National Museum of Lithuania
The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania used to be one of the largest European kingdoms from the 12th century all the way up to 1795. This ancient political and cultural administration is now the country’s National Museum. This vast kingdom used to be called the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It stretched from Estonia in the north, Krakow in the west, Russia in the east, and down to Ukraine by the Black Sea.
Many tourists may be surprised about Lithuania’s history as a European superpower between the 12th and 17th centuries. The Lithuanian kingdom had a large diversity in languages, religion and cultural traditions. However, after its fall, the Palace of the Grand Dukes was destroyed in 1801. It was not until 2002 that the restoration of the original building started, and it was once again opened on 6 July, 2009. Due to lack of funding, the building did not actually open to the public until 2013.
Today, the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania is a National Museum, and it also functions as a main venue during council meetings within the European Union. If you by chance stumble upon this fantastic museum while you are in Vilnius, you are in for a treat.
Informative Guided Tours
The museum offers two different tours that you can join. It’s highly recommended that you join both of them to soak up as much information as possible. The first tour will show you the historical and architectural development of the building, while the second tour takes you on a journey through the ceremonial halls, built to represent the evolution of different architectural styles throughout the history.
You can easily reach the National Museum from the Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, Vilnius by taxi or on foot. After a busy day of sightseeing, you can return to your hotel and enjoy top-class accommodation and services and spoil yourself at the hotel restaurant as if you were the Duke of Lithuania. Enjoy the central location in the Old Town with comfortable rooms and a superb breakfast buffet.