Gediminas Castle Tower, Vilnius

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Perched atop a hill on the site of a medieval castle, Gediminas Castle Tower today offers both sweeping views of Vilnius and represents one of the city's (and the country's) most enduring symbols. Originally a part of a 15th-century brick fortress, the tower's current iteration is the result of a reconstruction in 1930. Wander the path from the base of the hill to the tower and be rewarded with panoramic views of Vilnius' old and new areas, as well as the surrounding hills. Climb to the top of the structure for completely unobstructed views. Be sure to take a look at the small archaeological and historical exhibitions within, detailing the origins and history of the tower, as well as Lithuania's split from the Soviet Union in 1990. Using our world travel planner, Vilnius attractions like Gediminas Castle Tower can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • If you got to Vilnius, then of course it would be a good time to climb this mountain.)) Now the restoration is upstairs, so the foot entrance is only from the side of the river Vilnius (map to help you). You can've done it on a cable car. One-way ticket 1 euro. Think at once whether you want to go down with your feet or not, because I realized that tickets can be bought only below)) I climbed in the rain, so it was slippery. The ascent is a paved road in the main. At the top of the stairs. I repent to the museum in the tower, I didn't go. I got upstairs when it was almost dark. The view is, of course, very impressive. Next time I want to get in the afternoon.
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  • As far as I could see people didn't visit this place. But that is a mistake. Inside the tower you'll see beautiful city views, with the opportunity of climbing on top of it. Also inside it there is a ...  more »
  • A great place as a viewing platform! The museum itself is small, for 20-30 minutes, liked the hall on the theme of the Baltic Way. It is better to go there about an hour before sunset, to climb to the roof of the day view, to see the museum and to return at sunset. It's beautiful.
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  • As one of the landmarks of the city you’d be crazy not to pay a close up visit to this site. There’s a choice of routes up to the tower - either the funicular which costs a few Euros extra, or walking up the steep cobbled hill. The walking route is tough to begin with but soon turns into steps and a proper constructed path, but if uneven walking or steps are difficult then the funicular is the way to go. Once at the top of the hill there’s a great view of the eastern part of the city. The tower itself and building work prevent a view over the Old Town but I’d recommend heading to the top of the tower to get the view. Upon entering I was directed to the ticket counter where a €5 fee got me a chance to climb to the top. You aren’t given the chance to climb before entering the ground floor and the direction of new visitors is controlled by the staff on the door. There’s a gift shop on the ground floor and some displays on the floors up above. These are interesting but it’s clear most visitors are interested in the views from the windows, or wanting to reach the top of the stairs to the summit. The stairs themselves are steep and narrow and although the lack of control for people climbing and descending wasn’t great, there was enough width to let most crowds pass without too much issue. Once at the top the view is as good as it gets of the city. It’s a true 360 degree perspective and the top of the castle is large enough to mean it’s not crowded, even during busy periods. With a perspective over the Old Town, the city to the north and the forest it’s easy to spend quite some time at the top admiring the views so fortunately there’s no limits on time etc. The descent down is a lot quicker and easier, but again it’s navigating the steep steps. For the ticket price charged it’s a good value experience. Given that you’re free to spend as much time as you like at the top, and the views are decent, with some good displays on the way up, I’d certainly class it as a ‘must-do’ in the city and would love to return.
  • What an amazing place! Panoramic view around Vilnius. Friendly, very helpful staff. There is even a cable car, to climb the mountain! The park is so quiet and nice. There is even a beautiful river crossing the park. Churches and museums all around. Mandatory, when visiting Vilnius!!
  • Great Historical location with a great view. Walking to the tower is free and you can do so from a gate just around the corner East of the castle (the longer path was closed for repair and landscaping). The hill is quite steep on cobblestone. The alternative is The Funicular which you can take (behind the Arsenal building, walk into the courtyard). The entry for the castle was 5 Euro at the castle if you're just going here else there is a city card at the tourist information centers at the airport and other parts of town that could be of better value for those going to multiple sites/buildings. The Funicular can be bought one way or round trip. The top was also under renovation when I visited this only the tower of the castle was accessible, but when the larger renovation completes it will be a fantastic site. You may also want to consider the hill across the river with the white crosses for a view of the tower with the city below.
  • I was very impressed, great to have a little exercise on the walk up. The presence of ancient and more recent history imminent. A video piece about the human chain in 1989 was very touching.
  • It is very pretty to get to the tower and see city from above. But, when we went there, we paid for the entry to the complex, and then when we got to the tower, they asked more money to actually get inside. That is just rude. No-where-did-it-ever say that it would be necessary. Not cool. Put signs up and let people know what they are getting for their money.
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