Nineteenth-century spa town Druskininkai on the Nemunas River is Lithuania's oldest and most chic. During the days of the USSR, the old and ailing flocked to this famous health resort in search of miracle cures for all sorts of ailments that its vast dinosaur sanatoriums treated. Today, as investments flood in, Druskininkai is shedding its fusty old grey-haired image. Chic weekend spa breaks for young, hip and wealthy Lithuanians seeking a quick detox from city life is what makes Druskininkai tick these days.
Salty mineral water aide, Druskininkai was the home of romantic painter and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis. Around the corner is the Baltics' only Soviet sculpture park.