Attractions and things to do 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.
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.
♦ 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:)
♦ 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.
♦ 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
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.
Creme 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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
Contact villa “Dzukijos uoga” for your wild experience in rural Lithuania!
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
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.
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
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.
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!