It is easy to show up to a city and give it the cursory glances, walking down the main touristy streets and window shopping. However to understand a city, one should explore – visit the off the beaten path allyways and seek out the local hangouts. Old Vilnius has plenty of history and character from its Orthodox churches, to unique neighborhoods, bars and artisan stores.
One needs a few days to fully explore this part of town. Highlights include the Vilnius Cathedral, the Gediminas’ Tower (last remaining part of an upper castle), the Presidential Palace and the bell tower at St John’s Church – giving one excellent views of the entire city. Also not to be missed is the Mizgiris Amber Museum and store. The museum features impressive pieces of larger insects looking as good as the day they died some 50+ million years later. You can also try amber aged vodka here – a very unique drink indeed!
There is plenty of shopping in town from clothing to artisan crafts to small off the beaten path bakeries. During the summer there are often music festivals – some at the National Theatre and others free – held on stages setup in the main squares. Two of the most visited months are July and August; for less crowds visit in late May or early September.
For more information about Vilnius visit: www.vilnius-tourism.lt