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Hill of Three Crosses, Vilnius

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According to local legend, Hill of Three Crosses sits on the site of a medieval chapel, although its significance today stems from its vantage point over Vilnius and its role as a symbol of hope and spirituality in Lithuania. Originally constructed in 1916 to replace previous wooden crosses, the concrete structure was destroyed by Soviet authorities in 1950. Its renewal in 1989 brought new meaning to the hill, which offers a sweeping view of the city. Climb to the top via wooden steps and pathways to the park and network of trails at the summit, where you'll grasp just how large the crosses are. In addition to the view, you'll get a chance to see a piece of the previous, destroyed crosses on display. Keep in mind that the route up the hill is quite steep, and therefore those with mobility issues should proceed with caution. Add Hill of Three Crosses and other attractions to your Vilnius trip itinerary using our Vilnius travel itinerary maker.
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  • The climb up, may for some be a good effort, but if yu there, the view even tops the Gemidini tower, in addition the whole plateau offers a nice walk around and if with like some people are using the ...  more »
  • We went for a jog up the hill in the Morning. The view was alright but the run through the park to get there was the best part.  more »
  • We climbed on it with stretching our legs and views being our priorities - and one can sure enjoy the views of Vilnius with well-exposed Gediminas Tower from here. Definitely not for people with mobil...  more »
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  • Excellent views of Vilnius from 3 cross hill. There are 3-4 ways to get up to the hill and you can even drive up very close to the hill. In the car park there are toilets (portaloos). If you take the stairs up or down, be careful because some of the stairs have a bigger gap and they are in not a very good condition especially when its wet or snowy. Be cautious. Otherwise, it s lovely walk up for the views. Its never very crowded so you can take your take your time soaking in the views and the sun (weather permitting).
  • A lovely place with important history behind it. The view is fantastic and Lithuania is such a flat country that the way up is nothing to be afraid of. A must see if you're in Vilnius.
  • this was a nice hike, it looks too high but it's not really that hard, take a bottle of water on your way up, the view of Vilnius in the end is worth the climb
  • Everyone visiting Vilnius should visit Hill of three crosses. From this viewpoint you can see all Vilnius Old Town. Remember that the way up the hill is not easy and it might be too tiring for young children or old people. There is no wheelchair access, but the city view is pretty neat.
  • Excellent views from the hill. Unfortunately not well maintained and litter from visitors is a problem. But worth a visit. Better to go on foot, it is possible to drive part way to the top.

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