As the capital and largest city of Lithuania, Vilnius is one of the most significant cultural, economic, and historical centers in the Baltic States. Vilnius celebrates its 700th anniversary in 2023! Located at the confluence of the Neris and Vilnia rivers in the southeast part of the country, this city of 500,000 people features a large, in-tact medieval Old Town with touches of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical architecture. And while Vilnius has plenty of modern details (including great sidewalks), almost half of the city is preserved in parks and nature reserves. This layout has created numerous opportunities for pleasant running in Vilnius, ranging from tours of the historic town to riverfront paths and multiple parks.
In addition to our ‘runseeing’ tour of Old Town, the best places to run in Vilnius are along the Neris River and in some of the signature local parks, including Vingis Park, Kalnų and Bernadine Parks, Verkiai Regional Park, Pavilnių Regional Park, and some other small parks north of the city. For a special destination run, take the train to Traikai for a waterfront tour of the castles there.
Vilnius is very friendly to public transport with a good system of affordable trolleys and buses. Cycling is also popular due to extensive networks of shareable CycloCity bikes.