Tucked away in the Old Town of Lithuania's capital is the gorgeous Uzupis, an artistic and inspiring neighborhood ideal for travelers looking for an enriching holiday spot. Uzupis is a small republic within Vilnius and offers a fantastic, bohemian atmosphere as well as a wealth of wonderful sights and sounds.
Uzupis is a neighborhood well-loved by local and international artists and is similar to the Montmartre in Paris or Christiania in Copenhagen. Even the name of the area has a poetic undertow, translating as 'on the other side of the river' and referring to the beautiful Vilnia River, which runs through the neighborhood.
Finding Inspiration in Uzupis
The neighborhood has long been a natural haunt for artists and musicians, with the first wave of new creatives moving to Uzupis in the 1980's. While many changes have come over the neighborhood between then and now, the republic still retains much of its character and evidence of its artistic leanings are found throughout its small streets and alleys.
From art galleries to artists' workshops, Uzupis is a paradise for those who enjoy seeing the creative process at work. It's also a neighborhood packed with unusual and interesting cafes and, occasionally unusual but always charming, architecture. Alongside the world famous Gates of Dawn, Uzupis is one of Vilnius' most unique holiday experiences.
Uncovering the Wonders of Uzupis
Discover the sights of Uzupis by visiting the Bernardine Garden, the restored park that has regained its historic name, and its authentic appearance, which was created by artist Vladislovas Štrausas in the XIX century.
The Vilnia River, often called Vilnele, is an integral part of Uzupis. It is therefore quite natural that one of the symbols of Uzupis is a bronze mermaid, also known as the Uzupis Mermaid. The mermaid occupies a special niche on the embankment of the Vilnia. It is said that it is the mermaid who attracts people from all over the world to Uzupis.
The statue of a trumpeting archangel Gabriel found in the main square is a symbol of the revival and artistic freedom of eastern Europe. Make sure to explore this cultural and historic hub within the capital when staying in Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva.