The first city on our trip to visit 9 less visited but absolutely awesome European cities by train with the awesome Interrail pass: Vilnius!
The primary goal of course: meeting our amazing Vilnius Spotters again… It’s an extra special team for us: most of Spotters we have met many times all around Europe as they are usually present at the Spotter events and they were “city of the year” in 2016 – the only year we awarded this honor :)
We were very honored to be invited into Šarūnas‘ and Enrica’s lovely home (again, as in 2015!) for a true Lithuanian feast: kvass, home-brewed (raspberry IPA!) beer, šaltibarščiai (cold pink soup), kugelis (potatoe pie) and some amazing Lithuanian cheeses!
In the limited time we had left, Šarūnas took us on a walk around a few of his spots and we ran around like crazy from spot to spot with the Spotted by Locals Vilnius app. Some of the non-touristy jewels in Vilnius we recommend visiting:
Platforma & Peronas – spotted by Šarūnas
“Platforma gives off true Berlin vibes. From daytime raves to concerts to free cinema screenings, relax with a cold one by the train tracks…” Peronas is right next to it – a cool bar where a huge statue of Tony Soprano holds the roof together.
A sculpture for Lithuanian hounds – spotted by Radvile
“I love dogs. It was once a question of wealth and honor for every noble family to have a number of Lithuanian hounds in their estate. Unfortunately, nowadays there are not too many Lithuanian hounds left.”
LOVE bar – spotted by Taira
“A yummy cocktail place in Vilnius, around the station district. I like how the bartenders do their magic in the pink, very dark unground bar…”
Belmontas – spotted by Kamilė
“Far away from the tourist center, Belmont is like an oasis in a forest. I love this place because of the opportunity it offer you to be in the extraordinary nature with amazing ponds, bridges, fountains, waterfalls and the river Vilnelė.”
MKIC – spotted by Paulina
The biggest and most beautiful library in Lithuania, open 24/7! Another spot that’s far from the center, but worth visiting for the beautiful architecture and nice forest surroundings it.
Today we’re on a long train ride from Vilnius to Warsaw, on a train that runs only twice a week and where we’ll have to transfer 2 times. Will we make it in time to catch our connections? Follow us on Facebook & Instagram (@spottedbylocals) stories!