The Top Things To Do and See in Old Town, Vilnius

Elizabeth Georgian

Vilnius old town is a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its winding cobblestone streets, picturesque churches, and historical buildings. Read on to learn more about the beautiful places to see and interesting things to do in Lithuania’s capital city.

1. Pilies Street

Building

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Cobblestone Pilies Gatve (Castle Street) is lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops that primarily sell amber jewelry and linen (two of the main products of Lithuania). Visitors will notice beautiful architecture and will have an excellent view of the remains of Gediminas’ Castle peaking out between the buildings.

2. Gediminas' Castle

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3. Vilnius University

Library, University

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Vilnius University Courtyards |© Elizabeth Georgian

4. Vilnius Cathedral and Cathedral Square

Cathedral, Building

Balloons over Cathedral Square
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With its six columns and three figures adorning the top, this cathedral is an instantly recognizable sight. Built between the 13th and 15th century it is considered the most important place for Catholics in Lithuania. Tours of the Cathedral Crypts are excellent and provide information about some of Lithuania’s prominent historical figures. The square surrounding Vilnius Cathedral hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year.

Vokieciu Street

Tree lined, Vokieciu Street comes alive in the summer with its outdoor bar and restaurant seating. The beautiful buildings lining the street were rebuilt after Soviet times, taking inspiration from German architecture. Holy Donut and Beer House Craft and Kitchen are two recommended stops for coffee, snacks, or meals.

Vokieciu g.

Stikliu Street and Zydu Street

Formerly part of the Jewish area of the city, visitors will see plaques, signs, and statues commemorating Jewish history in Vilnius. Zydu Street is a tiny street, but was the site of the former Great Synagogue, which was destroyed during the Holocaust. The site is now a primary school.

Located near the Vilnius City Hall, Stikliu Street is now home to some great shopping. Linen Tales is a great boutique for linen and home decorations. Bamb Alyne and Alyne Leciai are two recommended stops for drinking and eating.

Zydu Street

5. St. Anne and Bernardine's Church Complex

Building, Church, Monastery

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6. Hill of Three Crosses

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Hill of Three Crosses | ©Wojsyl/Wikimedia Commons

7. Gates of Dawn

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8. Presidential Palace

Building

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Presidential Palace| ©Elizabeth Georgian

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