How to Spend 2 Days in Vilnius
With two days in Vilnius, not only can you explore the Old Town, visit historic monuments and museums, and experience the city’s nightlife, but you’ll also have time to head out of town to see the beautiful Trakai Island Castle. Here are our top recommendations for two days in the Lithuanian capital.
Day 1: Discover Vilnius Old Town
**Morning:**A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vilnius’ Old Town is a warren of picturesque streets dotted with grand baroque monuments. It’s easy to get around on foot, but opting for a walking tour will give insight into the city’s fascinating history and Soviet past. Bring your camera, and be sure to stop by the Gates of Dawn, St. Anne's church, and Vilnius Cathedral.
**Afternoon:**Frequented by locals, Hales Turgus market is the ideal spot to pick up local specialties such as Lithuanian honey or grab a quick lunch. Afterwards, cross the Vilnia River and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the colorful Užupis district, a bohemian neighborhood full of vibrant street art, cozy cafés, and independent shops.
**Night:**The bars, restaurants, and pubs of Vilnius’ Old Town offer plenty of ways to experience the city’s nightlife. For a more immersive experience, join a food tour or cooking class to learn more about Lithuanian cuisine, or discover Lithuania’s growing beer scene during a pub crawl.
Day 2: Visit Trakai Castle
**Morning:**Just a 40-minute drive from Vilnius, the historic town of Trakai is one of the most picturesque in Lithuania. The star attraction is medieval Trakai Castle, dramatically situated on an island on a lake. Take a boat cruise out to the island, or, for a truly unforgettable experience, opt to float overhead in a hot-air balloon or enjoy a kayaking excursion around the island.
**Afternoon:**Back in Vilnius, spend the afternoon visiting some of the capital’s museums. The magnificent Palace of the Grand Dukes is home to the National Museum of Lithuania, while the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights, otherwise known as the KGB Museum, provides a sobering insight into the city’s Soviet era. Fans of modern art won’t want to miss the MO Museum. Book your tickets in advance to save time.
**Night:**The Vilnius TV Tower is Lithuania’s highest building, and it’s a magical spot from which to watch the sunset. Head up to the viewing platform for a panoramic view over vast Vingis Park and the Old Town, or perhaps book a table for dinner at the revolving restaurant.