Lithuania lies in the northeast of Europe. It’s not a particularly large country — it’ll take about four hours to traverse the country in each direction — but has plenty to offer.
So, why should you go to Lithuania? Because of its cordial people, baroque and wooden architecture, unique traditions and culture, green and flat landscape, and the wonderful local cuisine.
And what is so special about Southern Lithuania, specifically? For one, it’s called the green lung of Lithuania because it’s home to the country’s biggest pinewood area. The landscape is dotted with radiant blue lakes and traversed by the country’s main river, the Nemunas.
Here in the woods, you can find thousands of birds in the oldest bird reserve of Žuvintas Lake. The pinewoods are rich in juniper, berries and mushrooms. Old traditions, like hollow beekeeping and the UNESCO-listed cross crafting, are very much alive here. The region is characterised by its wooden architecture and the cosy streets of its mineral springs resorts. The local cuisine is simple but tasty; the local artists are extremely creative.
The Alytus, Birštonas and Druskininkai municipalities are proud to be home to the Dzūkija National Park (the biggest one in the country), the Biosphere Reserve of Lake Žuvintas (the oldest one in the country), and two Regional Parks (the Nemunas Loops and Lake Meteliai).
Stroll through pinewoods as they smell so nice. Gather berries as they are so sweet. Pick mushrooms as they are so colourful. Fish in lakes and rivers as they are so abundant in their treasures. Taste the mineral water as it’s so wonderfully salty. And meet the local people to learn more about hollow-tree beekeeping or how to survive on the sandy pinewood dunes.
The Namunas valley is inhabited by incredibly creative people, who are happy to share their lifestyle and philosophy with you, representing our country, nation, traditions and culture.
Discover the magic world of the Salt Kings and make Your own salt ceramics. Become a farmer and learn to make cheese, seabuckthorn berries syrup or juice. Ride an old school car or motorbike and sleep in the trees. Feel the power of conifers and become an alchemist of scents. Drink coffee and carve wood with a sculptor or stroll in the herbal garden and find out how to make tea on a blacksmith's forge. Become a warrior of the ancient Yotvingian tribe and find out the secrects of surviving in wild nature. Relax in the village, stroll in the swamp and find out the secrets of mushrooming in the forests.
Visit the websites of the Nemunas Valley locals and come to meet them!
Salt Art Studiowww.druskosstudija.lt
Gear of the Past www.praeitiespavara.lt
Good Proverb www.facebook.com/GeraPatarle2
Augai farm www.facebook.com/AuguUkis/
Sea Buckthorn Farm „Amberry“ https://amberry.lt
Leisure Therapy www.facebook.com/AndriusLikArt
Mill Smithy www.facebook.com/MalunoKalve
Sons of Yotva www.facebook.com/jotvossunus
For further information about our lovely destination, please also check our websites:
Alytus Tourism Information Centre www.alytusinfo.lt/en/
Birštonas Tourism Information Centre www.visitbirstonas.lt/en/
Druskininkai Tourism Information Centre https://druskininkai.lt/en/
More about Lithuania www.lithuania.travel/en
Intercity Bus Tickets www.autobusubilietai.lt/en