Lithuania Things to Do

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Lithuania Things to Do

  • Gediminas castle

    Vilnius Things to Do

    I always like going up hills over cities to get a great view and an idea of the layout of the city. This is a must in Vilnius because you truly see a great view of the old city on one side, and then a modern view on the other - such a great contrast. From the city, it is easy to walk towards the hill and I took the funicular going up, but then...

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  • Uzupis district

    Vilnius Things to Do

    Uzupis is an ideal neighbourhood to just walk around. It's not too big and easily reached. When walking through Uzupio make sure to look into some of the backyards - that's where the quarter's real spirit is found. Dilapidated wooden houses with exfoliating paint, laundry drying in the sun between old trees, cats sitting on walls... It's a pleasure...

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  • Cathedral

    Vilnius Things to Do

    Vilnius Cathedral - or to give it its full Lithuanian title Vilniaus Šv. Stanislovo ir Šv. Vladislovo arkikatedra bazilika - is one of the city’s dominant features, located at the eastern end of Gediminas pr, on the edge of the Old Town and beneath Castle Hill. It is believed that the first church was built on the site in 1251. The current...

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  • Gates of Dawn

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Church of St Ann

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Vilnius Things to Do

    St Anne's Church is the most beautiful example of Late Gothic in Lithuania. The construction works lasted almost a century, completed only in 1581. Since then the exterior has a

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  • Gedimino avenue

    Vilnius Things to Do

    Gedimino prospektas is the city’s main street. A boulevard. An avenue. “Gedimino” for short. It started life as “St. George Avenue” in Imperial Russia days - 1836. It became ulica Mickiewicza when Vilnius was under Polish rule (1922–1939). It was Adolf Hitler Straße for a while. Under the Soviet occupation it was “Stalin Avenue” and then “Lenin...

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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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  • Hill of Three Crosses

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Europe park (Europos parkas)

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Church of Sts Peter and Paul

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Church of St. Francis and Bernardine

    Vilnius Things to Do

    A Bernardine monastery was founded on the site in 1469. Later on the

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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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  • 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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  • Vilnius University

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Presidential Palace

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Russian Othodox church of the Holy...

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Statue of Frank Zappa

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Church of St. Casimir

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Church of the Holy Spirit

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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 Sts Johns

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Russian Orthodox church of St Parasceve

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Church of St. Theresa

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Russian Orthodox church of Holy Mother...

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Baricades of Parliament defenders in...

    Vilnius Things to Do

    One of the places worth seeing is a memorial which lies next to the Seimas (parliament) commemorating the victims of the independence struggle in January 1991. 13 died at the TV Tower as Soviet special forces tried to mount a coup against the Lithuanian Government which had declared independence from the Soviet Union. Their tanks surrounded the...

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  • Lithuanian National museum

    Vilnius Things to Do

    In this place in XIV century one of the oldest part of Lower Castle had stayed. From ages to ages it was changed and reconstructed to weapons arsenal. Now it is a palace with Lithuanian history museum. Some expositions change. It is worth-seeing museum with lot of to see and cheap (about 1,1 Euro for one person and about 0,55 euro for...

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  • Russian Orthodox church of St. Nicolas

    Vilnius Things to Do

    It is hard to get any kind of information about the Church of St Nicholaus because since it is a Russian Orthodox church, most of it is written in Russian which I do not master. But I know a little: This is one of the oldest still standing churches in Vilnius, built by Grand Duke Algirdas' (aka Olgerds) se

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  • Statue of king Mindaugas

    Vilnius Things to Do

    The monument, unveiled in 2003, stands in front of the New Arsenal which hosts the National Museum.

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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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  • 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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  • Orthodox church of St. Constantine and...

    Vilnius Things to Do

    This church, under renovation on the outside, but inside appears to be totally refurbished already. Visitors are welcomed, photo's allowed. It's a nice church to visit with an interesting iconostasis, (altar screen.)

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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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  • Statue of Adam Mickiewich

    Vilnius Things to Do

    Adam Mickiewicz, known to Lithuanians as Adomas Mickevicius, (1798 - 1855) was the Polish national poet. He studied at the university in Vilnius from 1815 to 1819 and was also later living in Lithuania for a period of time.

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  • illuminati room

    Vilnius Things to Do

    Owner description: Illuminati room is an exciting amusement. Solve the puzzles and find the clues to earn your freedom, you have 60 minutes, so be quick! Come with your friends, family and coworkers and have a great time. From 2-5 people

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  • Europa Square

    Vilnius Things to Do

    That's nice new modern place in Vilnius. Europa buildings and square was opened in 2004, when Lithuania have joined European Union. The buildings around are: Vilnius government, Business centre, Europa market. It is nice to see that new "must see places" in Vilnius appear. This place is like the start of Vilnius modern centre on opposite side...

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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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  • Surroundings of Puckoriai

    Vilnius Things to Do

    I hadn't heard about this territory since I saw it on TV a few days ago and I decided to go there. The weather was fine and I was amazed by a never seen place of Vilnius - green meadows, forests, scarps, torrential river Vilnele. By going further I got a peep of a big French style water mill, built in XIX century and a waterfalls of Vilnele. A...

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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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