you to Old Town.

The best way, however, to ensure your transport to your hotel is to book an airport transfer! Arrive well knowing that your airport transfer is waiting for you instead of looking for other public transport.

Where to stay in Vilnius?

Check out Grotthuss Boutique Hotel Vilnius, in the heart of Old Town. A mix of historic and modern, the clean rooms at this hotel is one of the things past guests enjoyed the most. Guests can enjoy the complimentary airport transfer with their stay!

Book a night at Artis Centrum Hotels, offering guests a hearty complimentary breakfast and free airport transfer. Try some traditional Lithuanian and European dishes and drinks at the on-site restaurants and replenish your energy with a treatment at the spa inside the hotel.

Stay at Old Town Trio, a beautiful and minimalistic hotel in the historic Old Town! Be a few moments away from a few central sites like the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater, Gediminas’ Tower, and more.

Check out Domus Maria, a previous monastery-turned-hotel with all the modern amenities for a comfortable stay and classical furnishings.

Visiting Vilnius on budget?

Get the most bang for your buck while traveling Vilnius, and book a free walking tour of the city! Walk to all the significant landmarks, passing through some main avenues and charming corners. Ask about the artsy districts, and pass by a few murals!

View local life as you pass the markets and restaurants, and ask your tour guide for a few recommendations!

Where to go next?

Warsaw is a city full of history with a modern twist. Walk through the Multimedia Fountain Park, decked out in 295 LED lights, or take an old-school stroll through the charming historic Old Town.

Walk through the long shopping avenue, Dlugi Targ, in Gdańsk, Poland, taking in the lovely architecture of the colorful houses lining the street. Climb to the top of the Main Town Hall for panoramic views of Gdańsk.

Feel enchanted by the art inside the Musee Art Nouveau in Riga, Latvia. Climb to the top of the Soviet-style building, the Latvian Academy of Sciences, for epic city views!

Jump over to Tallinn, Estonia, and get on a scenic Ferris wheel ride on the Skywheel of Tallinn. Then, go shopping for local crafts at Telliskivi Creative City.

Step inside the quaint and modern Temppeliaukion Church in Helsinki. Afterward, peek at the food and craft stalls at Market Square.

Final thought

From a bustling art scene to historic churches, and a variety of unique museums to visit, it’s safe to say that Vilnius surprises even the most seasoned traveler with numerous activities to do!

We hope you enjoyed our list of the best things to do in Vilnius and that you make it to the capital city of Lithuania soon.

Happy travels!