SAMOGITIAN HIGHLANDS (Plungė - Plateliai - Telšiai)

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

Samogitia is a region of Lithuanians who have always taken great pride in their authentic background and origins and who have been protecting their history for many years. The 150-km-long route takes 5 days to complete and makes it its goal to teach you about Samogitia and its uniqueness. Manors and museums will reveal the Samogitian culture and traditions since times immemorial and hillforts will speak of castles long gone. The surrounding nature of Samogitia will leave you inspired by its myths and religions.

Course of route

1. Plungė Manor and Church
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Plungė Manor and Church. The Ogiński family built a majestic manor of neo-renaissance style in 1879 as designed by Architect Karl Lorentz. The park was established in the middle of the 18th century. The Ogiński family used the Babrungas River and its rivulets to create seven ponds in the park.

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2. Siberia Observation Tower
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Siberia Observation Tower. Climb up the 15-meter-high Siberia Observation Tower built on Cidabras Hill located 166 meter above sea level to feel the true greatness of Lake Plateliai of Samogitia. The tower gives breathtaking views of the surrounding lakes, forests, swamps and towns.

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3. Mardi Gras Mask Museum
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The Mardi Gras Mask Museum presents the long-preserved traditions of celebrating Mardi Gras in Lithuania and Samogitia and the masks created by ingenious artisans.

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4. Bike trails in Plateliai (around Lake Plateliai)
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Bikes trails in Plateliai. Take this 24-km-long circle route to visit and enjoy the beautiful sceneries of Plateliai and other local places of interest.

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5. Lake Plateliai and the beach
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Lake Plateliai and the beach. Lake Plateliai and its surroundings have been featured in legends for years and is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Samogitia. Legends and myths claim that a sunken city stands at the bottom of Lake Plateliai and the lake itself is connected to other local lakes by underground tunnels.

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6. Plateliai
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7. Cold War Museum
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The Cold War Museum presents an exhibit of unique video and graphic material telling of the formerly absolutely secret Soviet nuclear weaponry and the principles of its operation.

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8. Telšiai Old Town
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Telšiai Old Town is like a small reflection of Rome, with the old part of the city being situated on seven hills. Playful streets and sculptures adorning the squares hint about the Academy of Arts located in the city while the majestic Telšiai Cathedral and Cathedral Square remind you that you have reached the heart of Telšiai Diocese.

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9. Lake Mastis and its shores
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Lake Mastis and its shores are an important part of the recreational zone of Telšiai City intended as a relaxing spot for the city residents and a venue of various public mass events.

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10. Šatrija Hill
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Šatrija Hill reaches the height of 228 meters and is known as the most beautiful hill in Samogitia. Often referred to as the Queen of Lithuanian Mountains, Šatrija Hill is one of the most mysterious places in Lithuania. Legends say that a church covered in earth is under the hill and that witches from the farthest corners of the land gather here.

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11. Medvėgalis mound complex
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Congratulations, you saw all the objects on the route!