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Lithuania - Vilnius - St. Anne's Church - Elter photo

“Vilnius was the place I felt most at home. Compared to the other Baltic capitals, Vilnius is a little more run down, but it also has a lot more life than the others. The city is framed by many small hills, and by a river which winds picturesquely through the center. The city’s recent development is indicated by new glass and steel office buildings, almost skyscrapers, which stand in stark contrast to the traditional wooden houses just round the corner.


“Do you like sightseeing, churches, strolling on cobbled streets, sitting in cafés, browsing antique shops, buying amber jewelry, sitting on a sunny terrace and drinking a cold local beer, going to a light festival, and shopping in bustling markets? Or perhaps you prefer bohemian relaxation, or walking through lakeside forests, or cycling by the riverbank, or looking down on a city from an airship. In any case, I can warmly recommend Vilnius to you.
Also, if you’re interested in what a former part of the Soviet Union looks like as an EU state, you’re sure to find this city fascinating.
Vilnius is a very livable city. Some of its architecture has a similar feel to regional towns and cities in Poland and Hungary – especially those in the Baroque style. The city is bisected by the winding Neris River. The modern economic district, with its cluster of skyscrapers, is similar to other European cities, as are the anonymous housing developments which surround it.
What makes Vilnius different is the feeling that it sits in the middle of a vast forest, with parks, woodland and nature reserves either in or immediately around the city. There’s also a bohemian district, full of young people and artists. The two rivers, the aforementioned Neris and the Vilnia, from which the city takes its name, add further interest and charm to the city’s appearance.
Service is generally exemplary. Traffic jams can be a problem, mostly as a result of the narrow, cobbled streets. Construction and renovation work can be seen everywhere, in a more organized and intensive way than in most other European cities.
There are a lot of young people and kids in the street, despite the fact that most of the population under 40 appears to have moved to the UK. Maybe they’ve all been replaced by immigrant Belarussians. (2018)




Vilnius - avenue, car-free on a Saturday - Ata photo



Vilnius - cafe - Ata photo



Vilnius - amber in any quantity

Vilnius - boutique - Ata photo



Vilnius - bar - f.s. photo

Public safety


Vilnius - policeman

Vilnius - gorilla hands - sculpture - z.d. photo


Vilnius - view

Destination in brief

Vilnius is the capital city of Lithuania.

Population (in 2020): 539,000 - 13% Russian minority

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 960 Euro - (Lithuania's average: 830 Euro)

Vilnius has one of the largest Old Towns in Europe.



Vilnius - biker - e.e. photo



Vilnius - The Church of St. Francis and St. Bernard, Roman Catholic church in the Old Town

Vilnius - neoclassical cathedral with belltower - n.b. photo

Vilnius - Old Town - St. Anne's Church, a Roman Catholic church - Elter photo

Vilnius - Old Town - The Church of St. Casimir, a Roman Catholic church - Elter photo

Old Town (Senamiestis)

Vilnius - Old Town (Senamiestis) - Ata photo

Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

Vilnius - entry to The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania - Viktor Ohotin's photo

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