Vilnius Old Town
Inside what was once the defensive walls to keep intruders out, you will find the stunning Old Town of Vilnius. When you enter through the Gate of Dawn, you feel as if you're back in the Middle Ages. Along with only a few other cities, Vilnius’ unique Old Town is one of the largest remaining and best preserved medieval towns in Northern Europe.
The town covers 3.5 km² and contains 74 quarters with 70 streets and a total of 1487 buildings. It’s easy to get lost in this dreamy part of the city while strolling through the medieval streets. If you do get lost, you don’t have to worry; there are always friendly locals around that are willing to help you out. Every year, thousands of tourists come to Lithuania to witness the medieval culture, great food and unique atmosphere of Vilnius Old Town.
In 1994, only 4 years after Lithuania gained its independence, Vilnius Old Town was listed on UNSECO’s World Heritage List. The Old Town offers a glimpse of architectural history from the 13th to the 18th century. This has resulted in a wide range of different architectural styles such as Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Originally, it was a wooden city, but after several fires between the 15th and 17th century, the buildings were replaced with brick and concrete, which are still found here today.
Unlike many other medieval towns in Europe, Vilnius Old Town is quieter and less touristy, which makes it a more enjoyable place to visit.
What to do in Vilnius Old Town
The area offers a wide range of opportunities for tourists, such as guided tours through the spectacular historical buildings, cafés, restaurants and bars, and shopping. It is also great to simply walk around and explore this fascinating city on your own. After you have done so, sit down and relax with a refreshing drink at one of the many cafés and order a local dish for lunch. Later, you can go back to the hotel to enjoy top-class accommodation at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, Vilnius.