Monuments of Vilnius, Vilnius (Self Guided)

If you are interested in the different kinds of monuments a city has to offer, than Vilnius is a fantastic destination due to its rich history and heritage. The city features such famous monuments as the Frank Zappa Statue, Gediminas Monument, Uzupis Angel Statue, and many more.
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Monuments of Vilnius Map

Guide Name: Monuments 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: 4.6 km
Author: emily
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Monument to King Mindaugas

1) Monument to King Mindaugas

A monument to Mindaugas is located in the front of the National Museum of Lithuania. The monument was created by Regimantas Midvikis and portrays the only King of Lithuania sitting on his sostas and holding the royal regalia.
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Monument to Gediminas

2) Monument to Gediminas

A monument to the Grand Duke of Lithuania was unveiled in 1996. It was created by sculptor Vytautas Kašuba. The statue is located on the Cathedral Square near the Royal Palace and the Cathedral of Vilnius.
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Monument to Adomas Mickevičius

3) Monument to Adomas Mickevičius

A monument to Adomas Mickevičius is located near St. Anne's Church and Bernardine Church. The statue was designed by Gediminas Jokūbonis and is a beautiful monument to an outstanding person. Adam Bernard Mickiewicz was born in 1798. He was a Polish national poet, dramatist, essayist, publicist, translator, professor. A principal figure in Polish Romanticism, he is counted one of Poland's "Three Bards" ("Trzej Wieszcze") and is widely regarded as Poland's greatest poet.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Uzupis Angel Statue

4) Uzupis Angel Statue (must see)

During the Cold War, liberty of expression was extremely limited in Eastern Europe. When this artless period ended, the restrained expressions overflowed. Uzupis Angel was unveiled in 2001. It represents Lithuania’s freedom and independence. The monument features an angel blowing a trumpet. The sculptor of the angel statue, Romas Vilčiauskas, is also the creator of the Užhupis Mermaid.
Previously, a temporary sculpture of an egg stood in its place. After being replaced by the larger statue of Gabriel, the egg was sold at an auction for 10,200 litas and now stands on Pylimo street.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Monument to Kristijonas Donelaitis

5) Monument to Kristijonas Donelaitis

Kristijonas Donelaitis was one of the most original European writers of the Enlightenment, which is a classic of Lithuanian literature. The monument of Kristijonas Donelaitis is located by the northern building of Vilnius University. It was created by sculptor Konstantinas Bogdanas.
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Monument to Stanisław Moniuszko

6) Monument to Stanisław Moniuszko

Stanisław Moniuszko (May 5, 1819, Ubiel, Minsk Governorate – June 4, 1872, Warsaw, Congress Poland) was a Polish composer, conductor and teacher. He wrote many popular art songs and operas, and his music is filled with patriotic folk themes of the peoples of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (predominantly the Poles and Belarusians). He is generally referred to as the father of Polish national opera. A monument to Stanisław Moniuszko is located in a park near the Church of St. Catherine. The monument stands on a pedestal left from the statue of the outstanding Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Monument to Frank Zappa

7) Monument to Frank Zappa

This monument to Frank Zappa is the first monument to the famous rock star in the world. It was erected in 1995 on the initiative of local artists and financed by private supporters. The Frank Zappa monument is a very popular tourist attraction.
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Zemaite Monument

8) 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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Žaliasis Tiltas (Green Bridge)

9) Žaliasis Tiltas (Green Bridge)

The Green Bridge is a bridge over the Neris River in Vilnius. It is the oldest bridge in the city and connects city center with Šnipiškės.

The first bridge is known from 1536. It stood closer to the present-day Mindaugas Bridge. It was a wooden covered bridge with brick and stone piers. It had a second floor with apartments for toll collectors. The bridge was burned by retreating Lithuanian Army commanded by Janusz Radziwiłł after the Battle of Vilnius (1655).

The old piers from the first were reused and the second bridge was complete in 1679. In 1739 another wooden bridge was erected and painted green. Since then it is known as the Green Bridge. In 1789 a new project of a brick bridge was prepared by Laurynas Gucevičius. The project was not successful as the bridge burned in 1791. It was rebuilt according to a project by Michael Schulz in 1805, but burned again on orders from Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly during the French invasion of Russia of 1812.

The bridge was rebuilt in 1827–1829. A steel bridge was designed by Nikolai Belelyubsky and completed in 1894. It survived world War I, but was blown up by the Wehrmacht in 1944. The present-day bridge was completed in 1952 and named after Soviet General Ivan Chernyakhovsky. After the declaration of independence in 1990, the bridge regained its historical name.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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.