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Travel through time: 7 routes across 7 centuries

Embark on a journey through time and explore Vilnius' rich history with GlobeTrott Travel's mobile application. Celebrating Vilnius' 700th birthday, 7 self-guided walking tours have been designed to showcase the city's transformation over the centuries. Guided by detailed maps scroll down the winding streets of the old town to discover the hidden gems of Vilnius. Each tour will provide a unique perspective of life in Vilnius through insightful stories about each object that you will visit.

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The origins of Vilnius and the legends that have survived tell powerful stories, highlighting what was important to both royalty and common people at the time. This self-guided tour will guide you through the charming old town, showcasing buildings that have withstood the test of time. You will hear captivating legends and anecdotes that the proud residents of Vilnius still share to this day.

Travel back to an era when skilled craftsmen from all over Europe flocked to the city. You will hear fascinating stories of bygone days, and what life must have been like during this vibrant period in Vilnius. On this walking tour of Vilnius, you will see the remaining fragments of the city's defence wall and visit probably the prettiest street in the old town.

The XVI century was the era when the city's culinary scene underwent a dramatic transformation. Prepare to be astonished by the surprising array of dishes enjoyed by the nobility, which were far more complex than simple meat and potatoes. As you explore Vilnius on this self-guided tour, you'll also discover how the flavours of Lithuania’s famed pink cold beetroot soup evolved over time, adding a fascinating layer of depth to your gastronomic journey.

As Lithuanians, we take pride in our pagan roots and the fact that we were the last country in Europe to adopt Christianity. Despite this, the old town of Vilnius boasts many spectacular churches, often with monasteries attached right next to them. In the 17th century, monks played a very active role in society, contributing to the growth of Vilnius in various ways. Join us on this walking tour you will visit stunning churches and learn about the different monasteries that helped shape the city. From educating the masses and developing agriculture to influencing politics, we'll explore the multifaceted contributions of these religious institutions.

Despite facing wars, plagues, famine, and great fires at the start of the 18th century, Vilnius saw a remarkable cultural and intellectual boom during this time as well. This era is often referred to as the Age of Enlightenment, and so during the self-guided tour of Vilnius, you will learn about the scientific achievements and visit places like the First Theater in Vilnius and the stunning courtyards at Vilnius University. It is a testament to Lithuania's resilience that, despite being occupied for long periods throughout its history, it proudly drafted the first written Constitution in Europe.

Let's journey back in time and uncover the vibrant daily life of 19th-century Vilnius citizens. This captivating tour will transport you to places that were once beloved by locals and are still cherished to this day.

It's amazing to think that electricity was only adopted a relatively short time ago. This tour offers a unique perspective on life before modern conveniences like buses and televisions, things we often take for granted today. The tour concludes with a visit to the observation deck at the iconic TV Tower, where you can take in the breathtaking bird's-eye view of the city. Don't forget to purchase your tickets ahead of time to ensure you don't miss out on this unforgettable experience!

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore Vilnius in a whole new way with free self-guided tours on GlobeTrott Travel mobile application.


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