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    Vilnius – a brief overview

    Now established as a city-break destination of considerable repute, Lithuania’s attractive capital serves up an enjoyable blend of medieval architecture and modern thinking. It’s the site of Europe’s largest baroque Old Town, rightly recognised by UNESCO, but also plays home to a lively student population, a zinging nightlife and an ever-evolving spread of bars, cafés and restaurants.

    The history of the city, meanwhile, is reflected in its visitor attractions, which range from a sturdy castle complex to former KGB cells. At times eccentric, Vilnius is a likeable city that rewards proper exploration – and holds more than a few surprises.

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    Top 10 sights in Vilnius

    Gediminas Hill and its castle tower (on the right) became the symbol of Lithuanian struggles for independence
    Gediminas Hill and its castle tower (on the right) became the symbol of Lithuanian struggles for independence

    Gediminas Castle Tower

    Arsenalo gatvė 5
    01143 Vilnius
    Tel: +370-5/261 74 53
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    Opening times:
    Daily 10:00 – 21:00
    (Apr – Sep)
    Daily 10:00 – 17:00
    (Oct – Mar)

    This historic symbol of the city today houses a museum of archaeological treasures, as well as offering superb views over the rooftops below.

    Vilnius Picture Gallery

    Didzioji gatvė 4
    01128 Vilnius
    Tel: +370-5/212 08 41
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    Opening times:
    Tue – Sat 11:00 – 18:00
    Sun 12:00 – 17:00

    Exhibiting a broad range of Lithuanian artworks, the city’s picture gallery occupies an elegant former palace. It forms a component of the broader Lithuanian Art Museum.

    Kazys Varnelis House Museum

    Didzioji gatvė 26
    01128 Vilnius
    Tel: +370-5/ 279 16 44
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    Opening times:
    Tue – Sat 10:00 – 16:00

    Kazys Varnelis was a celebrated abstract painter who passed away in 2010. He was also a voracious collector of books and antiques, and this museum showcases the best of them. Advance reservation is necessary.

    Frank Zappa Statue

    Kalinausko gatvė 1
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    A monument dedicated to cult psychedelic American singer Frank Zappa might not be the most obvious thing to stumble across in Lithuania, but it sums up the city’s quirky soul.

    Gate of Dawn

    Aušros Vartų gatvė 14
    01303 Vilnius
    Tel: +370-5/212 35 13
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    A picturesque town gate and tower that has become one of the city’s best known sights. There were once 10 gates leading into the Old Town – this is the only one remaining, and today plays home to a chapel.

    National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

    Katedros aikštė 4
    01143 Vilnius
    Tel: +370-5/262 00 07
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    Opening times:
    Tue – Fri 11:00 – 18:00
    Sat – Sun 11:00 – 16:00

    Reconstructed and reopened in 2009, the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania was originally built in the 15th century.

    Amber Museum Gallery

    Šv Mykolo gatvė 8
    01124 Vilnius
    Tel: +370-5/262 30 92
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    Opening times:
    Daily 10:00 – 19:00

    The Baltic region is famed for its amber, and this museum-cum-gallery gives a good overview of the substance’s importance, not to mention its glowing beauty. It sits in a baroque 17th-century house.

    Museum of Genocide Victims

    Aukų gatvė 2
    01113 Vilnius
    Tel: +370-5/249 81 56
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    Opening times:
    Wed – Sat 10:00 – 18:00
    Sun 10:00 – 17:00

    Located in the one-time HQ of the KGB, this uncompromising museum gives details around the murder, deportation and imprisonment of thousands of local people. Some of the exhibits are in former cells.

    Antakalnis Cemetery

    Karių kapų gatvė 11
    10313 Vilnius
    Tel: +370-5/234 05 87
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    Opening times:
    Daily 09:00 – sunset

    Also known as the Soldiers’ Cemetery, this large graveyard is located in a forested area away from the town centre. Those buried here include members of the Polish armed forces, as well as Lithuanians killed by Soviets in 1991.

    Vilnius Cathedral

    Katedros a. 2
    01143 Vilnius
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    Situated in the Old Town, this is the city’s main cathedral – under Soviet rule it was actually used as a picture gallery, before being reconsecrated in 1989. There’s been some form of cathedral on the site since the 1300s.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    Lithuania is a land of castles, lakes and forests.


    Lithuania is situated on the eastern Baltic coast and borders Latvia in the north, the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation and Poland in the southwest, and Belarus in the southwest and east. The geometrical centre of Europe lies in eastern Lithuania near the village of Bernotai, 25km (16 miles) north of Vilnius. The landscape alternates between lowland plains and hilly uplands and has a dense, intricate network of rivers, including the Nemunas and the Neris.

    Around 1.5% of the country’s territory is made up of lakes, of which there are over 2,800. The majority of these lie in the east of the country and include Lake Druksiai and Lake Tauragnas.

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    Key facts

    Population: 2.900.00 (2015)

    Population Density (per sq km): 54

    Capital: Vilnius
    Population: 530.000 (2013)


    Lithuanian is the official language. Lithuania has a large number of dialects for such a small territory, including High Lithuanian (Aukstaiciai) and Low Lithuanian (Zemaiciai).


    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents.


    220 volts AC, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are in use.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1300 and 1400-1800.

    Public holidays

    Listed below are the public holidays for the period January 2020 to December 2021.


    Naujieji metai (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2020
    Lietuvos valstybės atkūrimo diena (Independence Day): 16 February 2020
    Lietuvos nepriklausomybės atkūrimo diena (Restoration of the Lithuanian State): 11 March 2020
    Velykos (Easter): 12 and 13 April 2020
    Tarptautinė darbo diena (Labour Day): 1 May 2020
    Joninės (St John’s Day): 24 June 2020
    Lietuvos karaliaus Mindaugo karūnavimo (Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas): 6 July 2020
    Švč. Mergelės Marijos ėmimo į dangų diena (Assumption): 15 August 2020
    Visų šventųjų diena (All Saints’ Day): 1 November 2020
    Šv. Kalėdos (Christmas): 25 and 26 December 2020


    Naujieji metai (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2021
    Lietuvos valstybės atkūrimo diena (Independence Day): 16 February 2021
    Lietuvos nepriklausomybės atkūrimo diena (Restoration of the Lithuanian State): 11 March 2021
    Velykos (Easter): 4 and 5 April 2021
    Tarptautinė darbo diena (Labour Day): 1 May 2021
    Joninės (St John’s Day): 24 June 2021
    Lietuvos karaliaus Mindaugo karūnavimo (Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas): 6 July 2021
    Švč. Mergelės Marijos ėmimo į dangų diena (Assumption): 15 August 2021
    Visų šventųjų diena (All Saints’ Day): 1 November 2021
    Šv. Kalėdos (Christmas): 25 and 26 December 2021

    All information subject to change.

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    Nightlife in Vilnius


    This is a city rightly renowned for its nightlife, but there’s far more to the place than cheap (and very good) beer.

    You can find bohemian arts venues, laid-back wine bars, thumping nightclubs and more.


    Islandijos gatvė 4
    01401 Vilnius
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    A techno club spread over several floors and drawing a mix of up-for-it DJs.

    Vilnius Theatre Lele

    Arklių gatvė 5
    01129 Vilnius
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    A puppet theatre located in what was once a duke’s house, staging fairytales and other productions.


    Šv Stepono gatvė 8
    01138 Vilnius
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    A famous old Vilnius bar, this is a great bet for a few beers in a warm environment.

    Bix Baras

    Etmonų gatvė 6
    01129 Vilnius
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    A well-priced rock bar with blasting speakers and a decent food menu.

    Tappo d’Oro

    L Stuokos-Gucevičiaus
    gatvė 7
    01122 Vilnius
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    One of the oldest wine bars in the city – many of the wines are Italian.

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    Restaurants in Vilnius


    Its geographical location means that Lithuania draws on culinary influences from both Eastern Europe and Scandinavia – often a winning combination.

    It’s possible to eat very well in Vilnius, and there are options for all budgets.


    Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, Universiteto gatvė 14
    01122 Vilnius
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    Price: Expensive

    The restaurant at the Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, specialising in European gastronomy.


    Trakų gatvė 14
    01132 Vilnius
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    Price: Moderate

    Located close to the station, this is an inventive bistro with a big reputation.

    Rib Room

    Šeimyniškių gatvė 1
    09312 Vilnius
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    Price: Moderate

    Offering some classily presented European dishes alongside a variety of rib options.

    Senoji Trobelė

    Naugarduko gatvė 36
    03228 Vilnius
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    Price: Moderate

    A traditional Lithuanian restaurant serving up authentic food in atmospheric surrounds.

    Pinavija Cafe

    Vilniaus gatvė 21
    01402 Vilnius
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    Price: Cheap

    This bakery is a great place for sweet and savoury pastries.

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    Calendar of events


    February 21, 2020

    Venue: Various venues and locations in the city centre

    This traditional pre-Easter celebration takes place in the heart of Vilnius and bids farewell to a long, dark winter and welcomes the imminent arrival of spring and the warmer weather. The Easter Lent period was traditionally a sombre occasion during which singing and dancing were forbidden, so Uzgavenes sprang up as the last day of merriment before Lent. Its colourful and vibrant traditions still continue today and it is common for young Lithuanians to dress up as devils, witches and other ghoulish characters to dance and party in the streets. It is also traditional to eat pancakes before the fasting of the Lent period.

    Kino Pavasaris (Vilnius International Film Festival)

    April 2 – March 19, 2020

    Festival screening international art film at cinemas Coca Cola Plaza Vingis and Skalvija.

    Vilnius Festival

    May 30 – June 19, 2020

    Venue: Various Vilnius venues

    Cultural extravaganza that focuses mainly on music with domestic and international.

    Blues Nights

    July 2020

    Weekend-long celebration of rhythm and blues in Vilnius.

    New Year's Eve

    31 December 2019

    Celebrations in Vilnius to welcome in the New Year in style.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Vilnius


    Lithuania’s showpiece city offers the full gamut of accommodation options, from big-name international brands and trendy boutiques to no-frills budget stays.

    Depending on the time of year you come calling, it’s possible to find some good deals.

    Stikliai Hotel

    Gaono gatvė 7
    01131 Vilnius
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    Category: Expensive

    A very classy boutique hotel with French-style décor, this is part of the Relais & Chateaux portfolio.

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    Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square

    Universiteto gatvė 14
    01122 Vilnius
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    Category: Expensive

    A glitzy international hotel with a plum location and a spa.

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    Shakespeare Hotel

    Bernardinu gatvė 8/8
    01124 Vilnius
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    Category: Moderate

    A smart 31-room boutique hotel aiming for a literary, aristocratic feel.

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    T Sevcenkos gatvė 16
    03111 Vilnius
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    Category: Moderate

    A modern and well-priced hotel with a sauna and business facilities.

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    Best of Vilnius


    The Lithuanian capital is like a collage created from elements and images of every type and style. Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance church towers rise from the old-town ocean of magnificent, red-roofed buildings. Its opulent palaces recently provided the perfect setting for the BBC’s filming of an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

    Some 50 000 Jews lived in these narrow streets before World War II, earning the city the by-name “Jerusalem of the North.” The Socialist-Realist sculptures of farm laborers and workers which today line Green Bridge over the River Neris are a legacy from the Soviet era. With its many historical buildings, Vilnius is quintessentially European, and as a World Cultural Heritage Site enjoys UNESCO protection.

    Amber Shop

    Ausros Vartu gatvė 13;
    01129 Vilnius
    Tel. +370-687/818 17
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000–2000
    Sat 1000–1800

    Amber jewelry makes a perfect Lithuanian souvenir. Amber is fossilized resin and comes in variety of shades, ranging from white to dark brown. it can be opaque or transparent. Pieces with embedded insects and plant material are particularly fascinating. There’s a long tradition of amber craftsmanship in Lithuania.

    Užupis Galera art gallery

    Užupio gatvė 2A
    01203 Vilnius
    Tel. +370-61 12 26 75
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1100–1700

    The gallery and “art incubator” are located at the entrance to Užupis, the picturesque artists’ district, which has often been compared to Paris’s Montmartre and the Christiania settlement in Copenhagen. In Soviet times, Užupis was quite run down, but many artists moved into the cheap buildings there after Lithuania gained independence and gradually cleaned up and improved the area. Užupis has since been declared an artists’ republic and has its own national anthem and constitution. If you wish, you can record your entry into the republic by having your passport stamped.

    University of Vilnius

    Universiteto gatvė 3
    01513 Vilnius
    Tel. +370-5/219 30 29
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900–1800 Uhr (March – October)
    Mon-Sat 0930–1730 Uhr (November – February)

    The university was established in 1579 and counts among Europe’s oldest. Several Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings spread across an entire neighborhood belong to the university, which is dominated by the tallest, the 68-meter-high bell tower. The medieval heart of the university comprises 13 inner courtyards framed by arcades and galleries. The library, with its magnificent reading rooms, is also truly worth seeing. Today, the university has 12 faculties, seven institutes and four study and research centers with over 20 000 students.

    The large and small ghettos

    Information center
    Mesiniu gatvė 3a/5
    01133 Vilnius
    Tel. +370-5/261 6422
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    Opening times:
    Mon–Fri 1200–1800
    Sat 1200–1600

    The medieval Jewish quarter surrounding the Great Synagogue on Žydų Street was cordoned off with barbed wire following the German invasion of Lithuania in September 1941, and initially became the small, then later the large ghetto, in which approximately 30 000 people were penned up. By the time the ghetto was evacuated in 1943, most of them had been shot dead and the survivors deported to Latvia and Estonia.

    Džiugas Cheese House

    Jogailos gatvė 4
    01113 Vilnius
    Tel. +370-5/240 78 78
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    Opening times:
    Mon–Fri 0800–2200
    Sat–Sun 1000–2200

    Džiugas, a hard cheese that matures for between 12 and 48 months, is one of the most popular Lithuanian specialties. Full-flavored and aromatic, its slightly salty flavor goes perfectly with red wine. At the Džiugas shop, you can also purchase other Lithuanian delicacies.

    Forto Dvaras restaurant

    Pilies gatvė 16
    0112 Vilnius
    Tel. +370 656 13688
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    Typical Lithuanian dishes – various combinations of potatoes and meat, often with creamy mushroom sauces – are what you will find on the menu here. The decor is rustic, the atmosphere warm and welcoming, and the place is almost always full.

    Leiciai restaurant and brewery

    Stiklių gatvė 4
    01131 Vilnius
    Tel. +370-5/260 90 87
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    Opening times:
    daily 1000–2400 (in the summer)
    daily 1100–2400 (in the winter)

    This restaurant is housed in a historical building in the old town. It serves mainly traditional Lithuanian fare and a wide selection of Lithuanian beers, including what comes out of its own microbrewery.

    Alaus Namai pub

    A. Goštauto gatvė 8
    01108 Vilnius
Tel. +370-687/289 30
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    Opening times:
    Mon–Wed 1200–2400
    Thu 1200–0100
    Fri 1200–0500
    Sat 1500–0500
    Sun 1500–2300

    Every week, breweries from all over Lithuania deliver their best draught beers to this pub – 18 different kinds in all, so there should be one to suit every taste. In addition to these, the menu also includes around 100 imported beer labels. And if hunger strikes, you won’t be disappointed on that score, either.

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    Temperate climate, but with considerable temperature variations. Summer is warm with relatively mild weather in spring and autumn. Winter, which lasts from November to mid-March, can be very cold. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with the heaviest rainfall in August. Heavy snowfalls are common in the winter months.


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    Phone calls & Internet

    Country code: +370

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking TANs entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Vilnius

    Key Areas

    The Old Town is full of all sorts of shops, from run-of-the-mill souvenir outlets to quality vendors of amber, handicrafts, traditional clothing and more. Parts of the city’s broad major thoroughfare, Gediminas Avenue, also have strong shopping potential, particularly if you’re after high-end goods.


    The atmospheric Kalvariju Market (Kalvariju gatvė, is a central, open-air affair selling everything from clothing and fresh produce to books and records. It’s at its busiest on Saturday mornings. Elsewhere in town, the Halės Market (Pylimo gatvė, is a sizeable option close to the railway station – the building is more than a century old.

    Shopping Centres

    Vilnius has a wide range of malls these days, among them GO9 (Gedeminas Prospekt 9,, renovated in 2013 and packed with plenty of fashion stores, and Akropolis (Ozo gatvė 25,, a large-scale shopping and entertainment centre. As of 2013, Vilnius also has an IKEA (Žirnių gatvė 56).

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Handshaking is customary. Normal courtesies should be observed. The Lithuanians are proud of their culture and their national heritage and visitors should take care to respect this sense of national identity.

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    Food & Drink

    Water supplies are generally reliable in cities, though it has a high mineral content and can be cloudy. Bottled or filtered water is preferable for these reasons. If travelling in rural areas, drink only bottled water. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are generally safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat. Exercise food and drink hygiene precautions, especially in rural areas.

    Other Risks

    Hepatitis B is present. Tuberculosis may be a threat. Tick-borne encephalitis occurs in forested areas, and vaccination is strongly advisable. Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Dirsaite-Kukareniene, Indre
    Baltic-American-Medical and Surgical Clinic
    Nemencines road 54a
    LT-10103 Vilnius
    Tel. +370-8621713

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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