What to see in Vilnius in one day

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Joel Fulleda

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Vilnius Old Town is one of the best preserved in Europe and has been included in the sites Unesco World Heritage. The old city (Senamiestis) is almost completely walkable and a vastness of styles coexist harmoniously in it: the buildings range from Gothic to Neoclassical, with ample space for Baroque and Renaissance. The capital of Lithuania is well worth a walk: you will return home enriched by a unique experience.


  1. One day itinerary in Vilnius: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Vilnius: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Vilnius: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Vilnius: Morning

1 - Porta dell'Aurora and University Courtyards

Start your visit from the Porta dell'Aurora, obviously located to the east and the only historic access to the city still intact. Stop by Cozy for breakfast: you will find traditional dishes and American breakfasts in an extensive menu dedicated to this meal of the day. Average cost of a breakfast: € 6,00 per person.
Continue your visit by reaching the University, whose courtyards can be visited. The complex carries with it 13 connected courtyards between them; among the things to see inside we remind you the Main courtyard with the ancient Church of San Giovanni, the Courtyard of the Observatory Littera bookshop showing its baroque structure, the frescoes of Vestibule of the Lithuanian Center and oldest library in Lithuania with its rare manuscripts.

2 - Church of Sant'Anna and Cathedral

Once the visit is over, walk along via Literatų where you can admire a series of small works of art set in the walls, in memory of the writers who made Lithuania great.
Continue to the Church of St. Anne, donated in 1394 by King Vytautas to his wife but modified in 1582 and 1900. Excellent example of Flamboyant Gothic, has a red brick facade and two towers, has a single nave and is a true iconographic symbol of the city.
Follow via Maironio and you will find the Cathedral. Dedicated to Saints Stanislaus and Ladislaus, this one Catholic church it was built at the end of the eighteenth century, in a neoclassical style; it has a portico with 6 columns and on the pediment the sacrifice of Noah after the Flood is represented. Inside there are 3 naves with cross vaults and the baroque chapel dedicated to San Casimiro. A peculiarity of the building is the bell tower detached from the church. Between the bell tower and the church is the Stebuklas or stone of the miracle: legend has it that it has the particularity of granting wishes if you go around it 3 times ...

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,2 km / 25 min
  • Places visited: Porta Aurora, University, Sant'Anna, Cathedral
  • Useful tickets: Food Tour in the historic center, Guided tour with a local
  • Where to have breakfast: Cozy, Dominikonų 10

One day itinerary in Vilnius: Afternoon

1 - Lucky Belly and Tower of Gediminas

After visiting the Cathedral, you can go for a quick burger at Boom Burgers Lithuania: the average cost is around € 10,00 per person. Continue to via Vilniaus 10 to see the Lucky Belly, a work of art located on the outside wall of the Novotel that seems to bring luck to businessmen. At this point, go back towards the river and go up with the funicolare (the ticket costs only € 1,00) until Vilnius castle. Of the ancient residence of the Grand Duke of Lithuania, as well as protection of the city, all that remains is the Gediminas tower, rebuilt in 1960 after it was completely destroyed, from which you can enjoy an excellent view of the city and the surrounding area.

2 - Three Crosses

Before the sun goes down and if the weather conditions allow it, get on the hill of the three crosses. The 3 crosses you can see were carved in 1989, in memory of the place where 14 French monks were martyred in 1400, and are a strong symbol of freedom for the inhabitants of the city. The site is reached starting from the tower, crossing the river and then walking in the woods, so it can be inaccessible when it snows.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,3 km / 45 min
  • Places visited: Lucky Belly, Tower of Gediminas (€ 4,00), Three Crosses
  • Useful tickets: Tour of the Hill of Three Crosses
  • Where to have lunch: Boom Burgers Lithuania, Gedimino 1

One day itinerary in Vilnius: Evening

1 - Jewish Quarter and Dinner

Before dinner, it is worth visiting the Jewish quarter. When the Nazis entered Vilnius it was known as the Jerusalem of Lithuania: perfectly integrated with the life of the city, 40.000 Jews lived here. The Great Synagogue was destroyed but the Moorish-style Choral Synagogue located in Placioji Street can still be visited, and you can also admire the splendid buildings that today house institutions dedicated to the genocide and the Jewish world.
Dine at Lokys, a restaurant that offers a particular atmosphere and typical Lithuanian cuisine with meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. The average price of a dinner is around € 25,00 per person.

2 - Uzupis district

Walk along Rotusesja Street and reach the river: the district beyond the bridge is Uzupis una "small republic of artists"within the city, which has its own President, its own currency and, above all, its own Constitution, which can also be consulted in Italian. The district is ideal for spending the evening: the resident artists constantly organize performances, festivals, exhibitions and concerts.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,7 km / 48 min
  • Places visited: Jewish Quarter, Great Ghetto, Choral Synagogue, Uzupis
  • Useful tickets: Jewish Tour of Vilnius
  • Where to dine: Lokys, Stiklių 8/10

Before leaving: useful tips

  • Use public transport: the historic center is about 5 km from the airport; bus 1 will leave you at the gates of the old city in just 10 minutes and you can buy the ticket directly on board for € 1,00.
  • Dress in layers: the climate can be inclement, so prefer onion-shaped clothing that does not make you get cold or sweat. Even during the summer, bring a k-way and a scarf with you to protect yourself in case of sudden rain or wind.
  • Use comfortable shoes: for summer running shoes are ideal that do not tire the foot while walking, in winter waterproof or après-ski boots are preferable.
  • If you don't want to give up museums, buy the Vilnius City Card, you can choose the version that includes public transport or not.
  • If you decide to extend your stay and enjoy Vilnius by night, you can consult our accommodation offers in Vilnius

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

Vilnius is truly full of wonderful places that unfortunately cannot be visited all in one day. Avoid museums, although renowned, due to the long queues that you may encounter, and you prefer to stroll through the alleys that connect the various districts. Below you will find a number of famous places not to visit, at least this time:

  1. The palace of the Grand Duke of Lithuania
  2. The television tower
  3. The KGB and Genocide Museum
  4. The Tuskulenai (memorial) complex
  5. The new arsenal
  6. The old arsenal
  7. Antakalnis Cemetery
  8. Bernardine Cemetery

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