The small loop of the Nemunas
The Nemunas, which flows in southern Lithuania, is characterized by impressive winding Great Loops. The coasts in the middle of the river are heavily wooded, so it is not for nothing that so many tourists come to this region of Southern Lithuania to enjoy the harmony of nature and water. The Nemunas loop regional park aims to preserve the unique landscape formed by Nemunas.
You will also enjoy the loops of the Nemunas, swimming downstream from Birštonas to the famous conglomerate rock - Ožkų Pečias. You will watch how the panorama of the Birštonas resort coast changes on the right bank of the Nemunas - the neo-Gothic St. Tower of the Antanas Paduvietis Church, hospital buildings.
After sailing, you will enjoy the coastal views.
While swimming, you can admire the greenery of Vytautas Park, the light pink granite sculpture of Vytautas the Great (sculptor Gediminas Jokūbonis, 1998). Birštonas mound, also called Vytautas mountain, stands behind it. At the mound since 1928. before the construction of the Kaunas hydroelectric power plant in 1959. there was a whale sculpture - Birštonas whale, from which mineral water gushed. The sculpture depicted the spring of the "Vytautas" spring. When the Nemunas flooded, the river waters flooded the sculpture and drowned it. Banginukas drowned in Nemunas, near Vytautas mountain. This symbol of Birštonas was revived in the resort's coat of arms (author: A. Každailis) - a mythological whale is depicted on a blue background, with a silver jet of mineral water coming out of its back.
When the ship starts sailing along the wonderful curve of the Nemunas, you will be able to admire the forest landscape, the banks of the Nemunas, and the steep cliffs of the river. The "Memory Trail" - an ensemble of wooden sculptures created by folk artists - blends harmoniously into the landscape of the Druskai (Alksniakiem) forest. In 1998, the ensemble of oak sculptures of eleven folk artists "Atminties Takas" was created, honoring the times of deportations and occupation losses. You can see a caretaker with a wreath of Lithuanian oak leaves, crosses and roof pillars, the perpetuators of old agriculture - a sower, a reaper, a thresher, a bread baker, symbols of the Catholic faith - St. Sculptures of the Virgin Mary, Pieta. The sculptures are decorated with metal suns.
A wooded channel will carry the ship far to the confluence with the Verkne. This river flows into the Nemunas from the right side, and at the confluence of the rivers there is a conglomerate rock called Ožkai pečius. It is an unusual 6m high rock, consisting of fairly tightly packed sand, gravel, scree and boulders. As the rocks erode, many hollows and niches have formed in the rock, so now the rock resembles a large beehive or the ruins of a castle choir. People have called this rock Ožkai's shoulder for a long time, because the roe deer used to climb here and were called goats by the locals. In ancient times, spiritualists used to stop near the rock - this place is also known as the place of "baptism" for novice spiritualists. After tying the logs to the shore, in the river Verkne, the spiritualists used to bathe those who floated their souls for the first time.
After viewing this steep slope declared a geological natural object, you will return by boat to the Birštonas quay. Stay longer at the mineral springs and spa resort - rest your body and soul.