Geography of Vilnius
Lying close to Vilnius is a site some claim to be the Geographical Centre of Europe. Vilnius' non-central location can be attributed to the changing shape of the nation's borders through the centuries; Vilnius was once not only culturally but also geographically at the center of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It is believed that Vilnius, like many other cities, was named after a crossing river, Vilnia.
After sightseeing in the city it's worth to visit the parks in Vilnius to relax in the nature:
The park is located 20 kilometres from the city centre. Over 100 sculptures by various world sculptors are displayed in the open air to show how impressive the combination of nature and art can be.
Kalnu Park is located on more hills. The biggest is the Hill of Three Crosses. The Park borders the Uzupis (Kriviu Street) and the Vilnia River. You can reach the stage of the park if you start from the T. Kosciuskos Street and climb uphill. This used to be the place of several concerts and festivals during the summer.
Pavilniai Regional Park
The main attraction of the park is the Vilnia valley. You can find here the Pučkoriř escarpment, a large rock exposure of Ice Age formations. Next to this escarpment there is a sundial. The old water mill is located nearby, where a restaurant, a skating-ring and stud farm are available for tourists. You can visit also the Liepkalnis Mountain suitable for hikers and skiers.
Sapiega Palace Park
Sapiega Park is a regular geometrical Baroque park in Lithuania. In former times there were more fountains and sculptures in the park. The palace was damaged during the uprising of 1794.
Stone Sculpture Park "Vilnoja"
The park has over 40 modern stone sculptures. Every year Lithuanian and foreign artists are performing in symposiums held in the park.
The Botanical Garden of Vilnius University
The Botanical Garden of Vilnius University is the largest botanical garden in the country. It's located in parks Kairënai and Vingis. One can take a walk here in the summer, ride a bicycle or a pony, or go on carriage. In winter you can go on sledge.
Verkiai Regional Park
The Verkiai Park is an ensemble of palaces surrounded by a park located on a ridge above the River Neris. Several events are held here during the year.
The Park covers 160 hectares. It's located at the bend of the Neris River. The Park has 2 entrances: from M. K. Ciurlionis Street and from Birutës Street. Several concerts and events are held here. The park is also suitable to take a walk, ride a bicycle or to go roller skating. Also cafes and sport-equipment rental offices are at tourist's disposal.