Lithuania’s capital city Vilnius quietly charms with its cobbled streets and offbeat elegance. Although compact, this picture-perfect city is home to the largest Baroque Old Town in eastern Europe and has a quirky cultural scene that is particularly Lithuanian. Centuries of history and outstanding views makes Vilnius a must-see destination – just climb the ‘Hill of Three Crosses’ and find out for yourself.
Top 3 Picks
Whilst you are in Vilnius, make the most of your stay and check out our top 3 things to do and see!
The Hill of Three Crosses
Dating back to the 17th century, the Hill of Three Crosses has both historic and national importance. The crosses were first placed by monks to pay tribute to 14 monks who were killed and tied to wooden crosses when they wouldn't return to the West. However, over the years the monument has changed many times and was even removed by Soviet authorities in 1950. Although this attraction has a dark history, architect and sculptor, K. Šilgalis rebuilt the statue in 1989, to commemorate the monks and signify the Rebirth movement in Vilnius. There’s no better way to reflect on the city’s past than from these stunning views of the city.
Fly in a Hot Air Balloon
Looking for an even better view? Why not try one of Lithuania’s most impressive amusements by taking a flight in a hot-air balloon. Float past the beautiful cobblestone streets and marvel at the cosy city below to really discover everything Vilnius has to offer. This unique experience is one of the only places in Europe that you can take off and land in the very centre of the city and definitely shouldn’t be missed!
Wander the Old Town
The UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town of Vilnius is one of the largest surviving medieval towns in Northern Europe. Find beauty down the quaint, pastel coloured streets and follow the trail of ornate churches to discover how Lithuania has continued to flourish after Soviet rule. It also happens to be where some of the city’s best bars can be found and it is a great place to ‘rub shoulders’ with the locals. After a long day of exploring, you will easily be able to find a bar to socialise in.
“Ačiū” is how to say Thank you in Lithuanian. If you want to pronounce it correctly imagine that you are sneezing with a long aaaciu (nose cleaning is not required afterwards).
Basketball is by far the most popular sport celebrated in the country and is often called their “Second Religion” as it was used as a mean to fight for independence in the mist of Soviet oppression.
One of Lithuania’s most famous dishes, ‘Cepilin,’ is named after the German Zeppelin airship because of its oval shape.
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