Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania, located in the south of the country. The main attraction is the city's walled historic center with its churches and castles. The city also has numerous museums, monuments and statues. Vilnius is also a popular shopping city due to its many large shopping malls and the lower price level, compared to the EU average.
Monthly Weather Conditions
The weather of Vilnius changes all year. The winter is colder and the summer is hotter. The most rainy days are in November and December but Vilnius offers much to see and do indoors.
The best time to visit Vilnius is from June to August, the summer time, when the city is really in its prime. During the summer, weather in Vilnius is very comfortable. Also, summer is the time of many festivals, making it a truly delightful time to visit Vilnius.
More information: Vilnius forecast and weather conditions monthly
Vilnius 8 most important sights:
- Vilnius Cathedral: A magnificent prayer house hiding many secrets in its catacombs and attracting visitors with its architecture.
- Gediminas Castle: Gediminas Castle, built around 1230, is one of the most famous castles in Lithuania.
- Gate of Dawn: The Gate of Dawn is a religious site that attracts people from all over the world.
- Vilnius University: Vilnius University is not only the oldest university in Lithuania, but also one of the oldest in Europe.
- St. Anne's Church: St. Anne's Church will definitely leave an impression - maybe the same one it left on Napoleon Bonaparte, who wanted to take it to Paris with him in the palm of his hand.
- Vilnius Town Hall: Vilnius Town Hall, designed by Laurynas Stuoka-Gucevi?ius, is one of the main hubs of trading, festivities, celebrations and other culture events in Vilnius.
- The Bastion of Vilnius defensive wall: The Bastion of Vilnius defensive wall is a very picturesque place in the Vilnius Old Town; it hides many historical secrets.
- Vilnius TV Tower: The Vilnius TV Tower is the tallest building in Lithuania.
Recommendation for one day:
- Take a walk to the charming Vilnius Old Town. A nice place to stroll and seek a few restaurants or a drink.
- Visit Sts. Peter & Paul's Church (Sv. Apastalu Petro ir Povilo Baznycia), The exuberance of stucco inside this church is a joy to behold. Its combines fun with formal and it is suggested that Giovanni Pietro Perti, the Master Craftsman, copied his mistress for some of the figures.
- Nearby are the Gates of Dawn, this 16th-century town gate doesn't quite live up to the breathless Gates of Dawn moniker, but take a peek inside to see the Chapel of the Blessed Mary and a historic painting of the Madonna said to work miracles.
- Take a walk and visit Gediminas Hill, Vilnius was founded on this 48m-high hill, topped since the 13th century by Gedimino Tower. Its walls were ruined during the Russian occupation (1655-61), but it was restored in 1930 to house the Upper Castle Museum.
- Cap the night at Brodvejus pub, and be sure to enjoy the dancefloor.
Compared to prices worldwide, Vilnius is quite a cheap destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $45.62, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $129.43, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $35.02
- Hotel (3 stars): $55.69
- Hotel (4 stars): $78.21
- Hotel (5 stars): $145.88
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $4.36
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $7.71
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $3.35
- Meal, McDonalds: $5.59
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $7.82
Vilnius has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 71.9 (better than United states average 49.2)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 90.8 (better than United states average 71.2)
- Walking alone at night: 63.5 (better than United states average 42.9)
More information: Vilnius safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.