When I travel somewhere new, I do always want to shoot my first impression images – what stands out and “gets” me in new surroundings.
But saying that, I also don’t want to miss out on anything so I do my research prior to visiting. And that’s what I’m sharing here with you. This was my first visit to Lithuania and wow, I was totally blow away. From the history, to the gorgeous laneways to the old town. It’s incredible. If you’re going for the first time, these are some of the places that I would suggest you don’t miss out. Oh and a little tip, the “old town” is not too large to be seen on foot, where you see the best of hidden laneways, derelict buildings and hidden gems.
Start in the Town Square, day or night there’s lots of activity and beautiful buildings
The Vilnius University has a great old chapel as well as beautiful buildings and corridors to explore
The laneways of Vilnius are some of my favourite in the whole Baltic region. Lots of colourful old doors, cobble stone streets and interesting windows.
There are actually 40 churches in the old town of Vilnius. What is interesting though is, as you visit them, they are more of a tourist attraction than a place of worship so don’t worry if you’re not religious. A guide is always a good idea as there are some really interesting historical stories
Vilnius Library founded in 1570 it is the oldest library in the Baltic States with with over 5 million documents. Relocated to a modern new building in 2013 which is well worth the wander through
Cant miss the bohemian district of Uzupis – just outside the Old Town. They have their own tongue in cheek “constitution” and if you can talk with the locals, a great historical story.
Trakai is a famous town about 20 minutes drive from Vilnius with the legendary Trakai Castle, originally built in 1408 and then rebuilt in the 20thcentury. It’s a weekend escape for Vilnius locals with plenty of lakes for locals to swim in. Also great local Kibinai traditional foods to try at local eating houses.
If you’re on a driving tour of Lithuania, the resort town of Anykscia is recommend on a lot of tourist websites. To be honest, I could take it or leave it. It was a nice relaxing rest after all the walking and tourist activities of the few days before, so I’ll leave it up to you. There is the Laju Takas park with tree top walk.
We stayed at the Spa Vilnius Anyksciai which did have a lovely day spa, indoor pool and plenty of forest area to relax and explore around it.