Welcome to Paneriai
Here Lithuania’s brutal history is starkly portrayed. As many as 100,000 people – the exact figure is not known – were murdered by the Nazis between July 1941 and July 1944 at this site, 10km southwest of central Vilnius. Around half the city’s Jewish population – about 35,000 people – had been massacred here by the end of the first three months of the German occupation (June to September 1941) at the hands of... Read More
Top experiences in Paneriai
Small-Group Sightseeing Tour to Paneriai Memorial Park and Trakai Castle
About 10 km away from Vilnius center on the way to Trakai first stop at Paneriai, also known as Ponar or Ponary site. Paneriai before WWII was the beautiful forest and recreational area for residents of Vilnius and its surroundings. In 1940 and 1941 Red Army soldiers established a military base there. Within days of being captured by the Germans this base became a place of execution. Authentic museums with photographs, orders and other documents; burial pits; burning places and commemorative monuments are represented in the Paneriai memorial park. The tour then continues to Trakai which is famous for its picturesque landscape and the legendary Trakai Castle, which was a cradle of the Lithuanian statehood, an important military and political center, headquarters of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and the capital of Lithuania.Enjoy a visit to the the museum inside the castle with a guide, and have a glance at interesting historical items. Half hour will be dedicated to some free time where you can explore on your own and find some souvenirs and/or taste traditional Lithuanian and Karaites dishes (at own expense).After this enchanting experience your driver will take you back to Vilnius and drop you off at a centrally located place close to public transfer from where you can make your way back to your hotel. Feel free to ask for directions.
Day Tour around Vilnius city and Trakai Castle
Tour starts by discovering Vilnius old town: from classical Town Hall, the small church of St. Anna - a gem of Gothic architecture, old Vilnius University, central Cathedral square. Then move to "another" republic of Lithuania - Uzupis area, with its Angel and unique constitution. Church of St. Peter and Paul - one of the most beautiful catholic Church also be visited on the tour. After that you explore Vilnius surroundings - unique geological monument - Puckoriai exposure with its enchanting panorama view, authentic Exile Memorial, which reminds the painful part of Lithuanian history. Besides you visit literary Markuciai Manor, also known as Alexander Pushkin museum. Vilnius tour is finished by the Gate of Dawn -the only surviving gate from the original city wall, which is not only important from a historical point of view, but also as a religious landmark. Further you leave Vilnius city and go to Paneriai (also known as Ponar) Memorial - the park and museum, which commemorate the tens of thousands of Jews and other victims murdered in Paneriai. On arriving to Trakai you have short break for lunch, where able to taste traditional Karaites food (kibinai pastry).Tour continued by excursion to Trakai Castle museum, where you know more about the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Battle of Grunwald, Vytautas the Great and other historical and cultural things. Drive back to Vilnius.