The Birštonas resort charms guests with its magnificent nature and the winding loops of the Nemunas River. Those who enjoy active recreation are invited to try out the new Selfie Route, which will allow you to enjoy the unique nature, visit the resort’s most notable sites, and take the best selfies possible.
Start the journey at the Vytautas Mineral Spa library (1), which you will find at Karalienės Barboros alėja 2. The Vytautas Mineral Spa reading room is a place with unusual acoustics and visuals – if you look at the dome-shaped ceiling, you will see spectacular paintings by the renowned artist Petras Lincevičius and his team that will take you to the moon. This place will give you the opportunity to take one of your best selfies. After leaving Vytautas Mineral Spa, continue your journey towards the bank of the Nemunas. All you have to do is reach the Summer Stage (Algirdo g. 36), where the second selfie site awaits – Martynas Gaubas’s head (2). The big, yellow copy of Martynas Gaubas’s head is called The Container, but it is actually a huge, 3D selfie that you can take your own selfie next to as well. Right next to the Summer Stage, after passing the Esė hotel, you will reach the Nemunas Loops Trail (3), which winds through Birštonas Central Park. Replicating the famous Nemunas loops, the trail is surrounded by beautiful nature that will make the perfect background for an exceptional selfie. After a stroll along the Nemunas Loops Trail, walk towards the medical SPA Eglės sanatorija. Look for the Druskupis Graduation Tower (4), which is at the intersection of Algirdo gatvė and Kęstučio gatvė. Mineral water flows down the walls of this structure, making it a great place not only to breathe in some healthy, mineral-filled air, but also to take a great selfie! Then visit the nearby Central Park or take Kęstučio gatvė straight to the Birštonas Municipal Building (Jaunimo g. 2), where you will find the #Birštonas sign (5). A selfie with this sign will be a great way to remember Birštonas. Then continue down Kęstučio gatvė towards the Norfa shopping centre. Once you reach the shopping centre, you’ll see a paved path towards Mokyklos gatvė. Go straight until you see the beautiful tree-lined avenue (6) on the right. A selfie on this tree-lined avenue will give you a chance to enjoy the beautiful nature and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the town. After you have a rest and take a selfie, go back and continue your journey down B. Sruogos gatvė towards the Versmė Medical SPA (B. Sruogos g. 9), where you will find Juozas Ruzga’s fountain called Versmė (“The Spring”) (7). The fountain’s gushing water will make for a very special selfie. Once you rest and drink some mineral water at the nearby pump room, continue on towards the flower garden at the Kneipp Garden (8) (B. Sruogos g. 2B). You’ll see the bright flowers as soon as you reach the Kneipp Garden. After a quick selfie, you can try out the garden, which was designed according to Kneipp’s recommendations for cold-water procedures to fortify the body and strengthen the immune system. This garden is based on a system of five elements: hydrotherapy, exercise, phytotherapy, harmony and nutrition. Once you are refreshed and invigorated, set off towards the Dr A. S. Zenkevičius Bank, where you will see the Birštonas ferry at the wharf by the Tulpė medical SPA (Birutės g. 35). After taking the ferry across the Nemunas (for a fee), you’ll have the opportunity to take another selfie with Birštonas (9). Once you get back to Birštonas, you will easily find Vytautas Park (10) (B. Sruogos g. 1), which is located next to Vytautas Hill. This park has a tree-lined avenue that will make a great background for a selfie, and the monument to Vytautas will really spice up your next shot. Right nearby is Vytautas Hill (11) – one of the best known and highest mounds in Lithuania. Once you conquer the steps that will take you up the 40-metre slope, you will be able to catch your breath in the nicely maintained area up top. From there, you will be rewarded with a stunning view of Birštonas and the Nemunas loop. The view is beautiful year-round, so climbing Vytautas Hill has become a ritual among guests to Birštonas. This is also the most popular place in the entire resort for selfie lovers. Once you come down from Vytautas Hill, another challenge awaits: the tallest observation tower in Lithuania (12)! You can find it at Bokšto al. 25. The tower’s observation deck is at a height of 45 metres, and the tower itself is 55 metres tall. Visitors who climb to the top can understand the beauty and uniqueness of the surroundings. The Nemunas flows just 240 metres away, with an open field to the south-east and a forest nearby. The Birštonas panorama and Nemunas Valley are visible, and individual farms (now part of the town of Birštonas) extend 900 metres away. Pictures with these views will be the most beautiful ones you have on your mobile phone. But that’s not all! You still have the last stop waiting for you nearby – the Škėvonys escarpment (13) (on Prienų g., behind the Birštono Seklytėlė restaurant). As you walk along the educational trail from the Birštono Seklytėlė restaurant or the Royal Spa Residence hotel, don’t just look into the distance – look where you’re stepping as well. You might spot some interesting plants – the star gentian, which is listed in the Lithuanian Red Book, blooms here from June to September. The Škėvonys escarpment is one of the best known rock outcrops of the Quaternary period on the slopes of the Nemunas Valley. It is also included in the list of the most valuable geological sites in north-western Europe. More than half a kilometre long and as much as 33 metres high, the outcrop is a section of the unique Škėvonys crest featuring distinct layers of deposits from the last two ice ages and the interglacial period, and will make the perfect setting for your selfie.