Gediminas Hill reopened to visitors
Vilnius' Gediminas Hill, which was closed for visitors last week due to heavy rain forecasts, is being reopened on Tuesday, but visitors will only be allowed into the Castle Tower and a part of the observation area on the top of the historic mound.
Deputy Culture Minister Renaldas Augustinavičius, who heads a team coordinating efforts to save the mound from crumbling, says that the authorities decided to reopen access to Gediminas Hill, one of the capital's key tourist attractions, because there is no risk of landslides at the moment.
"The risk level has been reduced now and the situation is monitored around the clock. The dangerous areas have been fenced off and visitors have no access there," he said.
The main path leading to the top of Gediminas Hill remains closed, but visitors can take a historic path from the side of the Vilnia River.
The hill may be completely closed for visitors again if heavy rain is forecast.
The government in early July allocated almost 3 million euros for urgent works on Gediminas Hill after the mound was declared an emergency situation.