Vilnius In Your Pocket


Vilnius has loads to offer – yes, even outside of summer! It’s easy to sit with a warming drink by a log fire in one of the cosy bars and restaurants in and around the city, longing for the open-air buzz of atmospheric summertime Old Town courtyards, but you’d be missing out on another special side to Vilnius. Thick snow, when it falls, can turn these lanes echoey and magical, making the little curiosity shops even more inviting and the candlelit interiors of the Baroque churches even more enchanting. Later come the first signs of spring, the snow and ice melting under the sun and blue sky, bringing their own spirit and arrival of new life.
For the first time at Vilnius in Your Pocket, we experimented with a fun-filled Old Town ‘cocktail crawl’, the blurry results of which are published in these pages next to our feature on local beers. And in this issue we include features on the city’s unique architecture, its peaceful cemeteries, where to explore in the rest of Lithuania and other recommendations for you. We also have an expanded Leisure section giving ideas for activities you can enjoy, in groups or alone, whatever the weather’s like. So whether you’re in town for just a couple of days or until our next printed guide, in May 2017, have a flick through – and for many, many more of our fully objective reviews, check out our phone-friendly website at

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