The tower is the symbol of Vilnius and an accurate replica of the original castle that stood there in the Middle Ages.
Today, the tower hosts a castle museum and visitors can climb up to the top of the tower to enjoy a spectacular panorama. The view over the rooftops of Vilnius, the narrow streets of the Old Town and the church towers is particularly impressive. The hill, on which the tower is located, is the ideal place to watch the sunset.
According to legend, the Grand Duke Gediminas dreamt of an Iron Wolf howling at the top of this hill. He took this as a prophecy of the great city that would one day be formed in this place. Finally, he built a wooden castle on the hill. Grand Duke Vytautas finished the construction of the first brick castle of the city in 1409.
The access to the hill is free of charge, from 10 am to 6 pm there is a funicular (price about 1,00 – 2,00 €) to Gediminas tower. A ticket to visit the tower costs about € 5,00.