The Lithuanian capital’s first period of growth took place immediately south of today’s Cathedral Square, eventually becoming the toothsome jumble of Baroque, Gothic, Neoclassical and Renaissance architecture now known as Old Town. Although most people flock to the city to visit this undeniable gem, there are plenty of other things to see when in town, from the very Lithuanian eccentricities encountered over the imaginary border in the self-styled Republic of Užupis to the few remaining relics of a once thriving Jewish community to the occasional Soviet-era masterpiece. Fill the buildings with a reasonably interesting collection of museums and galleries, put some decent parks in the spaces in-between and you’ll find it hard to not find a reason to visit.

Essential Vilnius

If you haven’t got a lot of time in Vilnius, the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Stanislaus & St. Ladislaus, Gates of Dawn, Gediminas Castle & Museum, Genocide Victims' Museum, St. Anne’s Church and Vilnius University are generally considered to be the major sights. This list is of course highly subjective, and in no way reflects the expectations of every single visitor to the city. Vilnius In Your Pocket strives to bring you the widest range of historical and cultural sights and sensations, and is adding to the list all the time.

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