Vilnius is my hometown which I just admire. It fascinates me every time I come back from my traveling and makes me wonder why I even left. Have you seen the latest Vilnius advertising? It’s hilarious, even the name is “Vilnius is the G spot of Europe”, because it is hard to find, but once you find it, it’s amazing! I totally agree with it.
Transportation from Vilnius airport
Firstly, if you have a flight to Vilnius airport my advice would be to take a train to the central station and from there you can reach any place way quicker and cheaper. Train cost about 70 cnt and the trip is for 7 min, Taxi, Uber, Taxify would be something like 5-10 eur and the trip would be 20-30 min. The numbers speak by themselves. Also, it is impossible to get lost, because it is the only one destination from the Vilnius airport to the central station. Tickets.
Things to do in Vilnius
Actually it is not really castle, but just a tower which is left from a castle, but it doesn’t really matter we still call it castle. The beautiful panorama of Vilnius you can see from Gediminas castle or three crosses hill, although I prefer Gediminas castle, because the view and the road is way nicer.
For like 2 eur you can get inside the museum of Gediminas castle. It is not something surprising, but you can get on the top of the castle and get a better view of the capital.
It is one of the main streets of Vilnius in which usually city’s events happens, for example traditional celebrations or fairs.
In Cathedral square search for a “Stebuklas” (“Miracle”) tile. Step on it, close your eyes, make a wish, spin three times and it will come true.
Pilies street (meaning: castle street)
This is the oldest street in Old Town of Vilnius which was the main road to the castle. Pilies Street name was mentioned as early as 1530. The street is known for its variety of architecture: Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles can be found in this street.
Literatu Street Project
It is the wall full of ceramic, metal, glass, wooden plaques installed in it. The wall is like a memorial to many famous writers: Sigitas Geda, Kazys Binkis, Janina Degutyte, Jonas Mekas, Maironis, Sigitas Parulskis and many others. That’s way Literatu street name meaning is “authors” or “writers”.
The Wall was introduced in 2009, new pieces of art are installed constantly. The condition for a new plaque is that a poet or writer needs to be related to the culture of Lithuania.
Republic of Užupis
When you cross the bridge over the Vilnia river then you enter the Republic of Uzupis, which declared itself a breakaway republic. Bohemian, artistic free town which has its own president, money, flag, army of 11 men and constitution which I find hilarious. These are my favorite rights:
- 3. Everyone has the right to die, but this is not an obligation.
- 6. Everyone has the right to love.
- 7. Everyone has the right not to be loved, but not necessarily.
- 13. A cat is not obliged to love its owner, but must help in time of need.
- 14. Sometimes everyone has the right to be unaware of their duties.
- 15. Everyone has the right to be in doubt, but this is not an obligation.
- 21. Everyone has the right to appreciate their unimportance.
- 23. Everyone has the right to understand.
- 24. Everyone has the right to understand nothing.
- 34. Everyone has the right to be misunderstood.
- 35. No one has the right to make another person guilty.
- 36. Everyone has the right to be individual.
- 37. Everyone has the right to have no rights.
- 38. Everyone has the right to not to be afraid.
You can find the constitution translated into several languages on the wall in Paupio street. Once you cross the bridge you will see barliament of Užupis (it is a bar and parlament) where you can get your passport stamped. Actually, freedom from the city of Vilnius is more artistic and a joke than a real breakaway, although it’s a place worth seeing.
Anne’s church (Onos church)
I am not a huge fan of churches, in Lithuania you can see hundreds of them, you can even make tours of churches. Although one church in Vilnius is really unique – Anne’s church. There is a famous legend that Napaleon Bonaparte was so fascinated by the beauty of this church that he wanted to take it to Paris in the palm of his hand. Why it is so interesting? The exterior and interior are dominated by the Gothic style, with some Baroque elements.
Bernardine Garden (Sereikiškių park)
A wonderful park in the middle of the city is a great place for a picnic, a cup of coffee or to rest after sightseeing.
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Tap water: you can drink a tap water in Lithuania so don’t forget your water bottle.
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