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WHAT TO DO IN VILNIUS? 


Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is a city far too little known despite its many attributes. For a festive weekend you will find happiness here: the bars are open until late, so are the clubs, and the prices are very low so you can enjoy all that the city has to offer. You can also relax by wandering in small streets, the old town, the surrounding parks and discover the incredible areas around Vilnius.

 



1) Marvel at the beauty of the Cathedral and make a wish

 

The cathedral in Vilnius, Lithuania / La cathédrale à Vilnius, Lituanie

 

 

 

It’s here that the Grand Dukes of Lithuania were crowned.
In front of the cathedral entrance you will see a stone on the ground which, according to the legend, is where the human chain that linked Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn started. This event marked the liberation of the Baltic States.  If you go up this stone and turn three times looking at the top of the bell tower, you can make a wish that will be granted.

 



2) Climb up the Hill of Gediminas by foot

 

Gediminas tower in Vilnius, Lithuania / La tour de Gediminas à Vilnius, Lithuania / flyovertime

It’s also possible to take an elevator to reach the Tower. Gediminas Tower is the only remaining part of the castle of Vilnius. Its name comes from a Grand Lithuanian Duke.

 



3) Go on the top of the Three Crosses Hill

 

Sunset over the Three Crosses, Vilnius, Lithuania / Coucher de soleil à Vilnius, Lituanie / flyovertime

Three Crosses, Vilnius, Lithuania / Les 3 croix, Vilnius, Lituanie / flyovertime

 

 

 

This name pays tribute to the Franciscans who were murdered here once upon a time. It offers an unrestricted view of the city.



 

 


4) Wander around Uzupis Republic

 

The constitution of Uzupis, Vilnius, Lithuania / La constitution d'Uzupis à Vilnius, Lituanie

The angel of Uzupis, Vilnius, Lithuania / L'ange d'Uzupis à Uzupis, Vilnius, Lituanie

 

 

 

Uzupis is a Vilnius borough that proclaimed itself an independent republic in 1997. It has its own Constitution, President and symbol, the Angel of Uzupis.
Often compared to Montmartre, Uzupis is a gold mine for artistic spirits.

 

 5) Observe St. Anne’s Church at the entrance of Uzupis

 

St-Ann-church in Vilnius, Lithuania / L'Eglise Saint-Anne à Vilnius, Lituanie

St-Ann-church in Vilnius, Lithuania / L'Eglise Saint-Anne à Vilnius, Lituanie

 

It is reported that Napoleon Bonaparte, amazed by the church, wanted to take it to Paris on the palm of his hand.



 

 

6) Walk under the Gate of Dawn

 

Gate of Dawn in Vilnius, Lithuania / La Porte de l'Aurore à Vilnius, Lituanie - flyovertime

 

Take the time to watch Lithuanians go under this door. Seen as a sanctuary for Lithuanians, many of them are doing the sign of the cross passing this door. 

 

7) Wander on Town Hall Square

 

 

Town Hall in Vilnius, Lithuania / L’hôtel de ville à Vilnius, Lituanie / flyovertimeIn the 20th century, an art museum was housed in the Town Hall. Now, Vilnius Town Hall is a representative building.


8) Taste Cepelinai, a Lithuanian culinary speciality

 

Cepelinai, speciality from Lithuania, Vilnius / Cepelinai, spécialité lituanienne en Lituanie, Vilnius

Where to eat Ceplinai in Vilnius, Lithuania / Où manger des Cepelinai à Vilnius, Lituanie

 

 

 

It’s look like stuffed potatoes but, to me, they’re more similar to gnocchi except that they are stuffed with meat rather than potatoes. Try this when you are very hungry: it’s quite fat.




 

 

9) Wander in the narrow streets of the city 

 

Street cute in Vilnius, Lithuania / Une rue magnifique à Vilnius, Lituanie

My favorite: Stiklių gatve! 

 

10) Admire the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre’s facade

 

National Theater in Vilnius, Lithuania - Théâtre national dramatique - 3 muses à Vilnius, Lituanie

The 3 muses who are overlooking the entrance are the muses of Drama (Calliope), Comedy (Thalia) and Tragedy (Melpomene).



11) Admire the Presidential Palace

 

Presidential Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania / Le Palais Présidentiel à Vilnius, Lituanie

At the top of the building, we can see the flag of the Lithuanian President (currently: Dalia Grybauskaitė), which means that she is in the country. On the other hand, if the flag is down, it reflects the absence of the president in the country.


12) Go clubbing in Salento

 

 

To go out, well… I have to admit that I have not an impartial opinion. Anyway, if you like party you will always enjoy your time in Salento Disco club just next to Town Hall Square. But, if you don’t like Spanish music or commercial songs you will not find your happiness there.

 

 

 

 

 

13) Enter a bar through a phone booth at Portobello

 

The portobello bar in Vilnius, Lithuania - le bar Portobello à Vilnius, Lituanie

 

Yeah… Vilnius is very festive and there are many bars around the city. We will focus on two of them: Bamb Alyne and Leičių Bravoras, the first because you have to pay at the counter right next to your table and the beer is brewed inside the bar, the second because there are several fridges from where you can pick your preferred beer and glass and pick your table.. Both are located in Stiklių gatve.

 


14) Enter St. Peter and St. Paul’s church

 

St. Peter and St. Paul's Church in Vilnius, Lithuania / église Saint Pierre et Paul à Vilnius, Lituanie

Inside St. Peter and St. Paul's Church in Vilnius, Lithuania /  intérieur de l'église Saint Pierre et Paul à Vilnius, Lituanie

 

The interior of this church left us speechless, two thousand stucco sculptures each more incredible than the others. Once upon a time there was a wooden church here but it was destroyed during the wars with Moscow.

 

 

15) Go for a walk around Green Lake

 

Winter in Green Lake in Vilnius, Lithuania / L'hiver à Green Lake à Vilnius, Lituanie

The view of Green lake in Vilnius, Lithuania / La vue de Green Lake à Vilnius, Lituanie

 

Outside of the city center, there is a beautiful lake surrounded by a forest where you can take a walk. If you want to take photography or shot movies, you should go definitely go there.

 

 

16) Have lunch while overlooking the whole city at the TV Tower

 

Tv Tower in Vilnius, Lithuania / La tour de la télévision à Vilnius, Lituanie

 

 

 

It’s the highest building in the city, rising to 326 meters. On January 13, 1991, as the disintegration of the USSR became more and more palpable, Moscow attempted to regain control of the Lithuanian media by sending tanks around this tower. This unsuccessful last attempt at control led to the deaths of 13 civilians. Now, the tower is recognized as a symbol of Lithuanian power.

 

 

 

17) Visit Trakai

 

The castle of Trakai in Lithuania / Le château de Trakai en Lituanie - flyovertime

Take the bus to reach Trakaï Castle, located on Galvé Lake. It was originally built in the 14th century but the war with Russia (in 1655) destroyed most of it. It was rebuilt during the 20th century.

 

18) Discover the Hill of Crosses in Siauliai 

 

The Hill Of Crosses in Siauliai, Vilnius, Lithuania / La colline des croix à Siauiliai, Lituanie

 

 

 

In the 14th century the region was under Russian rule and, in consequence, under their ideology marked by antireligious absolutism. The Lithuanians, most of them Roman Catholic, suffered from not being able to honor their dead. They began to rebel against the tsars by planting crosses on this hill. The Soviets shaved it three times but that was not enough to discourage Lithuanians who continued to plant crosses. Today this hill is always growing with a hundred crosses planted every day.

 

19) Walk in Aukstaitija Park

 

Aukštaitija park in Lithuania / Le parc d'Aukštaitija en Lituanie

Aukštaitija park in Lithuania / Le parc d'Aukštaitija en Lituanie

 

Rent a car to discover Aukštaitija National Park. It is the first park of the country, created in 1974: 69% of its territory is occupied by forests and there are 126 lakes.


20) Take a sled dog during winter

 

Dog sledging in Kernave, Lithuania / Chien de traineau à Kernave, Lituanie

 

 

 

If you want to try this out of the ordinary activity you can take a bus to Kernave the former capital of Lithuania and book a ride. We used this website: they speak English, are super nice and taught us a lot of things about Lithuania and the history the country shares with Russia.