Cobbled streets, interesting museums, fascinating lakes and castles await you.
It is the largest city in Lithuania and the second largest city in the Baltic States. The Lithuanian capital has more than half a million inhabitants, and in addition to Lithuanians, many Russians and Poles also live in the city.
The Old Town is the most popular place and the starting point for almost all visitors to Vilnius. Today, the Old Town of Vilnius is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Gate of Dawn was built in the 16th century as part of the defensive walls of Vilnius along with nine other gates. It is the only one that survived the demolition at the end of the 18th century. Today it is one of the largest Catholic shrines.
Among the religious sites, mention should be made of Vilnius Cathedral, also known as Stanislaus Basilica and Ladislaus Cathedral of Vilnius. Many Lithuanian rulers were crowned there.
The Palace of the Grand Dukes was built in the 15th century and is located in the Lower Castle of Vilnius. It served as a political and cultural centre for a long time before being demolished in the early 19th century. At the beginning of the 21st century, however, it was renovated in the Renaissance style.
The Museum of Occupation and Freedom Struggle is located in the former KGB building. You can see a former KGB prison and exhibitions about the repressions of the Soviet authorities and the persistent struggle for independence.
Vilnius also has many other fascinating museums, such as the Museum of Illusions, the Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania and the Toy Museum.
The city is known as an academic city and has many universities. It has beautiful architecture, traffic-free main streets and many green spaces.
The oldest part of Kaunas stretches around the confluence of the Nemunas and Neris rivers. In the Old Town of Kaunas you can see buildings in Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance styles. These buildings include the Kaunas Town Hall, the historic Presidential Palace and the Cathedral.
In this part of Kaunas you can explore numerous churches, museums and the 1.7 kilometre long main pedestrian street Laisves Aleja. You can also walk along Vilnius Street, visit Kaunas Cathedral and the Museum of Lithuanian Folk Instruments.
One of the main attractions of Kaunas is the medieval castle, built in the 14th century in Gothic style. The castle was of great strategic importance as it was built near the confluence of the Nemunas and Neris rivers.
Today, one third of the castle is still preserved. In 2018, a large sculpture, the “Soldier of Freedom”, was erected. Next to Kaunas Castle is Santaka Park, a favourite place for many Kaunas residents to walk in the greenery.
More than 3,000 sculptures and objects with devil motifs are on display in the Devil Museum. The first collection was designed by Lithuanian artist Antanas Žmuidzinavičius. After his death, the collection multiplied with objects attracting visitors from all over the world.
On all three floors of the museum you can see objects made of wood and ceramics as well as works of art in various shapes, colours and sizes.
Lithuania is the last European country to convert to Christianity. For this reason, many stories, legends and beliefs from pagan mythology have been preserved among the people, including those about the devil as the representative of evil.
Klaipeda is a Lithuanian port on the Baltic Sea. It is located in the western part of Lithuania and is characterised by its beautiful Germanic architecture. The Old Town is one of the main tourist places worth visiting.
In the Sculpture Park, a cemetery destroyed during the Soviet occupation, there are more than 100 beautiful sculptures.
One of the best things to do in Klaipeda is to visit the Curonian Spit. This is a national park with stunning dunes, beautiful beaches and small fishing villages like Nida. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is shared between Russia and Lithuania. The only way to reach the Curonian Spit is by boat.
The small town of Druskininkai lies on the Nemunas River. It is visited by many Lithuanians and people from the neighbouring countries of Poland and Belarus. Druskininkai is known for its beautiful parks and wellness facilities. In the city you will also find beautifully landscaped gardens, hiking trails and lakes.
Don’t miss the Druskininkai Aqua Park, and if you like winter sports, the indoor Snow Arena will thrill you.
There are 200 lakes in the Trakai region, the most beautiful of which is Lake Galve, one of the deepest and largest lakes in Lithuania with numerous bays. This lake has 21 islands, and one of them is the famous Trakai Island Castle.
Tourists can take boat trips or cycle along the 18 km long cycle path along the lakeshore. When the lake freezes over in winter, skating is a popular pastime. You can try authentic local dishes in Trakai’s restaurants.