Introducing Eastern & Southern Lithuania
The deep, magical forests of Lithuania's eastern and southern corners are a tree-hugger's paradise. Some of the most spectacular scenery in the Baltic region is found in these wildernesses, with a lake district that extends into Belarus and Latvia.
Aukštaitija National Park is Lithuania's oldest park, framed by the 900-sq-km Laboranas-Pabradė Forest. Exquisitely sweet and tiny wild strawberries are the pick of the abundant berry crop in early summer, while mushrooms of all shapes and guises sprout by the bucketful from early spring until late autumn. Skiing, canoeing, hiking, windsurfing, watching golden eagles and spotting black storks (white ones are everywhere) are the tip of the iceberg as far as outdoor pursuits are concerned.
Dzūkija in the far south is the biggest national park, surrounded by the 1500-sq-km Druskininkai-Varėna Forest. Nearby, on the Nemunas River, is the increasingly hip spa resort of Druskininkai, where Čiurlionis compositions serenade fat-walleted self-pamperers who come here on weekend breaks for warm honey massages. Next door at Grutas sculpture park reside Lenin, Stalin and Co - the main reason most people travel here.
Eastern & Southern Lithuania destination guides
Experience the diverse delights of the Baltic states on this adventurous journey through Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany. From the medieval spires of Tallinn and the funky bars of Riga to the Baroque-styled quirks of Vilnius, hidden delights await. Visit colourful markets, be immersed in art and architecture and trek past Lithuanian lakes.
Private Grutas Park Tour: The Park of Soviet Sculptures
The collection of the museum consists of monumental sculptures and bas-reliefs of "heroes" of the Soviet period symbolizing brutality and absurdity of the Soviet system and occupation, reflects manipulation of the facts of history and shows the distorted memory of the history.