Nature objects in Lithuania

What's special about the nature in Lithuania?

The Curonian spit - a sandy, desert-like stretch of land between the Baltic see and the Curonian Inlet, teh hilly landscapes of the Žemaitija region, the blue mirror labyrinths of the lakes in teh Aukštaitija region, the pine forests in teh Dzūkija region, the curves of the Nemuna river valley, and the many regional nature parks, created not only to protect  the nature but also for people's recreation and interest - these are the nature values attracting guests of Lithuania. 

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The Traupis botanical garden

The only school-based botanical garden in Lithuania was planted in 1989 at the Traupis school.  More than 8,000 types of plants grow in the garden, and all of them have been collected by Sigutis Obelevičius.

Heritage gardens Active season months4-9 Accepts tourist groups This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance Must register in advance Accepts individual travellers
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The Energetic Labyrinth and Geometric Figure Park

This park has five labyrinths with decorative plants, flowers and various kinds of medicinal plants.  The longest path in the labyrinth is 1.7 km long.  The total distance of the paths is 4.5 km.  The park has three geometric figures -- a cupola, a mandala and a Merkabah.

Active season months1-12 Accepts tourist groups Optional meals Accepts individual travellers This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance Pre-order required
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The Vytautas the Great University's Kaunas Botanical Garden

This botanical garden was opened in 1923 as a scholarly centre.  The garden covers more than 60 hectares, and approximately 30 ha are open to the public. 

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Parniddene Düne

In der Umgebung von der 52 m hohen Parniddenen Düne sind die im 18. Jh. bei einem Holzeinschlag entstandene Wanderdünen zu sehen! Aussichtsplatz.

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The Neries Regional Park

This territory was established to protect the lovely central section of the Neries River, local species, and Lithuania’s largest oak forest.
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The Pakrujo Estate park

This landscape park has survived to the present day and was installed between 1850 and 1860.  On one side the territory has a boundary that is the dammed Kruoja River, and on the other side there is a fence made of fieldstones.  The English park principles at that time meant that advantage was given to a natural landscape with imitations of nature.  There are some 26 types of trees in the park, and some of them were introduced from various parts of the world a few centuries ago.

Active season months1-12 Optional meals This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups Must register in advance Accommodation available
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Plokstines izzinas taka (Plokstinės pazintinis takas)

Ja apskatīta kodolraķešu bāze, tad var iziet 3,2 km garo Ploštines izziņas taku, kas sākas turpat netālu. Taka ved cauri dažādiem mežu tipiem, iepazīstinot ar sikspārņu būrīšiem (cilvēka radītas sikspārņu dzīves vietas), apkaimes augiem un putniem, kā arī aizsargājamu dabas pieminekli – Pileļu avotu (Pilelio šaltinis).

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The Anyksciai Regional Park

The “backbone” to this park is the valley of the Šventoji (Holy) River. One of the most impressive Devonian cliffs in Lithuania can be seen from the river – Vetygalos atodanga. On the shores of the Varius stream is a cliff made of quartz and sand – Variaus atodanga. 6 km to the S of Anykščiai is Lithuania’s second largest rock (5.7 m high, ~100 m3) – Puntukas akmuo.
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Varniku izzinas taka (Varnikų pazintis takas)

Varniku mežā (Varnikų miškas) ir izveidota patiesi interesanta dabas izziņas taka, kas iet cauri dažādiem biotopiem – skujkoku un ozolu mežiem, purvainu mežu un sūnu purvu ar akačiem un nelieliem purva ezeriņiem, kur uzceltas divas skatu platformas. Mitrajās vietās un purvā ir izveidotas koka laipas. Šī ir populāra pastaigu vieta. Taka ir lokveida un marķēta. Tās apskatei būs nepieciešama ~ pusotra stunda.

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The Asveja Regional Park

This park was established to protect Lithuania’s longest lake, Lake Asveja (> 20 km). The lake is in a sub-glacial valley carved out by ice during the Ice Age, and it actually resembles a wide and curvy river.
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The Dzukija National Park

This territory is Lithuania’s most forested area, and people here have always lived in accordance with nature. Local treasures include berries, mushrooms, honey, clean water from streams and rivers, etc. People here have engaged in various crafts, as well as in beekeeping.
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The Pajuris Regional Park

The territory is established in order to protect the dunes and the seashore habitats. There are beautiful beaches and wooded dunes, and the paved Klaipēda–Palanga bikeway trails through the park, which is worth travelling at full length.

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The Joniskelis Estate park

The Jakiškiu Estate was first mentioned in documents in the late 16th century.  The estate had elements of Classicism in terms of its architecture.  Among the buildings, the only ones that have survived are the mansion, an ice cellar and a steam-driven windmill.  The estate has not been restored, so it is still authentic.  Its artistic soul is preserved by various objects that remain from the time when people lived at the estate and from the Soviet era.  Alongside the estate are a few fragments of a park, which covers approximately 2 ha.  There is an ancient alley of linden trees that are on both sides of the entrance road, as well as several other valuable types of trees and a small pond.

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The Venta Regional Park

The park was established to protect the Venta River valley and the landscapes that are around its tributaries. On the west bank of the Venta, at Papilė, there is a cliff from the Jurassic period which is unique in the Baltic States, has been known since 1925, and has layers in which more than 300 forms of life have been identified over the course of time.
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The Trakai Historical National Park

This park was established mostly to protect a wide range of cultural and historical objects such as the Trakai lake castle, the ancient Trakai cloister, the Užutrakai castle, the Bražole castle hill, the heritage of ancient local tribes, etc.
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Tituvenu regionalais parks

Tītuvēnu reģionālais parks (Tytuvėnų regioninis parkas) dibināts 1992. gadā. Parkam raksturīga ainavu daudzveidība – te ir sastopami lieli mežu masīvi, purvi, ezeri, upītes. Šejienes reljefa veidotājs tāpat kā citur Baltijas valstīs ir bijis ledājs, kas atnesis un atstājis aiz sevis garas laukakmeņu grēdas. Kopumā parkā ir konstatētas 603 augu un 787 dzīvnieku sugas. Parkā aug veci un dabiski boreālie (ziemeļu) meži, veci un jaukti platlapju meži ar ozoliem, liepām, kļavām, ošiem un gobām, sugām bagāti egļu meži, staignāju meži, nogāžu un gravu meži, purvaini meži un aluviālie (pārplūstošie) meži. Parkā esošās pļavas un tīrumi ir nozīmīga dzērvju atpūtas vieta migrāciju laikā, kad te pulcējās tūkstošiem putnu. Šiluvas baznīca un Tītuvēnu klosteris ir svētceļnieku galamērķis vairāk nekā 500 gadu garumā. 

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Bernsteinhaff

1855, als einen Schiffahrtsweg getieft wurde, wurde im Haff unerwartet eine Bernsteinablagerung gefundet. In der Zeit zwischen 1860 und 1890 wurde dort 2250 Tonen Bernstein gewonnen, einbezogen einzigartige Bernsteingegenstände aus der Jungsteinzeit und der Bronsezeit.

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The Curves of Nemuna Regional Park

This lovely part of the Nemuna River between Alytus and Pakuonis meanders through cliffs that are up to 40 m high.
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Ventė Cape

Place for bird ringing and bird watching.

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The Labanoras Regional Park

This territory is rich with forestland and lakes (some 285 in all). There are extensive opportunities for active recreation or calm leisure.
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Ginucu pilskalns (Ginucių piliakalnis)

Viens no lielākajiem Augštaitijas pilskalniem, kas 2011. g. pēc vērienīgiem rekonstrukcijas darbiem ir izzināms jaunā kvalitātē - gan no infrastruktūras, gan arī ainaviskā viedokļa, jo iepriekš biezais pamežs (tagad retināts) traucēja uztvert iespaidīgo objektu. Arī no pilskalna plakuma paveras labs skats uz diviem blakus esošajiem ezeriem. Tā virsotnē apskatāms piemiņas akmens, kas vēsta par pirmā Lietuvas valsts prezidenta Antana Smetona (Antanas Smetona) apmeklējumu 1934. g. viņa 60 gadu jubilejā. Pilskalns it ticis apdzīvots jau I tūkstošgadē pirms Kristus. Uzskata, ka 14. – 15. gs. te atradusies hronikās aprakstītā Linkmenu pils. Jaunizveidotā taka pilskalnu savieno ar vēl vienu populāru apskates objektu – Ladakalni.

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Brände

Nahe der Beerkopfdüne ist im Frühling 2006 „ein Brand der Jahrhunderte” gewessen. Es wurde der hundert Jahre alte Wald in der Fläsche von 235h ausgebrannt. Ein Pfad mit Holzbelag.

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The Stelmuzės oak tree

This is the thickest English oak (Quercus robur) in Lithuania, with a circumference of 9.4 m (as opposed to the Kaive oak in Latvia, which has a circumference of 10.18 m).
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The University of Klaipeda Botanical Garden

The botanical garden was established in 1993 in the lovely Dane River valley.  It covers approximately 9.3 hectares, and in 2002, it was given the status of a dendrological park.

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Vilnius University Siauliai Academy Botanical Garden

The botanic garden is part of the Siauliai University and is the newest and smallest botanical garden in Lithuania, covering 6.54 ha of land. 

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The Kursiu Dune (Kursių nerija)

In terms of territory, it is the most impressive dune range in the Baltics. This is the only place in the Baltics, where one can enjoy open dune sands that are still active and, under the influence of wind, form the so-called eolian relief forms. There are trails, wooded trails and a paved bikeway for the conveniences of visitors. In order to protect the dune, The Dunes of Curonian spit National Park has been established .

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The Dubrava Arboretum

Work on this arboretum began in 1958 at a local forest research station that is near the village of Vaišvidava.  The arboretum collects and exhibits various local and imported plants for scholarly, educational and decorative purposes.  The arboretum covers some 50 ha of land, with more than 800 types of plants.  Some parts of the arboretum have rare and protected trees and bushes, and these can only be visited if you contact the arboretum in advance.

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The Meteliai Regional Park

There are three large lakes at the centre of this park – Lake Dusia, Lake Metelys, and Lake Obelija. Lake Dusia has very clear and transparent water, and its southern and south-eastern beaches are popular among swimmers. The lakes and their nearby wetlands are important during the migration season of birds.
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Cepkelu purvs (Cepkelių raistas)

Lietuvas lielākais sūnu purvs, kura aizsardzības nolūkā ir izveidots Čepkeļu dabas rezervāts (Čepeklių gmatinis rezervatas). Tas izvietojies starp Dzūkijas nacionālā parka dienvidaustrumu daļu un Baltkrieviju. No Marcinkones pa smilšainu meža ceļu (~ 9 km turp - atpakaļ) ar kājām vai divriteni (arī nelielu tūrisma autobusu līdz 20 vietām) var nokļūt līdz purva malai, kur mežainās kāpās un purvā izveidota 1,5 km gara dabas taka un skatu tornis, no kura labi pārredzama purva rietumdaļa. Pirms došanās uz Čepkeļu purvu, ir jāreģistrējas Dzūkijas nacionālā parka apmeklētāju centrā (Šilagėlių gatve 11), kas meklējams aiz dzelzceļa pārbrauktuves. Te apskatāma neliela nacionālajam parkam un rezervātam veltīta ekspozīcija.

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The Salantai Regional Park

The terrain in this territory was created during the Ice Age. There are the ancient river valleys of the Minija, Salantas and Erla rivers, along with groups of rocks.