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After visiting Western Poland at end of June 2008, at first days of July I decided to head to Siauliai city for daytrip from Vilnius. Actually I got to know that daytrip from Vilnius is possible, just you need to get up earlier (at about 5AM) and naturally to go to bed bit later :)

Siauliai ir forth largest city of Lithuania, population is about 147 thousands. It could be called the major city of Northern Lithuania – mostly for trade and industry. Actually in regards of tourism, people use Siauliai more for reaching Hill of Crosses, but not city itself. Anyway, city has what to show.

City was firstly mentioned in 1236, as not so far from city the famous “Saules” (Sun’s) battle took place. Here Livonian Order warriors were defeated and intervention to Lithuanian land was stopped for some time.

City is located at quite significant roads junction connecting Tallinn (Estonia) and Warsaw (Poland), Klaipeda and east road to Russia. Net of roads and building of railway (19th century) was these main factors that gave to Siauliai more development possibilities.

During World War II city lost about 85 percept of its buildings, so it is hard to find older structures here, city more a home of soviet architecture, but of course, has some remains from earlier past.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice stop for a one-two days and for getting to Hill of Crosses.
  • Cons:Not much old monuments left.
  • In a nutshell:All in one - soviet feeling, sculptures, Hill of Crosses.
  • Last visit to Siauliai: Jul 2008
  • Intro Updated Jun 22, 2009
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  • slothtraveller's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Thanks for the tour of Siauliai, obviously there is more to do here than just the Hill of Crosses.

  • ZiOOlek's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Seems to be a nice place to visit when in Vilnius. :)

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2009 at 1:42 AM

    I liked Siauliai a lot and to the Hill of Crosses I have been on 3 different occasions over the years. Would like to catch a train at 6 am ;)

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Raimis, fantastic new page with excellent information. I especially like the story about the two pelicans as well as about the Kastytis cigarettes. Your page brings back many memories of our two days in Siauliai. Well done. :-)

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    The phoenix symbolises it's rise from the ashes of World War II. If it isn't already, Siauliai should be a sister city to Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2009 at 6:30 AM

    Great place to visit in Lithuania! Dreamed to see it in Soviet times but never been unfortunately. Thanks Raimundas for showing it for us here.

  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:16 AM

    Raimundas, I love railway museums. Good tip, and one I must add to my list of ones to visit. fergy.

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