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Best things to do in Vilnius County

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“Bernardine Garden is situated right in the heart of Vilnius, between Gediminas Hill, the Vilnelė River and the Bernardine monastery. After more than a year of renovations, the Bernardine Gardens (former Sereikiškės Park) have opened to Vilnius residents and guests. The restored park has regained its historic name, which was used from the end of the XVth century up until World War II, as well as its authentic appearance, which was created by artist Vladislovas Štrausas in the XIX century.”
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Historic Site
“Dating from the 13th century, the castle was rebuilt by Grand Duke Vytautas after a major fire in 1419. By the early 1600s it was being used as a prison for disobedient members of the ruling classes, but during the chaotic 17th-century Russian occupation the towers and defensive walls were almost completely destroyed, with partial restoration work only beginning in 1930. Inside the tower are models of the structure as it appeared in the 14th and 18th centuries, plus other bits and pieces on its history. The views from the top are worth the visit alone.”
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Shopping Centre
“The Vilnius AKROPOLIS is the largest multi-functional shopping centre in the Baltic countries in terms of area, number of shops, choice of services and entertainment. The largest tenants of the shopping and entertainment centre are "Maxima", "Ermitažas", "Elektromarkt", "Forum cinemas", H&M, "Zara", "Apranga", "Sports Direct", "Sportland", "Reserved", "Eurovaistinė", JYSK, "Delano", "Pegasas". Entertainment offered: 2.400 seats at restaurants and cafes, 8 cinema halls, ice arena, 20-lane bowling, more than 700 m2 entertainment area for children, the largest bookshop in Lithuania.”
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Church
“One of the city’s most famous landmarks, St. Anne’s has a history that starts with the alleged construction in the 14th century of a wooden house of worship on this spot in honour of Ona, the wife of Vytautas the Great. ”
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Neighbourhood
“Vingis Park is the largest park in Vilnius many events here in summer Good choice for active leisure and long walks!”
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Clothes Shop
“Lithuanian fashion and home design shop on the 3rd floor+all boring international brands ”
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Shopping Centre
“OZAS shopping and entertainment center in Vilnius - special offers, joyful entertainment and new collections presentation.”
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Monument / Landmark
“The Gate of Dawn (Lithuanian: Aušros vartai), or Sharp Gate (Polish: Ostra Brama, Belarusian: Вострая Брама, Russian: Острая брама) is a city gate in Vilnius and one of the most important religious, historical and cultural monuments.The Chapel in the Gate of Dawn contains an icon of The Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of Mercy, said to have miraculous powers. For centuries the picture has been one of the symbols of the city and an object of veneration for both Roman Catholic and Orthodox inhabitants. Thousands of votive offerings adorn the walls and many pilgrims from neighboring countries come to pray in front of the beloved painting. ”
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Shopping Centre
“PLC Panorama is the third largest shopping center in Vilnius and the seventh largest shopping mall in Lithuania with 65,000 m2 (700,000 sq ft), with nearly 200 stores and services, 23 cafes and restaurants . Modern two-wheeled and three-wheeled balance kids bikes can be found for free - pleasantly break up the time spent in the shopping center and make it easier for parents to manage their shopping. ”
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Art Gallery
“Contemporary Art Center and café - to discover ongoing exhibitions and Fluxus Cabinet”
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Point of Interest
“Another gastro market, yet with an older history than the others. You can both buy some food and go there for a weekend brunch. We highly recommend to taste pilaff in "Halės plovas"!”
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Church
“Lithuania’s most important sanctuary, a witness of the nation’s Baptism. The Chapel of St Casimir contains the earthly remains of Lithuania’s patron saint. The Sapiega Madonna painting, renowned for graces, attracts many pilgrims. The vaults – the burial place of many rulers – contain Lithuania’s oldest fresco. Pope John Paul II began his apostolic visit to Lithuania here in 1993.”
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Establishment
“A popular destination for visitors looking to get away from Vilnius for a few hours, the small town of Trakai is located less than 30km west of the capital and is easily reached by bus, train or car. First mentioned in 1337 by the Teutonic Knights and known for its many different inhabitants both past and present, among them Lithuanians, Jews, Poles, Russians, Tatars and the mysterious and now almost completely extinct Lithuanian Karaite, today most people are drawn to the town for its fabulous Gothic castle, although closer inspection reveals many more things to explore when in town.”
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Museum
“This reconstructed historical residence in the heart of Lithuania’s capital should once again become the traditional symbol of Lithuania’s longlived statehood and an object of national pride. www.valdovurumai.lt/en”
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Monument / Landmark
“The self-proclaimed “Republic” of Užupis is Vilnius’ Bohemian and artistic district. It has its own anthem, constitution, president, bishop, two churches, the Bernadine Cemetery – one of the oldest in the city -, seven bridges, and its own guardian called The Bronze Angel of Užupis, who was put in the centre of the district in 2002. Dating back to the 16th century, Užupis is one of Vilnius’ oldest districts and despite its current prestigious status, was formerly the city’s poorest area and home to a number of manual workers and a red light-district. During the Soviet era, the authorities let Užupis go to ruin, and it quickly gained notoriety as the roughest districts in the city. Since Lithuania regained its independence in 1991, artists came and took advantage of the cheap accommodation, and moreover, the city’s art academy is located across the bridge from Bernadinų Gardens. Now its thriving creative community hosts regular fashion festivals, concerts, exhibitions and poetry evenings. In Lithuanian, Užupis means ‘behind the river’ and this is proclaimed in a number of languages on its entrance sign. The Vilnelė is the district’s river, and is home to Lithuania’s only mermaid – she’s not real, don’t worry! But she lives on the embankment, and those who give in to her charms will remain in Užupis forever.”
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Scenic Viewpoint
“Explore Kalnų Park to find the footpath that leads up the hill of the Three Crosses. Climb the well-worn wooden stairs until you reach the grassy clearing on the hilltop. You’ll see the stark-white concrete crosses rising up from the grass. This monument was built in 1989 to replace the crosses that were torn down by Soviet authorities in 1950. The Three Crosses monument stands on a platform, from which you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding cityscape and the other six hilltops around Vilnius. Try to spot the tall spires of St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, the distinctive white bell tower of Vilnius Cathedral and Gediminas Tower on Castle Hill directly to the west. Visit the Three Crosses in the late afternoon to watch a breathtaking sunset. The Three Crosses are located on a prominent hill in Kalnų Park. The park is east of Vilnius’ Old Town. The ascent up the hill is steep in parts and takes about 20 minutes. Visit the monument for free at any time of the day.”
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