Located in the southeast of the country, Vilnius is the largest and capital city in Lithuania. The city is one of culture, particularly in the Old Town, where you’ll discover endless charming cafes dotted amongst the impressive churches and majestic architecture. The Old Town is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it is the largest Baroque town in Europe. You could easily spend an entire day wandering the mazes of narrow streets and alleyways admiring the architecture and exploring the city’s rich heritage. Beyond the old town, the city centre is quite the contemporary metropolis, with skyscrapers, modern five-star hotels, trendy restaurants and bars. Museums, galleries and theatres are plentiful in Vilnius too.
A normal hatchback would be pretty much perfect for driving in urban centres and negotiating narrow lanes and cobbled streets, which are plentiful in Vilnius.
Driving in Vilnius
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Important things to note
It’s advisable to avoid driving in the city during the morning and evening rush hours, as high volumes of traffic cause the roads to become heavily congested.
Winter tyres must be used between 10 November and 1 April.
It is the law to drive with dipped headlights throughout the year, even during the day. It’s advisable to avoid driving at night, where possible as roads tend to be poorly lit.
The 80km ring road surrounds the city allowing drivers to visit all the cultural sights and areas of interest in the city and suburbs.
Highlights & Hotspots
Explore the Old Town and visit the cathedral to learn more about the city’s heritage. The cathedral square buzzes with life (particularly on a Sunday) where locals and visitors search for the Stebuklas tile which marks the spot where the human chain formed by two million Lithuanians in 1989 ended.
Whilst visiting the Old Town, visit the Gates of Dawn – the only remains of the town’s 16th century wall, where you’ll see the black and gold Virgin Mary icon, which is one of the holiest in Polish Catholicism.
Take a trip to Gediminas Hill, which was once the founding place of Vilnius but is now home to the Upper Castle Museum. For spectacular views of the Old Town, head to the top of the Gedminas Tower.
Art lovers should head to the Užupis Art Incubator, a huge gallery for community art and cultural thinking. This excellent gallery open to the public and exhibits a wide range of painting and sculptures.
Vilnius International Airport is located approximately four miles south of the centre of Vilnius and is accessible via the T≈´kstantmeƒçio g. motorway.
The Airport has one terminal building, completed in 2007. Flights come to and from Vilnius via destinations throughout Europe, principally the other Baltic countries.