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Vilnius city breaks

Vilnius Essentials & Tourist Information

Currency
Lithuanian Lit (LTL)
Exchange Rate
1 Euro = 3.45 LTL
Time Zone
GMT +2 Hours
Language Lithuanian
Voltage 220 V AC (two-pin plugs)

National Holidays In Vilnius
January 1st – New Year’s Day
February 16th – Restoration of the State Day (1918)
March 11th – Restoration of Independence Day (1990)
April 22nd (2011) – Good Friday
April 25th (2011) – Easter Monday
May 1st – International Labour Day
First Sunday of May – Mother’s Day
June 24th – Jonines (St John’s Day/Midsummer’s Day)
July 6th – Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas
August 15th – Assumption Day
November 1st – All Saints’ Day
December 24th Christmas Eve
December 25th – Christmas Day

Vilnius weekend breaks
Vilnius is arguably the least known of the Baltic capitals, it’s easy to walk around Vilnius taking in the many different sights and visiting the places of interest.
Vilnius’ most recognisable landmark is its Cathedral. Standing in a large square this magnificent and imposing building is a stunning construction. Other city highlights include the Higher Castle Museum, now a small tower situated on a small steep hill just behind the Cathedral; this was once an important vantage point, and is a great place to enjoy lovely views of the city.
Vilnius is packed with museums including the sobering KGB museum telling the story of Lithuania’s struggle under Soviet rule.
Vilnius has many excellent restaurants and a wonderful opera house.


Traditional Lithuanian food
Lithuanians like to eat a lot and enjoy good food. Traditional cuisine is pretty simple but has a variety of interesting dishes. Rye, potatoes, various meat, beet root, mushrooms and diary products are often used when preparing Lithuanian food.
Didžkukuliai, more often known as cepelinai is probably the most popular Lithuanian dish. While it’s considered an old traditional meal now, potatoes were brought to Lithuania in 17th century and only became widely used for food in the beginning of 19th century.
Cepelinai are big, Zeppelin-shaped (that’s where they get their name from) dumplings made from potatoes stuffed with meat. They are usually served with sour cream, spirgai or mushrooms. Some restaurants serve a vegetarian version of the cepelinai made with a curd filling instead of meat. As you can imagine, it’s a rather filling meal with enough calories to make any light eater or dieter run for the hills.

Vilnius is full of churches
One of our favourites is St Anne’s Church – it has survived almost unchanged since 1495 and is a delicately beautiful red brick Gothic church, Napoleon said, when marching past, that he wished to take it home in the palm of his hand and the beautiful Baroque St. Theresa’s church.

Vilnius City Sightseeing Tour
The origins of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius go back to the 12th century. However, the official date of the establishment of the town is considered to be 1323 when Grand Duke Gediminas built a castle on the banks of the River Neris. Vilnius is the youngest of the Baltic capitals. It marked its 680th anniversary in the year 2003.

The Old Town
The Old Town, the historical centre of Vilnius, is one of the largest in Eastern Europe. The history of the capital city is a reflection of the nation’s past and the experiences of cultures of Western and Eastern Europe. Pagan cult sites, Catholic Baroque churches, Orthodox churches, and traces of the Jewish way of life are all witnesses to the historical multicultural life of the city. The buildings in the old town were built in a number of different centuries, therefore, it is a mixture of all European architectural styles. Although Vilnius is often called a baroque city, you will find some buildings of Gothic, Renaissance and other styles. The main sights of the city are Gediminas Castle and Cathedral Square, which are symbols of the capital. Because of its uniqueness, the Old Town of Vilnius was entered in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994.


Trakai Castle
This Gothic red-brick castle is located on an island of the Lake Galve and seems to rise straight out of the water. Today it is a reminder of the great history of Lithuania, which has been preserved by the Trakai Historical National Park.

Shopping
Take a big shopping bag with you when you go to Vilnius. Vilnius offers holiday shoppers all the quality and variety they need. There is everything for the holiday shopper, from traditional street markets to up-to-the-minute shopping malls.

Nightlife
The large student population help fuel Vilnus’s electric and buzzing nightlife scene. In summer, tables burst out with everywhere as the scene becomes positively Mediterranean, while in winter the bitter cold and snow drive peopleinside.



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