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Vilnius

Where rich history meets sustainable modernity in one timeless city.

Vilnius

About Vilnius

Lose yourself in the enchanted greenery of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, whose landscape was sculpted by shifting, melting glaciers, flowing rivers, and streams. Vilnius was awarded the title of the European Green Capital 2025 and was founded on seven luscious hills more than 700 years ago. Today, you can still walk in parks established by medieval monks, embrace a 400-year-old oak tree right in the Old Town, hike in the ancient groves, and enjoy an unexpected meeting with a roe deer.

The old, yet youthful city has a forward-thinking vision and a strategic plan for the future. Sustainability is more than preserving green spaces and nurturing biodiversity in Vilnius. The walkable city maximises modern solutions to remain open, innovative, and bold to experiment. Sustainability startups are looking for ways to create environmentally responsible experiences.

Savour the benefits of slow living in Vilnius by enjoying delicious meals made from locally grown organic products, moving around the city without leaving a carbon footprint, getting to know nature, looking for souvenirs, and experiencing a high quality of life.

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What makes Vilnius a sustainable place?

When in Vilnius, sustainability isn’t merely an aspiration. Many sustainable choices can be made intuitively because sustainability is becoming a larger part of life in the city. From large-scale things like carbon footprint to a simple cup of coffee, Vilnius is striving to make it easy for you to be more environmentally friendly.

The grass is always greener in Vilnius! There are green spaces wherever you look in Vilnius, 61% of the city is covered in green spaces, with trees covering 48%, leaving plenty of shady spots to rest in. Spend time outdoors, enjoy grilling food at one of the free grill zones, and relax. You can even go camping and set up a tent right in the Vilnius’ Old Town.

Get around Vilnius without leaving a carbon footprint. You can cover the city’s main attractions with just 1,969 steps! Vilnius’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the most walkable cities, rich with history, astonishing Baroque architecture, green parks, and artistic spaces. If you enjoy hiking you can even walk a 100km trail around Vilnius. If walking isn’t your thing, hop on one of the city’s bike-sharing bikes and feel the wind in your hair on the 150km of routes.

Discover the local menu. Farmers markets are filled with fresh produce that becomes miracles in the hands of professional chefs. Vilnius’ restaurants are famous for their seasonal cuisine and slow food concept. Whatever your food choices – omnivores, vegans and vegetarians can discover the scrumptious flavours of Vilnius. If you want to drink coffee while wandering the streets of Vilnius, bring your thermo cup and local cafes will be happy to make you coffee to go. Or simply refill your water bottle at one of the free water fountains scattered around Vilnius.

Join Vilnius in the fight against plastic waste. Return your empty soda bottles or cans to special machines installed in supermarkets and receive 10 cents back after scanning the receipt at the cash register. The returned bottles and cans go directly to recycling centres.

Renewable energy is becoming a hit. Vilnius doesn’t believe in the future of fossil fuels, so the city has committed to incorporating renewable energy into many public services. The public transport system, already a more sustainable choice, has announced plans to buy 16 hydrogen-powered buses and to produce the hydrogen needed locally. This new fleet will replace older, diesel-powered counterparts. Even flying from Vilnius will become more sustainable soon, with the new departures terminal set to be equipped with a 5,000 sq.m solar power plant module.

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Quick Facts

When to Visit Sustainably

High season is between June and August, but there is temperate weather during May and September as well.

Suggested Season

We suggest visiting outside of high season, between April - May, and September - October.

Time Zone

+2 UTC

How to Get There: Fast / Slow

There are rail connections available through Germany and Poland. Air travel is also possible from UK airports

Currency

Euro

Tipping Etiquette

Usually tipping only occurs in restaurants and bars, and is around 10%.

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Sustainable highlights in Vilnius

  • Benedikto Turgus Market

    Shopping at a market is a great way to experience local culture. Bring your bag and fill it with fresh local vegetables and fruit. Try some local cheese and taste gourmet products from farms all over the world: olives, olive oil, spices, fish, meat, coffee and other products from small farmers, organic farms and responsible producers.

  • Senatorių pasažas

    This historical mansion in the heart of Vilnius Old Town is now a haven for sustainability and slow-living philosophy. Dine in a farm-to-table restaurant, shop for meat, cheese and vegetables from the local Farmers Circle organic farm, get a freshly baked pastry with your morning coffee and don’t rush. If you’re interested in a more thorough experience, you can always visit the Farmers Circle, which is less than 100km away from Vilnius.

  • Heart Made Farm

    Order fresh vegetables directly from this organic farm. Grown by a family using hand tools and lots of love, their vegetables are the best you can get. Plus, they can be delivered all year round to you plastic-free, either weekly or bi-weekly. You’ll also join a community of friends that is passionate about good food, nature and simple living.

  • Umumu

    Childhood is pure; let’s keep it this way. Clothing, furniture, interior details and other perfect gifts for little ones are made of sustainable materials: recycled plastic, FSC, OEKO-TEX certified and GOTS-compliant materials. Raising children can be fun and environmentally friendly.

  • Dėk’ui

    They say one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, which is especially true at this cosy shop. Leave some things you don’t need or get into a thrifty mood. Look for clothes, shoes, household items, interior details, books and other smaller items waiting for a new home. Participate in the open workshops to experience the joy of reusing and crafting.

  • Miesto Laboratorija Community Centre

    Drop by this cafe housed in an environmentally friendly educational community centre. Freshly prepared breakfast, lunch or coffee breaks will enrich your day. It’s an authentic local experience whenever you visit. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, there’s fresh bread and pastries, and on Fridays, you’ll find a farmers market. See creativity blooming in the hydroponic garden and join the educational programs on sustainability and zero-waste.

  • Getting around the conscious way

    Vilnius’ streets are especially friendly to visitors who like to get about on foot. The shops, restaurants, and landmarks are situated within walkable distances.
    Sustainable explorations of the city start after landing at the airport. Since it is only 20 minutes away from the city centre, there is no need to add to the traffic emissions. Travellers that are keen on faster means of getting around, can hop on electric scooters or use a car-sharing system. Vilnius has collaborated with businesses to establish a Shared Mobility Hub that promotes car-sharing services, reduces the number of vehicles in the streets, and urges the city’s residents and visitors to commute more sustainably.
    Soon the city will introduce new environmentally friendly means of transport – hydrogen-powered public buses that will circulate the streets and contribute to reaching Vilnius’ climate neutrality goals.

  • Deposit refund scheme

    The deposit system has been operating in Lithuania since 2016. The non-profit organisation PI “Užstato Sistemos Administratorius” (USAD) is established by Lithuanian beverage producers, importers and sellers, which manages the system activities in the country. USAD collects 9 out of 10 beverage cans, one-way glass and plastic bottles, marked with the deposit system mark, placed on the market each year. According to the public opinion, the system contributes to the clean-up of the environment, helps to reduce the amount of litter found in forests, lakes and other natural sites.

     

    The scheme works like this: when purchasing beverage packaging with a special symbol, a 0,10€ deposit fee is charged. After returning your used bottles or cans by putting them into special machines installed in supermarkets, the 0,10€ is paid back to you after scanning the receipt at the cash register. The returned bottles and cans go directly to recycling centres.

  • The Green Wave is rising in Vilnius

    The Green Wave is sweeping through Vilnius as the capital’s Municipality has set an ambitious goal, within the next two years, to make all the city’s streets greener and much cosier. More than 100,000 trees, 10 million bushes and 300,000 climbing vines will be planted in Vilnius within that period of time. The Municipality administration calls all the residents of the city, the municipalities, entities and organisations to join this ambitious campaign.

    “Residents of Vilnius are proud and its guests admire green Vilnius, but many streets are still not as green as they could be. Only by uniting the efforts of the municipality and Vilnius residents can we turn our streets green. And together we need to allow nature to do more. We want it green behind the window and on the streets, so let us plant acacias, lindens, vines, and ivies. Let us plant the plants that grow well in Vilnius,” says Remigijus Šimašius, the Mayor of Vilnius.

  • Sustainable activities around town

    Scenic routes coiling around Vilnius offer different ways to discover the city sustainably.

    The 15th-century Bernardine Gardens right in the centre of the city are especially enchanting during the holidays when the area is decked in decorations and lights to make it a cosy hangout spot. All of Vilnius radiates the soft glow of the Christmas lights in the weeks leading up to the holidays, and roaming its decorated streets might be the sustainable activity visitors are yearning for.

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