Vilnius Off The Beaten Path

  • Neris River  and city of Vilnius from overlook.
    Neris River and city of Vilnius from...
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  • Inside those Grey Soviet style buildings.
    Inside those Grey Soviet style...
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  • 1. Sovietic-era buildings and other relicts

    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...

  • 2. Trakai

    Our half day tour to Trakai Castle was the individual highlight of our 2 days in Vilnius. The fortified castle built on an island by Grand Duke Vietautas during the 15th century and now fully restored...

  • 3. Districts of Vilnius

    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...

  • 4. Old town details

    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...

  • 5. Statues and fountains

    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,...

  • 6. Churches

    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...

  • 7. TV tower

    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...

  • 8. Famous buildings

    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...

  • 9. Europe park

    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...

  • 10. Zaliasis bridge

    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...

  • 11. Modern buildings

    I had to zoom when I was walking around the observation deck of Vilnius TV tower. the middle of cement desert of Soviet-style identical grey apartments buildings I saw... look at my picture....

  • 12. Wooden architecture

    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...

  • 13. Kernave

    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,...

  • 14. Cemeteries

    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...

  • 15. Panoramas

    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...

  • 16. Obtaining visa for Russia

    We decided to go to Russia when we saw it is very easy to obtain visa at the railway station in Vilnius. Just go to the tourist information office. In there is...

  • 17. Public Art - Zemach Shabad Sculpture

    This was one of my favourite statues that I saw during our visit to Vilnius - partly because of the quality of the sculpture, and the captured expressions, and...

  • 18. Public Art - 'Easter Egg' on granite column

    Near to our hotel was this small square, with this egg sculpture - we were quite intrigued as to what it was doing there. Well I've found a bit out about it...

  • 19. Vaga Bookshop

    Want to find a place with a great view on a rainy day? Make your way to the Vaga book store on the 3rd floor of the Gedimino 9 mall. If you go to the back of...

  • 20. Geographical Center Of Europe

    A fun half day trip to do from Vilnius is to visit the center of Europe. It is under an hour away and a fun thing to say you have visited while in...

  • 21. under egg statue

    Egg sculpture in the Pylimo Gatve street in the Jewish quarterSculpture “Easter Egg” (“Margutis”)2003 artist Lijana Turskytė turned 300 kg egg erected on...

  • 22. Jewish Vilnius 6: a little of what once was

    You can get a tiny taste of the myriad narrow streets and alleyways of what was once the main Jewish community by wandering around the area of the Great...

  • 23. Jewish Vilnius 5: Great Synagogue and the Gaon

    The Great Synagogue (one of the 100 or so which existed in Vilnius pre-war) no longer exists. It's site is now surrounded by more modern blocks of flats, with a...

  • 24. Jewish Vilnius 4: the ghetto gates

    The gates of ghetto number 2 no longer stand, of course, any more than most of the buildings which existed at that time.Across a small grassy area near Mesiniu...

  • 25. Jewish Vilnius 3: also Mesiniu.

    A few steps further along Mesiniu from the ghetto memorial is this sculpture. It is new, dating from 2007.The memorial is to Dr Zemach Shabad (1864-1935). I...

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