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Areas of Vilnius: Your Ultimate Guide to the City
 

Areas of Vilnius: Your Ultimate Guide to the City

Areas of Vilnius: Your Ultimate Guide to the City

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Whether you are thinking of relocating to Vilnius or already live here and would like to explore the town better, it can be difficult to find information on the districts outside the Old Town. Is it for that reason or some other, but very often the foreigners living here for sometimes years hardly know areas of Vilnius apart from the Old Town, the New Town, Zverynas and Antakalnis. But Vilnius has so much more to offer, if only you are just willing to jump on a bus or a bike and explore further.

Before we start our tour through the localities, let me explain one of the main things you need to know about Vilnius in general. It is a city, which did not exist, until in 1300s the Grand Duke of Lithuania dreamt it, while taking a nap after his hunt. From the little I know about urbanism in Europe, there were usually more practical or political motives behind chosing a location for a town. Building a city on a whim, just because you had some dream is something rather unique, and this “dream-come-true” origin gives Vilnius a very unique atmosphere of a (sometimes a little gloomy) fairy-tale.

I prepared this guide with some historical and practical information about some of the most interesting districts of the city. I also allowed myself to weave in some personal opinions, because after all, this is a blog and not a tourist bureau! And it wouldn’t be my style at all, if I didn’t give you some tips on having a snack or a coffee in each location. Because after all, no one can deny that you can claim having explored a place, if you haven’t sat down there to eat. Or is it just me traveling through my stomach?

THE OLD TOWN

 

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About the area: It is most likely that if you know something about Vilnius, then it is the Old Town. The Old Town of Vilnius is walk-able, covering the area of less than 4 square kilometres. Many guests of the city are good in math and quickly calculate the number of days or even hours, which will be enough for them to cover this distance. Don’t make this mistake and allocate enough time for your visit. These will be some of square kilometres most densely packed with architectural beauty, churches, city vibe and great beer pubs you have ever experienced in your life.

Streets to walk: The main street of the Old Town is Pilies (The Castle Street). Make sure you also visit narrow street of the former Ghetto quarter (Antokolskio, Stikliu, Gaono).
Sights to see: Explore the Vilnius University architectural complex, the Cathedral and the Town Hall squares, the Presidential Palace and St Anna Church.
Places to eat in: On a summer day have some mussels and a beer in Rene, where you can sit in the middle of the street and really feel yourself being a part of the Vilnius Old Town.

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