Gediminas' Tower was part of the Upper Castle which was built around year 1400, and is today – besides ruins of some old castle buildings and stone walls - the only remaining part of the castle. The... more
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.... more
The Gate of Dawn (Medininkai Gate) is an old city-gate which was built in 1522 as part of the city's defensive walls. There used to be nine gates in total, but the others were destroyed at the end of... more
A great Gothic masterpiece, St. Anne's Church was designed by Bohemian architect Benedikt Rejt, of Prague Castle. Unlike many other churches in the region, St. Anne's has experienced minimal damage or... more
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... more
Late one afternoon, we decided on a whim to go and visit the Vilnius TV tower, which is inconveniently located amid estates of low rise apartments on the edge of the city. Despite its conspicuousness,... more
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... more
The Hill of Three Crosses is located in Kalnai Park about 20 minutes walk from the Old Town.
The hill has been home of a monument of Three Crosses since the 17th century, and a legend says it was... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
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.... more
The Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit sits in a courtyard some 50m away from the Ausros Vartu gatve. It is a very tranquile area, perfect for contemplation.
The church was built on the site... more
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... more
Home to both the president and government proceedings, the Presidential Palace dates back to the late 1300s and has been expanded and renovated many times in the centuries since. When the president is... more
Seimas Palace is home to the Lithuanian parliament. Construction began in 1976 and a new Parliament Hall opened in 2007, leaving the original to be used only ceremonially. In the courtyard outside the... more
Europos Parkas is a must see when you are visiting Vilnius. It is a huge park with many fun artworks. The park is difficult to reach if you do not have a car. You can rent a bicycle, but you can also... more
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... more
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... more
I thought this church is preety groovy with pinkish colour wall. Outside the church they were like a small market selling paintings, souvenirs and other goodies.
The Church St Paraceve or Piatnickaya... more
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... more
I had great expectations for Vilnius before going there; usually it's a bit underrated compared to Tallinn and Riga, so I expected to find there less tourists, and in fact it was great to go around......
I have been thinking of visiting Vilnius for a long time. I remember my grandparents speaking of it with love: my grandmother had spent a lot of time there as a child. Having lost her father at the......