Vilnius Flights:

Flights to Vilnius

image of VilniusSituated on the banks of the River Neris in south western Lithuania is the city of Vilnius. Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination, offering a UNESCO World Heritage listed old town and more.

The Vilnius International Airport (airport code: VNO) is the largest airport in the country, and it’s located just 6 kilometres outside the city. There is a rail line and public buses to connect you to downtown Vilnius. For a flight to Vilnius from South Africa connecting through Frankfurt, you can book with Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines or South African Airlines. They all take the same route. Virgin Atlantic offers a 2-stop flight to Vilnius, with connections in London and then Prague.

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The Tourist Attractions of Vilnius:

Vilnius Old Town
The Old Town of Vilnius is the city’s main attraction and the fact that this has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994 indicates the importance of this part of the city. It’s actually one of the largest medieval old towns in Northern Europe so if you like historical architecture you’re in for a real treat in Vilnius! It’s not just medieval architecture here though, as the old town has developed over time and shows many different periods in history through its architecture.

The Old Town is full of things to see including quaint streets and open squares. Pilies Street is the main thoroughfare for Vilnius Old Town and it’s a great place to go window shopping in its many shops or stop and enjoy a coffee in one of the cafés. Town Hall Square features the city’s old town hall while Cathedral Square is home to Vilnius Cathedral, one of the best known landmarks in Vilnius.

Also make sure you visit Vilnius’ palaces and castle. The Vilnius Castle Complex is perched on a hill and offers some fabulous city views, while the Presidential Palace is an impressive building.

Among the numerous churches within Vilnius Old Town is St Anne’s Church. If you visit only one church make sure it’s this one, as it’s reputed t be the most attractive in the city and perhaps the whole of Lithuania!

Vilnius Museums
The Vilnius Castle Complex is overseen by the National Museum of Lithuania where you can also see exhibits and displays on the history and culture of Lithuania. The Lithuanian Art Museum is another good museum in the city and it includes the largest collection of art in Lithuania. On a more sombre note the Museum of Genocide Victims was created in memoriam to the victims who were killed when Lithuania was occupied by Soviet forces.

When Should You Visit?:

If you’re visiting Vilnius for sightseeing you’ll probably want to enjoy the warm weather the city gets during the summer, June to August. The compromise with visiting at this time of year is that it’s slighter wetter and more humid, however winters are far colder and snowy, so not a good time for exploring the city streets. Spring and autumn are another option, but both seasons are short.

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