Day trips near Vilnius28.09.2020
Day trips near Vilnius
Visitors with a bit more time in Vilnius and those eager to explore the region surrounding Lithuania’s capital can embark on one of several day trips. There are various daytrip options, depending on what you’re interested in doing and seeing, but one common feature is that they’re all relatively close by and easily accessible.
Visit Trakai Island
Just a 30-minute trip from Vilnius, the Town of Trakai was once the main centre of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and its castle, which is located on an island on Lake Galvė, was of particular strategic importance.
In addition to the castle and its museum, guests can explore the surrounding natural settings, take a boat onto the water, and indulge in kibinai, a traditional savoury stuffed pastry introduced to the country by the Karaims, a small Turkic-speaking religious and ethnic group from Crimea resettled to Trakai by Grand Duke Vytautas.
Extend Your Stay with a Day Trip to Kaunas
You can get from Vilnius to Kaunas in just an hour by train, so why not take a one-day adventure to explore Lithuania’s charismatic second city?
Wander the streets of Kaunas and you’ll be amazed at how much street art there is to marvel at. From huge murals (like a giant pink elephant), to hardly noticeable drawings in weird places, it all helps shape the modern identity of Kaunas.
If you plan on spending even more time in Vilnius take a day trip to Europa Park, an open-air art gallery with 130+ art installations located at the geographical centre of Europe; or surround yourself with some of the country’s most impressive natural landscapes at the Aukštaitija National Park, which is also home to a Beekeeping Museum and surrounded by towns with multiple restaurant options.
Other popular day trip destinations include the small town of Kernavė, the first capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which is now a UNESCO-listed archaeological site famous for its hilly landscape formed by retreating glaciers; and Kaunas, the country’s second-largest city, which boasts an extensive collection of beautiful Art Deco architecture and a cosy Old Town that you can spend the day exploring.