Vilnius is truly a city unlike any other. Once experienced, its unique charm and beauty can never be forgotten. Countless people have fallen in love with it over the years, but no one can fully capture its magical essence in words, not even poets or guidebook writers.
The best way to get to know Vilnius is to stroll around it at leisure and experience it in all its sensual glory. Enjoy a coffee at any one of the numerous outdoor café tables and see how serene the locals look as they go about their daily lives. Dine out at one of the city’s many excellent restaurants and marvel at the excellence and diversity of the culinary scene. Enjoy a night out on the town and revel in the goodwill and openness of Vilnius’s fun-loving population. Vilnius is a superb example of how history and modernity can harmoniously coexist. The Old Town and surrounding city centre are a perfectly preserved mosaic of historic architectural styles, while just across the peacefully flowing River Neris a sleek new skyline testifies to Vilnius’s dynamic entrepreneurial spirit. Perhaps it’s because of Lithuania’s official status as the geographical centre of Europe, but few European capitals are as at ease with themselves as Vilnius. It’s a quintessentially European city which abounds with picturesque streets and spectacular churches. It teems with wonderful museums and art galleries. It pulsates with cutting-edge cultural events and nightlife. It has something for everyone, from old-fashioned romantics to discerning businessmen, from party-loving hedonists to highminded culture buffs. And if you manage to tear your gaze away from the abundance of beautiful buildings and beguiling shop window displays, you will also notice how the entire city is ringed by vast stretches of lush green foliage. Vilnius is a delightfully green city that boasts many beautiful parks and countless quaint, treelined streets. It’s quite simply the perfect city for a meandering walk or a leisurely bike ride. Vilnius has a proud historical heritage which is there for ever-growing numbers of visitors to enjoy.
Source: Vilnius City Municipal Government Tourism Division
Here’s a sampling of major yearly recurring events in Vilnius:
International Vilnius Book Fair
The International Vilnius Book Fair is the main annual meeting place of publishers, authors and readers. It is a well-known cultural activity in Lithuania and the biggest book fair in the Baltic countries. The Vilnius Book Fair is mainly devoted to reader and it is focused on books and cultural programme. This gives a chance to Lithuanian and foreign authors to meet their audience live. The distinctive feature of the Vilnius Book Fair is abundance of cultural events, especiallly meetings with the well known Lithuanian and foreign writers. Cultural programme attracts thousands of book-lovers from Lithuania and neighbouring countries.
For more info visit the official website www.vilniusbookfair.lt
Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino pavasaris” (“Spring of Cinema”)
“Kino pavasaris” is one of the biggest and most important cinema event in Lithuania. Festival was established in 1995 and now that seventeen years have passed it earned its reputation because it is showing high quality newest films that are carefully picked out of highly rated festivals and has been awarded the prizes by both the audience and film critics. Serious discussions, widely respected Lithuanian and international filmmakers, events for industry guests, social and educational projects is essential part of the festival, as well as cheerful parties.
For more info visit the official website www.kinopavasaris.lt
International Contemporary Art Fair “Art Vilnius”
This is international art fair, with a wide and representative panorama of contemporary art, where more than 100 well-known and new galleries from Lithuania and foreign countries represent themselves and the art. During the exhibition sculptures, objects, installations, expositions of art publications, cultural institutions exhibited; discussions, educational events and other different events are organized. This exhibition attained attention from art experts, gallerists, collectors, museologists, at critics, local and foreign lovers of art.
For more info visit the official website www.artvilnius.com
Classical Music Festival “Vilniaus festivalis” (“Vilnius Festival”)
Held every year since 1997, this festival features Classical music and invites world-famous performers. Each year the festival has a different concept and presents both traditional and contemporary Lithuanian music, and offers a platform for jazz and musical theatre.
For more info visit the official website www.vilniusfestivals.lt
Christmas in the Capital
Lighting the Christmas tree and meeting Santa Claus at Cathedral Square. Christmas music concerts in Vilnius churches. Christmas celebrations in Užupis. A charity action for orphans and children from foster homes and boarding schools. A Christmas contest for the city environment. A theatrical celebration for New Year’s Eve, the Three Magi’s procession and a performance at Cathedral square.
For more info visit the official website www.vilnius.lt