Attractions and things to do in Lithuania
If you are a nature lover, you will find a whole bunch of things to do in Lithuania countryside. Hit to South for Dzukijos National Park – Lithuania attractions in pine tree forests by lakes and rivers awaits for you! The park is full of great outdoors leisure for all ages of visitors. You can go biking, canoeing in Lithuania, hiking, mushroom hunting or participate educational programs in ancient Lithuanian villages located here.Famous SPA resort Druskininkai and historic site Merkine are also “must” things to do while you are in Lithuania.
Lithuanian attractions at Dzukija National Park are only 100 km. from Vilnius or Kaunas. Park visitors centres at Marcinkonys and Merkine are a good spots to start your Lithuanian nature exploration.They have different maps and even small exhibition about things to do in Lithuania South.
Things to do in Merkine Lithuania
Merkine is a small but important historic site of Lithuania. It’s on the way to Druskininkai attractions from Vilnius or Kaunas. Merkine used to be an important fortification during 14 th century fights with Teutonic Order. You can still visit a 14th century Merkine hillfort with a wonderful view to Nemunas river. There are St.Mary’s Church, impressive observation tower of Merkine and the headquarters of Dzukija National Park with the list of tourists attractions in Lithuania.
Tourist attractions around Merkine
Visit to black pottery master is an interesting thing to do in Lithuania. He lives in remote village near Merkine and still uses ancient brick furnace. Master manufactures ceramic art works following old Lithuanian traditions.He can explain about the history of Lithuanian black pottery and reveal some secrets of it.Here you can also try to make your own masterpiece out of clay. This genuine Lithuanian attraction takes about 1 hour and is a worth thing to do for all ages of Lithuania guests.
It’s close to Merkine, in Cesukai village, on the way to Druskininkai and to holiday home “Dzukijos uoga”
Religious site and a Lithuanian attraction. People come to here for healing and meditation
Povilas – the founder of Merkine pyramid, is an interesting person. Do not miss to talk to him!
Merkine Pyramid lays in a picturesque landscape close to Nemunas river.
Interesting sites of Merkine
- Visitors centre of Dzukija National Park
- Merkine hillfort
- Orthodox Church (build in 1885 instead of city hall)
- Town boundary signs mentioning Magdeburg rights
- 15 th century gothic St.Anns church
- Pagan stones on Nemunas river bank
- Old Jewish cemetery. Merkine was the first place where Jews settled down.It’s a must thing to do in Lithuania for all who are interested in Litvaks history.
Educational black potery program
- Visit to an ancient workshop of black pottery, take a look to old furnace
- Find out about the history of black pottery in Lithuania
- Get to know how black pottery masterpieces are produced
- Take a chance to do your own masterpiece
- Buy Lithuanian black ceramic art works directly from famous creator’s hands
- Do this Lithuania attraction with the whole family. It’s interesting both for kids and adults.
Things to do in Dzukija National Park Lithuania
Lithuanian hollow beekeeping museum is a must thing to do in Dzukija National Park – Lithuania. Located in old ethnographic village Musteika , it has a lot of secrets of ancient beekeeping traditions to reveal.
Beekeeper Romas knows much more than just a beekeeping. He will teach you how to make fire out of flintstone, or amaze you by taking honey from ancient hives in hollow trees by his hands. It’s a couple of hours Lithuanian attraction in the national park. Fresh honey tasting is included!
Wild berries and mushrooms picking in Lithuania
Berry picking and mushroom hunting is a traditional thing to do in Lithuania from ancient times. Especially in Dzukija – the Southern part of Lithuania. Dzukija land is known as a kingdom of mushrooms and berries. The local mushroom-kings hunts only for those kinds that are popular among mushroom buyers for export.
But the truth is that there are hundreds of wild edible mushrooms in Lithuania- Boletus, Gyroporus Castaneus, Parasol, Suillus Variegatus, Leccinum, Milk Cap, Butter Mushrooms, Green Mushroom, Russules, Chanterelles and many other kinds. Of course you should be accompanied by the mushroom experts during all the mushroom hunt. Otherwise you could collect also the toxic or even deadly kinds of mushrooms.
Lithuanian holiday villa “Dzukijos uoga” organizes wild mushrooms picking attraction in South Lithuania – at pine tree forests of Dzukija National Park. After the wild mushroom picking, the catch can be used for Lithuanian cuisine dishes . Holiday home “Dzūkijos uoga” organizes a special Lithuanian attraction for it’s guests- cooking of traditional mushroom soup on fire at the backyard. Fresh mushrooms soup is one of the things to do in Lithuania!
Sightseeing tours in Dzukija National Park
Sightseeing tours in Dzukija National Park is a good way to explore Lithuanian beauty and local traditions. You will go through Lithuanian nature monuments and see vivid views, visit ethnographic villages, meet locals and follow sightseeing paths along remote rivers banks in the depth of Lithuanian forests.
Walk in a swamp could be another challenging thing to do in Lithuania. Cepkeliai marsh has interesting educational path. You will hear thousands of birds singing and explore the wildlife of remote Cepkeliai swamp with a small lakes.You will even have a possibility feel a moving ground under your feet.
There are several sightseeing trails in Dzukija National Park. The best place to start is Marcinkonys visitors centre. Here you can get some explanations with maps and even hire a nature guide. Hiking in Lithuania is the best way to explore the countryside!
Bike tours in Lithuanian nature
Lithuanian holiday home “Dzukiojs uoga” can arrange escorted bike tours in Dzukija National Park. You will go bicycling on the countryside trails and around Druskininkai. By bike you will reach the most remote Lithuanian villages, look at the local’s lifestyle, visit continental dunes, swamps or enjoy sandy rivers and forest lakes.
Bike tours includes:
Bicycles rent and transportation to the start point
Lead and support of the bicyclists
Snacks on the way
Organized bike tours in Dzukija National Park can take from 1 up to 5 hours.
Ready for the cycling holidays to Lithuania?
Banya on wood by Druskininkai Lithuania
Countryside banya on wood is a must thing to do in Lithuania. It’s not sauna. It’s more like SPA treatment in nature surroundings. Lithuanian holiday villa “Dzukijos uoga” has a real banya on wood with aromatherapy, exfoliation and even massage. This great SPA procedure takes about 3-4 hours.
-A slight “warming-up” procedure in banya
-Salt inhalation and aromas of different Lithuanian plants from Dzukija National Park
-Full body scrub with salt (peeling)
-Body patting with different green leaf brooms in the steam filled room -it eliminates toxins form your body
-Body wash with the extract of 37 herbs
-Body smearing with honey – it recovers your skin and makes it look younger
-Relaxation and drinking locally collected herbs tea
Countryside accommodation for holiday attractions in Lithuania
There are no hotels or guest houses in Dzukija National Park. They are not needed here . The best place to stay overnight are rural tourism homesteads and countryside villas. Several self catering accommodation in Lithuania rentals are new and stylish. They can suggest you a full board , including attractions in Lithuania nature.
Villa “Dzukijos uoga” could be a wonderful accommodation in Dzūkija National Park for great outdoors lovers or families with children. Countryside villa rentals are located in a small quiet Lithuanian village surrounded by pine forest and water. It’s probably the best choice of holiday accommodation by Druskininkai.
Rent countryside villa “Dzukijos uoga” for your holiday attractions in Lithuania nature!