Jewish Vilnius Tour

Information

12 €/person
Entrance to the synagogue + 1 EUR

Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 10 AM

2 hours

English

Vilnius Town Hall ( Didzioji g. 31)

Highlights

  • Walk along the streets of former Jewish quarter
  • Explore the areas of Jewish ghettos during World War II
  • Get acquainted with 'litvaks' - Lithuanian Jews
  • Learn why Vilnius was called "Jerusalem of Lithuania"
  • Find out where the bust of Vilna Gaon is
  • *Visiting the only surviving synagogue possible for additional 1 EUR from August (at the moment Synagogue is closed for reconstruction)
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Description

You are welcome to join our Jewish Vilnius tour and learn about the history of Jewish nation in Lithuania, visit fascinating places and remember both good and bad times that have passed. Our local guides will broaden your knowledge through intriguing stories and memorable facts related to Jewish heritage sites.

In the past Vilnius streets were full of little shops with Yiddish & Polish names, more than a hundred synagogues and houses of worship, thousands of Jews wandering around the narrow streets of their beloved city and a rivalry between Jewish & Catholic merchants and craftsmen. These are just some of the things you would not see today, but were a big part of Vilnius, or Wilno, or Vilna…

During three years of the WWII, the small but rich world of the Lithuanian Jewish community was destroyed. The horrors of the war followed by ignorance of Soviet authorities changed the face of Vilnius Old Town.

We invite you to go back in time and evoke the Jewish world that existed. Wander around the streets bearing traces of the community that earned Vilnius the name “Jerusalem of Lithuania”. Get acquainted with a typical Litvak – a Lithuanian Jew who was known for love of learning as well as some famous personalities like a Jewish doctor whom children adored, Jewish genius who could sleep just for two hours a day and a Litvak – a stubborn Lithuanian Jew who preferred studying more than socializing. During Vilnius Jewish route we will visit the only synagogue in use today from many that existed. Also, we will find out more about the time that had such disastrous consequences to Vilnius Jewish community while visiting former Jewish ghettos.

PLEASE COME A FEW MINUTES BEFORE THE JEWISH VILNIUS TOUR STARTS! OTHERWISE WE CANNOT GUARANTEE YOU WILL FIND THE GROUP :)

 

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