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Visit Baltic States - Few Destinations Off Beaten Track In Lithuania
Kernave is a little town about 40 km from Vilnius. It is famous for it's archeological foundings, and very beautifull mounds.
Kernave has been known as the capital of Lithuania before Trakai and Vilnius.
It is one of the most important and the most interesting monuments in Eastern Europe from the archaeological point of view. The first inhabitants settled here as soon as the glaciers retreated around 12000 years ago. Since then the settlers have never left Kernavė. Genarations were born, brought up here; they worked and fought, died and were buried here.
In July of 2004, Kernavė archaeological site, in justice to its exclusive value to the world, was included into the UNESCO World Heritage List The archaeological site of Kernavė presents an exceptional testimony to the evolution of human settlements in the Baltic region over the period of some 10 millennia. The property has exceptional evidence of the contact of Pagan and Christian funeral traditions.
The archaeological locality of Kernavė is the third object of Lithuania on the UNESCO World Heritage List , which also includes Vilnius Old Town and the Curonian Sp
In summer Kernavė comes to life. Celebrations and folk festivals are organized.
Kernavė is also famous for its traditional Rasos (Dew) festivals – Midsummer day 23 June. with the night-fires on the mounds, traditional dances and songs,
Kernavė also is famous for national celebrations devoted to Mindaugas coronation day on 6 July. The festival of Experimental Arecheology – Live Archeology is held, where medieval authentic crafts, war games and folk music are presented. The craftsmen come from around the Baltics and neighboring countries. The XIII festival will take place 8-10 July, 2011
Kernave is nice to visit in every season. Spectacular view from the mounds formatted by people and glaciers, heavy forests and silver waters of river Neris create an unforgettable natural picture.
Kernave is reachable by bus. It always goes from Vilnius bus station, so it is easy to find.
Going by car, take the road A1 or A2 and follow directions.
The biggest Lithuanian bridge (not only among railway, but also among car bridges) – Lyduvėnai Bridge over the Dubysa Valley in the railway route of Radviliškis – Pagėgiai.
An interesting fact is that this large bridge is built not over the big river but over the valley with very small river.
This bridge is 599 m long and 42 m high. First wooden bridge here was built in 1915 - 1916 by the German army. At the time it was largest wooden bridge in Europe. But wooden bridge was unstable and in 1918 German army built concrete bridge with statue of field-marshal Hindenburg nearby. In 1926 - 1928 bridge has been reconstructed by Lithuanian authorities and statue of Hindenburg was removed. In 1944 former bridge was blown and rebuilt only in 1951.
The village Lyduvėnai doesn‘t have other places of interest – just average Lithuanian village, but the river Dubysa, even if it‘s small one, is known as the one with most beautiful banks.
The place could be a bit difficult to reach by bus, but for travelers by car, and especialy by bicycle it‘s great destination.
A village Mosėdis is famous for its unique Museum of Stones.
More than 150 000 different stones (the smallest probably weights less than a gramme, and the largest more than 50 tons) and pebbles are being exposed in the area of 8 ha.
The Museum includes two main expositions – indoors and outdoors.
The first one is located in an old mill, where visitors can take a look at geological maps, classified rock fragments, fossils, the sand collection, even at a stoned foreign bodies removed from a human gall-bladder or kidney.
The outside exhibition is designed as if it was a natural Sweden or Finnish landscape. Visitors are able to see, touch and feel the power and mystery of the stones that came to Lithuania during the glacial epoch 700 000 – 13 000 years ago. Here you will find virtually every kind of rock that one can find on the territory of Lithuania (altogether 103 kinds).
he museum was created by a young physician Vaclovas Intas, who came to Mosedis in 1957 to work in a newly established hospital. It started just as a hobby of his, and nowdays become unique place of interest.
Situated 8km from the spa town of Druskininkai, Grūtas Park is an open-air museum with an amazing collection of Soviet sculptures, busts, Lenins and other relics of the Soviet era.
From 1989-91, during the restoration of Lithuanian independence, many ideologized monuments from the Soviet times were dismantled and, with the absence of any storage procedure, piled in storehouses and backyards, most frequently on the premises of utility companies. There were various opinions and proposals regarding the fate of the dismantled Soviet sculptures. Destroy? Preserve?
The founder of Grutas Park Viliumas Malinauskas requested the Lithuanian authorities to grant him the possession of the sculptures, so that he could build a privately-financed museum.
The exposition, consisting of 86 statues by 46 different sculptors, is organized into spheres. Each of the statues features a Soviet or socialist activist.
The Grūtas Park exposition discloses the negative content of the Soviet ideology and its impact on the value system. The aim of this exposition is to provide
an opportunity for Lithuanian people, visitors coming to our country as well as future generations to see the naked Soviet ideology which suppressed and hurt the spirit of the nation for many decades.
There is also a museum with different ideological items from soviet era.
In order to strengthen the impressions, visitors are also able to enjoy a typical Soviet meal right here.
In order to maintain the high level of this unique museum and park, every year annual Soviet fests are held there in order to play a joke on Soviet ruling times. Fun spectacles are shown, Soviet trappings are emphatically used, former political leaders “rise from death” and appear here in order to create comic situations and entertain people coming here for the Soviet show
In 2010 the crazy Grūtas Park was officiallydeclared to be one of 10 the strangest museums in the World.
Take a bus from Vilnius to Druskininkai. Tell a driver you are going to the Grutas Park, he will let you off at the Grutas stop. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the park on foot. You should go along Parko Street and follow the traffic signs.