Nineteenth-century Druskininkai (drus-ki-nin-kai) on the Nemunas River is Lithuania’s oldest and most chic spa town. Today it attracts plenty of investment and young, hip and wealthy Lithuanians seeking a quick detox from city life. Tourists also come here, not so much to take the waters but to visit one of the Baltic’s more unusual sights, the Soviet sculpture park just outside the town.
During the days of the USSR, the old and ailing came to this famous health resort in search of miracle cures for all sorts of ailments. While some of these vast dinosaur sanatoriums still remain today, the town is rapidly renovating and restoring much of the charm that was lost during those times.