Fascinating Architecture of Vilnius, Vilnius (Self Guided)

The architecture of Vilnius is very beautiful and diverse. Europe's greatest architectural styles such as Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical blend perfectly in the capital of Lithuania. Visitors will instantly recognize such landmarks as Gate of Dawn, Gediminas Tower, and Presidential Palace.
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Fascinating Architecture of Vilnius Map

Guide Name: Fascinating Architecture of Vilnius
Guide Location: Lithuania » Vilnius (See other walking tours in Vilnius)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Author: emily
Gate of Dawn

1) Gate of Dawn (must see)

The Gate of Dawn was built between 1503 and 1522 as a part of defensive fortifications for the city of Vilnius, the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Of the nine city gates, only the Gate of Dawn remains, while the others were destroyed by the order of the government at the end of the 18th century. In the 16th century city gates often contained religious artifacts intended to guard the city from attacks and to bless travelers. The Chapel in the Gate of Dawn contains an icon of The Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of Mercy, said to have miraculous powers. For centuries the picture has been one of the symbols of the city and an object of veneration for both Roman Catholic and Orthodox inhabitants.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Town Hall

2) Town Hall (must see)

Vilnius Town Hall is a historical town hall in the square of the same name in the Old Town of Vilnius, Lithuania. The town hall in Vilnius was mentioned for the first time in 1432. Initially it was a Gothic style building, and has since been reconstructed many times. The current Vilnius Town Hall was rebuilt in neoclassical style according to the design by Laurynas Gucevičius in 1799. It has remained unchanged since then. Its Gothic cellars have been preserved and may be visited. Nowadays it is used for representational purposes as well as during the visits of foreign state officials and rulers, including George Walker Bush and Queen Elisabeth II.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Evangelical Lutheran Church

3) Evangelical Lutheran Church

It is said that in Vilnius existed a Lutheran community since 1553. Due to this fact, in 1555 was build an Evangelical Lutheran Church and was set in a courtyard. This little church combines two elements: the Gothic and the Baroque one. Inside one can see a gorgeous Rococo altar, built by Glaubitz in 1741. This altar has been recently restored and its simplicity and beauty shouldn't be missed.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Tyzenhaus palace

4) Tyzenhaus palace

Tyzenhaus palace was probably constructed by a Venetian architect Giuseppe de Sacco. His owner Tysenhaus went bankrupt and the palace fell into disuse. After his death in 1785, General Fitinhof's widow, bought the palace in 1789 and the next year she ordered its reconstruction. The work was most probably carried out by German-born architect Martin Knakfus. After the reconstruction, the palace had 30 halls and 16 smaller rooms; and was one of the biggest aristocratic residences in Lithuania. The palace has 3 floors on the street side and 4 floors on the courtyard side. The courtyard is fully enclosed by the building and is accessible through 2 gates, one on each of the adjacent streets. The palace is of trapezoid form. On the street side, the building has a tall attic. It has 2-level Gothic cellar, which is currently unused.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Sts. Johns' Church

5) Sts. Johns' Church (must see)

Sts. Johns' Church is also called University Church as it's located on the campus of Vilnius University. The church was built in the 14th century. During the Soviet era, the church offered the Science Museum. The tower, separate from the church itself, was built in the 16th century. The belfry on Sts. Johns' Church is considered the highest church tower in the city. The layout of the Church of St. Johns still reflects its original Gothic structure. It is a 28-by-69-metre (92 ft × 226 ft) hall church with three naves and seven asymmetrical chapels. The tower is the tallest building of Vilnius Old Town
Sight description based on wikipedia
Vilnius University

6) Vilnius University (must see)

Vilnius University is the oldest university in the Baltic states and one of the oldest in Eastern Europe. It is also the largest university in Lithuania.

The university was founded in 1579 as the Jesuit Academy (College) of Vilnius by King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania - Stephen Báthory. It was the third oldest university in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In the aftermath of World War I the University saw failed attempts to restart it by Lithuania (December 1918) and invading Soviet forces (March 1919), and finally resumed operations as the University of Stefan Batory in Poland (August 1918), a period followed by another short Soviet occupation in 1920, and the less than two year period of the Republic of Central Lithuania, annexed by Poland in 1922. After Lithuania regained its independence in 1990, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, it resumed its status as one of the prominent universities in Lithuania as Vilnius University.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Presidential Palace

7) Presidential Palace (must see)

The Presidential Palace is the official office and eventual official residence of the President of Lithuania. The palace dates back to the 14th century and during its history it has undergone various reconstructions, supervised by prominent architects, including Laurynas Gucevičius and Vasily Stasov. In 1997 the palace became the official seat of the President of Lithuania.

The Palace was gradually adapted for use as a presidential office, and since 1997 it has served as the official office of the President of Lithuania. Currently, adaptations are underway to expand the palace's functions to also serve as the president's official residence. A flag displaying the coat of arms of the President is hoisted when the President is present in the Palace or in the city.

Opening hours: Friday: 4 pm – 6:30 pm; Saturday: 9. am – 2:15 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Royal Palace of Lithuania

8) Royal Palace of Lithuania (must see)

The Royal Palace of Lithuania is a replica of the original palace, which once stood on this site. It was originally constructed in the 15th century for the rulers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It was demolished in 1801. Work on a new palace started in 2002 on the site of the original building, and it was opened on 6 July 2009. The new palace was built for ceremonies commemorating the millennium since the first mention of the name of "Lithuania" in the year of 1009. It's definitely worth a visit. Several notable ceremonies took place in the palace, including the wedding of Duke John, who later became King John III of Sweden. The first opera in Lithuania was also staged in the palace in 1634.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Gediminas Tower

9) Gediminas Tower (must see)

Gediminas' Tower is the only remaining part of the Upper Castle in Vilnius.

The first fortifications were built of wood by Duke of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Gediminas. Later the first brick castle was completed in 1409 by Grand Duke Vytautas.

It is possible to climb to the top of the hill on foot or by taking a funicular. The tower houses an exposition of archeologic findings from the hill and the surrounding areas. It is also an excellent vantage point, from where the panorama of Vilnius' Old Town can be admired.

Gediminas' Tower is an important state and historic symbol of the city of Vilnius and of Lithuania itself. It is depicted on the national currency, the litas, and is mentioned in numerous Lithuanian patriotic poems and folk songs. The Flag of Lithuania was re-hoisted atop the tower on October 7, 1988, during the independence movement that was finalized by the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania on March 11, 1990. A reconstruction of the Royal Palace of Lithuania was completed in 2009, and is located near the base of the hill upon which Gediminas' Tower stands.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Vilnius, Lithuania

Create Your Own Walk in Vilnius

Create Your Own Walk in Vilnius

Creating your own self-guided walk in Vilnius is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Shopping in Vilnius

Shopping in Vilnius

Since the Soviet Period, possibilities for shopping in Vilnius have vastly improved. Vilnius is now characterized as a shopping heaven, thanks to state-of-the-art shopping venues that are very popular among tourists from Eastern Europe. The most popular shopping items include jewelry, wooden handicrafts, and alcoholic beverages.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Vilnius' Old Town

Vilnius' Old Town

Europe's greatest architectural achievements such as Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical styles blend perfectly in the nation's capital of Lithuania. You will find the most attractive places of the city in this district.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Vilnius – the largest city and capital of Lithuania, declared in 2009 a European Capital of Culture, is well known for a multitude of churches featuring diverse architectural styles. Still, there's more to Vilnius than just architecture. Any time of year the city hosts a number of events: cultural, musical, cinematographic, theatrical and others. This orientation walk will help you find way...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Museums of Vilnius

Museums of Vilnius

Vilnius is recognized as a city of culture. The city offers a large number of museums that house interesting and original exhibitions. A couple of museums were set up in the palaces of former nobility. Visitors will have an opportunity to visit national exhibitions as well as appreciate works of international artists, all of which are represented in the museums throughout the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Nightlife in New Town

Nightlife in New Town

Vilnius Nightlife is vibrant, colorful, and offers quality entertainment. The city leaves an unforgettable experience with each tourist thanks to live music, huge dance floors, groovy atmosphere, food, and delicious cocktails.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Nightlife in Old Town

Nightlife in Old Town

Vilnius Nightlife is vibrant, colorful, and offers quality entertainment. The city leaves an unforgettable experience with each tourist thanks to live music, huge dance floors, groovy atmosphere, food, and delicious cocktails.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Vilnius for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Vilnius has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Vilnius, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.