An #Innsider’s Guide to Vilnius
Being the geographical center of Europe, Vilnius is never more than a three-hour plane ride away from any European destination. And once you arrive, Italian baroque architecture, a UNESCO-listed Old Town, green space that covers almost half of the city, and the fastest internet connection in Europe give you many more reasons to stay. Read on to discover the top 7 things to see in this Baltic gem right now.
Old town new tricks
Small and urban at the same time, Vilnius is said to resemble Rome with Lithuanians being the Italians of the Baltic States. Having remained largely intact since the middle ages, the UNESCO-listed Old Town is a pleasure to stroll with charming cobblestone streets and grand churches. And with a number of high-end restaurants, amber jewelry shops, vintage retailers, and lively markets to explore, a healthy balance of old and new is on the cards.
Linking the 18th-century street with the city’s modern urban fabric, Vilnius’ MO modern art museum makes a visually stunning addition to the city. Behind the luminous white plaster façade designed by Daniel Libeskind, the 3,100 square meter museum presents exhibitions, film screenings, educational activities, concerts and events to visiting MOdernists from near and far.
Fairy tale fortress
Just 30 kilometers west of Vilnius, the spectacular 14th-century Trakai Island Castle is a sight to behold. Originally built as a residence for Lithuanian dukes, this gothic masterpiece happens to be the only island castle in eastern Europe, connected to the mainland only via two small bridges.
Bird’s eye views
Take to the skies and see the city’s red rooftops and endless green fields and forests from above in a hot air balloon ride. For some of the most outstanding views over Vilnius, book a sunrise flight to catch the fog hovering over the city and lakes and a light show you’re certain to never forget.
Climb to new peaks
Hit the slopes at one of the most impressive ski resorts in the country, just a ten-minute drive from the city. Covering ten slopes with different complexity levels and totaling 2.6 kilometers, Liepkalnis is a hit with snow-starved locals and visitors alike. And thanks to their army of snow-making machines, you don’t even need to visit during peak season.
Around 60 different shops and restaurants can be found at Nordika shopping valley, a contemporary retail center not far from the airport. Here, you’ll find everything from home goods to Scandinavian interior shops and international fashion brands in one place. An upgrade from your average duty-free experience!
The perfect hotel
Within walking distance to the airport, our brand new Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center is not only the perfect choice for business travelers. Designed with well-being in mind, the hotel features contemporary guest rooms, a cozy Italian restaurant, modern fitness facilities, and meetings and events venues with all the latest equipment. All that just 15 minutes from Vilnius’ city center!
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