Vilnius' Old Town (Self Guided), Vilnius

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.
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Vilnius' Old Town Map

Guide Name: Vilnius' Old Town
Guide Location: Lithuania » Vilnius (See other walking tours in Vilnius)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Author: emily
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • National Museum of Lithuania
  • Vilnius Cathedral
  • Presidential Palace
  • Amber Museum and Gallery
  • St. Anne's Church
  • Bernardine Church
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National Museum of Lithuania

1) National Museum of Lithuania (must see)

The National Museum of Lithuania, established in 1952, is a state-sponsored historical museum that encompasses several significant structures and a wide collection of written materials and artifacts. It also organizes archeological digs in Lithuania. At its inception, the museum focused on the culture and history of the Lithuanian Grand Duchy. Made up mostly of Polish private collections, it was quite popular and received many visitors. The museum has five main departments: History and Latest History, Archaeology, Ethnography, Numismatics, and Iconography, containing a total of 800,000 items.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 - 18.00.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Vilnius Cathedral

2) Vilnius Cathedral (must see)

The Cathedral of Vilnius is the main Roman Catholic Cathedral of Lithuania. It is situated in Vilnius Old Town, just off of Cathedral Square. It is the heart of Lithuania's Catholic spiritual life. Inside, there are more than forty works of art dating from the 16th through 19th centuries; including frescoes and paintings of various sizes. During the restoration of the Cathedral, the altars of a presumed pagan temple and the original floor, laid during the reign of King Mindaugas, were uncovered. In addition, the remains of the cathedral built in 1387 were also located. A fresco dating from the end of the 14th century, the oldest known fresco in Lithuania, was found on the wall of one of the cathedral's underground chapels.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Presidential Palace

3) 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
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Amber Museum and Gallery

4) Amber Museum and Gallery (must see)

The Amber Museum and Gallery offers an amber store on the ground floor and a museum in the basement. The exhibits of amber are spectacular. Visitors should utilize a magnifying glass to clearly see the exhibits. The gallery also features many pieces of jewelry made from amber.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10.00-19.00
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St. Anne's Church

5) St. Anne's Church (must see)

St. Anne's Church is a Roman Catholic church in Vilnius' Old Town, on the right bank of the Vilnia River. It is a prominent example of both Flamboyant Gothic and Brick Gothic styles. St. Anne's is among the features of Vilnius Old Town that enabled the district to be included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. A novel approach to bricks as a construction material was employed in the church's construction. The main facade, designed in the Flamboyant Gothic style, is its most striking feature. Traditional Gothic elements and shapes were used in unique ways; Gothic arches are framed by rectangular elements dominating a symmetrical and proportionate facade, creating an impression of dynamism. The church has one nave and two towers. It was built using 33 different kinds of clay bricks and painted in red. The interior is decorated in the Baroque style, as is its altar. The imitative neo-Gothic bell tower, constructed in the 1870s, stands nearby.

Operation hours: May - September: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm;
October - April: half an hour before masses (they take place at 5.30 pm on weekdays and on Sundays and holidays at 9am and 11am in the Lithuanian language).
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Bernardine Church

6) Bernardine Church

Bernardine Church is considered one of the biggest churches in the Lithuanian capital. It was built in 1469. The interior of the church is richly decorated and never fails to impress visitors. The church is definitely worth a visit.

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.
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 or 3.5 Miles
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 or 1.3 Miles
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 or 1.8 Miles
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 or 3.2 Miles
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 or 1.9 Miles
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 or 1.4 Miles