During your stay in Vilnius, we would like to help you become better acquainted with Lithuania. Below you can find information about guided tours that are being organised in conjunction with MANUFUTURE 2013 (free of charge). If you are interested in participating, please let us know via the conference registration tool at: www.conftool.com/manufuture2013.
- Vilnius City tour - (3 hours) on October 6th from 15:00 to 18:00 or October 9th from 09:00 to 12:00
- Tour of Trakai - (4 hours) on October 9th from 09:00 to 13:00
- Park of Europe - (5 hours) on October 9th from 09:00 to 14:00
Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania, and its largest city, with a population of 560,000 as of 2010. Vilnius is a cosmopolitan city with diverse architecture. There are 65 churches in Vilnius. Like most medieval towns, Vilnius was developed around its Town Hall. The main artery, Pilies Street, links the Royal Palace with Town Hall. Other streets meander through the palaces of feudal lords and landlords, churches, shops and craftsmen’s workrooms. Narrow, curved streets and intimate courtyards developed in the radial layout of medieval Vilnius. Vilnius Old Town, the historical centre of Vilnius, is one of the largest in Europe (3.6 km²).
Vilnius has been rapidly transformed, and the town has emerged as a modern European city. Many of its older buildings have been renovated, and a business and commercial area is being developed into the New City Centre, expected to become the city’s main administrative and business district on the north side of the Neris river. This area includes modern residential and retail space, with the municipality building and the 129-metre (423′) Europa Tower as its most prominent buildings.
Vilnius City Tour Program: Upper and lower castle - Cathedral square - President Palace - Vilnius University - Town Hall square - Gediminas avenue - Parliament - Bounder of the river Neris - Green bridge - St. Peter’s and Paul’s church - St. Ann’s and Bernadine’s church - Pilies street - Subačius’ panorama - The Gates of Dawn - Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit - Lithuanian National Philharmonic - Vilnius bastion.
Practical information: the tour will be done partly by bus, partly by foot (the visit to the city centre); there will be English speaking guide.
Tour of TRAKAI (4 hours)
On October 9th from 09:00 to 13:00
Trakai is a historic city and lake resort in Lithuania. It lies 28 km west of Vilnius. Because of its proximity to Vilnius, Trakai is a popular tourist destination. There are 200 lakes in the region, of which the deepest (46.7 m) is Galvė with its 21 islands. There are Trakai Historical National Park and Aukštadvaris Regional Park founded in the territory of the region.
Trakai is a town built on water. The town is surrounded by the lakes of Luka (Bernardinai), Totoriškės, Galvė, Akmena, Gilušis. There are a number of architectural, cultural and historical monuments in Trakai. The history museum in the castle was established in 1962. Festivals and concerts take place in the island castle in summer.
Practical information: the tour will be done by bus; there will be English speaking guide; visit to the castle.
Park of EUROPE (5 hours)
On October 9th from 09:00 to 14:00
The Park of Europe is an astonishing place where nature and art meet. Established in 1991 by Lithuanian sculptor Gintaras Karosas, the park nowadays is one of the most visited open air museums in Lithuania. It perfectly senses the geographic center of Europe which as a fact was measured to be in Lithuania and also creates a magnificent atmosphere of tune of contemporary art, nature and esthetics.
The Park of Europe is one of the most popular destinations among the tourists and visitors for an entire day’s trip. Situated around 14 kilometers from the geographical center of Europe, in Joneikškės village, The Park of Europe is a place that celebrates the diversity and richness of European art. World famous artists like Magdalena Abakanowicz, Sol Le Witt, Dennis Oppenheim expose their creatures in the Park of Europe so there is no doubt that exceptional shapes, spaces and sizes of exhibitions there will take away the breath of everyone.
One of the most interesting exhibits is the so calles “LNK Infomedis (Info-tree)”. It is an entire labyrinth constructed of more than 3000 old television sets. This stunning creation was included into Guinness World Records Book as the largest sculpture of its kind. All TV sets were gladly donated by Lithuanians through a TV campaign “Give your Old Tv to Europe”. Nowadays the sculpture is the largest exhibit in the whole Park of Europe. In the middle of the labyrinth there is a sculpture of Lenin lied down. It symbolizes the nonsense of the Soviet ideology translated through television broadcasts for 50 years in Lithuania.
Practical information: the trip to European Park by bus; visit to the local museum with English speaking guide.