Once nicknamed the Jerusalem of the North for its more than 100 synagogues, or today as the City of a Thousand Spires, Vilnius has enchanted the likes of Napoleon and Sigismund the Second. Established on the Vilnia and Neris rivers, contemporary Vilnius boasts a history filled with dukes, kings and communists as empires have risen and fallen in its midst!
An influential city in medieval times in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Vilnius’ modern history has been marked by violent German and Soviet occupation to become the free state of Lithuania that it is today.
Combining defensive, cultural and religious fortifications in the form of Gediminas Tower, Cathedral Square and the Royal Palace of Lithuania, a visit to the Vilnius Castle Complex is a veritable leap into Europe’s historical heart. Be sure to take in unique vantage points of countless church spires upon the many fortified hills that intersperse the landscape.
A visit to the district of Paneriai offers a time for reflection. Located several miles from the city center, the area became infamous for the Ponary massacre of Jews, Poles, Russians and Lithuanians during the Holocaust. Today the site commemorates the mournful chapter of history with a visitors’ center and museum.
Old meets new in a modern Vilnius that offers the passerby a glimpse into a city that is punching above its weight. With galleries galore and a sprouting financial center, Vilnius is well and truly a cosmopolitan gem of the Baltics. Let Milk and Honey Tours guide you around Vilnius! You may also be interested into taking tours of the other Baltic capitals of Riga and Tallinn on your journey with us!