Experience the atmosphere of a not so touristy Lithuanian town.
It's an industrial and commercial city, grey, ugly, Soviet-style streets
Enjoy delicious crepes and old, impressive Cathedral!
A MUST Visit the Hill of Crosse's just a few klm's from the city,buse's run frequently from the bus station,Siauliai as a good local bus services and very cheap.Not a lot to see in this city the Cathedral and the lake,but out of town great shopping centres,the choice of food in the supermarkets would put the uk to shame,fabolous cloathes & shoes...more
The red brick St George's Church has had a turbulent past. It was built in 1909 by the authorities of Tsarist Russia as a place of worship for the Russian army. The Germans turned the church into a warehouse and later it was taken over by the Lithuanian Army. St George's Church was consecrated in 1999 and is nowadays a catholic...more
The Sts. Apostles Peter and Paul's Church (Sv. Petro ir Povilo baznycia) was built in the late 16th century. In 1997 the church was granted the status of a cathedral. Its 75 m tall tower is the second highest in Lithuania and is the main landmark of Siauliai. Both the interior and the lovely gardens around the church are well worth...more
The nice little Sts. Peter and Paul's Church of the Orthodox parish (Sv. Petro ir Povilo staciatikiu parapijos cerkve) is topped by the typical shining octagon onions. The dwelling houses of the priest and the Orthodox Parish can be found just next to the church.Directions:Sts. Peter and Paul's Church of the Othodox parish is situated near the...more
The Sundial (Saules laikrodzio) commemorates Siauliai's 750th city anniversary in 1986. It was created by three artists from Siauliai and consists of an almost 4 metre tall gilded bronze statue of an archer (saulys) on top of a concrete column. Legend tells that the city name originates from the word saulys meaning archer. On the floor you even...more
The Arch (Arka) is probably one of the more wacky sights in Siauliai. It is an odd looking skeletal structure which is said to make your dreams come true. If you pass under the arch while making a wish your wish will be fulfilled, but if you walk back under the arch and forget about your wish will not come true. Directions:The Arch is situated on...more
Cili Pica is a popular Lithuanian chain of pizza places. The first one was opened in Vilnius in 1997 and nowadays you find them in about 10 cities in Lithuania. They offer meals for all times of the day and are specialised in - you won't believe it - pizzas, which come in various sizes and uncountable variations. The pizzas are not outstanding but...more
As soon as I noticed outdoor tables on a main Siauliai's street I decided to eat there. I had no idea who was captain Morgan but both casual and trendy dressed young and medium-aged people, families with kids and just local friends encouraged me to give Kapitonas Morganas a try. Menu is in Lithuanian, English and German. Meals are relatively...more
We were looking to get a drink after walking the city streets for a while so we walked into Kapitonas Morganas (the Lithuanian translation for Captain Morgan)-it was the heated beer garden that was appealing. But when we walked inside to use the facilities it turned out to be a pretty nice place. Hardwood floors, a nice bar, and it doubled as a restaurant. So we decided to have something to eat here as well. The food was very good, even though all I ordered was a chicken appetizer. The pint of Svyturys were more in my wheelhouse though.
Kapitonas Morganas was a little trendy but the prices were not as steep as you would expect, which was surprising. I was like one of the very few guys in the entire place. Lots of women, age 21-35, hang around here.
JUST RECENTLY JULY 2012 Caught a bus from Siauliai to Pelanga on our return we caught a bus or catch one of the many minibuse's to Kretinga the bus station in this town,is next to bus station from there we caught the train [15-30[ to Siauliai coat for 2 41 litas,this with the mini bus fare was cheaper than catching the boring bus ride to Pelanga...more
I must admit that I didn't travel by train to or from Siauliai, but I was at Siauliai's train station and even travelled on other routes in Lithuania by train.Siauliai's train station is situated less than 1 km southeast of the bus station and about 10 minutes on foot from the city centre. Next to the train station an old steam train can be...more
Siauliai's main east-west shopping boulevard is Vilniaus street (Vilniaus gatve). It was partly turned into a pedestrianised steet in 1975 when it was the first of its kind in Lithuania. Vilniaus street is decorated with flowers, fountains and various sculptures, some of which represent the shops of the street (e.g. a book or a shoe...more
Walking in Siauliai central part I have found few bigger shopping places – medium size IKI shop, market place and supermarket “Saules miestas” (actually means “City of sun”). Saules miestas provides big variety of different shops from food to clothes; it houses some eating-places as well. It is possible to entrance directly to Siauliai bus station...more
Svyturys is a popular beer brand especially on the Curonian Spit as it is brewed in nearby Klaipeda. The brewery was established in 1784 and produces various sorts of beer like wheat beer (Baltas), dark beer (Baltijos) and of course lager beer (Ekstra). Nowadays Svyturys is owned by Baltic Beverages Holding which is controlled by the Carlsberg...more
There is coat of arms of Siauliai put on a wall at Gaidzio Laikrosio Square. There is the date 1236 given below.The coat of arms includes:1. The sun which symbolizes the battle of Saule (which means the Sun), which was fought in the vicinity of Siauliai in 1236 - that time the name Siauliai was first mentioned: pagan Samogitians defeated Livonian...more
I strolled around downtown Siauliai a bit but not much as I didn't like typical, Soviet-style, grey, monotonous and simply ugly buildings lined the town streets. Keep in mind that 85% of the town was ruined during World War II. When Soviet occupation started in 1944, the new industrial city was put up in Soviet style along with the biggest Soviet...more
Walking on a bumpy sidewalk somewhere close to cathedral I almost fell down and sprained my ankle. Luckily my good walking shoes did its work great. So, my advice is to watch steps while walking on sidewalks in downtown Siauliai. They are more or less bumpy.Another warning is for guys only. Please, remember to take your hat, cap or any other head...more
Before I begin, I must say that everyone I encountered in Siauliai were absolutely polite and and pleasant. Actually, I thought that everyone was quite friendly (especially the guy that helped me figure out how to work the gas pump when I stood there looking foul and ridiculous). And I'm sure this warning can just about apply for anywhere you may...more
I couldn't get to know where to go and what to see in Siauliai and that way I skipped a few, maybe interesting, sights. Instead, I "wasted" time on easting and drinking haha. How could it happen?
At first I didn't plan to visit Siauliai. So, I didn't look for any information in the web. On the way I had two travel books on Lithuania:
1. Polish version of Rough Guide travel book to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Kaliningrad district (picture 1)
2. Polish version of German "Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania" travel book by Mairs Geographisher Verlag (picture 2)
Both books almost skipped Siauliai. They only mentioned cathedral and included some details on nearby Hill of Crosses. The first book at least had schematic map of downtown.
Locals and visitors I asked what to see in Siauliai either didn't know or they couldn't speak English and Russian. They all told me only about the Hill of Crosses and cathedral.
Opposite to most visitors' need the Siauliai Tourism Information Centre (Vilniaus Street 213) is closed on Sunday and open shorter on Saturday (10 am - 4 pm) than from Monday to Friday (10 am - 6 pm). You are warned! I found it back to a consumer approach very Soviet in style.
Unique Suggestions: Siauliai is not a touristy city, maybe I didn't skip anything worth seeing. Keep smiling and go to the Hill of Crosses located in a one-horse village called Naisiai, only 12 km (9 mi) north of Siauliai downtown. You will be impressed!
Fun Alternatives: Choose what to see from the following sights I didn't know about (at your risk, I have no idea whether they are worth your time):
1. Museum of Photography (140 Vilniaus St.; hours: Tue - Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 11 am - 4 pm).
2. Museum of Bicycles (139 Vilniaus St.; hours: Tue - Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 11 am - 4 pm).
3. The Palace of Ch. Frenkel (manor and exposition on local Jews; 74 Vilniaus St.; hours: Tue - Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat 11 am - 4 pm).
4. The Venclauskiai House (Lithuanian folk and fine art; 89 Vytauto St.; hours: Tue - Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 4 pm).
5. Museum Of Radio And Television (174 Vilniaus St.; hours: Tue - Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 11 am - 4 pm).
6. Zaliukiai Mill (wooden windmill from 1875; 73 Architektu St.; May 15th until October 1st Tue - Sat 10 am - 5 pm).
7. The Palace of Ausra Avenue (historical and ethnographical exposition; 47 Ausra Avenue; hours: Tue - Fri 9 am - 5 pm, Sat 11 am - 4 pm).
8. Museum of Cats (Zuvininku 18; hours: Tue - Sat 11 am - 5 pm).
9. Siauliai Art Gallery (Vilniaus 245; hours: Mon - Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm).
10. Siauliai University Art Gallery (Vilniaus 141; hours: Mon - Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 3 pm).
The above sights are mostly located either along main pedestrian street (Vilniaus gatve) or nearby.
The Baltic States are rapidly developing countries, therefore an up to date guidebook is very helpful. I used the Lonely Planet Guide "Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania which offers information for all budgets on what to see and do, and tips on dining and accomodation.more
On my travels to East and Central Europe I always try to get myself the latest edition of the "In Your Pocket" guide. These guides are very up to date, provide useful maps and offer all sorts of practical information for independent travels. Most of the tips can also be found on their webpage.Lithuania is the cradle of "In Your Pocket" as the...more
Hill of Crosses is one of these places in Lithuania that is unique around not only in Europe, but whole World. It is one of centers of religion, pilgrim place. It is possible, that first crosses or mount appeared after 1831 Uprising against Tsarist Russia. It was not possible officially to burry bodies of rebels, so crosses as symbols were put...more
One thing which always fascinated me on my trips to the Ex-Sovietunion countries is the Soviet-style architecture.Of course the Baltic countries which are nowadays members of the European Union want to get rid of these odd remains of the past as soon as possible.Nevertheless in summer 2006 we could still find some Soviet style buildings, even in...more
The Hill of Crosses isn't really an "Off the beaten Path" tip; in fact it is the main reason why most travellers come to Siauliai. But as it is located 12 km outside of the city in a sort of no man's land and as it is not that easy to get there I decided to add this tip to "Off the beaten Path".Legends state that the first crosses were planted at...more
The phrase “Siauliai is city-phoenix” is known after the last biggest rehabilitation and reconstruction of city. It happened after World War II, as about 85 percent of old buildings were completely destroyed before. I believe that city looked much nicer before war. As I know, there are more places around this part of Europe having such “phoenix”...more
After years of building new constructions and reconstruction (after World War II) city got an appearance of more soviet city. There are almost no buildings older than, let say, 200 years. Photo taken in Vilniaus street shows long time not produced cigarettes’ brand “Kastytis”. People associate it with soviet times; these cigarettes were still...more
Siauliai has a few historic and architectural interesting buildings. Among them are the Frenkel's Palace (Vilniaus 74) which is a 1908 mansion and the Zubovs Palace (Ausros 50). The palace was built at the end of the 17th century and houses the Faculty of Arts.Other nice buildings include the girls' Didzvaris Grammar School from the middle of the...more