We’ll depart from Vilnius city center towards East. The first stop will be a really interesting historical site which used to be a separate republic two hundreds years ago! Welcome to the Republic of Paulava, founded by Paweł Kaswery Brzostowski, a Catholic priest of commonwealth country of Poland and Lithuania. Believe it or not, the republic which only existed for less than 30 years used to have their own money and constitution, which was one of the first in Europe by that time. We’ll explore a very photogenic site of the ruins of Paulava republic palace and the stables. Great opportunity to capture amazing panoramas. The next stop will be Medininkai castle which is almost at the border of Belarus. Medininkai castle was purely defensive and built at the end of XIV century against Teutonic attacks from the East. It has all the attributes of medieval castle and a small history exhibition. The last stop of the tour is Norviliškės castle, an impressive renaissance style building which used to serve as a manor. Here, you’ll be introduced to medieval living tradition as well as medieval style dinner. After the tour, you’ll be transported back to Vilnius.
Hello or LABAS in Lithuanian! My name is Edvinas and I’ve been based in Vilnius for more than 10 years. I’ve been walking on the streets of Vilnius since I became a student in 2006 and developed a photographic memory to recognize buildings in Vilnius by just a pattern of the wall. However, not only the capital itself is interesting as there are the surroundings of Vilnius. I’m inviting you to a little road trip, which includes some historical sites and exclusive areas, which are not easy to find on your own.
Transportation from Vilnius and back is included to the tour price.
Medininkai castle - a medieval style defensive fortress on the border of Belarus, which was first mentioned in XIV century. Paulava republic is a historic republic inside the republic! Not that it had its own money but as well as one of the first written constitutions in Europe! The last stop is renaissance style Norviliskes castle, which served as a manor lately. Medieval stories and medieval dinner to wrap up the day awaits for you here.
Comfortable clothes for the day outside.
The tour length is at least 6 hours, so comfortable outfit is very important. Bring lunch box if needed since we’ll only have dinner at the castle (not included to the price of the tour). Most importantly do not forget your passports, since most of the tour is happening by the border of Belarus.
Two castles and a republic near Vilnius