Sights, bars, attractions, clubs
Sights, bars, attractions, clubs Vilnius Reviews
How to have a blast in Vilnius??@?!? Jan 06, 2010
So you have decided or are thinking about visiting the best place on Earth? I hope you are not coming for a stag party as those have a bad reputation, especially for the wild and loose Brits. Anyhow, you are probably in the Vilnius airport as you arrive. (If you are unfortunate enough to arrive near Kaunas, get out of there and to Vilnius ASAP! :D ) Take a taxi which are just outside or walk to a bus stop (5min) and take bus #1 which goes to the bus station. (http://www.marsrutai.info/vilnius/?a=p.routes&transport_id=bus&t=xhtml&l=en) This contains all bus times and routes.
Then, you probably need to drop off your bags, and I would recommend the Old Town Hostel, since they have a perfect location, decent prices, nice rooms, and all of the people that stayed there were very satisfied with it. As for hotels, save your money and spend it on something fun! ;) Live on the edge, with smelly youths! Yay! (Or google Vilnius Hotels :)
If you are like most of the travelers, you probably want to see the Gediminas Castle (5LTL, centre of city), Cathedral and Bell Tower Square (free), KGB Museum (where my grandmother got imprisoned for writing Lithuanian kid’s poems), build a stone tower in Vilnele river, climb the Aukuras hill in Sereikiskiu Park for a gorgeous panorama of the city, and simply wander around the Old Town and buy souvenirs. As far as those go, I would suggest temporary souvenirs, e.g. cheap beer and delicious baked bread with garlic, cheese and mayo (kepta duona). In the second place, it would be beer to take home for your friends to have some of the best beer in the world. Third, amber, linens n’things. Don’t be surprised at the half-naked blonde chicks walking around, as they probably have no sense of style, brain, nor have the gift of speech; their boobs speak louder than words. I would advise to avoid them for security and permanent brain damage reasons.
I would also advise a day or half-a-day trip to Trakai, to which you can take a train. Visit the castle, rent a boat, swim, eat the famous Kibinai, and take many gorgeous photos.
There is a SPA city which hardly any people visit (mud baths???). It is called Druskininkai, about two-hour trip away from Vilnius by car, with many hotels, and a health&pampering orientation. So if you are yearning for some relaxation, this is the place to be.
Back to Vilnius though, by now you probably want to go out for a meal or to go out. I’m not a big eater, and dining out in Lithuania sucks anyway, as there are no WOW restaurants, at least for me. There is Balti Drambliai, which serves pseudo-Indian food and has a nice atmosphere and the popular chain of Cili (Pica-Pizza, Kaimas-Lithuanian dishes). For bars, I can recommend many. Don’t go away without trying the flavored beer at Busi Trecias! Transilvanija, Cozy, Banzai, Play, etc. are all bars where I enjoy to have a pre and/or after party. They are all conveniently located within the walking distance. You don’t really have to worry about transportation in Vilnius if you have somewhat developed leg muscles. For clubs and events check out http://www.djscene.lt/event. Be careful though, as Lithuania is not that big and you got to find the most popular venue for the night, otherwise it will be empty and suck. I can recommend Woo for techno/house, Havana Social Club for oldies and latin rhythms, Banzai for very various but fun music, Tarantino for seldom good parties (Daft Punk), Gravity for their biggest nights and guest DJs, Roller for youngish people and dancing on roller-skates, etc. After a night out, don’t make the same mistake as two of my Finnish friends. When you are foreign, drunk, and at night looking for a taxi, they will rip you off. For a 4min ride my friends paid 50LTL which is ridiculous. Pre-arrange the price, if not then find another taxi, or have a quick energy boost at McDonald’s and speed-walk, everything is nearby.
Now after you heard how much fun it is, let me touch on prices. Club entrace could be anywhere from 10-35Ltl. A coctail in a club 10-25, a beer 4-7, a meal 10-30, train ticket to Trakai 4-5LTL, Taxi charge per kilometre - 1.5-2.5LTL, a single bus ticket 2LTL, amazing time - priceless (okok I stole this one from mastercard)
Anyway, I still think that getting to know some place is best with a local person by your side, so find one and have a blast! If I’m in Lithuania, I’d love to help out!!! If you have questions about anything, I’d be delighted to clarify!
You could also visit the seaside and the Curonian Spit, which is a separate review…
Peace and Love
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