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Top Choice Museum in Vilnius

Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

On a site that has been settled since at least the 4th century AD stands the latest in a procession of fortified palaces, repeatedly remodelled, extended, destroyed, and rebuilt over the centuries. What visitors now…
Top Choice Cemetery in Vilnius

Antakalnis Cemetery

One of Eastern Europe’s most beautiful graveyards lies in this leafy suburb, a short stroll east of the centre. Those killed by Soviet special forces on 13 January 1991 are buried here; a sculpture of the Madonna cr…
Top Choice Museum in Vilnius

Museum of Genocide Victims

This former headquarters of the KGB (and before them the Gestapo, Polish occupiers and Tsarist judiciary) houses a museum dedicated to thousands of Lithuanians who were murdered, imprisoned or deported by the Soviet…
Top Choice Historic Building in Vilnius

Vilnius University

Founded in 1579 during the Counter-Reformation, Vilnius University was run by Jesuits for two centuries and became one of the greatest centres of Polish learning. It produced many notable scholars but was closed by …
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Vilnius

Senųjų Amatų Dirbtuvės

The tools, materials, processes and final results of a whole range of traditional crafts – weaving, paper-making, book-binding, leather-working, metalworking and more – are lovingly displayed in this fantastic, welc…
Top Choice Lithuanian in Vilnius

Lokys

Track down the big wooden bear to find this Vilnius institution, making merry in the vaulted 16th-century cellars of a former merchant's house since 1972. As a 'hunters' restaurant', it does a strong line in game, i…
Top Choice Lithuanian in Vilnius

Senamiesčio Krautuvė

Look no further than this wonderful, quiet hobbit-hole for the very best Lithuanian comestibles, many unique to the country. Cured meats, fresh sausages, cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables, honey and preserves, bre…
Top Choice French in Vilnius

Balzac

This classic French bistro serves what may be the best French food in Vilnius. Alongside bistro staples such as tournedos de boeuf and duck confit you'll find a great selection of seafood, some flown fresh from Fran…
Top Choice Statue in Vilnius

Mindaugas

This landmark statue depicts the early unifier of the Lithuanian tribes in the mid-13th century and the country's first king.
Cathedral in Vilnius

Vilnius Cathedral

Known in full as the Cathedral of St Stanislav and St Vladislav, this national symbol occupies a spot originally used for the worship of Perkūnas, the Lithuanian thunder god. Seventeenth-century St Casimir’s Chapel,…