Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Vilnius

Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

On a site that has been settled since at least the 4th century AD stands the latest in a procession of fortified palaces, repeatedly remodelled, extended, destroyed, and rebuilt over the centuries. What visitors now…
Top Choice Cemetery in Vilnius

Antakalnis Cemetery

One of Eastern Europe’s most beautiful graveyards lies in this leafy suburb, a short stroll east of the centre. Those killed by Soviet special forces on 13 January 1991 are buried here; a sculpture of the Madonna cr…
Top Choice Museum in Vilnius

Museum of Genocide Victims

This former headquarters of the KGB (and before them the Gestapo, Polish occupiers and Tsarist judiciary) houses a museum dedicated to thousands of Lithuanians who were murdered, imprisoned or deported by the Soviet…
Top Choice Historic Building in Vilnius

Vilnius University

Founded in 1579 during the Counter-Reformation, Vilnius University was run by Jesuits for two centuries and became one of the greatest centres of Polish learning. It produced many notable scholars but was closed by …
Top Choice Statue in Vilnius

Mindaugas

This landmark statue depicts the early unifier of the Lithuanian tribes in the mid-13th century and the country's first king.
Cathedral in Vilnius

Vilnius Cathedral

Known in full as the Cathedral of St Stanislav and St Vladislav, this national symbol occupies a spot originally used for the worship of Perkūnas, the Lithuanian thunder god. Seventeenth-century St Casimir’s Chapel,…
Museum in Vilnius

Gediminas Castle & Museum

With its prime hilltop location above the junction of the Neris and Vilnia rivers, Gediminas Castle is the last of a series of settlements and fortified buildings occupying this site since Neolithic times. This bric…
Jewish Site in Vilnius

Tolerance Centre

The Tolerance Centre is one of the three main branches of the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum. The building, which has been at various stages a refuge, a concert hall and a theatre, exhibits Litvak (Lithuanian Jewish…
Palace in Vilnius

Presidential Palace

The Bishops of Vilnius’ Palace in the 16th century, this classical edifice now houses the president and chancellery. It gained its current Russian empire style early in the 19th century, and was used both by Napoleo…
Church in Vilnius

St Michael the Archangel Church

This grand early-17th-century chuch, built by the Sapiega family, now houses a wonderful museum of sacral art. The building itself, with its single Gothic nave, coloured-marble high altar and alabaster statuary, is …