A Medieval town, a Baroque Cathedral, and plenty of museums to explore; with almost half a million inhabitants, it is the center of cultural, economic, political and gay life of Lithuania.
Vilnius is an ideal destination for a short but exciting weekend, with
Vilnius is a small, but extraordinarily alluring and dynamic city, which can be easily explore walking or biking, on your own or with a local Gaybassador to show you around.
Moreover, the city is pretty cheap compared to West European or American standards, so you can have a great time there without getting broke.
Take your time walking and admiring the old city, blend of many different architectural styles, which was declared a UNESCO world heritage Site.
Vilnius is crammed with beautiful churches and elegant palaces.
historical districts, remarkable museums such as pedestrian streets, exquisite gardens, and parks …
Before World War II, Vilnius was one of the largest Jewish centers in Europe and was named “the Jerusalem of the North.”
Like most medieval towns, Vilnius was developed around its Town Hall. Pilies Street, the main artery, it links the Royal Palace with Town Hall. Main baroque masterpieces to visit are the Cathedral Square in old Town, St. Peter Church, St. Paul or St Casimir Chapel.
The National Art Gallery holds exhibitions on Lithuanian 20th-century art. The Contemporary Art Centre is the largest venue for contemporary art in the Baltic States.
The Vilnius Castle Complex, a group of defensive, cultural, and religious buildings overlooking the city, it is a unique place to admire labyrinthine alleyways, steeples, domes, and breathtaking views on the surrounding forests.
Vilnius TV Tower is a massive 326 m building which is decorated to look like a Christmas tree in winter.
After a full day visiting, have some rest and joyful time in the trendy and bohemian Uzupis district, which is packed with creative restaurants, hipster cafés, art galleries, antique shops, and young designer stalls.
The gay area in Vilnius
Vilnius is the only city in Lithuania where you can find dedicated gay bars. There is no specific gay district in Vilnius.
Even if there aren’t as many gay bars, the atmosphere is very friendly, and people are very welcoming with tourists. As anywhere, Vilnius’s gay bars and clubs get extremely packed on Fridays and Saturdays.
The biggest gay event in Vilnius is the Baltic Gay Pride,
which takes place every three years.
Actually, this is a unique concept in the world: the Baltic Pride is the official Pride celebration for the three Baltic States, rotating between Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius.
Day trip from Vilnius
Some of Lithuania most exciting attractions are right on Vilnius’ doorstep.
The Hill of Crosses is a frightening site of pilgrimage in northern Lithuania. The precise origin of the practice of leaving crosses on the hill is uncertain, but for sure it would a perfect place to shoot a horror film.
Exciting museums, lovely walks in the city, gay bars and trendy restaurants … Vilnius is a perfect destination for a cultural or festive weekend, traveling alone, with friends or with your beloved one.
Or to explore seaside villages, fantastic countryside and to admire breathtaking landscapes.