EASTERN HIGHLANDS (Zarasai - Salakas - Tauragnai - Utena)

150 km
13 h.
10 object
Asphalt: 1%
Gravel road: 1%
Forest Road: 1%
Singletrack: 1%

The 150-km-long route takes 5 days to complete. The route is mostly comprised of natural objects with the Stelmužė Oak being its centerpiece. This oak is the most famous oak in Lithuania as it is the oldest and the thickest one. The route will take you to three lakes and the second largest reservoir. As you travel along the cognitive paths and enjoy the views from the 17-meter-high Zarasai Observation Tower, you will also see several churches revealing the local history of the region.

Course of route

1. Lake Zarasas
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Visiting time: 1 h.

Lake Zarasas is situated in Zarasai District, in the northern east part of Lithuania. The length of the lake is 2.86 km from the north to the south, its width is 2.3 km and the deepest part reaches up to 36.6 m.

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1.5 h.
3 m
2. Zarasai Circular Observation Deck
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Visiting time: 1 h.

The circular observation deck was opened for visitors in 2011. It is an architectural structure that has no analogue in the entire Lithuania. Visitors can walk along a circular pathway of 17 meters in height to view the mesmerizing vistas of Lake Zarasas or climb down the stairway to take a walk along the shore of Lake Zarasas, have a rest on the nearby benches and simply enjoy the picturesque views of the lake and its nature.

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1.5 h.
3 m
3. Stelmužė Church
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Visiting time: 1 h.

Stelmužė Church was constructed in 1650 as a philia of Alūksta Parish and belonged to the Calvinists. The church was built by Latvian artisans who used no metal nails or saws and simply trimmed wooden logs with axes. The interior of the church was finished after 1713 using the money donated by the Folkerzamb Family.

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1.5 h.
3 m
4. Stelmužė Oak
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Visiting time: 1 h.

Stelmužė Oak is the oldest and thickest oak-tree in Lithuania and one of the oldest oaks in the entire Europe. The tree is located in Stelmužė Village and is about 1,500 years old. Its diameter is 3.5 m and its circumference near the ground is 13 m.

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1.5 h.
3 m
5. Gražutė Regional Park Bike Trail
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Visiting time: 1 h.

The great Gražutė Regional Park Bike Trail is a circular route of 45 km in length designed for the riders who enjoy challenges. This route connects some of the most interesting cultural and natural objects located in the park.

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1.5 h.
3 m
6. Antalieptė Reservoir
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Visiting time: 1 h.

Antalieptė Reservoir was formed in 1959 by damming the Šventoji River at the 211th km from its mouth. This artificial lake is second in size in Lithuania after Kaunas Reservoir. Its area is 1911 ha, the deepest part reaches up to 46 m, and average depth is 7.2 m.

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1.5 h.
3 m
7. Salakas Educational Trail
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Visiting time: 1 h.

Salakas Educational Trail is a circular trail of 5 km in length representing the historic town of Salakas and its region.

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1.5 h.
3 m
8. Salakas Church
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Visiting time: 1 h.

Salakas Church. Salakas Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Sorrows was built in the neoromantic style with some neo-Gothic elements.

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1.5 h.
3 m
9. Lake Tauragnas
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Visiting time: 1 h.

With its depth reaching 62.5 m, Lake Tauragnas is the deepest Lithuanian lake which is also located highest above the sea level. Legends say that Duke Rigimundas was once spending the night on the shores of the lake. When everyone fell asleep, and old master of the Baltic psalteries of the Duke started playing his instrument. His music was so beautiful that two aurochs came out of the forest to listen to him. The aurochs spoke to the musician in human voices. The latter asked them which place would be best to settle down. The aurochs pointed him to the hill on the shores of the lake. The duke built a castle there and called it Taurapilis (Aurochs Castle). The lake has since been named Tauragnas after the two aurochs (Lith. tauras means aurochs).

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1.5 h.
3 m
10. Lake Alaušas
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Visiting time: 1 h.

Lake Alaušas is surrounded by Rukliai and Ąžuolaušis Forests from the east and meadows and fields from other sides. In the summers, the water is clear as glass up to the depth of 4–6 m. Even though the water is deep, the body of the lake is large and wide; thus, the wind mixes the water well and its temperature ranges from 2°C to 8°C.

To the next object:
1.5 h.
3 m
Congratulations, you saw all the objects on the route!