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Vilnius Old Town, Vilnius

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Home to winding medieval streets, defensive walls, ornate Baroque churches, and a host of historical buildings, Vilnius Old Town has earned World Heritage Site status with its extensive and well-preserved mixture of architectural styles. The area has origins in the 13th century and became the capital of the powerful Grand Duchy of Lithuania during the 1300s. Enter through the old fortified gate and stroll down the hill to the main square and town hall, and then onward to the base of the castle-topped hill. As you wander the cobbled streets past buildings of both brick and stone, consider ducking into one of the traditional Lithuanian restaurants or bars. Keep an eye out for some of the 40 churches in the city center, ranging from Catholic cathedrals with elegant interiors to domed Russian Orthodox temples. Make Vilnius Old Town a centerpiece of your Vilnius vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Vilnius vacation generator.
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  • We booked a private guided walking tour through the old town and it was well worth the money. In addition to getting a lot of good information, we got the opportunity to ask all the questions that popped up along the way. Perfect way to get an introduction to the Vilnius old town
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  • We traversed the Old Town on foot through the only surviving city gate - Ostra Brama - part of the defensive walls -- dating back to the 15th c. This two-storey sacred structure, holding an historic i...  more »
  • The centre and the outskirts of the old city are worth visiting. The ascent to the castle above gives access to a superb view of all Vilnius.
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Boutique hotels and quaint bed and breakfasts line the streets of Vilnius. Options range from budget hostels and guesthouses to luxury hotels. Many lodgings are concentrated in the city center, near the scenic Neris River; accommodations a bit farther out can be just as pleasant with a lower price tag.
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