Where to stay in Vilnius?

Où dormir à Vilnius ?

Heading for the Baltic States on vacation? Discover the Lithuanian capital and the best places to stay in Vilnius!

Vilnius is Lithuania’s most populous city, with 554,192 inhabitants spread over 401 km², and is located in the southeast of the country, a few kilometers from Belarus. Founded under the reign of Gediminas (1275-1341), Vilnius has suffered numerous invasions over the centuries, resulting in a mix of architectural styles, from Gothic and Baroque to Classical and Renaissance. Its well-preserved historic center, dating from the 13th century, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Accommodation in Vilnius can be expensive, despite the low cost of living, but there’s still plenty to choose from: hotels are expensive, but hostels and youth hostels will do the trick if you’re on a tight budget.

Vilnius is a veritable window on seven centuries of history, a territory that has been under the yoke of multiple influences. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Vilnius, here’s a brief overview of the city’s accommodation districts.

The historic center of Vilnius

Vieux centre, loger à Vilnius

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The jewel of the Lithuanian capital, the old town is symbolized by the ruins of Gediminas Castle, built between the 14th and 15th centuries on its eponymous hill. This historic part is extremely well preserved and well worth a visit. Like most medieval towns, the old town was built in a fan-shaped pattern around the castle. It is one of the best preserved in Europe. Here you’ll find numerous historic buildings – Lithuania having been a major center of influence in Eastern Europe throughout its history – as well as centuries-old churches such as the Church of the Holy Spirit (Orthodox), St. Casimir’s Church, Vilnius Catholic Cathedral, St. Peter and Paul’s Church (Baroque) and the famous Gate of Dawn, a Catholic pilgrimage site.

Green spaces galore: parks, squares and public gardens. The Pavilnių Regional Park, for example, covers the area of the entire heart of the city! And of course, museums to discover Lithuanian culture: KGB Museum, Genocide Museum, Gediminas Tower, Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, National Museum of Lithuania. Bars and restaurants for relaxing are plentiful throughout the city. The historic center is a great place to stay in Vilnius if you enjoy historical and cultural stays.

The Republic of Uzupis

Uzupis, loger à Vilnius

Photo credit: Flickr – Bryan Ledgard

An unofficial republic of 7,000 souls within Vilnius – a micro-nation within the state – the district is a former Soviet-era wasteland, where the bohemian artists of the Lithuanian capital settled. In 1995, they even went so far as to create their own constitution with its own anthem, flag, citizens, laws and leaders. It’s a festive, artistic district, the scene of great cosmopolitan parties.

There is no legitimate diplomatic or consular authority, but a visa is issued to enter the district during the annual festivities. If you like alternatives, self-management or the irredentism of populations wishing to govern themselves differently, you must visit Uzupis. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Vilnius, don’t hesitate to look for a room here.

Main photo credit: Flickr – Hanna Eliasson

Map of hotels and accommodation – Vilnius,lt