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Kretinga Manor
 

Kretinga Manor

288px Kretinga palaceKretinga Manor was built in the 15th - early 16th century. Count Tyszkiewicz bought it from Mikalojus Zubovas   in 1875 and it became the  family's residence. He beautified the buildings futher by adding a glassed conservatory a faux cliff and cascading waterfall, the walls were  decorated  with corals. It was the most famous winter garden in Lithuania.

In 1992, the restored buildings became home to the Kretinga Museum which has archeological, numismatic, and old Lithuanian folk art and  ethnographical expositions. There is regular rotation of contemporary art also. Regional tourist information is also available. The buildings host  various events and may be rented for           conferences and seminars. The winter garden has a cafe.

The manor's location had always provided sheltet from maritime wind in the areas. Its moders history is said   to have begun when the bishop of Vilnius, Ignacy Massalski, planted fruit trees there in the late 18th century. In 1874 the land was purchased in an auction by Count Tyszkiewicz. In the course of creating a family manor, he converted the existing residence into a palace, built the orangery, now known as the Winter Garden, and re-landscaped the grounds. The landscaping included cascading ponds, a waterfall, arbors, fountains, sculptures, and parterres.

The idea of turning the manor into a museum is credited to Juozas Žilvitis: thr Kretinga Museum Committee was established in 1935. The garden was completely destroyed during World War II. In 1940 the museum became a branch of the Kaunas State Museum (now the Vytautas the Great War Museum). In 1987 the greenhouse was rebuilt, since 1998 the Kretinga Estate Park Friends Club has been a co-sponsors.

Exibits and expositions016

The exibits portraying the life of the Tyszkiewicz family occupy seven halls, and contain family portraits, furniture, photographs, household objects, and paintings. The folk art exibits contain textile art and works of kryždarbiai, the traditional Lithuanian art of fashioning crosses. Household articles include tools and furnitureused during various eras.

Recent exhibitions have featured jewelry, ceramics, printed matter of historic interest, and folk costumes. The gardens and the orangery, which contains a cafe, are frequently updated. The museum sponsors concerts, scientific and research projects, holiday special a "Tree Feast", and folk dance presentations.

 

Half-day tour to Trakai

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Tour to Kernave

Kernave village (4 hours tour) located on the banks of the river Neris (35 km from Vilnius) has been known as the capital of Lithuania before Trakai and Vilnius. 

Country life museum in Rumsiskes

Country life Open Air Museum of Lithuania (6 hours tour) is a unique and one of the largest (195 ha) open-air ethnographic museums in Europe.

Fly & Lease of campers in the Baltic.

Camper on the road

Take a tour and discover Baltics by yourself!

You will be able to travel comfortably throughout Baltic Sates in our campers, as passengers really may feel themselves like home and take any necessary stuff with them, even their most loved cup for coffee.
A virtue of motor homes is the possibility to be in the cabin in all companionship while going from place to place.
Moreover, you will be free as you will be independent from hotels and every evening you will be able to spend in any place you wish!

Prepaid individual transfer :

no trouble with money exchange upon arrival,
no need to take care oftaxi search,
no language problems !

The driver will wait for you at arrival hall with your name on the card, will help you with luggage and will safely transfer you to agreed place.
Please fill in the Transfer Reservation and we will contact you within 24 business hours with confirmation

KIA CARNIVAL  25 EUR (max 5 persons)                                                
MERCEDES-BENZ VIANO  35 EUR (max 7 persons)

per car only!