A gorgeous bar on the 22nd floor of the Reval Hotel, situated by the Europa Tower. Awesome cocktails and a stunning view over the whole of Vilnius. If this were in London it would cost a fortune. Only open from 1600 every day.
A compact suburb just east of the Old Town, Uzupis has all the charm of the city centre without the crowds. A former working-class area now occupied by artists and writers, who proclaimed the district a republic in 1998, Uzupis is a great place to stroll through on a summer evening.
Highlight of the area is Tores, an initially unremarkable hilltop restaurant with an unbelievable view of the Old Town from its secluded terrace.
Head out of the Old Town past St. Ann's Church and cross the Vilnius river - you should see signs informing you of your arrival in the Republic. Tores restaurant is on Uzopio gatve, a 5 minute walk uphill from the central angel statue.
A blot on the landscape from anywhere in the city, you can't miss the TV Tower's horrible 1970's architecture. Take a trip up it however and you'll find the Milky Way, a slowly revolving bar that offers fantastic panoramic views of the city and surroundings without, of course, seeing the TV tower. Enter by a creepy tunnel that puts you in mind of a James Bond film, pay the surly lift attendant a small fee, and you are transported 21 floors upwards at great speed into a different world. Also on the ground floor is an exhibition dedicated to the Lithuanians who lost their lives in the 1991 siege, which eventually led to the overthrowing the USSR occupation.
Sausio 13-osios 10;
tel: 252 53 33;
This is an excellent viewpoint less than 45 minutes from Vilnius city centre. The modern crosses replace a series of earlier ones destroyed by the Russians. Not mentioned in guide books.
Pass the Cathedral and the Museum, cross small tributary river and take first right. A road on the left goes to the car park. Carry on on foot past some 'interesting' toilets, then up steps to the viewpoint. You can come down by a different route, turning right on a track at the bottom of the steps.
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