Vilniaus Apskritis Off The Beaten Path

  • Trakai
    Trakai
    by lotharscheer
  • Trakai
    Trakai
    by lotharscheer
  • Trakai
    Trakai
    by lotharscheer

Vilniaus Apskritis Off The Beaten Path

  • Trakai

    Vilnius Off The Beaten Path

    The 13. and 14. centuries was a time of struggles against the crusaders of the Teutonic Order. During the second half of the 14th century a stone castle was built in Trakai, the temporary residence between 1316 and 1323 of the Grand Duke of Lituania.

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  • Sovietic-era buildings and other relicts

    Vilnius Off The Beaten Path

    Grutas Park (Gruto Parkas) is a large outdoor park which exhibits all sorts of Soviet relicts, such as sculptures, monuments or vehicles. It was opened in 2001 by a private entrepreneur. The park is also home to a museum with paintings, photos and other Soviet propaganda documents. The more than 80 exhibits are positioned along an approximately 2...

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  • Statues and fountains

    Vilnius Off The Beaten Path

    This statue is in honour of the Lithuanian novelist Žemaitė (1845-1921). Her real name was Julija Beniuševičiūtė-Žymantienė. She was born into a poor Polish speaking family, but had aristocratic ancestors, which produced a nature of snobbishness in her family. She was banned from speaking Lithuanian as a child, as this...

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  • Districts of Vilnius

    Vilnius Off The Beaten Path

    I agree that the buildings from the TV Tower look grey, but leave the tower and walk between the building and see the people. I've been staying with a young family for several weeks now.They are both professionals working in Vilnius. Life is anything but grey. They have a 3 year old daughter who is full of life, with another one on the way. They...

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  • Old town details

    Vilnius Off The Beaten Path

    Walking south from the Town Walls and the Bastion we passed through some old streets with old houses really in bad conditions, which need absolutely some restorations, after which they could become really nice as they were before! This street should be Sv.Dviasios gatve, which is really close to the Gates of Dawn.

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  • Churches

    Vilnius Off The Beaten Path

    Since I talked about this church just here above, let's show it! ;-) It's really not too off the beaten path, since it lies in Lukiškių aikste, a big green square between the Parliament building ad Gedimino Prospekt, but I think it's not one of the main tourists spots. The present building of the church has survived from the 17th century,...

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  • Famous buildings

    Vilnius Off The Beaten Path

    I took a morning walk from my Crowne Plaza Hotel. Walking eastwards M.K. Ciurlionio gatve (street) I could see this building with two white domes on my picture in a park on the left (north) at M.K.Ciurlionio 29. It was the Astronomical Observatory of the Vilnius University , also known as the Vilnius Astronomical Observatory, a departament of the...

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  • Europe park

    Vilnius Off The Beaten Path

    Little known fact - The geographical centre of Europe is 15-20 km north of Vilnius. So, no, it's not Germany/Switzerland/Poland as one might have thought. We had hoped to get there, but apparently it's rather awkward to accomplish this by public transport.

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  • TV tower

    Vilnius Off The Beaten Path

    The skyline of Vilnius is dominated by TV Tower located in the suburbs, southwest of the centre/downtown. With the height of 326 m (1071 ft) it was the tallest tower in Lithuania and the second tallest in the Baltic states after TV tower in Riga, Latvia. At the height of 165 m there was a revolving cafe ("Paukaciu takas" = Milky Way) with an...

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  • Modern buildings

    Vilnius Off The Beaten Path

    I had to zoom when I was walking around the observation deck of Vilnius TV tower. And...in the middle of cement desert of Soviet-style identical grey apartments buildings I saw... look at my picture. Quite pretty oasis and sign of new times, am I wrong? More, please!

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  • Cemeteries

    Vilnius Off The Beaten Path

    The Bernadine Cemetery (Bernadinu kapines) was founded in 1810 by Bernadine monks on the site of an old cemetery. It was closed in the 1970's and since then remained almost unchanged. It contains graves of famous university professors, artists and scientists. Directions: The Bernadine cemetery is situated on an embankment on the Vilnia river,...

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  • Kernave

    Vilnius Off The Beaten Path

    There was a well-known Lithuanian capital in XIII century, but it's only a little city now. Anyway, it's important to know about past of Lithuania. There is a museum of history, old mounts, beautiful church and so on you must to see. You can see my information about Kernave in separate page.

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  • Zaliasis bridge

    Vilnius Off The Beaten Path

    Across the river, check out the Stalin-era statues. Legend has it Lithuanians left the statues up as a way to poke fun of the old Soviet regime. The statue photo apparently pays tribute to industry and construction according to the guide, though maybe it's education. Anyway, you go, Stalin--show respect for the workers by giving them statues while...

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  • Wooden architecture

    Vilnius Off The Beaten Path

    I could see only a few wooden houses in Vilnius but exclusively outside the old town. Well, the compact urban area of the old town was wooden in the old past but was surely damaged by fires. Only wooden houses standing alone outside could survive. This secret wooden house on my picture was a little bit neglected and looked like a house from a...

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  • Panoramas

    Vilnius Off The Beaten Path

    I always say that the best way to enjoy a town is just going around with no particular goal... in fact here we found this very nice view of the new town, with some older buildings in the front, the high towers of the Church of St. Philip and St. James and the new high skyscrapers on the other bank of the river Neris in the back. Old and new all...

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