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Day Trips near Vilnius

Visitors with a bit more time in Vilnius and those eager to explore the region surrounding Lithuania’s capital can embark on one of several daytrips. There are various daytrip options, depending on what you’re interested in doing and seeing, but one common feature is that they’re all relatively close by and easily accessible.

Visit Trakai Island

Just a 30-minute trip from Vilnius, the Town of Trakai was once the main centre of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and its castle, which is located on an island on Lake Galvė, was of particular strategic importance. In addition to the castle and its museum, guests can explore the surrounding natural settings, take a boat onto the water, and indulge in kibinai, a traditional savoury stuffed pastry introduced to the country by the Karaims, a small Turkic-speaking religious and ethnic group from Crimea resettled to Trakai by Grand Duke Vytautas.

If you plan on spending even more time in Vilnius

Take a daytrip to Europa Park, an open-air art gallery with 130+ art installations located at the geographical centre of Europe; or surround yourself with some of the country’s most impressive natural landscapes at the Aukštaitija National Park, which is also home to a Beekeeping Museum and surrounded by towns with multiple restaurant options.

Other popular daytrip destinations include the small town of Kernavė, the first capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which is now a UNESCO-listed archaeological site famous for its hilly landscape formed by retreating glaciers; and Kaunas, the country’s second-largest city, which boasts an extensive collection of beautiful Art Deco architecture and a cosy Old Town that you can spend the day exploring.

Extend Your Stay with a Day Trip to Kaunas
Extend Your Stay with a Day Trip to Kaunas

You can get from Vilnius to Kaunas in just an hour by train, so why not take a one-day adventure to explore Lithuania’s charismatic second city?

Daily Inspiration at Aukštaitija National Park
Daily Inspiration at Aukštaitija National Park

Have you ever heard the story about Lithuanian lakes that gain the finest blue eyes or the river bends that are dangerous for people on canoes?

Europa Park: an Art Reserve near Vilnius
Europa Park: an Art Reserve near Vilnius

Europa Park is a completely different kind of open-air art gallery and a creative space like no other.

 Historic Trail: a Day Trip from Vilnius to Kernavė
Historic Trail: a Day Trip from Vilnius to Kernavė

Just 35 km northwest of Vilnius lies a natural gem that’s somewhat easily missed but definitely worth discovering.

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