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Vilnius - one of the safest destinations in Europe 2020 Vilnius - one of the safest destinations in Europe 2020

1.Vilnius - one of the safest destinations in Europe 2020

As unlikely as it seemed, COVID-19 knew where Vilnius was and paid us a visit. Luckily, authorities here reacted on time and residents took the new health regulations very seriously, making us one of the least-affected cities in Europe. Now, just like a second spring, life is starting to bloom again in Vilnius. One of Europe’s hidden gems is reopening to the world, like a flower, and it’s time for you to come visit. Even though regulations have been relaxed, safety is not being compromised. The creativity of our citizens brought about clever solutions that have enhanced the sparkling spirit of the city even more without putting anybody’s health in danger.
Everything’s just a short walk away Everything’s just a short walk away

2.Everything’s just a short walk away

Getting to most places in Vilnius is just a matter of walking for a few minutes. That’s why locals prefer walking, even though the city offers many different ways of getting around. And you can’t blame them; walking lets you enjoy the spectacular architecture in detail, encourages you to discover new hidden spots, and last but not least, keeps you in shape. It’s a win-win.
If you don’t like to walk, you can fly If you don’t like to walk, you can fly

3.If you don’t like to walk, you can fly

This city is beautiful from every point of view, but if we had to choose one, we’d prefer to see it from above. Vilnius is one of the few capitals in the world that allows hot air balloons to fly over it, so if you’re looking for the coolest alternative to walking, this one is unbeatable.
The whole city is an open-air cafe with a UNESCO-listed view The whole city is an open-air cafe with a UNESCO-listed view

4.The whole city is an open-air cafe with a UNESCO-listed view

If you’re sitting outside in Vilnius, chances are you’re at a cafe. More than a hundred bars, cafes and restaurants have taken to the outdoors to facilitate physical distancing, filling plazas and other public places with pop-up tables and transforming the city into a giant outdoor cafe sprawled across the entire Old Town. Enjoy your favourite drink or meal with a magnificent view of one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe while being kissed by the shining summer sun.
You’ll find more shades of green than shades of grey You’ll find more shades of green than shades of grey

5.You’ll find more shades of green than shades of grey

While most cities are an explosion of concrete with a few green oases around, Vilnius seems to be part of a huge green forest. You will soon find yourself crossing a sudden meadow, or slaloming through some old trees to reach your next destination. These are just some of the perks of visiting one of Europe’s greenest capitals.
Open beach – a resort vacation in the centre of Vilnius Open beach – a resort vacation in the centre of Vilnius

6.Open beach – a resort vacation in the centre of Vilnius

Summer in #Vilnius is about to get a whole lot cooler. Lukiškės Square in the very centre of the city is now home to Open Beach, Vilnius' first-ever "seaside" resort. Treat yourself to a beach vibe complete with warm white sand and sun loungers to help you work on your tan. Plus, during the daytime, you can listen the waves and relaxing sounds of the Baltic Sea, while in the evening watch -movies, popular series and concerts.
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Walk with shining armour in your mind and a bathing suit in your backpack Walk with shining armour in your mind and a bathing suit in your backpack

7.Walk with shining armour in your mind and a bathing suit in your backpack

The medieval Castle of Trakai is just a few kilometres from Vilnius on an island located in the middle of a lake. The town is filled with great lunch and dinner spots with picturesque views of the historic castle. Accompanying the views are the famous kibinai, traditional stuffed pastries made by the Karaim community, which was invited to settle in Trakai to protect the castle in the 15th century. Rent a boat, take a swim and have a picnic with your friends to make the most of a perfect summer day in a historical setting
Get on the other side of the screen Get on the other side of the screen

8.Get on the other side of the screen

Can you imagine walking around the sets of famous movies and TV series, being where your favourite actors were, standing exactly where those unforgettable scenes were shot? Vilnius has served as the backdrop for renowned films and TV series like Catherine the Great, The last Czars, War and Peace, the multi-award winning Chernobyl and of course, the world famous Stanger Things, among many others. In fact, season 4 of the Netflix drama was recently shot at the century-old Lukiškės Prison, which was just recently closed. Walking around the city is like taking a stroll through film history.
Learning about one of the darkest sides of our past Learning about one of the darkest sides of our past

9.Learning about one of the darkest sides of our past

To avoid repeating the worst episodes of human history, it's our duty to remember them. The Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights, located in the former KGB headquarters, contains different exhibitions that recount the atrocities carried out during the Soviet occupation of Lithuania, and also the brave actions of the local guerrilla resistance. It’s an opportunity to revisit an obscure story of unfairness and hope that ended with light.
Now that you’re here, visit another country Now that you’re here, visit another country

10.Now that you’re here, visit another country

The Republic of Užupis is the smallest district of Vilnius, separated from the Old Town by the Vilnelė River. It’s home to various artists and intellectuals, and even declared independence in 1997…kinda. It has its own anthem, government, currency and a very unique constitution that you can find on one of its walls translated into several languages. No visa required.
You don’t need a license to have fun on wheels You don’t need a license to have fun on wheels

11.You don’t need a license to have fun on wheels

Rollerblades, bicycles, skateboards, scooters…choose your favourite and test your balance along the long trails of Vingis Park, a forest embedded in the middle of the city. You can bring your own or rent something there, or if you prefer, just get a burger or a coffee and watch others sweat. Either way, it’s fun.
Float along the Neris River and under the Milky Way Float along the Neris River and under the Milky Way

12.Float along the Neris River and under the Milky Way

Kayaking is fun, but kayaking through the city centre at night is like an experience from another dimension. Take to the Neris by night and watch the lights of the Old Town blend with the stars in the sky. Pro tip: take your favourite person with you – it doesn’t get more romantic than this.
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To open your heart you need to hear the right key To open your heart you need to hear the right key

13.To open your heart you need to hear the right key

It's undeniable that Vilnius has a strong jazz vein. The city follows the beat of its own groove inside the many jazz bars located throughout the city, where some of the best performers in town (and the world) get together to show you what they’re made of. Fill your ears with music, talk with the performers and improvise some questions while they improvise some riffs. Smooth.
To beer or not to beer, is a rhetorical question here To beer or not to beer, is a rhetorical question here

14.To beer or not to beer, is a rhetorical question here

And the answer is: to beer. An abundance of craft breweries makes Vilnius a paradise for beer lovers and a great place to fall in love with beer if you haven’t already. Swim across every variety you can think of and listen to the strong voice of the pub culture as it lures you to every corner of the city.
You’ll walk through an art gallery, even if you don’t visit one You’ll walk through an art gallery, even if you don’t visit one

15.You’ll walk through an art gallery, even if you don’t visit one

In 2008, Literatų Street was adorned with more than 200 works of art to give passers-by a dose of street art. But it didn’t stop there. Later, Millo, Os Gemeos, Tank Petrol and many other foreign artists decided to leave their legacies throughout the city, too. Discover impressive shapes, colors and characters while taking a stroll through the city and turning random corners. Always be ready to be amazed.
Fulfil your secret Tarzan dream Fulfil your secret Tarzan dream

16.Fulfil your secret Tarzan dream

Climb tall pine trees like a pro, slide gently from one tree to another on a zip line, or rappel with elegance to the ground in the adventure parks set in forested areas around the city centre. Conquer the forest with your abilities and return home totally empowered by your Tarzan-like prowess.
Because foodies gonna food Because foodies gonna food

17.Because foodies gonna food

If you’re a fresh-oysters-with-champagne kind of person, then this is your city. If you’re more of the pulled pork sandwich with cold beer type, then this is your city too. And if you’re anything in between, this is also your kind of city. Vilnius’ vibrant food culture will satisfy any palate. Fancy restaurants, down to earth food joints, pub food and traditional homemade dishes all dance together as part of the city’s food landscape. And if you don’t like to complicate your life, just go to Hales Market to fill your bag with fresh goodies and then have a picnic at the park. Your stomach, your rules.
Get high in the city Get high in the city

18.Get high in the city

Up to 326.5 metres high, to be precise. Vilnius’ TV tower is the 8th-tallest building in Europe and it even has a rotating restaurant to give you a different view of the city every minute. Perfect to satisfy the munchies.
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Knocking on heaven’s many doors Knocking on heaven’s many doors

19.Knocking on heaven’s many doors

More than forty church towers contribute to Vilnius’ cityscape, and it’s a real feast for the eyes. Each one of them guards ancient stories, legends, treasures and magnificent architectural details that will literally make your trip divine.
This city’s B-side is as good as it’s A-side This city’s B-side is as good as it’s A-side

20.This city’s B-side is as good as it’s A-side

Once you finish exploring the main avenues and impressive landmarks, there’s still a whole other side of the city waiting for you: the courtyards of Vilnius. Hidden behind the main streets, they provide the perfect hideouts from the mainstream side of the city, and the perfect locations for an intimate picnic or some calm and well-deserved me-time.
Your in-depth visit can really go in-depth Your in-depth visit can really go in-depth

21.Your in-depth visit can really go in-depth

Literally. Take a tour through the centuries-old catacombs and cellars that remain intact under the city centre and visit the burial place of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania under the Cathedral. It doesn’t get deeper than that.
Less classics and more rock ‘n roll? Less classics and more rock ‘n roll?

22.Less classics and more rock ‘n roll?

If you’re the type who’s not in love with dusty ruins and old boulders, then you can dive into the selection of museums of modern art that the city has to offer. The Mo Museum, the Contemporary Art Centre and the National Gallery of Art will give you a breath of modernity in the middle of this medieval bubble.
Friendships made of stone Friendships made of stone

23.Friendships made of stone

You can make friends anywhere, but not these kinds of friends. When venturing around the city make sure to find the “talking statues” with QR codes on them. You’ll be able to make friends and chat with the likes of the Grand Duke Gediminas, the Angel of Užupis and even Frank Zappa. There are 15 new friends waiting for your call to tell you their stories.
Nice to not meat you Nice to not meat you

24.Nice to not meat you

Vilnius is proud of its wide variety of vegan and vegetarian restaurants. Some of the best local chefs have come up with plant-based meals that will make you and the planet happy.
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You don’t need to pronounce it properly to enjoy it You don’t need to pronounce it properly to enjoy it

25.You don’t need to pronounce it properly to enjoy it

Šaltibarščiai, Cepelinai, Balandėliai…you name it…if you can. These and many more local delicacies can be sampled at various traditional restaurants around the city. From homemade style to gourmet reinterpretations of the dishes, you can discover what the country has to offer your palate.
Turn off the plane mode and get into the jet mode Turn off the plane mode and get into the jet mode

26.Turn off the plane mode and get into the jet mode

Feel all those megabytes hitting your face when enjoying one of the fastest internet speeds on the planet from the moment you land. Maps, messages, social media or any application you use will just fly in your hands. Worried about those work files you forgot to upload before going on holidays? Solved before leaving the airport.
No plane gets you closer to the centre No plane gets you closer to the centre

27.No plane gets you closer to the centre

We can’t say that your plane will leave you at your hotel door in the city centre, but it’ll come pretty close. About ten minutes away, to be precise. That’s the time it takes you to find the closest metro station in other cities. But Vilnius is so compact that its airport, even though located on the outskirts, is still just a short drive from the Old Town. So if you miss your flight, you can’t trick us: we know it was on purpose.
We love the way you move We love the way you move

28.We love the way you move

No matter which of the 35 ways of moving around the city you prefer, we love them all. And you’ll love them, too. Bus, trolleybus, Uber, Bolt, City Bee, electric scooter, bicycle…even by Uperis, a floating platform to cross the river. Or you can just walk. But it’s good to have options, isn’t it?
Find every size and color of literally everything Find every size and color of literally everything

29.Find every size and color of literally everything

From kitchen appliances to wooden sculptures, from dolls to edible necklaces – Kaziuko Fair, a historical annual market dating back to the 17th century, has presents for every one of your friends, even for that one you think is impossible to surprise with something. Make like a local and peruse the many stands that take over the main avenues of the Old Town. Prepare for some extra kilos in your luggage on your way home.
If the Christmas tree is this good, imagine the presents If the Christmas tree is this good, imagine the presents

30.If the Christmas tree is this good, imagine the presents

The most beautiful Christmas tree in Europe is officially in Vilnius. And to make it better, there was no need to cut a real tree down. Made of a metal structure, pine branches and lots of lights and love, the Vilnius Christmas tree is always a visual delight. Charge your spirit and unwrap the present of a perfect Christmas in one of the most beautiful holiday settings around.
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