19 March 2016

A Visit to Vilnius: Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

The last thing we checked out while we were in Vilnius was the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. We checked out of our hotel on Sunday morning, had breakfast, and after dropping off our bags, we walked to the Old City and visited this palace. It was closed for the longest time, as it was under renovation. But it finally opened, and it opened in time for our visit.

This palace was originally constructed in the 15th century, and if you visit, you will see the old structures, incorporated into the modern building. I have to say that this building is a treasure trove of knowledge. Three hours is not enough here. If you want to learn a lot about Lithuania's history, then this is the place to go.

The pictures I have above show the old structures, which can be seen at the ground floor of the palace. I liked this strategy of preserving heritage: when I visited a museum in Luxembourg a couple of years ago, I saw the same thing: a modern building incorporating the remainders of an older structure. In other places, they would just bulldoze the old structure to make way for a newer one.

Like I said, this palace is so informative. There are panels and panels of historical information: we ended up not seeing the whole thing because we had a plane to catch. There are also rooms furnished with palatial objects: I have to say that the palaces I have seen in other places like Vienna and Potsdam are more opulent, but there is a nice charm to minimalist decor as well.

So this ends my series on Vilnius. It was a very interesting weekend indeed. In other words, a great getaway. I would love to be back. Stay tuned for my next travelogue series, featuring a new pair of countries this time!


  1. The tapestry is pretty awesome. I like the way the old structure was incorporated, I saw a similar strategy in Mendoza.

    1. Zhu,

      Yeah, I've seen museums like these in Luxembourg, as well as in Bergen. I think I prefer this method, trying to preserve the old as much as one can, rather than bulldozing the whole place and building everything from scratch.