Vilnius is small but has some viewpoints, each with a different angle over the town. These are my favorite viewpoints.
Best Viewpoints in Vilnius
- Hill of 3 crosses
- Gediminas Castle Tower
- The Bastion of the Vilnius Defensive Wall & Artillery bastion of Vilnius
- Subačiaus apžvalgos aikštelė
- Vilnius Cathedral Bell Tower
Gediminas Castle Tower
One of many cobblestone streets with Gediminas Castle Tower on the hill
Here is the view from the top:
There is a funicular you can take for a few dollars, but we opted to walk (there is a paved road / walkway off Trispalvės al. near the river). It was a very steep walk to the top. It costs 5 euro to go up the tower but the view was already good from the base of the tower so I skipped it.
Straight after I went to the Hill of 3 Crosses viewpoint which also had a good view, but I regretted not going up Gediminas Castle Tower – it would’ve had a better view over the old town. The above photo was only take from one side (the other sides were blocked off due to construction).
Hill of 3 crosses
Don’t make the mistake I made going up on the right side of the hill (via the park), there are hundreds of steep stairs like this:
Instead, go up the left side where there’s an asphalt road and where all the tour buses unload. The incline is much more gradual.
This was my favorite viewpoint. The lighting wasn’t that great in mid-afternoon. If I’d had more time, I would’ve gone back up there in the morning.
Subačiaus apžvalgos aikštelė viewpoint
Good for sunset viewing and apparently a local’s spot (did 2 day tours and both tour guides recommended this viewing point at sunset). It’s only a short walk back into town.
The Bastion of the Vilnius Defensive Wall
After quite a few steps (as least they’re gradual) you’ll see some of the towns old walls. Not the best view but still has some glimpses of the told town and the new town behind it.
You can opt to enter the Artillery bastion of Vilnius (it’s to the left of where I took this photo). it costs 4 euro.
Vilnius Cathedral Bell Tower
This is the square they hold the Christmas markets, you can take stairs to the top of the bell tower (to the left of the photo below).
I skipped this viewpoint as it’s not very high (only 50m). I’d only go up this if you want a close up elevated view of the old buildings and one of the main streets.
- 10:00 – 18:00 (October – April)
- 10:00 – 19:00 (May – September)
- Closed Sunday
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