Gediminas Avenue in Vilnius, Vilnius (Self Guided)

Gediminas Avenue is the main street in the capital city of Lithuania. The street was named after the Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas. The average tourist will find many popular attractions on Gediminas Avenue such as the Museum of Genocide Victims, Lukiškės Square, and the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre.
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Gediminas Avenue in Vilnius Map

Guide Name: Gediminas Avenue in Vilnius
Guide Location: Lithuania » Vilnius (See other walking tours in Vilnius)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: emily
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Lithuanian National Drama Theatre

1) Lithuanian National Drama Theatre

Lithuanian National Drama Theatre is one of the biggest theaters in Lithuania. Since its establishment in 1940, it has staged over 200 performances. The theater's current repertoire mixes classical and modern theater with material by contemporary Lithuanian playwrights.

The theater was granted the right its current name in 1998, having previously been known as the "Academical" theater. In 2001 the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre became a member of the European Theatre Convention.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Gedimino Palace

2) Gedimino Palace

Gedimino Palace was built in 1893 and once served as the headquarters for the Central Committee of the Lithuanian Communist Party. For four centuries the Palace was the political, administrative and cultural center of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Today, Gediminio Palace is the location for the newest shopping mall, called Gedimino 9. The district offers around 65 boutiques were customers can find famous Lithuanian trademarks such as Lindex, La Senza, Living, the Body Shop, Polarn O. Pyret, Teddy, and Kashmir.
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Zemaite Monument

3) Zemaite Monument

The monument to Julija Žymantienė is located in a small public garden in the heart of Vilnius. Julija Žymantienė is recognized as the the greatest writer of Žemaitija and a classic of Lithuanian prose. Žymantienė dealt with major problems of society in her work and is honored nicely with a rather simple monument.
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Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

4) Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre is a state-supported conservatory that trains students in music, theater, and multimedia arts.

Composer Juozas Naujalis founded a music school in 1919 in Kaunas. This school was reorganized into the Kaunas Conservatory in 1933. In 1949 the Kaunas Conservatory and the Vilnius Conservatory, founded in 1945, were merged into the Lithuanian State Conservatory. The State Conservatory was renamed the Music Academy of Lithuania (LMA) in 1992, and in 2004 it became the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA).

Its students and professors perform in over 400 concerts per year, participating in national and international orchestras, international concerts, performances, competitions, and festivals.
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Lukiškės Prison

5) Lukiškės Prison

Lukiškės Prison is a prison in the center of Vilnius. After more than a century of continuous service, the prison suffers from overcrowding and is in need of investment in thorough improvements. The prison is located in a prestigious area, next to the Seimas Palace.

The prison was built in 1904, when Lithuania was part of the Russian Empire. At the time it was one of the most technologically-advanced prisons in the empire. It had central heating and water supply, modern plumbing and ventilation. The complex also includes Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church.

The prison became more notorious during the Nazi occupation of Lithuania, when it was used by the Gestapo and Lithuanian Saugumas as a holding cell for thousands of Jews from the Vilna Ghetto and Poles, picked up in Łapankas in reprisals for actions by the Polish resistance.
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Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania

6) Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania

Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania is a national cultural institution which collects, organizes and preserves Lithuania’s written cultural heritage content, develops the collection of Lithuanian and foreign documents relevant to research, educational and cultural needs of Lithuania, and provides library information services to the public.

Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania was founded in Kaunas in 1919. In 1963 the Library moved to the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. In 1988 the Library was named after Martynas Mažvydas, the author of the first Lithuanian book (published in 1547), and in 1989 the Library is officially designated as Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania. It is the main Lithuanian research library open to the public, and also performing the functions of a parliamentary library.

Opening hours:
September - June: Monday – Friday: 10 am – 7 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm
July - August: Monday – Thursday: 11 am - 7 pm; Friday: 9 am – 4 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Seimas Palace

7) Seimas Palace

Seimas Palace is the Lithuanian parliament named Seimas seat in Lithuania's capital Vilnius. Works on the construction of the first wing of palace were carried out in 1976. The Construction was supervised by architects Algimantas Nasvytis and Vytautas Nasvytis. In 1980 9717,37 square meters palace works were completed. Later the building was expanded due to growing needs. Lastly the palace complex consisted of three wings, the main, first wing, housed the Parliament Hall, where legislation works were carried out.
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
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
Fascinating Architecture of Vilnius

Fascinating Architecture of Vilnius

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Vilnius During Soviet Times

Vilnius During Soviet Times

The city of Vilnius was once occupied by the Soviet Union and has played a role in shaping the history of this magnificent town. Today, areas of interest include the House of the Signatories, Gedimino Palace, Žaliasis Tiltas, and many other monuments.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Religious Buildings of Vilnius

Religious Buildings of Vilnius

Vilnius is well-known as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vilnius. Here you will discover a large number of gorgeous religious buildings designed in different architectural styles such as Gothic, Baroque, and several other designs.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 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.