25 most picturesque spots across national parks now available for your trip route2016-05-06
2016 marks the 25th anniversary for the Lithuanian national parks; on this occasion, the general public is kindly invited to pay a visit to 25 most picturesque places across these parks (five spots of interest to be found in every national park).
A most convenient option is to have a trip rout prepared at a number of visitors’ centres. We therefore advise starting your trip across Dzūkija National Park at the visitors’ centre based in Marcinkonys; there, you will find an interesting exhibition dedicated to the nature and people of Dainava Wood. Another worthy site is Gaidžiai Sand Dune, the only wind-swept continental sand dune in Lithuania (located on the outskirts of Marcinkonys village). Bobos Daržas Spring can be found in Margionys (here, you can find the source of Skroblas Spring). Please do not forget ethnographic village of Musteika, while an observation tower in Merkinė offers excellent views of Nemunas River.
What makes Aukštaitija National Park proud is Ladakalnis complex, giving you a view of 6 lakes from Ladakalnis observation spot. Salos ethnographic village is just a stone throw away. Another point of interest is the observation tower in Lygumos. You can also rent a boat in Palūšė, and take a sailing trip on a number of lakes found in Aukštaitija. There is a Museum of Old Beekeeping (recently renovated) that you will find in Stripeikiai.
When visiting the Curonian Lagoon National Park, you should climb the highest sand dune of Vecekrugas (over 67 meters). Nagliai Dead Sand Dunes are worthy of your time too. You can use the new towers on the side of Curonian Lagoon for observation of local birds, while in Juodkrantė Old Wood you might find the habitat of cormorants. If you cross to the other side of Juodkrantė, and get to Gintaras Bay, you can enjoy a view of sculptures made from reed by professional artists. These are designed every year, just before summer solstice.
We recommend starting your trip across Žemaitija National Park at the visitors’ centre in Plateliai; here, you will find an exhibition dedicated to some of the best kept secrets of Žemaitija. Plateliai Lake is very close, and can be explored on a bike trip. Another alternative is a simple walk down Šeirė educational trail. If you’re lucky, you might see a Sea Eagle flying above the lake, since a habitat of this rare species is nearby. On your way back, you can stop at the observation tower adjacent to Siberia Swamp. Another point of interest is the Craft Centre located in Žemaitija National Park.
On your trip to Trakail, you should explore Varnikai educational trail. The trail follows Ilgelis Swamp for approx. 3 kilometres, and has stunning natural odours and sounds. Trakai Historic National Park has a range of cultural heritage objects, including farmstead of Užutrakis Manor, Saint Virgin Mary’s Visitation Church in Trakai, ruins of Trakai Peninsula Castle, and Dominican Cloister, Old Trakai Hillfort, and the Revelation Church to Saint Virgin Mary, as well as Saint Benedict Church and Cloister.
Some of the most interesting routes for travel across the national parks will be introduced, in detail, on 25 May at 5.30 PM at the national visitors’ centre of the protected areas (at Antakalnio g. 25, Vilnius).