Route: the small loop of the Nemunas River near Birštonas
Briefly about the route
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"Memory Path" wooden sculptures
"Atminties takas" (Memory Path) (wooden sculptures, 1988) Folk artists and carvers set up a first camp in Birštonas precinct in Alksniakiemis forest in 1988. An area of 1.5 km by the Nemunas river houses oak sculptures "Atminties takas" (Memory Path) created by 11 folk artists to commemorate losses of exile and occupation. While creating this path in 1988, it was important to preserve all national symbols and signs that were very valuable and interesting, and it was a great challenge to expose them in public at the time. The sculptures retained their value to this day, because these sculptures...
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Visitors to Vytautas Park leave this place full of determination to live a healthier life, keep calm and be happier. A walk in Kneipp Garden will give you much more energy than a cup of coffee, and a look at the highest lime-trees in Lithuania will remind you of going for a walk with a head up more often. The most visited part of the park is Kneipp Garden. According to the former Pope's doctor, priest's Sebastian Kneipp philosophy, the massage passages are meant for walking barefoot and then refreshing your feet in a pool filled with warm water. People say that after these procedures they feel an immediate abundance...
Statue of Vytautas the Great
Statue of Vytautas the Great was built from pink granite by sculptor G. Jokūbonis and architect V. Čekanauskas. The sculptor embodied ideas expressed by a majority of Birštonas’ residents - to bring Vytautas and his horse back to their hunting-ground. Sculptor G. Jokūbonis created a sculpture were Vytautas’ figure blends into a horse figure, this way the sculptor emphasizes Vytautas’s abilities to fight and desire to act. Granite for the statue was brought from the country the grounds of which belonged to Lithuania during the rule of Vytautas the Great - Ukraine. The statue weighed nearly thirty tons....
When you arrive at Birštonas, climbing Vytautas Hill is a must do. After you climb the 40 m high slope, you will be able to pause for breath on a beautifully arranged rest site. The site opens a fascinating panoramic view upon Birštonas town and Nemunas bend. The view is beautiful throughout the year, so climbing Vytautas Hill has become a ritual for Birštonas guests. Furthermore, this place is a favourite of selfie makers and painters visiting the resort town. Vytautas Hill is the best-known and highest mound in Lithuania. In the past, there was a castle on this hill which protected Trakai Duchy...
Chapel-column to Vytautas the Great
Chapel-column to Vytautas the Great (Koplytstulpis Vytautui Didžiajam) Sculptor I. Užkurnys. 1982
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