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Vilnius In Your Pocket

Vilnius In Your Pocket

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The only guide to Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, you will ever need.
The only guide to Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, you will ever need.

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Published by: In Your Pocket City Guides on Mar 26, 2010
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12/03/2014

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Vilnius
N°114 - €0.58 / 2Lt
inyourpocket.com
December 2014 - April 2015
Maps Events Restaurants Cafés Nightlife
 
Sightseeing Shopping Hotels
 
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Contents
ESSENTIAL CITY GUIDES
Arriving & Getting Around 
5
Where to get off and how to stay afloat
City Basics 
11
Some simple differences worth knowing
History 
13
A mind-boggling millennium
Culture & Events 
15
Art, photography and the rest
Where to eat 
22
 The capital’s kitchens in all their glory
Nightlife 
44
Where to party in Vilnius
What to see 
56
A ully comprehensive guide
Jewish Vilnius 
68
Trakai 
69
Lithuania’s ormer capital uncovered
Where to stay 
71
Campsites and presidential suites or all
Mail & Phones 
79
Keeping in touch
Shopping 
80
Lifestyle Directory 
86
Sport, Leisure & Health 
90
Business Directory 
92
Maps & Index
Street index
93
City centre map
94
City map
96
Country map
97
© Vilnius Tourism & Convention Bureau www.vilnius-tourism.lt
 
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 In Your Pocket
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 Arriving & Getting AroundForeword
 There is no getting away rom the act that winter in Vilnius can be cold. Bitterly so. That does not or one minute however also mean that winter in Vilnius is bleak. Far rom it, in act. Indeed, having irst arrived in Vilnius many, many years ago in what was the middle o a particularly cold winter, we have to admit to having something o a sot spot or the city when it’s covered in snow. The already picture-postcard perect Old Town in particular never looks better than when given a crisp, white rame, with the crunch o snow underoot provid-ing the soundtrack or all sorts o winter escapades. And be honest: there is plenty to do in Vilnius at this time o year. The cellar restaurants, bars and pubs o the Old  Town provide warm relie rom the chill outside, and many locals insist that the shorter the days, the longer the parties at night. O course, the biggest event o the winter in Lithua-nia this year is the country waving goodbye to the
litas
, and adopting the euro. The big switch takes place/took place (delete according to when you are reading this) on January 1st, with both currencies in dual circulation or two weeks aterwards. I you are still holding litas a-ter that: don’t panic. You can change then inside a bank until the end o June. Whatever currency you are spending in Vilnius this winter, enjoy the city.
Publisher
Vilnius In Your Pocket
Bernardinų 9 - 4, Vilnius, Lithuaniatel. (+370) 5 212 29 76, ax (+370) 5 212 29 82vilnius@inyourpocket.com, www.inyourpocket.comISSN 1392-0057©UAB “VIYP”Printed by UAB “Lietuvos ryto”spaustuvėPublished three times per yearPrint run 15,000
Editorial
 
Editor
 Craig Turp
Contributors
Howard Jarvis, Martin Kitson
Design
 Vaida Kniūkštienė
Researcher
 Vaida Kursevičiūtė
Cover Photo
 © Arūnas Stankevičius
Sales & Circulation
Publisher
 Vilnius In Your Pocket
General Manager
 Rūta Klimavičiūtė
Accounting
 VšĮ “ACORDO”
Sales Manager
 Tel. (+370) 610 468 64.
 This guidebook and all o our other Lithuanian guides are available or sale rom kiosks, tourist inormation centres, the Vilnius In Your Pocket office and other outlets throughout Vilnius and Lithuania as well as online at www.inyourpocket.com. Complimentary copies o Vilnius In Your Pocket are also available in many hotels.
Copyright notice
 Text and photos copyright UAB VIYP 1992-2015; some photos, LATGA-A; maps, cartographer. All rights reserved. No part o this publication may be reproduced in any orm, except brie extracts or the purpose o review, without written permission rom the publisher and copyright owner. The brand name In Your Pocket is used under license rom UAB In Your Pocket (Bernardinų 9-4,Vilnius, Lithuania tel. (+370) 5 212 29 76).
 
COVER STORY
Vilnius, the winter picture-postcard version, with the rich colours o the Old Town given a white rame o snow. Photo by Arūnas Stankevičius.
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 ABOUT IYP
Not content with publishing more than 100 guides to cities across three conti-nents,
In Your Pocket 
 is currently prepa-ring a new round o expansion or 2015. New cities due to be pocketed include Rotterdam in the Netherlands, while some old avourites, such as Budapest in Hungary and the Russian exclave o Kaliningrad will be getting a reboot.
 And 
 there is a brand new digital plat-orm to look orward to. In order to make sure you keep up with all that’s new at
In Your Pocket 
, like us on
Facebook 
 (acebook.com/inyourpoc-ket) or ollow us on
Twitter 
 (twitter.com/inyourpocket).
Arriving in and getting around Vilnius are fairly simple affairs once you understand the basics. Accordingly, travelling further afield is relatively painless if you’re prepared to do your research beforehand and use some sign language when using buses and trains. Car rental is relatively cheap by Western standards.
 ARRIVING IN VILNIUS
 The three main points o arrival in Vilnius offer very differ-ent experiences indeed, making your first ew minutes in the city anything rom a pleasure to a pain. Improvements are taking place all the time. Print copies o
Vilnius In Your Pocket 
 can be bought rom kiosks inside the airport, bus and train stations or just €0.58. Alternatively, buy one on-line beore you leave by clicking here. I you’re coming into the city by public transport, see the latest inormation on our public transport pages, here.
BY BUS
Vilnius’ bus station (
autobusų stotis
) is located less than 1km south o Old Town in a less than salubrious, albeit perectly sae area. Most acilities are located inside one large grey building and include kiosks and shops or snacks, maps, cigarettes and prepaid mobile phone cards, downstairs toilets (€0.29) and ATMs. For 24-hour currency exchange, use the Medicinos bank across the street and  just to the right o the train station. A
bagažinė
 or let lug-gage is located outside at the ar end o the platorms.
Getting to town
 Get to Old Town in a ew minutes by turning let on exiting the station and walking down the hill (Sodų). Countless buses, minibuses and trolleybuses can be ound in the immediate area, all going off in differ-ent directions around the city and none o them offering a lot o help or people who don’t speak Lithuanian. Among the useul services going through the city centre are trol-leybus Nº2 and bus Nº1G. Buy a ticket rom the driver or €1.01 and off you go. Taxis are parked up in a number o places. Be sure to negotiate a are beore you leave. Expect to pay €6 or even more or a short trip to Old Town. Calling one in advance is the best option.
BY PLANE
Vilnius International Airport (
Tarptautinis Vilniaus Oro Uos-tas
) is just 5km south o the city centre. Even i you’re land-ing rom a non-Schengen country, arrival ormalities are quick and relatively straightorward. Ater collecting your luggage enter through the electric sliding doors into the Arrivals Hall, an experience which is not unlike stepping into the ticket hall o 19th century provincial train station.  There you’ll find a kiosk or snacks, maps, cigarettes and prepaid mobile phone cards, ATMs, currency exchange o-fices and a small tourist inormation kiosk. Toilets are to the let, and car rental companies to the right.
Getting to town
 A taxi to Old Town using one o the ve-hicles parked outside the arrivals terminal will cost about €15 or possibly considerably more depending on the cheek o the driver. Calling one in advance will cost a lot less. I you don’t know how to do it yoursel ask the people in the tourist inormation kiosk to order one or you. I you’re travelling to the city centre and want to save a small ortune, take public transport. Bus Nº88 goes to the Old Town, Nº1 goes to the train station and rapid bus Nº3G to Lukiškių Aikštė (Juozo Tumo-Vaižganto stop) and north over the river past the
Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva
. The bus stop is to the let o the taxi stand, and timetables are posted at the stop. Buy a ticket rom the driver or €1.01 and off you go. Alternatively, hop on a train and in less than 10 minutes be at the train station in the centre o the city. Buy a ticket on board or just €0.72.  The airport train station can be ound along the road outside the main exit and on the let. Trains leave every hour or so rom around 06:00 until 21:30, with a journey time o just seven minutes.
BY TRAIN
 The train station (
geležinkelio stotis
) is airly large by local standards. Find kiosks and shops or snacks, maps, ciga-rettes and prepaid mobile phone cards scattered in and around the building, toilets downstairs or €0.29, ATM’s and a 24-hour
Medicinos
bank outside to the let or changing money.
Getting to town
 Get to Old Town in a ew minutes by going straight ahead on exiting the station and walking down the hill (Sodų). The train station is just across the street rom the bus station. See
By bus
 or more inorma-tion about getting to the centre by public transport.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Served by a network o city-owned buses and trolleybus-es, the capital’s public transport services begin at around 05:00 and continue through the day beore stopping not much later than 23:00. Vilnius does not yet have a nightbus service except on New Year’s Eve and on a couple o other special occassions. Getting about the city is cheap, and relatively easy once you have the hang o the basics. (Being able to buy tickets directly rom bus and trolleybus drivers helps). Note that public transport can be very crowded dur-ing peak hours, and that pickpockets are not uncommon on the busiest routes (especially those to and rom the bus station).
BUSES & TROLLEYBUSES
All buses and trolleybuses in Vilnius are owned and op-erated by the Municipality. Paper tickets or single jour-neys are no longer available rom kiosks and can only be bought rom the driver, with the are currently priced at €1.01 or a single journey on one vehicle. Unless you plan on spending a lot o time using public transport whilst in Vilnius, this relatively simple system should be more than adequate although it’s worth mentioning the alternative, namely the Vilniečio Kortelė, an electronic ticket available or €1.16 rom kiosks around town. Technically a brilliant idea, the Vilniečio Kortelė is a bit conusing in reality due to the variety o credits its possible to add to it. The two most useul top-up options, available at kiosks around the city, are to top up with either journeys lasting or up

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