SEASIDE REGION (Klaipėda - Nida - Smiltynė - Dreverna - Vente)

140 km
14 h.
11 object
Asphalt: 1%
Gravel road: 1%
Forest Road: 1%
Singletrack: 1%

Take a dive into the unique and magical world of the Lithuanian seaside and lagoon nature. The 250-km-long route requires as many as 7 days to be thoroughly enjoyed and will leave you in awe of the one-of-the-kind landscapes inherent to this area only. Semi-wild beaches of white sand and breathtaking dunes in Neringa and the phenomenal colony of the Great Cormorants near Juodkrantė will spread happiness and inspiration to lovers of nature. Those who enjoy cultural discoveries will have no time to grow bored as the daily lives and history of this magical corner of the world is as unique as its nature. Discover the ancient crafts of fishing and ship building anew and climb atop the mystical mountain of witches decorated by folk artisans and brimming with the mysticism of folk fairy tales and pagan spirit.

Course of route

1. Sundial and Parnidis Dune
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Parnidis Dune is a sand dune 52 meters above sea level in the south of Nida, in the Curonian Spit. An observation deck was built at the top of the dune. In 1995, a sundial was made revealing breathtaking views.

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2. Bike trail (Nida–Smiltynė)
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The bike trail (Nida–Smiltynė) will take you along the mesmerizing seaside on a long but unique and magical trail. Starting the journey in Nida, you will visit the towns of Preila, Pervalka and Juodkrantė, which are some of the most gorgeous places in the Curonian Spit. Do not get spooked, though, if you meet a moose, a doe or a family of wild boars on your way.

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3. Thomas Mann Memorial Museum
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Thomas Mann Memorial Museum is a museum established in the house of the writer Thomas Mann who received the Nobel Prize. The house was built sometime around 1930 or 1932. The Thomas Mann Festival which is one of the most famous musical festivals in Lithuania, is held in this house.

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4. Great cormorant colony
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One of the largest and oldest colonies of grey herons and great cormorants in Lithuania reside near Juodkrantė. People have been watching and observing this colony ever since 19th century. Take a walk across the special observation deck and have a closer look at the daily lives of these beautiful birds.

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5. The Hill of Witches
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The Hill of Witches, also known as the Hill of the Witch, is a 42-meter-high parabolic dune in Juodkrantė. The place is known far and wide for its folk sculpture park established in 1979. The park is favored by children as all the sculptures have been carved to reflect ancient fairy tales and myths. The Hill of Witches has been one of the most visited places in the Curonian Spit since ages ago.

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6. Sound Catcher in Juodkrantė
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The impressive Sound Catcher reminding a bit of a large megaphone is located in the Dendrological Path in the old woods of Juodkrantė. You can either listen attentively at the narrow opening or step into the wide one. The only requirement here is to stay still and quiet for a while, and not for a minute or two but for at least half an hour. Then, you will be able to hear thousands of forest sounds that are usually missed by the human ear.

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7. Blue Flag beaches in Nida and Juodkrantė (Neringa Municipality)
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The Blue Flag beaches in Nida and Juodkrantė is a sight for sore eyes and soul. The unique sand is what distinguishes these beaches from the other beaches in Europe.

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8. Blue Flag beach in Smiltynė (Klaipėda City Municipality)
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The Blue Flag Program is voluntary certification of beaches and marinas and one of the programs offered by the Foundation for Environmental Education. To be awarded the Blue Flag certificate, the municipalities or other institutions maintaining the beaches and marinas must comply with certain requirements in the categories of environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, safety and service quality.

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9. J. Gižas Homestead and Museum
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The visitors of Jonas Gižas Ethnographic Homestead are welcome to take a look at the historical exhibition titled J. Gižas. Opening the Coffer of a Shipbuilder... The museum provides information about the history and culture of Pamarys Region, the lifestyle, work and crafting of fishermen, personality of J. Gižas and the unique craft of shipbuilding.

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10. Aukštumala Educational Trail
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Aukštumala Educational Trail stretches across a vast bogland of 2500 hectares. Aukštumala Raised Bog is unique as it is a raised bog formed over a river delta and gains its water resources from both precipitation and floods. This special place is also deemed the global cradle of bog research science.

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11. Ventė Cape
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Ventė Cape is a peninsula near Kuršiai Reservoir, not too far away from the mouth of the Neman River, to the south of Ventė Settlement. The place is best known for its bird banding station. One can observe bird migration from up close here.

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