Lithuania Things to Do

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Lithuania Things to Do

  • Gediminas castle

    Vilnius Things to Do

    The funicular railway started operating in Vilnius in 2003. It takes people from the foot of Gediminas Hill and in 35 seconds the funicular railway covers the 71m. The ascending journey which includes getting on and off the funicular lasts around one minute. The train accommodates up to 16 people. Opening Hours: May to September (Mon to Sun) 10.00...

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  • Cathedral

    Vilnius Things to Do

    The history begun in the middle of the 13th century when the Lithuanian King Mindaugas converted to Christianity and built a Christian temple on the spot where the Cathedral of Vilnius now stands. Parts of the current cathedral are from the middle of the 15th century, but it has been rebuilt, modified and extended many times during the years, and...

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  • Gates of Dawn

    Vilnius Things to Do

    Medieval city gates were commonly built with a religious relic to bolster their defence, at least in the mind of the locals. Things like a fragment of the true cross, a reliquary from the crown of thorns or hair of the Virgin Mary would be built into the gates in the hope of gaining favour from God. In Vilnius they went a step further, building an...

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  • Uzupis district

    Vilnius Things to Do

    Uzupis gives artists a bad name. As one crosses the river and enters this part of town, they are suddenly faced with trash, litter and garbage (yes, I know those are the same thing, but there is so much of it that it needed to mentioned thrice). I was told I could get my passport stamped with an Uzupis stamp if I went to some of the galleries along...

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  • Church of St Ann

    Vilnius Things to Do

    One of Vilnius's most outstanding pieces of architecture, and one of the main reasons that the old town has protected UNESCO status, the Church of St. Anne cannot be missed. The front facade, made of brick in a flamboyant Gothic style, is breathtaking. The bricks rise and merge creating twisting arches that snake across the church's facade. I don't...

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  • Hill of Three Crosses

    Vilnius Things to Do

    With Raimundas acting as a guide, we walked to the Three Crosses. It was a crisp day, and the views were wonderful. It is well worth the walk to the top to both see the monument and the view over the city!

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  • TV tower

    Vilnius Things to Do

    I was devastated to go here. I saw the important role which the tower had in 1991, the Russians attacked the tower with tanks and killed several people defending it. This became a historical place and you can read about this event downstairs in teh tower. It turns around in 45 minutes , you can eat or drink and see the environment. It costs you...

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  • Church of St. Francis and Bernardine

    Vilnius Things to Do

    If Vilnius were a sitcom this church, along with St. Anne's, would be twins who didn't get along. St. Anne's would be all beauty, no brains- gorgeous on the outside but simple on the inside, while the Bernardine Church would be the ugly duckling who was plain out the outside (wearing glasses and a ponytail, of course) but complex and interesting on...

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  • Gedimino avenue

    Vilnius Things to Do

    Gedimino Avenue is the main street in Vilnius centre and named after the Grand duke of Lithuania Gediminas. The Novotel hotel where we stayed is located on the avenue. The avenue is popular for shopping and dining. There are souvenir shops, restaurants, Lithuania bank, shopping malls, coffee shops, bars, money exchange, atm machine, McDonald. The...

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  • Church of Sts Peter and Paul

    Vilnius Things to Do

    St. Peter and St. Paul's Church is a Roman Catholic church located in the Antakalnis neighbourhood of Vilnius (about 20 minutes walk from the Old Town). The present church is from late 17th century and is considered a Lithuanian Baroque masterpiece. I also think the church is quite beautiful, especially inside. It is very white and bright (like...

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  • Europe park (Europos parkas)

    Vilnius Things to Do

    It is an adventure to get there with public transport. But it is worth it! The information on their website is incorrect. The restaurant is very nice with decent food and prices. Take bus 1g from the station or bus 53, get out at Broiniaus (third stop after you have crossed the river). Then you can take 36 and get out when they tell you. From...

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  • Genocide Victims Museum

    Vilnius Things to Do

    The Museum of Genocide Victims (the KGB Museum) is located in the former Gestapo/KGB-headquarter in the centre of Vilnius. The museum is split over 3 floors and covers the period from around 1940 to 1991; Partisan wars, deportations, Soviet prison camps, the KGB, anti-Soviet resistance, and much more... The basement of the old KGB-headquarter was...

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  • Parliament

    Vilnius Things to Do

    The Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament) is a remarkably ugly building hiding at the far end of Gediminas Avenue, long after this beautiful boulevard's glory has faded. The building was so ugly, and its grounds so run down and unkempt, I thought I'd got the wrong address. Thankfully it turns out the government has had the good sense to move out of this...

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  • Vilnius University

    Vilnius Things to Do

    With over twenty thousand students, a few more than in Oxford, the main university of Vilnius is a heavyweight. It's also one of the oldest in Europe, dating back to 1579. Today the university grounds incorporate a number of fine buildings, especially Church of St. John, the Aula and the Observatory. Its alumni counts among its members a Nobel...

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  • Russian Othodox church of the Holy...

    Vilnius Things to Do

    The Church of the Holy Spirit was built in 1638, on the site of a former old wooden church. Badly damaged by a fire 1749, but rebuilt in the present Late Baroque style. I only had a quick look inside; beautiful main altarpiece, the relics of Orthodox saints Anthony, John, and Eustatius - and the crypt (which I missed)... Next to the church are...

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  • Presidential Palace

    Vilnius Things to Do

    The Presidential Palace (in Lithuanian: Prezidentura) dates back to the late 14th century, but has been rebuilt and expanded many times since then. The present appearance in Empire Style is from a reconstruction in the 19th century. For many years, it served as a residence for the Bishops in Vilnius, but also Russian Tsars and Napoleon Bonaparte...

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  • Statue of Grand Duke Gediminas

    Vilnius Things to Do

    The Gediminas Monument was unveiled in 1996. It shows Gediminas on his horse, holding his sword in his LEFT hand which some want to interpret that he prefered diplomacy instead of war and violence. What about him per

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  • Belfry in Cathedral Square

    Vilnius Things to Do

    The square where the cathedral and the clock tower sits was earlier the area of the lower castle. The area was surrounded by a 1km long wall with four gates. The clock towe

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  • Statue of Frank Zappa

    Vilnius Things to Do

    For curiosity value it is worth searching out this statue. Sign posts nearby give directions. On finding it the fact that it seems to be in a car park is a bit of a let down. The statue is worth a look & a picture, so too is the mural behind it.

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  • Russian Orthodox church of St Parasceve

    Vilnius Things to Do

    This Orthodox church has suffered some great swings in fortunes. From Peter the Great praying here for victory during the Great Northern War, before returning to act as Godfather to the Ganibal, the great grandfather of Pushkin... to Stalin. During communist times it was forced to stop services. Originally Stalin planned for it the indignity of...

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  • Russian Orthodox church of St. Nicolas

    Vilnius Things to Do

    I thought that if there was a sign on the door saying no underwear and no photos, that mean I couldn't go inside if I was wearing underwear and/or taking photos. I thought about taking off my underwear to enter, but I really needed that extra layer of warmth. Vilnius is cold, even in summer. I honestly didn't think the sign prohibited standing well...

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  • Town Hall square

    Vilnius Things to Do

    The first mention of a Town Hall in Vilnius was way back in 1432, but the present building is from 1799. I only had a look from the outside... and it is a beautiful old building with 6 columns and the coat-of-arms of Vilnius – St. Christopher and baby Jesus - on the main facade. During the years, the Town Hall building has been used as a theatre...

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  • Gates of Basilians

    Vilnius Things to Do

    At the Barbakanas Hill are some remains of the former Vilnius defensive walls. They were built in the beginning of the 16th century to protect the city from attack from Sweden and Russia. A bastion was added to the defensive walls in the 17th century, and it is now rebuilt and contains a small military museum - but everything was closed when I...

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  • Lithuanian National museum

    Vilnius Things to Do

    Housing an extensive collection of artifacts showcasing Lithuania's cultural history, this large museum is located just a few steps away from Cathedral Square. Inside, collections include early archeology, ethnography (you know what that means- costumed mannequins!), iconography, numismatics, modern history and a special gathering of works by the...

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  • Synagogue

    Vilnius Things to Do

    Once widely known as Yerushalayim De Lita the "Jerusalem of Lithuania", Vilnius once was comparable only to Jerusalem, Israel, as a world center for the study of the Torah, and for its large Jewish population. That is why one part of Vilnius was named Jeruzalë. At the end of the 19th century, the number of synagogues in Vilnius exceeded one...

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  • Russian Orthodox church of Holy Mother...

    Vilnius Things to Do

    If you take the Gedimino Prospektas (the main street of Vilnius) and walk across the Zvërynas bridge, you'll find the Church of the Apparition of the Holy Mother of God on your right just after you passed the bridge. It is a Russian Orthodox church, built in 1903 and restored in 2009. Sorry, I don't have any photos from inside, but the church is...

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  • Church of Sts Johns

    Vilnius Things to Do

    The Church of St John is an architectural designed monument of late baroque period. The church is integrated with Vilnius University and the church bell tower makes the structures the highest point in Vilnius Old Town. St John was visited by Pope John II, kings and dukes which makes St John an important church.

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  • Artilery bastion of Vilnius defensive...

    Vilnius Things to Do

    When cannon was invented, bastion of artillery was biult in Vilnius. In beginning of XVII constructions ended. Built mostly for defend of Sweden and Russian armies. Later, when other nations occupied Lithuania, there was a storehouse, covered with 12m of soil, there people grew up their vegetables and so on. Here is a part of defensive walls...

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  • Church of St. Casimir

    Vilnius Things to Do

    St Casimir's is the oldest Baroque church in town, founded by the Jesuits in 1604. It is named after Lithuania's patron saint St Casimir who had recently be

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  • Church of the Holy Spirit

    Vilnius Things to Do

    Built as a baroque church in the shape of a Latin cross, this Orthodox church feels out of place in Vilnius. With its peaceful, tree shaded grounds, on a hot summer's day, you could be transported to somewhere like Spain or Italy. Inside the church is also decorated with stucco mouldings and sculptures, which again is unlike typical Orthodox...

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  • Church of St. Theresa

    Vilnius Things to Do

    The Church of St. Theresa was built between 1633 and 1650, making it one of the earliest Baroque churches in Vilnius. The idea was to create the most beautiful church in the city, and it is also quite a sight although the Church of St. Theresa is without tower or spire. But the interior is more impressive than the exterior IMO... The altarpiece is...

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  • Pilies street

    Vilnius Things to Do

    Pilies street is quintessential old town Vilnius. It cuts straight through the old city from the Cathedral to the City Hall, and continues as Didzioj street down to the Gates of Dawn. You can see here in a short walk the best of old town Vilnius, the low rise brick buildings, the magnificent churches, the evocative cobbled streets, the tiny run...

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  • Lithuanian National Drama Theatre

    Vilnius Things to Do

    These three odd-looking black-robed figures leaning out onto Gedimino Prospektas from the Lithuanian National Drama Theater are the Three Muses. While they look like characters out of some futuristic science-fiction movie, these characters actually are supposed to represent drama, comedy, and tragedy. The theater itself can be worth a visit if you...

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  • Orthodox church of St. Constantine and...

    Vilnius Things to Do

    The Orthodox Church of St. Michael and St. Constantine (Sv. Konstantino ir Michailo Cerkve) belongs to the Russain Heritage of Vilnius. It is also known as Romanov Church as it was built in 1913 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty. With its large green onion domes the church was constructed with elements of the Rostov and...

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  • Church of St Michael and museum of...

    Vilnius Things to Do

    This church differ from others, because of museum of architecture is inside. What is more, this church is only one built in style if renaissance. Details of interior was devastated in wars, fires. Remained tomb of Leonas Sapiega and his family (chancellor of Grand Duchy of Lithuania, who died in 1633).

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  • Statue of Adam Mickiewich

    Vilnius Things to Do

    Near St. Anne's Church you will find a statue of Adam Mickiewicz, a great Polish poet who was born in what had been, only a handful of years earlier, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (though it was part of the Russian Empire at the time of his birth). Mickiewicz wrote poetry patriotic to Poland and other works celebrating Lithuanian victories through...

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  • Statue of king Mindaugas

    Vilnius Things to Do

    Mindaugas was the first Grand Duke of Lithuania and the nation's only king. Because most of his followers also reigned as Kings of Poland, he was the only one to hold the unique Lithuanian title. His statue is located in front of the National Museum, and there are other monuments around the town and country, such as the Mindaugas Bridge spanning...

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  • Baricades of Parliament defenders in...

    Vilnius Things to Do

    On the western side of the Parliament building a few barricades are used as a memorial to commemorate the 23 Lithuanian victims of the independence fight against the Soviets in 1991. The barricades were set up in winter 1990/91 to protect the Parliament building against the crackdown. Apart from the barricades, there is also a memorial about...

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  • Didzioji street

    Vilnius Things to Do

    These two lovely, renovated recently buldings on my picture were merchants' houses and formed eastern wall of the Town Hall Square (Rotuses aikste). The building on the left (Didzioji 24), gothic in 16th century was later rebuilt in clasic style. The building on the right (Didzioji 26) was built in gothic style as small merchants' house in 15th...

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  • Tomb of Marshal Pilsudski

    Vilnius Things to Do

    Pilsudski's Heart: At the Rasu Cemetery on Sukileliu, southeast of the old city. Pre-war Polish leader Jozef Pilsudski, who forcibly incorporated Vilnius into Poland in 1920, always said his heart lay in this city. To prove the point for posterity, he directed that his heart be cut out and buried in Vilnius after his death. His heart's in this...

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  • Lower Castle

    Vilnius Things to Do

    Oh, just to make some order there were: I. The Upper Castle on the top of a hill called Gediminas or Castle Hill or Mountain, just north of the centre/downtown and Cathedral Square (Archikatedros aikste) and south of Neris River, II. The Lower Castle at the northern and western footsteps of the hill. Nowadays the Lower Castle consists of a few...

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  • Museum of Applied Art

    Vilnius Things to Do

    I parked my car on small (UNLIMITED TIME and FREE) parking lot located by the Museum of Applied Art (Taikomosios Dailes Muziejus) so the museum was my first target in Vilnius. THE BUILDING The Museum was housed in bright white building which was the eastern block of the Old Arsenal - one of the buildings of the Lower Castle at the foot of...

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  • Lukiskiu square

    Vilnius Things to Do

    Lukishki Square is located in the centre of Vilnius, and is one the largest squares of the city. During the Soviet era, the square was renamed to Lenin Square, and in the centre was a huge statue of him, but it was removed in 1991. Now the square is surrounded by churches, governmental buildings - and also a symbol of terror in the 20th century,...

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  • House of Opera

    Vilnius Things to Do

    Opera house represents soviet Lithuanian architecture and, as I saw, it is really interesting and looks nice. Inside of opera house is with a lot of ornaments and big lamps, which can be seen easily from the outside. Exterior had made by brick, glass, fancy statues of opera's heroes. Only pity thing I hadn't been so lot times in this...

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  • Verkiai regional park

    Vilnius Things to Do

    You cannot go into the castle, but a walk in the park is nice too. If you go to the end you have a nice view over the river and if you walk down the wooden stairs you end up at an old restored windmill where you can have a nice dinner or lunch. Take bus 1g from the station or bus 53, get out at Broiniaus (third stop after you have crossed the...

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