The gothic tower of the Gediminas Castle is often seen as a symbol of Vilnius and the Lithuanian independence. For the first time the Lithuanian flag has been put again on top the castle tower on October 7, 1988, signaling the beginning of freedom of the Baltic States from rule of Soviet Russia.
The western tower of the Gediminas castle, is the only tower remaining from the brick castle built in 1409 by Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas the Great (1392-1430). This sober, gothic tower rising on a hill above the city has been restored in 20c. So today, you may visit it, see the rests of the castle defensive walls and admire the breathtaking panorama of the Old Town of Vilnius below.
You may also visit the historical museum housed in the rebuilt part of the Upper Castle. You may climb the Gediminas Castle hill on foot or take a ride with an old-fashioned funicular.