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10 Places to Visit in Vilnius besides Vilnius Old Town (2023)

Author Carina Klein
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Untouristy Vilnius places to visit. Vilnius sightseeing off-the-beaten-path!

Of course, the capital Vilnius belongs on every Lithuania itinerary as well as Baltics itinerary. While Klaipeda shows its German heritage and Kaunas boasts its unique modernist architecture, Vilnius shines with baroque charm.

Yes, Vilnius old town is the most charming part of Lithuania’s capital but we strongly suggest that you venture out of the touristy historic areas (and even further than Užupis!) to see the modern side of Vilnius and the real life of its inhabitants.

In contrast to most content you find online, Vilnius is more than the old town!

10 Things to See in Vilnius besides Vilnius old town

  1. A Vilnius must see are the modern skyscrapers of Šnipiškės.

    Picture of Skyscrapers of Šnipiškės
    Skyscrapers of Šnipiškės
  2. Amongst the skyscrapers of Šnipiškės, you can find old wooden houses without paved roads and many of them without running water. Make sure to be respectful when you walk around this area as it’s where people actually live.

    Picture of Vilnius, Šnipiškės
    Vilnius, Šnipiškės
  3. There is loads of old Soviet architecture, with the Palace of Concerts and Sports probably being the most notable.

    Picture of Vilnius Palace of Concerts and Sports
    Vilnius Palace of Concerts and Sports
  4. Enjoy the view from the Swedbank tower across River Neris - it’s completely free!

    Picture of View from Swedbank Tower
    View from Swedbank Tower
  5. Speaking of River Neris: There is a beautiful riverside walk.

    Picture of White bridge
    White bridge
  6. A bit further away from Vilnius old town, the TV Tower offers the best view over the area.

  7. On the opposite side of the Neris River, Vingis Park and the Botanical Garden invite you to take a stroll.

  8. Look for street art. Užupis might be the street art in Vilnius must see but there is a lot of amazing art across the Neris River.

    Picture of Vilnius street art
    Vilnius street art
  9. Lukiškės Prison is a must for Stranger Things fans. You can book guided tours in this old prison which is a cultural space as well as a filming location for shows like Stranger Things nowadays.

  10. Nearby is the KGB Museum or Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights.

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