DISCOVERING VILNIUS IN 2019: A CAPITAL OF MODERN CULTURE AND GASTRONOMY OPEN TO EXPERIMENTATION2019 02 08
Guests to Lithuania’s modern and open capital are in for much more than the cultural heritage and history the city is known for. An impressive museum of modern art, some of the best restaurants in the Baltics, numerous exclusive experiences, and a selection of newly opened hotels make Vilnius an attractive destination for independent travellers and groups alike.
Experiencing the City’s Modern Spirit
Contemporary culture has been budding in Vilnius for some time now, and art lovers from around the world are taking note of the exciting development the local modern art movement is undergoing. The new MO Modern Art Museum unites an active community of modernists and invites visitors to discover the extensive collection of modern Lithuanian art owned by Danguolė and Viktoras Butkai. Designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, together with a team from Do Architects, the building itself is like a modern work of art and is already critically acclaimed – it has won two awards and was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award for Contemporary Architecture.
Tasting Vilnius is a Key Part of the Journey
Vilnius is quickly becoming a hotspot for gastronomic tourism. Two of the three best restaurants in the Baltics are in Vilnius – Nineteen18 and Sweet Root both succeeded in captivating the White Guide judges with seasonal cuisine that uses locally sourced ingredients. There are also several ways to enjoy the flavours of the world in Vilnius – the street food scene is on the rise and can be experienced in food markets right in the heart of the city. Halės Market and the Downtown Food Hallare two such places that charm their visitors with laid-back atmospheres and high-quality food.
Finding the Perfect Place to Stay has Never Been Easier
With more and more business and leisure travellers visiting Vilnius annually and the city’s 700th anniversary taking place in January 2023, Vilnius is attracting new international and local hotel chains. In 2018, 600 new hotel rooms were available to guests. This year, over 300 fine business class hotel rooms will be ready, and some 550 new hotel rooms are planned for 2020.
It’s already easier to stay close to the airport thanks to the 4-star Loop Hotel, and the new Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel is also slated to open by 2020.
Travellers looking for luxury can find it at the famous 5-star Hotel PACAI by Design Hotels, or the 4-star Hotel Vilnia, right in the heart of the Old Town. Double Tree by Hilton, another luxury hotel, will open its doors in 2019, and the new Nordic Choice Hotel chain’s Clarion Hotel Vilnius will be up and running in 2020.
Business travellers often choose the new 4-star Courtyard by Marriott Vilnius City Centre, the 3-star Ibis Vilnius Centre, or the city’s largest hotel, the recently renovated Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva, which now offers 465 rooms. The modern business centre on Gediminas Avenue will include Hilton Garden Inn in 2019, and Radisson RED will be a welcome addition in 2020 next to the business centres on Konstitucijos Avenue.
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