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Gediminas Tower

Find the birthplace of the city of Vilnius within the foundations of this medieval castle tower, which has a museum and stunning hilltop views.

Gediminas Tower is a remnant of the ancient fortifications of Vilnius’ Upper Castle. Perched high above Old Town on top of Castle Hill, the tower is named for Gediminas, the Grand Duke of Lithuania who made Vilnius the capital of his reign in the early 1300s. Today, the tower houses a branch of the National Museum of Lithuania. View an exhibit dedicated to Vilnius Castle and the city’s fascinating medieval period and climb to a viewing platform on top of the tower to see panoramic views of historic Vilnius.

The iconic fortification of Gediminas Tower presides over Old Town’s cityscape, high up the grassy banks of Castle Hill. Check out the red-brick castle foundations, which were built on top of the original wooden construction. These brick remnants date back to the early 1400s; however, much of the tower was rebuilt and restored. Enter the tower to find an exhibit detailing the fortification’s timeline throughout the centuries. You’ll see reconstruction models, defensive artifacts and archaeological findings.

Climb up to the upper floor of Gediminas Tower to reach the observation deck. From this scenic vantage point at the peak of Castle Hill, enjoy a stunning panorama of Old Town and the outer reaches of Vilnius city. Spot historic landmarks, such as Vilnius Cathedral, the National Museum of Lithuania and ancient buildings skirting the River Neris.

Ask about the legend of Grand Duke Gediminas choosing this spot after he was visited by an omen. Gediminas saw an iron wolf howling on this hilltop in his dreams after hunting in the woods of the Šventaragio Valley. The omen indicated a great city should be built on the site and Gediminas obeyed.

Reach the tower by a 15-minute walk from Cathedral Square. Alternatively, ascend via the quick and scenic funicular railway connecting Gediminas Tower to the main site of the National Museum of Lithuania.

Gediminas Tower is open daily and there is an admission fee. Visit for free with a Vilnius City Card. The ticket for the funicular railway is separate.


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Lodging Near Gediminas Tower

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Amberton Hotel

Amberton Hotel

Stuokos-Guceviciaus Str. 1, Vilnius
4.0
of 5, from 83 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from Cathedral Square and Vilnius Cathedral. Vilnius University and Town Hall Square are also within 15 minutes.

$98
Novotel Vilnius Centre

Novotel Vilnius Centre

Gedimino Av. 16, Vilnius
4.5
of 5, from 206 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Novotel Vilnius Centre places guests in Old Town, between Cathedral Square and Seimas Palace. The 16th-century Vilnius University is a 10-minute walk, and guests can explore the quirky Bohemian Republic of Užupis district before an evening at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.

$130
Artagonist Art Hotel

Artagonist Art Hotel

Pilies str 34, Vilnius
4.8
of 5, from 29 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from St. John's Church and Vilnius University. Town Hall Square and Vilnius Town Hall are also within 10 minutes.

$134
Hotel Congress Avenue

Hotel Congress Avenue

Gedimino Ave. 12, Vilnius
4.7
of 5, from 18 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Vilnius Central Post Office and Vilnius Cathedral. Vilnius University and Town Hall Square are also within 15 minutes.

$93
Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva

Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva

Konstitucijos av. 20, Vilnius
4.5
of 5, from 74 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Business District, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Europa Tower and Vilnius Cathedral. Vilnius University and Town Hall Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$132
Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel

Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel

Didzioji 35/2, Vilnius
4.4
of 5, from 41 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Surrounded by the Baroque buildings of picturesque Old Town in Vilnius, this handsome hotel is across from St Casimir's Church, and three blocks from the Old Town Square Market.

$305
Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square

Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square

Universiteto Street 14, Vilnius
4.9
of 5, from 71 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Vilnius, this family-friendly hotel is steps from Cathedral Square and Vilnius Cathedral. Vilnius University and Town Hall Square are also within 10 minutes.

$71
Hotel Conti

Hotel Conti

Raugyklos 7/2, Vilnius
3.9
of 5, from 122 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church, Vilnius Town Hall, and Town Hall Square. Gates of Dawn and Vilnius University are also within 15 minutes.