Take the historic Vilnius route. From the 16th century to the middle of the 19th century, the area of the present-day Žvėrynas belonged to one of the most honourable relatives of the country – Radvilos, who had a hunting reserve there.
Since ancient times, Žvėrynas was a favourite place for walks in the city, and when water resorts and baths were opened there in the 19th and 20th centuries, the district transformed into one with a real resort vibe. Today, this green district stands out from other parts of the city with its architecture and atmosphere. Time in Žvėrynas flows slower and a stroll through the small district is therapeutic, especially while observing the Neris River and breathing in the fresh air from the pine forests.
The 108 wooden houses of Žvėrynas give the district a special aura, and their transparent colours brighten everyday life. The wooden villas of the last century are still filled with the charm of those days. Swiss towers, Russian-style window frames, traditional Lithuanian ornaments and stained-glass windows attract the attention of passers-by.
From the 16th century to the present day, Žvėrynas has been filled with the rhythm of a resort, a neighbourhood atmosphere, and has been a favourite place for walks among locals. The bridge to Vingis Park is just a few hundred meters away and leads to the other side of the Neris where you will find forests filled with trails that are perfect for activities such as cycling, scooters, and jogging. Visitors can also take the lesser-known trails, and if they’re lucky enough, can even spot a roe deer.
In Žvėrynas, near the Lubartas Bridge, you will find a small Kenesa distinguished by its architecture. It is one of the two Karaite houses of prayer in Lithuania. Built in 1903, the old Žvėrynas Bridge connects the district to Gediminas Avenue.