Known for its rich history and picturesque Old Town, Vilnius is quickly building a reputation as a fresh destination with dynamic arts and culture scenes, seemingly endless culinary delights, and all kinds of events.
In 2023, Vilnius is celebrating its 700th anniversary. Yet, exploring the Lithuanian capital can be a true revelation for travellers searching for new experiences. Exciting artistic, cultural, and gastronomic adventures await around every corner of the city throughout this and next year. Book your holiday today and embrace an array of exceptional discoveries in Vilnius.
Vilnius is always ready to take you on an adventure. You can explore different parks and districts, take a kayak along one of the rivers for an entirely new perspective of the city, or go on a hike through beautiful natural landscapes sprinkled with historical landmarks. 46% of Vilnius is made up of green spaces, so you can definitely expect a breath of fresh air.
A short journey outside of Vilnius will take you to the historic town and lake resort of Trakai, packed with astonishing nature, traditional Karaim cuisine, and amazing views of the Trakai Island Castle. This is one area you do not want to miss.
If you want to stay in the city but still want some lush greenery, head to the Botanical Garden of Vilnius University. An Integral part of the University’s culture for more than 140 years, and is currently located in two places, Kairėnai and Vingis Parks. The Botanical Garden houses something for every kind of nature lover. Open to visitors throughout the year, the Botanical Garden has picnic spaces. Educational programmes, and tours to make sure you get the most out of your visit.
Traditional Lithuanian cuisine is essentially comfort food done right, so powering up before embarking on a journey through the city is easy. But it’s not all about traditions – chefs in Vilnius are constantly experimenting and creating an entirely new food culture. Don’t be surprised if you end up having your tastiest street food experience here – whether it’s a succulent piece of meat or one of the seemingly endless vegan options. Pairing a beer with your food will certainly hit the mark, especially in the warmth of summer. Inspired by Vilnius’ ancient brewing traditions, the modern craft beer scene is overflowing with local brews and other heavy-hitting European microbreweries. And if you need a jolt of energy, you’ll be in awe of the crazy selection of speciality coffees brewed in more ways than you could possibly imagine.
If great food is a must in any itinerary of yours, don’t miss a trip to Paupys market. Situated in the Old Town but surrounded by nature and tranquillity, here you can dine al fresco on cuisine from around the world in a truly beautiful location.
With its 700-year history, it’s unsurprising that Vilnius has a wealth of architecture for you to explore. From UNESCO-listed Old Town, with ornate Pilies Street, and the wooden houses of Žvėrynas, to the post-industrial New Town with the open-air gallery and the Jonas Mekas Draught Alley.
The street art, murals and installations dotting Vilnius make it an urban gallery on its own, and the numerous high-level art festivals and cultural events throughout the year give the city its unique vibe. Longstanding food markets where people shop for local produce and eat either a pretty traditional lunch or something more contemporary; or one of the many boutiques, galleries and pop-up markets where local designers and artisans showcase and sell their latest creations allow you to feel the pulse of the city’s contemporary culture. Art is everywhere in Vilnius, but for the highest concentration of artistic ideas and sophisticated discussions visit Užupis, a district-turned-self-proclaimed independent republic with its own quirky constitution.
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