Grūtas Park

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Grūtas Park information

Location
Grūtas Park , Lithuania
Address
Grūtas
Telephone
+370 313 55 511
More information
www.grutoparkas.lt
Prices
adult/child €6/3
Opening hours
9am-10pm summer, to 5pm rest of year
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Both entertaining and educational, Grūtas Park, 125km south of Vilnius, near the spa town of Druskininkai, has been an enormous hit since it opened in 2001. The sprawling grounds, built to resemble a Siberian concentration camp, feature the entire Marxist pantheon and dozens of other statuesque examples of Soviet realism, as well as assorted communist paraphernalia, exhibits on Soviet history (with a focus on the oppression of Lithuania) and loudspeakers bellowing Soviet anthems.

The statues once stood confidently in parks and squares across Lithuania, but now this is all that's left.

There are up to several buses daily between Druskininkai and Vilnius (€10, two hours), and hourly buses to/from Kaunas (€9, 2¼ hours). Ask to be let off at Grūtas village, then walk the final 1km to the park. Catch a bus back to either city from the main road.