Welcome to Paneriai


The Nazis later burnt the exhumed corpses to hide the evidence of their crimes. One of the deeper pits, according to its sign, was where they eventually buried those who were forced to dig up the corpses and pulverise the bones.

The forest entrance is marked by a memorial, the Panerių memorialas. The text in Russian, dating from the Soviet period, commemorates the 100,000 ‘Soviet citizens’ killed here. The memorial plaques in Lithuanian and Hebrew – erected later – honour the many Jewish victims.


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$46.17 Tours & Sightseeing

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. About an 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.

$57.72 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Vilnius City Tour and Trakai Castle from Vilnius

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.

$219.32 Cultural & Theme Tours

Jewish heritage tour in Vilnius with Paneriai memorial

I would like to invite you to a half day Jewish heritage tour in Vilnius. In 19th century Vilnius was known as Jerusalem of the north and yiddish culture was florishing. We will follow traces of jewish culture in old town, where the Great synagogue was built and Vilnius Gaon used to live. I will also tell stories and show plases asosiated with others famous lithuanian jewish people. We will explore the territory which during the Holocaust was jewish ghetto, the places where jewich govenment Judenrat, theatre, library were located. We will travel by comfortable personal car to Paneriai memorial, old Jewich cemitary and house which was used as consentration camp. It was more then 100 sinagogues in Vilnius before the war, now only some houses of former synagogue remained and only one is in use. We can visit it at working hours. We will start the tour at your hotel in Vilnius at arranged time. The tour can be extended on your request: it is possible to visit the Holocaust museum, KGB museum, Tolerance Center of the Vilna Gaon State Jewich museum, the modern jewish cemetary, Chune Sugichara park, Romain Gary sculpture and ect. Museums tickets are not included in the price. We can also arrange Jewich haritage tours to other parts of Lithuania.

$173.15 Tours & Sightseeing

Day tour out of Vilnius: Paneriai holocaust park,Trakai castle, medieval Kernave

During this private day tour you will be able to explore most interesting sites, which are in Vilnius suroundings. We will start from Paneriai memorial park, whre tousands of Jews from Wilna were killed. After the tour we will head to second capital of Lithuania, where today you can see the most beautyfull castle in the Europe, on the island in the lake. Here will be possibility to have your lunch in traditional Karaim restaurant, or make boat trip around the lake. After Trakai we will head to the first capital of Lithuania - Kernave, which is included to Unesco heritage list, and has 5 hillforts left. After this spot we will head back to your accomodation in Vilnius.

$230.86 Tours & Sightseeing

Day tour out of Vilnius: Paneriai holocaust park,Trakai castle, Kaunas

During this private day tour you will be able to explore most interesting sites, which are in Vilnius suroundings. Tour will start from any hotel in Vilnius, head to Paneriai memorial park, where tousands of Jews from Wilna were killed. After the tour tour will head to second capital of Lithuania, where today the most beautyfull castle in the Europe stands, on the island in the lake. Here will be the possibility to have lunch in traditional Karaim restaurant, or make boat trip around the lake. After Trakai tour will head to the fourth capital of Lithuania - Kaunas, which is second large city of Lithuania today and Pazaislis monastery. After this spots tour will head back to guest accomodation in Vilnius.

$207.78 Tours & Sightseeing

Day tour out of Vilnius: Paneriai holocaust park,Trakai castle, Rumsiskes museum

During this private day tour you will be able to explore most interesting sites, which are in Vilnius suroundings. We will start from Paneriai memorial park, whre tousands of Jews from Wilna were killed. After the tour we will head to second capital of Lithuania, where today you can see the most beautyfull castle in the Europe, on the island in the lake. Here will be possibility to have your lunch in traditional Karaim restaurant, or make boat trip around the lake. After Trakai we will head to the open air museum - Rumsiskes, one of the largest ethnographic open-air museums in Europe that stretches across the area of 195 ha. The exhibitions at the museum are intended to introduce the ethnographic regions of Lithuania, i.e. Dzūkija (Dainava), Aukštaitija (Highlands), Suvalkija (Sudovia), Žemaitija (Samogitia) and Lithuania Minor, as they looked at the end of the 18th century and the first half of the 20th century. After this spot the tour will head back to your accomodation in Vilnius.

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