In order to promote tourism in Vilnius city and county, Public Enterprise Vilnius Tourist Information Centre & Convention Bureau, prepared three new cultural tourism routes. The routes were created together with a partner, the Public Enterprise Trakai Tourist Information Centre, in the course of a joint project “Development and Marketing of Cultural Tourism in Vilnius City and Its Surroundings”.
Each route includes from 12 to 16 sites of cultural tourism, located in the range of 100 kilometres around Vilnius. All routes intend to make a two-day trip with a length between 185 and 340 kilometres. Those tourists who prefer having shorter trips will be able to choose from specially marked places – it will take only one day to visit them.
The route called The Ring of Creation is intended to introduce tourists to the famous artists of Vilnius region: carvers, sculptors, potters, painters and architects. The unique path of Vytautas – the Grand Duke of Lithuania, the Millennium Angel’s Hill, Kristina and Jaunius Ranonis’ grange – gallery Mirnabalis, stone sculpture park Vilnoja are among the 14 sites.
The second route invites to travel around and follow the footsteps of the most famous and influential rulers and noblemen of Lithuania. On the way, it is recommended for the tourists to visit the manor of Verkiai, the Liubavas manor mill and museum, the estates of Užutrakis and Taujėnai, and many other interesting places.
The third route leads to the Eastern Vilnija where history, cultural heritage and traditions of different nations – the Lithuanians, the Polish, the Russians, the Belarusians, the Ukrainians, the Jewish, the Romany, and the Tatars – intertwine. Its path curves around the Zalavas manor, St. Archangel Church of Šumskas, the Castle of Medininkai and Norviliškės, the museum of the poet, playwright, and journalist Vladislav Sirokomle, and ends in the town of Dieveniškės.
The new routes are marked on the maps. Special publications and posters are issued and an interactive presentation on the Internet is created in order to introduce tourists to the routes: www.vilnius-tourism.lt/3routes
The information is presented in five languages: Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, German, and English. Informational publications are distributed for free by Vilnius Tourist Information Centres.