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Discover outstanding heritage sites within the ancient city of Vilnius, Lithuania’s largest city and capital. Centered on the compact medieval Old Town, Vilnius is dotted with breathtaking monuments, architectural masterpieces and significant historical sites. Explore the scenic riverside city to find an intriguing destination that has been central to the country’s historic struggle for independence.
Located at the confluence of the Neris and Vilnia rivers and surrounded by seven rolling hills, Vilnius is an ideal city for exploring on foot. Begin your walking tour on the cobbled streets near Cathedral Square. Here, find the neoclassical Vilnius Cathedral, which contains a collection of impressive stuccoworks and frescoes. Stroll northeast toward the greenery of Castle Hill to find the main buildings of the National Museum of Lithuaniawithin the medieval Vilnius Castle Complex. Walk or take the funicular railway to the hilltop to see the ancient fortification of Gediminas Tower.
Turning south, find the historic Gates of Dawn, the former southern limits of Old Town, which contains a splendid shrine to the Virgin Mary. Just outside Old Town, step inside St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church to see the vividly stuccoed ceilings.
Learn about Lithuania’s struggle for independence under the 50-year Soviet rule at the Museum of Genocide Victims. Vilnius’ thriving contemporary culture is on display at the Lithuanian Art Museum and the Contemporary Art Centre.
Take a break from strolling around and visit a kavinė or coffeehouse for an afternoon treat. Try sweet poppy seed cakes or spurgos doughnuts with a hot cup of giliu kava, a coffee-like drink made with acorns.
Vilnius is located in central eastern Lithuania. The city’s international airport and main bus and rail stations are conveniently located near the city center. Use local trolleybuses to get around the city easily. Take a daytrip to see Trakai’s castles amid peaceful lakes.
Accommodation in Vilnius
As the national capital , Vilnius has an impressive array of hotels, resorts and other accommodations with 66 Vilnius hotels that can be booked via Expedia's extensive hotels guide.
Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square at Universiteto Street 14, and the Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, at Didzioji 35/2 are two fine examples of the higher-end accommodation options in Vilnius. If the previously mentioned two don't quite match your needs the Shakespeare Boutique Hotel and the Amberton Hotel might just fit the bill.
Novotel Vilnius Centre places guests in Old Town, between Cathedral Square and Seimas Palace. The 16th-century Vilnius University is a 10-minute walk, and guests can explore the quirky Bohemian Republic of Užupis district before an evening at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gates of Dawn, Vilnius Town Hall, and Town Hall Square. Vilnius University and Vilnius Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from Cathedral Square and Vilnius Cathedral. Vilnius University and Town Hall Square are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Vilnius, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sportima Arena and Pramogu Arena. Akropolis Shopping and Entertainment Centre and National Art Gallery are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in City Center, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Frank Zappa Monument, Vilnius Town Hall, and Town Hall Square. Vilnius University and Vilnius Cathedral are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Business District, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Europa Tower and Vilnius Cathedral. Vilnius University and Town Hall Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).
This family-friendly Vilnius hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Church of the Holy Spirit, Vilnius Town Hall, and Town Hall Square. Gates of Dawn and Vilnius University are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church, Vilnius Town Hall, and Town Hall Square. Gates of Dawn and Vilnius University are also within 15 minutes.