Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and its largest city. Actually it is the second biggest city of the Baltic countries. To tell the truth, when i came here i didn’t know much about this city, i wanted to discover it not from the travel guides, but on my own. This was the best idea i’ve ever had! The first thing that i’ve seen from the plane was the old town. The airplane passed just near it and i’ve seen how beautiful is Vilnius. I’ve seen the Gediminas Tower, many parks, buildings different from architectural point of view. I will begin my travel guide from the “Green Bridge” or “Žaliasis tiltas” – the oldest bridge in the city. The bridge features four sculptures in Soviet realistic style. Each features two people, representing social classes idealized by the Communist authorities: soldiers, workers, farmers and students.

The green bridge

The weather here is so strange, in one day you can have all four seasons (and i’m not kidding). In case you’re lucky to have a good weather, a walk along the river will be just amazing.

Gedeminas tower

Vilnius is known for having Europe’s largest baroque old town.  It was declared a Unesco World Heritage list in 1994. After the walk along the river Neris you will arrive to the National Museum of Lithuania. In 2009, Vilnius was the Europe Capital of Culture, together with the Austrian city of Linz.

National Museum of Lithuania

Near it you will find the Cathedral Square. It is impossible to pass it and to not be impressed by its beauty.

Cathedral square

At this point you have to choose: either you follow Gediminas prospektas, or you go through Pilies gatvé. I would advise you to choose the second option. I find Pilies gatvé one of the most charming streets of Vilnius. Here you can find numerous cafes, souvenir shops and restaurants.

If you continue up this street you will arrive to Town Hall square or Rotušès aikštè.

Town Hall square

Continue your way to the upper part of the town and you will arrive to the Headquarters of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society.

Philharmonic

The southern border of the Old Town is marked by the last standing of 10 portals that were once built into the Old Town walls – the Gates of Dawn. Inside it you can see the Chapel of the Blessed Mary and a historic painting of the Madonna.

Gates of Dawn

In the Vilnius Old Town are 28 churches, so this is one church per every 700 inhabitants. Only several among them survived the Soviet occupation without getting closed. To arrive on Gediminas prospektas you can take Pamenkalnio gatve. In this way you will do a complete walk around the Old Town.

Other places to see:

The Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania – Seimas

Seimas

The Presidential Palace
Vilnius university

University

Bernardinai Garden.

Bernardinai Garden

The Europe square 

Europe square

Gediminas Tower

The Hill of Three Crosses

The Hill of Three Crosses

The Bastion of Vilnius city wall

The Bastion

The Užupis Republic

Sakurų parkas

Despite invasions and partial destruction, Vilnius has preserved an impressive complex of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and classical buildings as well as its medieval layout and natural setting.

Vilnius

Vilnius

You can find something beautiful just around the corner!

angels

Sorry if this post was too long. I tried my best to be brief, but this city, despite the fact that is small, has so many interesting things. So if you haven’t been here yet, it is the time to book your flight to Vilnius.

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