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Kernavė archaeological site is one of Central and Eastern Europe‘s most important and interesting monuments.
© Laimonas Ciūnys

Kernavė—Lithuania's Troy

Kernavė, protected by as a state cultural reserve, is a romantic place where people come for the sun, songs, and to relax in one of the region's most beautiful spots. This is also the place to discover ancient settlements, the medieval city, and Lithuanian ancestry.

For Lithuanians Kernavė—the country's first capital, 35 kilometres from Vilnius—is a symbol of statehood and pagan independence. It was first mentioned in 1279 in the Herman Wartberge’s Livonian Chronicle.

Kernavė historic value extends from its settling, in the late Palaeolithic age (the 9th century BC), until the present day. - © www.lithuania.travel
Kernavė historic value extends from its settling, in the late Palaeolithic age (the 9th century BC), until the present day. - © www.lithuania.travel

The cultural heritage of the last pagan country lies hidden under a layer of deposits. Archaelogical excavations, which started almost 30 years ago, deepened our knowledge about the country’s prehistory and the transformation of a pagan community into a Christian one. An exhibition about the area's history is found in the town museum.

How to Get There

By car from Vilnius, take the A1 or A2 motorways, and then the 108 or 116 roads. By bus, go to the station's platforms 10 or 11. Busses to Kernavė run about six times per day. Timetables are available on the website.

Visit

Kernavė—Lithuania's Troy

Hours

April - October III-VII 10.00-18.00
November – March II-VI 10.00-16.00

Pricing

2 Eur/adult
1 Eur/children, students, seniors
Free admission/children under 7 years of age; visitors with disabilities

Contact Information

Kernavė Archaeological Site (Cultural Reserve of Kernavė)