Vilnius audio tour: Walk the old town of Vilnius: from Cathedral Square to the Gate of Dawn

Walk the old town of Vilnius: from Cathedral Square to the Gate of Dawn

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

Throughout their history, Lithuania and the other Baltic states have followed a different path to the rest of Europe. It’s a path that’s not well-known to the wider world. But since Lithuania became independent in 1990, its capital Vilnius has opened up to the world, merging influences both local and international. Today it’s a colorful, diverse, cosmopolitan city. As we say here, to get to know Vilnius is to fall in love with Vilnius.

On this tour, I’ll show you my hometown from a local perspective telling stories about it that I find fascinating along with some of my own, personal stories. We’ll start in the heart of the city, at Cathedral Square, then stroll through the cobbled streets of the old town and end at the Gate of Dawn. Along the way, we’ll discover baroque churches sitting side by side with craft eateries where you’ll get a chance to sample local chocolate, cannabis beer and cheese ice cream. I’ll also fill you in on the heartbreaking stories of the Jewish ghetto, and the figures who shaped the character of Lithuania’s people.

By the end of the tour, you’ll have discovered:

• How we celebrate Vilnius’ Birthday
• The independence of the Baltic states and why we consider it a miracle
• Why Lithuanian hot chocolate is the best hot chocolate
• Where to watch the stars and planets in Vilnius
• The street with the best local craftsmen
• Why a Vilnius hangman had up to seven wives
• Why Vilnius is called “the Jerusalem of the North”

Join me to seek out the best of what Vilnius has to offer.

Tour Producer


Agnieska Kasinska

I'm a psychologist by training, but became a guide because of a love of history, people and my country. When I work and show my country to travellers I feel like I travel too, just in my mind, while my guests are sharing their life experience with me. My recently read book is "Bloodlands" by Timothy Snyder, while the next big trip is planned to Thailand and Malaysia.

Major Landmarks

  • Cathedral square

  • Gediminas monument

  • Pilies street

  • Vilnius University

  • Presidential Palace

  • Jewish quarter

  • Town hall square

  • Holy Spirit Russian Orthodox church

  • Gate of Dawn

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts on a corner of Cathedral square, just opposite Kempinski hotel. If you come by public transport , you can use bus nr 10 and exit Cathedral square stop.

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Places to stop along the way

Vilnius Cathedral, Palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Chocolate restaurant, Terra Recognita gallery, Leiciai restaurant – brewery, Dziugas cheese house, Russian Orthodox church of Holy Trinity, Gate of Dawn

Best time of day

You can take this tour any time, but daytime is the best.


The area is very safe, but use normal precautions against pickpockets because you never know! Please note the tour does not include entrance to any sites on the route.


Excellent, interesting and informative tour! I would highly recommend this tour and the app to anyone who wants to learn more about Vilnius! The method of delivery allows you to go through the tour at your own pace as well as pointing out historical and cultural sites! We did the tour on our first day and we was able to discover so much that we did not know about, as well as diving into the history of Vilnius! The tour guide was really knowledgable too and made the tour amazing!!!!

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Walk the old town of Vilnius: from Cathedral Square to the Gate of Dawn