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Attractions and things to do in South Lithuania

Lithuania travel tips: Dzukija national Park
Dzūkija National Park in South Lithuania

If you are a nature lover, you will surely  find a whole bunch of things to do in Lithuania’s countryside. Hit South for Dzūkijos National Park. A plenty of  Lithuania’s countryside attractions awaits for you here! Dzūkija land (that’s how locals call the South of Lithuania)  is famous for it’s pine tree forests with streaming revers and sandy  lakes. The park is full of beautiful places and inspiring outdoor activities.

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You can go biking, canoeing, hiking or mushroom hunting here. Explore the lifestyle of  ancient wooden villages. Test the lambasting in firewood heated banya (the sort of sauna) . Hit to famous Druskininkai SPA resort to pamper your body.  Visit  historic Merkinė site and smell the traditional Lithuanian food. South is the must things to do while you are in Lithuania.

Why South Lithuania - travel tips

There are a lot of reasons why Lithuania South should not be missed. Here comes just several Lithuania travel tips and leisure advices for the Southern part:

♦ The woods here are famous for  wild  mushrooms and berries. Mushroom hunting festival in Varėna attracts the crowds of tourists from all over the world each year.

Mushroom foraging in Lithuania

♦ Wooden villages of South Lithuania are very old and still lives the ancient lifestyle. Zervynos was among the sites for Unesco heritage nomination. Here you can  look for a traditional Lithuanian food cooked in clay oven or  a special firewood heated banya activities (it’s not so weird as it could look from Lithuanian sauna videos:)

Zervynos village in South Lithuania

♦ Dzūkija National Park  is one the most beautiful places of Lithuania. The landscape is  covered by pine tree forests, rivers and lakes. Hit it for kayaking, hiking, swimming, mushroom foraging, bird watching and educational activities here. Park visitors centers at Marcinkonys and  Merkine are  good spots to start your Lithuanian nature experience. They have  tourist maps with directions for the best things to do in Lithuania South.

South Lithuania travel video: Dzukija National park in winter

♦ Čepkeliai bog is a national reserve. The impassible marsh  is full of  protected species of fauna and flora . It has a sightseeing path.You can hire a tour guide at the headquarters of the park. 

♦ Druskininkai is a famous SPA resort which attracts family holiday makers. Besides the variety of SPA deals it can also offer a wide range of  holiday leisure entertainment. All year round operating Snow Arena is one of the biggest in Europe. Multiple bike roads leads to the most popular  things to do in Druskininkai.  Druskininkai Aqua park attractions, lively amusement park and a steamer ride to Liškiava monastery will keep you busy for a couple of days. 

Druskininkai in South Lithuania

♦ Merkinė is  a good place  for a short visit on the way to Druskininkai.  Take a  brake enjoying delicious lunch  in local restaurants. Climb to Merkine tower, go to Merkine pyramid  or say hello to the local handcraft masters here. 

A lot of must see places are easy to access from Vilnius or Kaunas.  100 km bus or train ride will take you there. Anyhow  you should be ready to  rent a car if you are willing to go deeper. 

Tips for fun things to do in Merkine Lithuania

Merkinės apžvalgos bokštas - Dzūkijos uoga

Observation tower in Merkinė Lithuania

Merkine is a small but important historic town of Lithuania. It’s on  the way to all Druskininkai attractions from Vilnius or Kaunas. Merkinė 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.

Lithuanian food in Merkine - dessertCreme brulee in “Dzūkynė” restautant at the center of Merkinė

There are several things to see and do in Merkine Lithuania.   Visit St.Mary’s Church,  climb Merkine tower  and  take a picture of the pagan stones on Nemunas river bank. Ask for advice at the headquarters of Dzukija National Park. Make a stop at “Šilo kopa” or  “Dzūkynė” to fill your stomach with delicious Lithuanian food. That’s one of the tastiest tourists attractions in Lithuania’s South!

Tourist attractions nearby Merkine Lithuania

Video:black pottery educational program organised by holiday home “Dzukijos uoga”

Make a visit to black pottery master! He lives in the remote Zakavoliai village near Merkine and still uses an  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.  

It’s a good place to buy Lithuanian handcrafts! Here you can  even 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  visitors. Don’t forget to  agree in advance to visit the workshop.

Merkinės piramidė - Dzūkijos uoga

Merkine pyramid

It’s close to Merkinė, in Česukai village, on the way to Druskininkai and to holiday home “Dzūkijos uoga”.

Religious site and a well known tourist attraction in Lithuania. People come to here for healing and meditation.

Povilas – the founder of Merkinė pyramid, is an interesting person. Do not miss to talk to him!

Merkinė Pyramid lays in a picturesque landscape close to Nemunas river. It’s only one kilometer from A4 road on the way to Druskininkai.

Merkinės lankytinos vietos - Dzūkijos uoga

Interesting sites of Merkine

  • Visitors center of Dzūkija National Park
  • Merkinė 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. Merkinė was the first place where Jews settled down. It’s a must thing to do in Lithuania for all who are interested in Litvak’s history.
Juodoji keramika Merkinėje - Dzūkijos uoga

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.

Extreme tourist attractions in South Lithuania. For more info  contact vacation villa “Dzukijos uoga”  +37069963565

Must things to do in Dzukija National Park Lithuania

Hollow beekeeping museum is another  must thing to do in South Lithuania. It’s not a traditional museum. This tourist attraction is located in the  old ethnographic village Musteika. It really has a lot of secrets of ancient beekeeping traditions to reveal.

Beekeeper Romas has a very special program. This man will show you how to take honey from hives  with the bare hands or how to make fire out of the flintstone. You will  climb the hollow trees to observe the wild bees.  Fresh honey degustation is included!

Beekeeping museum is a sort of special tourist attractions in Dzūkija National Park Lithuania

Photo: WIld mushrooms picking in Lithuania - Dzukijos uoga

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!

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Pramogos Dzūkijoje - pasivaikščiojimas po pelkę - Dzūkijos uoga

Hiking and sightseeing tours in South Lithuania

Sightseeing tours in  Dzukija National Park is a good way to explore Lithuanian beauty and local traditions.  You will hike 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’s South. Cepkeliai marsh has interesting educational path. You will hear  thousands of birds singing and explore the wildlife of  remote Čepkeliai 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 your hiking 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.

Anyhow if you would like to have an individual experience contact Tomas at vacation villa “Dzukijos uoga” !

Wild nature attractions in Lithuania

Photo: What to do in Lithuania- bike tours- Dzukijos uoga

Bike tours in Lithuanian nature

Lithuanian holiday home “Dzukijos uoga” arrange guided 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

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Individually guided  bike tours in Dzukija National Park can take  from 1 up to 5 hours.

Ready for the cycling holidays to Lithuania countryside ?

Dzukija National Park Lithuania sky view. Park is neighbouring to Druskininkai resort and Merkinė town.

Wood fired banya by Druskininkai Lithuania

Foto: banya on wood in Lithuania by Druskininkai - Dzukijo uoga

Wood fired banya (Lithuanian sauna) with lambasting is another  must thing to do in Lithuania countryside!

Wood fired countryside banya is a must thing to do in South Lithuania. It’s not sauna. It’s more like a very special SPA treatment in nature surroundings. Lithuanian holiday villa “Dzūkijos uoga” has a real banya heated by  firewood with aromatherapy, exfoliation and even massage. This great SPA procedure takes about 3-4 hours.

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Banya treatment  program in vacation villa “Dzukijos uoga” includes:

-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

Kayaking in Dzukija National Park

Guided kayaking tours in Dzukija national park

Individual kayaking tours in Dzukija National Park Lithuania. Contacts:   +37069963565

There are several rivers suitable for kayaking in Dzukija National Park. Merkys is a slow-flowing and quite shallow river. This makes it a perfect choice for a family kayaking tours with small kids. If you are an experienced kayaker – just hit for Gruda or Ula.

All Dzukija N.P. rivers are quite popular among the locals. So it’s better to avoid summer weekends if you value your privacy. There are different length kayaking  routes in Dzukija national Park. It can last from 2 hours up to 3 days.  One day water  attraction is the most popular one. Combine it with banya to get a full satisfaction!

Where to stay for your rural attractions in Lithuania

Video tour of the holiday house “Dzukijos uoga” in Lithuania countryside at Dzukija N.P. by Druskininkai

You won’t  find too many  accommodation options in Lithuania countryside. There are no hotels in Dzukija National Park either. They are simply not needed here . Rural holiday homes are the best choice to stay.  Despite of  that some of the self catering accommodation  rentals are quite  cozy and new.

Villa “Dzukijos uoga” is located in a small quiet village at the heart of Dzūkija National Park, 18 km from Druskininkai resort. Villa is surrounded by pine forest and water. This makes it an exceptional place for small groups of holiday makers. Especially for families with kids searching for Lithuanian nature attractions combined with Druskininkai leisure. 

Photo: accommodation in Dzukija National park by Druskininkai - Dzukijos uoga

Sky view of Lithuania countryside holiday home “Dzukijos uoga”.  More info:   +37069963565

Explore the beautiful places in South Lithuania. Find the best things to do for your holiday. Book  the countryside vacation villa “Dzukijos uoga” in Druskininkai nature!




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