Vilnius is the capital and the largest city in Lithuania. The city is steeped in history and it does not hide its battle relics, which makes it an interesting holiday destination. Tourists can find preserved KGB torture chamber and museums dedicated to the Holocaust. Vilnius is also an emerging medical tourism destination as the city welcomes an increasing number of medical tourists each year. Vilnius continues to expand and evolve its medical centers, which gains a powerful reputation among medical tourists from all around the world. The city boasts medical centers with international accreditations, modern equipment, affordable prices, and comprehensive diagnosis with no waiting times. The most popular procedure in the city is Breast Augmentation.
The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vilnius. It is built in Renaissance, Gothic, and early Baroque architectural styles which will leave any visitors in awe. Today, it is transformed into a museum with 4 exhibition tour routes. Vilnius' most interesting place to visit is the Antalkanis Cemetery, which is the final resting place of Lithuanian leaders and locals lost to war. The most notable monuments in this cemetery are the Memorial of Red Army Soldiers and the monument of the victims of January 13, 1991. To learn more about the darkest history of the city, the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights (KGB Museum) is an excellent place to visit.
Vilnius International Airport serves international flights to many European cities. Budget airlines such as Ryanair and Wizz Air make traveling to Vilnius very affordable. Taxis are available, but tourists are advised to be careful of taxi cheats. Many attractions are within walking distance, so tourists can save money by walking around the city. Buses and trolleybuses are also inexpensive.
Holders of passports issued by the European Union, Canada, and the United States can stay in Vilnius for up to 90 days. Citizens of other countries need to obtain a visa prior to entering the country. Lithuania is a part of the Schengen Area.
During the summer, Vilnius experience warm temperatures with occasional showers. Summers are typically short, lasting from June to August. Autumn has many sunny days, but the temperatures are dropping rapidly, sometimes reaching -1°C. Winter in Vilnius is cold, with temperatures plummeting to -9°C. Spring, from late April to May is cool and pleasant.
- Local Currency: The official currency is the euro. 1 USD converts to 0.9 EUR.
- Money & Payments: International tourists can withdraw money from ATMs. Credit cards are accepted in most hotels and restaurants. Tourists can tip 10% in restaurants and should always tip in cash.
- Local Language: The official language is Lithuanian. Most people in the city, particularly in the tourism areas, can speak English fluently.
- Local Culture and Religion: Christianity is the major religion in Vilnius, followed by Judaism, Islam, and other religions.
- Public holidays: Christian religious holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, are the most celebrated public holidays.