Bell Tower of Vilnius Cathedral

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Bell Tower of Vilnius Cathedral

Bell Tower of Vilnius Cathedral
4.5
Historic Sites • Observation Decks & Towers
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The history of one of the oldest and highest towers in Vilnius Old Town goes back to 13th century. In the 16th century the defensive tower was converted into the Cathedral's bell tower and acquired its present appearance in the 19th century. The bell tower contains functioning bells and the earliest surviving clock mechanism in Lithuania. Come, count the steps (that are steep, narrow and impressive) and enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of Vilnius! And if you're up for something magnificent, pop by at 5 p.m. to hear the big bells toll around you!
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Konstantina K
United Arab Emirates113 contributions
Your trip starts at the lower level of this tower where you watch a short very informative film about the history of the Bell Tower narrated by an animated pigeon who speaks four different languages. You will need two hands to climb this tower so you can store your belongings in the lockers provided in this bottom level where toilet is also located. Only 5euro per person and you can pace yourself for the climb stopping at the second and third floors where audio is available to listen to detailed character experiences during the different time periods of the Bell Tower. Higher up are the bells and you can time your visit to when the bells strike the hour. Here you can feel the wind howling through the open windows and see views of the square and surrounding streets.
Written September 7, 2021
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad4,582 contributions
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The Bell Tower is at Cathedral square and can be seen at the main meeting spot or main attraction in the heart of the city. You can also climb the wooden steps inside for a nice view of downtown.

For new years eve night the Bell Tower was the main attraction as well. It was used to display the countdown or the new year 2020.

I love Vilnius and can only say good about all of it and sitds including the bell tower. Wish I can revisit.
Written June 23, 2020
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Hawk470
Baltimore, MD2,545 contributions
So much of interest… Steep stone and wooden steps, yes, but well worth the climb. Intricate interior structural elements, so old and so solid. Fascinating descriptions of the tower’s history, as well as of the clock and the bells. And of course, magnificent 360-degree views of Vilnius Cathedral, the castle and the city. The mesh covering the windows gets in the way only if you give the view a quick glance. Pause to take it in, and the mesh disappears. The bell rings automatically every fifteen minutes. Loud, but not too loud that you don’t want to enjoy being there to experience it.

If you are visiting that part of town, don’t miss it.
Written March 31, 2020
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Nikoll M
Bratislava, Slovakia98 contributions
Couples
I gotta say this is easily the worst sightseeing tower I’ve ever been to. Not because of the sight (Vilnius is a nice city) but simply because there’s NET all around and it’s impossible to take a nice picture of the city. There was only ONE small window you could open and there was no net so at least they gave us that. I’m not even talking bout the entry fee. I paid 10€ (1 adult = 5€). I’m the last person to complain about ticket prices when I’m traveling but this was a fail really. Do yourself a favor and skip.
Written February 6, 2020
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Neesh
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We got there perfectly in time for their 6 pm bells tolling, purely by chance. The staff informed us that the bells were about to start in 2 minutes and we can catch them if we hurried (re: climbing all the way to the top). Beautiful tower, with multiple levels and a different experience at every level, not to forget great views in all directions. Watching the bells toll from a higher vantage point was a great experience!
Written February 11, 2020
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Tim H
Northampton, UK263 contributions
This is a tough climb to the top with some very steep and narrow stairs so make sure you are up to it before starting out as its one way up and down. If you can do it its well worth it for the city views and of the Square and castle too. The history and the bells are fascinating too
Written January 1, 2020
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NYU62
Tucson, AZ15,756 contributions
Couples
There are two bell towers in close proximity in Vilnius. One is by the University (that one has an elevator to the fourth level), and this one by the Cathedral. In the 13th century, this tower was part of the defensive wall around Vilnius. Since then, it has gone through numerous restorations, and after the latest one (2014), it was re-opened to the public. It is over 170 feet tall, and one of the oldest and tallest towers of the Old Town.

We only made it through the front entrance, as once we glimpsed those stairs into the belfry, we knew we would have a real problem climbing up, and climbing down. There is a sort of Visitor Center in this "lobby" of the belfry. You can get or buy guides and information. There is also an exhibit of historic pictures of the reconstruction of the Belfry and the Cathedral.
Written July 23, 2016
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Henry D
East Texas, PA6 contributions
Family
Men... i fall in love with this tower... I was feeling so tiny on top... almost bring me tears... Vilnius... i love you.. Best regard. Henry
Written November 6, 2018
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PatMurff
Ballymoney, UK583 contributions
Couples
We visited the Cathedral bell tower and it is a great fun place to go. To be fair it is slightly challenging to those who might not like heights too much. But there are various levels on the way up and you can go as far as the bells without too much exposure to fearsome heights.
It is really worth it for the views you get in all directions of wonderful old town Vilnius.
We were there at twelve midday when the bells ring. It is quite an experience to be beside the bells when they peal. They are not deafingly loud but they certainly get your attention!
A nice place to visit and a lovely gentle stroll from the Old Town Square.
Written November 8, 2018
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Manfromdublin12
Dublin, Ireland163 contributions
Nice tower to view during your visit to the square. Nothing special but it is pretty with an odd bulge at the bottom.
Written August 9, 2020
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