My third and final country in the Baltics was Lithuania, and to be perfectly honest, it was probably the best of the 3 Baltic countries, certainly offering more to see and do than both Latvia and Estonia. Also, it doesn’t have all the stag/bachelor parties that blight the other capitals!
Anyways, I arrived in Vilnius, Lithuania (just a 5 hour bus from Riga, $15) and couchsurfed on my first night. The next day I checked into a hostel and set off on exploring the city.
The Capital Vilnius, like the other Baltic countries’ Capitals, Riga and Tallinn, is a UNESCO world heritage site. The Old Town is chockablocked full of cathedrals, churches, castles all dating back to the middle ages.
The best way to explore these cities, as always, is by foot. So I set off for what became a 6 hour trek around the small Old Town. These are the 6 best things to see in Vilnius, don’t miss them!:
On top of a hill behind the Cathedral, the castle offers awesome views of the entire Old Town from the top ($3). The castle itself dates back from around the 13th Century and houses a small museum but the views are what really draws you there.
Three Crosses Hill:
Just across from the castle is a pretty cool tribute to 7 tortured monks (grim but beautiful). 3 huge white crosses sit proudly on top of a nearby hill, it’s free to walk up and check them out.
At the foot of the hills for the 3 Crosses and Gediminas castle is the cities main cathedral and belfry, and a huge square where you can grab a drink and relax. All very impressive stuff, and it’s free.
Home to the Lithuanian President and all in all a very impressive building, perfect for a few pics.
Museum of Genocide/KGB Museum:
Maybe the most dignified museum I’ve ever been to, I’ll write more about the visit here in a separate post, but give yourself at least 2 hours to read up on the history of this war-torn country.
A massively interesting area within Vilnius, that is actually a self-declared republic complete with passport stamping and constitution. I’ll write a post about it tomorrow, this is a must-see.
Ok guys, that should keep you occupied for 2 casual days or one day whizzing around like a madman (like me). I loved Vilnius, and definitely will visit again. Happy travels!
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