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For the best vacation, visit ten newly-restored locations in protected territories

2014-04-13

The number of opportunities for meaningful trips through Lithuania's natural areas and protected territories is growing – new scenic paths, observation towers, observation areas, directions and informational displays have been installed and various heritage objects have been restored. The protected territories' visitor centers invite travelers to visit their original local expositions.

Those planning their vacations will not be disappointed if they choose to visit any of the ten newly-restored locations in national and regional parks throughout Lithuania. These include the Pučkoriai overlook, Aukštasis hill – the highest elevation in Lithuania, Šatrija hill, the Kalniškiai conglomerate and Žiegždriai overlook nature path, the Kartena castle mound, the Plateliai lakes and Siberija swamp, the Meteliai regional park visitor center's exposition, the Kačėniškės castle mound, Mother Linden (the widest linden tree in Lithuania), and the Seredžius castle mound.

It is suggested that one's travels begin with the Pučkoriai overlook in the Pavilniai regional park. The newly-refitted observation area offers a wonderful panorama of the Vilnelė valley and of the area surrounding Vilnius. On May 23rd, a bicycle trip will depart from the overlook and will run all the way to Aukštasis hill in the Juozapinė reserve. This hill is the highest point of elevation in Lithuania at 293.84 m above sea level. An observation tower was recently built there as well as a sculpture by Dalia Matulaitė that marks the highest point.

Šatrija hill in Varnių regional park has also become much more beautiful. Slopes damaged by erosion have been restored, insigificant underbrush has been removed, and new steps, paths, and informational areas have been installed. The scenic observation area provides views of the Sprūdė and Medvėgalis castle mounds, the spires of the Telšiai cathedral, and the towns of Upyna and Luokė.

It's worth visiting the newly-installed Kalniškiai conglomerate and Žiegždriai overlook nature path in the Kaunas lagoon regional park. 19 informational displays provide visitors with information about these unique overlooks.

The Kartena castle mound in the Salantai regional park in Western Lithuania is also worth visiting. This castle mound's archeological complex features a newly-installed pedestrian path with informational displays, signs and directions, as well as recreational infrastructure.

Visitors to the Žemaitija national park will be able to survey its surroundings from a 15-meter-high observation tower. This tower offers views of the Plateliai and Beržoras lakes, the town of Plateliai, and the Siberija swamp.

Visitors to the recently-installed exposition at the Meteliai regional park visitors' center will learn about protected plants and wildlife. The exposition features the park's symbol – the European pond turtle, which has been written into Lithuania's Red Book.

Travelers in Aukštaitija should consider visiting the Salantai regional park and visit the recently restored Kačėniškės castle mound located there.

Two more interesting objects lie in store for people taking the road alongside the Nemunas river from Kaunas towards Lithuania Minor. In the village of Braziūkai, not far from Zapyškis, grows Mother Linden. This is one of the oldest linden trees in Lithuania and is a nationally protected natural heritage object. She is also the widest linden in the country – her trunk has a diameter of more than 8 meters.

On the other side of the Nemunas, it's worth climbing up the Seredžius castle mound. A special observational path has been installed here from which the Panemunė regional park and the confluence of the Nemunas and Dubysa rivers can be seen.

Public Information Division
2014-04-17

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas