Briefly about the route
Birštonas Tourism Information Center
Not many people know that Birštonas mineral water resort was a private town until the restoration of independence. What’s even more interesting is that written records of the resort date back to the 14th century when a fortified wooden castle was mentioned in the New Prussian Chronicle by Vygandas Marburgietis (Wigand of Marburg). In 1382, the Grand Master of the Order of the Teutonic Knights was informed that a homestead was founded by the salty water (near the Nemunas river). It happened almost 500 years before the location was granted official status as a resort! The small town began to be known as an oasis of rest...
One of the oldest wooden buildings in Lithuania, Kurhaus located just a short distance from Vytautas Park. Since opening in 1855, it differed from similar houses. It accommodated no playhouse, no banks, but was opened for classical music concerts. This tradition has survived the times and continues nowadays. As you enter, there is an art exhibition and a display of historical photos of the building showing how its appearance differed from present day. The building withstood wars. It was protected even during Soviet times, and because of that, its appearance has changed very little during the last one hundred and fifty years. ...
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From afar, the bright mineral water fountain not only decorates the misty park, but also invites you to refresh yourself with mineral water. Just don't forget to bring a cup with you! In the fourth of the 20th century built bivouette of representative architecture (from the French language - a house above a spring) reminds us that the mineral water springs are the most valuable in this resort. Already in the 19th century at the end, the springs in Biršton began to be covered with various canopies. Withstanding the Second World War and the ups and downs of the resort during the changing eras, this bivouette remains one of...
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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...
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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...
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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....
Nemunas River Bank in Birštonas
This riverbank, erected in the 1970’s, aimed to protect the resort from the floods; over time it has become the most important promenade in Birštonas. A pedestrian and cycling path 2 km in length along The Nemunas River bank also joins together Vytautas Hill and Birštonas Central Park. The bank is fitted with benches to have rest and enjoy the quietness of river-gazing. One of these benches is called a "Dream bench". Tourists say in jest that a walk and rest at Nemunas River Bank produce a better refreshing effect than several procedures in the sanatorium. The microclimate near the bank is...
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Mineral water pavilion „Birutės Villa“
In Vytautas Park, right next to the Nemunas embankment, you will see a white one-storey building with large windows. Come in at any time of the year. Sun loungers with fountains around the saltwater pool await holidaymakers. When you lie down, you can breathe calmly and deeply in the salty air watching the sky through the glass roof or the changing colors of the "waterfall". It is free of charge. Doctors claim that the natural mineral water evaporating in Birutė's villa is especially useful for patients with respiratory diseases or who want to prevent them, it has a positive effect on the skin, which contains...
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Monument to Balys Sruoga
The gray stone bust reminds of one of the most famous people of the 20th century who walked the paths of Birštonas. Lithuanian writers - Bali Sruogas. It is interesting that the height of the bust is the same as the height of the writer - 190 cm. In 1997, he created by sculptor Giedrius Plechavičius. In the square, next to the monument surrounded by trees, poetry readings are held, up to 20 people can sit here. The writer found himself in the resort in 1945. in July, just after the end of World War II. Having survived a two-year nightmare in the Štuthof concentration camp, the professor came to Birštonas in poor...
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Right next to Kurhaus, you can see a great example of small resort architecture visited by a few tourists - a white, beautiful classical form of the Birutė spring building, decorated with a blacksmith's metal fence. In warm weather, water flows from the mouth of a mythical creature. This place is perfect for lovers of personalities and photo shoots, because it is convenient to line the stairs around the source, and the building of the source itself is great decoration. Therefore, even today you can find many photos from the interwar period, in which elegant ladies and gentlemen pose against the background of the source. The...
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"Water cures everything, water works wonders, prevention is better than cure" is a unique health philosophy that was developed in the 19th century. was created and perfected by the German clergyman Sebastianas Kneipas and is managed in the Birštonas resort. Wellness according to Sebastian Kneip strengthens the whole organism, strengthens the body and soul, strengthens the immune system. Holistic health improvement according to Sebastian Kneip is based on a system of 5 elements: water therapy, movement therapy, herbal therapy, harmony therapy, healthy diet. According to Kneipp's recommendations, a Kneipp garden...
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Hill of Songs
A roller coaster of songs (ensemble of wood sculptures, 1998) Sculptures and their songs. Let's read and listen: 1. Mr. Balsys "Two young fishermen ran away from the village of Rusnė" - 3.5 years old. 2. H. Karaš "Village Musicians" - 3.2 years. 3. S. Lampickas "Song of the Rye" - 3.4 years. 4. A. Sakalauskas "King of Songs" - 3.3 years. 5. T. Stambrauskas "Winter rugeli, who sowed you" - 3.6 years. 6. A. Students "Vaidila su kankleis" - 4.2 years. 7. A. Teresius "The dawn will break, the sun will rise" - 4.6...
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Mud and water healing site
The name of Birštonas was started to be mentioned in 1382, when the Grand Master of the Order of the Teutonic Knights was informed that a homestead was founded by the salty water (near the Nemunas river). It happened almost 500 years before the location was granted official status as a resort! The small town began to be known as an oasis of rest during the 19th century, especially after the nearby resort of Stakliškės burned down. In 1854, an official permit for the establishment of a resort was received, and was the responsibility of the landlord Adomas Bartoševičius and the physician Benediktas Bilinskis. After...
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Church of Saint Anthony of Padua
A tasteful church in Neo-Gothic style made from red bricks has embellished Birštonas from the beginning of the twentieth century. A small temple, harmonious in shape, is the creation of Vaclovas Michnevičius, the most authoritative church architect of the time. According to historical records, this was the fourth church constructed in Birštonas. The first church, apparently erected in 1529, fell to ruins because residence owners were not strong Catholics. When Birštonas was passed into the possession of devout nobleman Kasparas Horvatas and his wife Kotryna Užali from Hungary, the King Zigmantas signed...
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Birštonas Museum of Sacral Art
Working hours on holidays: December 23 11:00 - 16:00 December 24, 25, 26 - not working December 31 11:00 - 15:00 January 1 - not working The Sacred Museum, located in the building of the former rectory, receives more and more pilgrims and individual visitors every year. Whether it is because of the excellent exposition of art values or because of the sincere attention to each visitor, those who have been here called the visit "a real rest for the soul and refreshment of thoughts". The legendary Lithuanian poet Justinas Marcinkevičius declared that this museum is dedicated to love. From the outside, the...
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Mineral water "Versmė"
Natural, real, unsaturated carbonated (non-carbonated) mineral water "Versme" can be tasted for free at the sanatorium "Versmė". Ingredients: sodium-calcium chloride water. Total mineralization: 3.5-5.5 g / dm3. In fact, the locals do not call this biuvet. It is "Versm" because it flows from the 270 m deep "Verser's" well. Gray brick building, richly decorated with marble, brass décor and window glass with stained glass, built in 1975. together with the entire sanatorium complex "Versmė". Next to Versminės is one of the most famous fountains of Birštonas with...
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Working hours on holidays: December 23 11:00 - 16:00 December 24, 25, 26 - not working December 31 11:00 - 15:00 January 1 - not working The museum, located in the building of a wooden villa, was loved by both Birštonas vacationers and tourists from further afield. Here in half an hour you can learn the most interesting facts about the history of the resort and see a number of valuable historical, art and technical exhibits. In addition, visiting the museum is free, unless you book a tour or educational program, and it is open six days a week. First of all, the museum building, included in the list of cultural...