Every city has some kind of secret or less known pedestrian passages which allow you to reach one spot from another in a much faster and unconventional way. The most interesting of these paths are the ones in the old town area. Vilnius has something to offer for the curious ones.
This walk-through was named in honour of the iconic Jonas Mekas. The full name of the path is “Jonas Mekas sidewind“. It begins in Užupis, from the 24th house of the Užupis street and leads downwards to the Vilnius Academy of Arts.
I like to use this path when I need a shortcut from Užupis to the Sereikiškių park (Garden of Bernardines). It’s dead simple. You need to go downwards through the passage, after reaching the Academy of Arts at the bottom – go farther and pass the Fluxus bridge which crosses the river Vilnelė and that’s it, there you are at the back entrance of the Sereikiškių park. A real time saver.
What I also enjoy about this path is that it’s not a posh, shiny presentation of what the city’s not like. It’s rather a little part of urban disorder which gives you a sense of reality. However, it’s slowly getting involved in construction work. At least it looks like the surroundings in the walkthrough might change in the near future.