Gediminas' Tower

Vilnius, Lithuania

Gediminas' Tower is the only remaining part of the Upper Castle in Vilnius. The first fortifications were built of wood by Duke of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Gediminas. Later the first brick castle was completed in 1409 by Grand Duke Vytautas. Some remnants of the old castle have been restored, guided by archeological research.

It is possible to climb to the top of the hill on foot or by taking a funicular. The tower houses an exposition of archeologic findings from the hill and the surrounding areas. It is also an excellent vantage point, from where the panorama of Vilnius' Old Town can be admired.

Gediminas' Tower is an important state and historic symbol of the city of Vilnius and of Lithuania itself. It is depicted on the national currency, the litas, and is mentioned in numerous Lithuanian patriotic poems and folk songs. The Flag of Lithuania was re-hoisted atop the tower on October 7, 1988, during the independence movement that was finalized by the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania on March 11, 1990. A reconstruction of the Royal Palace of Lithuania was completed in 2009, and is located near the base of the hill upon which Gediminas' Tower stands.

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Founded: c. 1409
Category: Castles and fortifications in Lithuania

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Jesse M (6 months ago)
What an amazing piece of history to have been able to visit. It's quite the walk heading up there so have your walking shoes on. Breathtaking views on the observation deck on top of the Castle. You have to check this place out if you ever visit Vilnius.
Chrysostomos Mangos (7 months ago)
A must-visit while in Vilnius. Best season to go is late spring. It is a moderately exerting hike up the hill, but the view is absolutely worth it!
Dogsla (9 months ago)
Nice place to see great view of old and new town. Depends on the weather of course, but can be really windy up there. Again, nice view, but that's it. Nothing else to see/check/discover.
Ден Бращенко (10 months ago)
Must-see in Vilnius. Easy to visit, low price if you want to skip climbing on your own and want elevator to lift you ( only 1 Eur one side). Beautiful landscapes, ancient buildings, great atmosphere - keywords about this place.
H. J. E. (17 months ago)
Pretty tiny for a tower. ? Epic view of the city though (recommend going at sunset)! ?
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