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  • Address: Užupis, Lithuania
Before World War II, the working-class district of Uzupis south of the River Neris and west of the River Vilnele formed one of the main Jewish communities in Vilnius. This was abandoned during the Holocaust and during the Soviet Occupation between 1944 and 1990, it filled up again with bohemian artists, political rebels and other freewheeling thinkers, in the process garnering a reputation as the Montmartre of Lithuania. 

In 1997 this little enclave declared its independence from the rest of Vilnius, in a similar manner to Christiania in Copenhagen. Ever since, the Republic of Uzupis has elected its own president and run its own constitution. The tiny state even has its own national anthem, flag and toy army. 

Today Uzupis has some of the most edgy, most vibrant streets in Vilnius, with façades covered in graffiti, pavement cafés, wacky art galleries, underground bars and buzzing multi-ethnic restaurants, while Thursday’s Tymo Market sees organic producers flock into Uzupis from all over Lithuania to sell their ecologically sound goodies. Uzupis Independence Day is April 1, so if you’re planning to visit on that date, take your passport; the republic’s soldiers may ask for your ID before granting you access.

Practical Info

Uzupis is best explored on foot or as part of a guided tour.

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Vilnius Walking Tour: Old Town, Uzupis and Lithuanian Brewery, Vilnius, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Vilnius Walking Tour: Old Town, Uzupis and Lithuanian Brewery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

See top Vilnius attractions, visit quirky neighborhoods and sample tasty Lithuanian tidbits and beer on a 3-hour city walking tour! With a local guide to show ...  Read more

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.07
Vilnius Walking Tour Old Town and Uzupis in English or Norwegian, Vilnius, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Vilnius Walking Tour Old Town and Uzupis in English or Norwegian

During this excursion visit Vilnius' Old Town, one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Northern Europe, recognised UNESCO site and Uzupis, the ...  Read more

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.50
Small-Group Vilnius City tour, Vilnius, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Small-Group Vilnius City tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Embark on this unique Vilnius City tour and marvel at some of Vilnius' most iconic sights such as the architectural stunning old town, Napoleon's beloved St. ...  Read more

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.53
Three Capitals of Lithuania Trakai Kernave Vilnius, Vilnius, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Three Capitals of Lithuania Trakai Kernave Vilnius

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy this tour and take the opportunity to see three towns vital for the history of Lithuania. You will explore Kernave with its Unesco-protected hill-forts; ...  Read more

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: Flexible

From USD $165.38
3-Hour Vilnius Food Insider Walking Tour and Tastings, Vilnius, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

3-Hour Vilnius Food Insider Walking Tour and Tastings

Experience the local cuisine during a 3-hour food walking tour in Vilnius. See the most attractive parts of the city as well as the neighborhood where Insiders ...  Read more

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.60
Vilnius Private Tour: Uzhupis City Walking Tour, Vilnius, Food Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Vilnius Private Tour: Uzhupis City Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour of Uzhupis (Užupis) in Vilnius - though this neighbourhood spans only two streets and an alleyway, you can spend an entire day ...  Read more

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $12.40

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