About 550,000 people call Vilnius in Lithuania home.
It’s located about 55 miles (89 kilometers) away from Kaunas and 160 miles (257 kilometers) from Riga, Latvia.
The Vilnius area boasts a variety of busy public squares and spaces. Spend a couple of hours at Cathedral Square, Town Hall Square and Lukiskes Square and you’ll soon see why these spots occupy such a special place in the hearts of Vilnius residents.
If you like to visit the ghosts of the past, plan a day at the National Museum of Lithuania and the Museum of Genocide Victims, two of the most visited museums in Vilnius. Of the many fascinating collections around, these museums are among the most highly recommended.
Vilnius is a great destination for art lovers so when you are in the city, make the time in your itinerary to visit the National Art Gallery and the Applied Art Museum. These are two exhibit spaces where you can spend an afternoon of cultural exploration. Take a tour, admire the building in which it is housed or simply enjoy the fascinating artworks in these special places.
Sometimes dramatic, sometimes darkly romantic, the castles and other defensive structures in this country are always good to photograph. When you see the iconic fortifications of the historical Trakai Island Castle, it's easy to envisage how members of the nobility once governed this region.
Find a little peace in Vingis Park, one of the places where locals come to spend time outdoors. Keen gardeners love to hang out here because of its charm and pretty botanical displays.
The Vilnius Cathedral is an impressive religious building that has stood the test of time. Visit this heritage building to discover its history as well as to study its design.
One of the most visited heritage sites in the area is the Great Synagogue of Vilna. This special place provides for tourists the chance to deepen their understanding of an important time in time. Walk around the site, get photographs and discover the events that shaped local history.
The Paneriai Memorial was created as a somber tribute to the loyalty and valour of Vilnius men and women in more troubled times. This significant site provides a fascinating glimpse into the sometimes turbulent history of Vilnius.