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Near Vilnius

This is the first wooden bridge across a lake in Lithuania, built in 1934 on the President‘s of Lithuania, A. Smetona‘s initiative. The length of the bridge across Asveja lake is 76,4 m., width – 6 m., height – 2,6 m.




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Photo Aleksandras Sakas 1984 []

On the bank of Lake Asveja, which is the longest and one of the most beautiful lakes in Lithuania, there is the town of Dubingiai, where one of the palaces of the noble Radvila family, as well as an evangelical reformed church, stood on a large hill in the 16th-17th century. The ruins which remain are impressive, and tell a story of their own. The excavation site is set up to accommodate visitors – entire layers of history are opened up for them to see. Archaeologists claim that from an archaeological point of view, this is one of the most interesting places in Lithuania. Several hundred valuable objects have been discovered here. The oldest is a coin dating back to the time of Lithuanian Grand Duke Vytautas (beginning of the 15th century), and the latest are fragments of the Radvila family‘s marble tombstones (around 1630). Quite a few remains have been found in the churchyard and basement of the church; they are considered to be of the Radvilas – one of the most powerful noble families in Lithuania.

Fragments of Medininkai brick castle built in the 14th century – the extant sections of the defence wall with tower remnants, and moats with ramparts – give a good idea of the defence architecture of Lithuania in the Middle Ages. At that time Medininkai was one of the largest towns and defence centres of Lithuania. One of the first seven churches was constructed in Medininkai directly after the christening of Lithuania in 1387, on the order of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas. Lithuania’s highest summits, Aukštasis and Juozapinė Hills (almost 300 meters above sea level) are located in the Medininkai highlands.


Zervynos is an ethnographic village in the Varėna district, Lithuania. It is situated within the territory of the Dzukija National Park near the Ula river. Zervynos has 48 homesteads, where 8 homesteads and 32 separate buildings are officially declared ethnographic monuments. The village was among the sites short-listed for nomination for the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Zervynos was first mentioned in written sources in 1742. However, 24 campsites, dating from the Stone and Iron Ages, show that people lived in the area for much longer time. Inhabitants were mostly fishers, hunters, gatherers of many of the forest's goods. In the 18th century the village was divided by the Ūla River: the right bank was in the Varėna eldership of Trakai Voivodeship while the left side was in the Kaniava eldership of Vilnius Voivodeship.The right bank evolved from a village owned by a noble and the left bank from a settlement of forest workers. Both sides had about 10 homesteads and a hundred inhabitants.


Pabaiskas is the only town in Lithuania emergence of which was determined by the battle in this place. The town was established around the church built in the place of a battle. In the battle of 1435 Mykolas, the son of Vytautas brother Žygimantas Kęstutaitis defeated the army of Švitrigaila together with the Livonian part of Teutonic Order. Contemporaries compare this battle with the Battle of Grunwald. In the battle the Livonian branch of Teutonic Order which did not participate in the Grunwald Battle was defeated. One of the great commanders of the Grunwald Battle Žygimantas Kaributaitis who fought in the side of Švitrigaila and Teutonic Forces was killed in this battle.




Vilnoja Stone Sculpture Park is a unique open-air museum of contemporary art, established near Vilnius, in Sudervė town. Situated on the picturesque shore of Vilnoja Lake and occupying a total area of 4 hectares, the Park offers an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the impressive works of art, which have been created from the hard Lithuanian granite by more than fifty authors from all over the world. The founder of the Park is Vidmantas Martikonis, the patron of arts and businessman. Back in 2001 he invited 8 famous Lithuanian artists to a stone sculpture symposium in order to freely turn their ideas into reality from a number of field boulders. It was the time when the first sculptures were erected in the Park and such symposiums started to be organised every year.

The tradition to bring together best sculptors from around the world in Sudervė quickly caught on, therefore today over 60 monumental works are exhibited in the Park.

Vilnoja Stone Sculpture Park invites you kindly to visit and spend a nice day free of charge. It is a great opportunity to become familiar with the variety of granite stone sculptures and the unlimited possibilities of the artists' imagination as well as an extraordinary chance to admire breathtaking landscapes of the surroundings of the Vilnius region.

Europos Parkas was founded in 1991 by Lithuanian sculptor Gintaras Karosas. The exhibition spans an area of 55 hectares and is visited by over 60,000 people annually.

The goal of the museum is to give an artistic significance to the geographic centre (as determined by the French National Geographic Institute in 1989) of the European continent and to present the best of Lithuanian and international modern art achievements.

While enjoying the treasured landscape of the park, you will at the same time discover the admirable world of art.

The sculptures are permanently exhibited amidst beautiful rolling hills, woodlands and grasslands dotted with natural springs. The yellow blossoms of the grassland in the spring time and the faded colours of the misty autumn add an atmospheric backdrop to the sculptures. This harmonious whole with the light changing as the day progresses makes a lasting impression.

Address: Joneikiškių village, Vilnius district.

  • Opening hours - every day from  10.00 am. till sunset.
  • Exposition - The Open-Air Museum of the Centre of Europe seeks to present the most interesting examples of Lithuanian and world contemporary sculpture. Though still young the museum features many famous contemporary artists. The collection includes large scale works by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Sol LeWitt, Dennis Oppenheim among others.
  • Ticket prices -
    Adult – 7,24 EUR
    Student and pensioner – 5,21 EUR
    Pupil – 3,19 EUR

Several countries claim to be at the heart of Europe, but according to the research of the French National Geographic Institute, the one and only geographical central point of the continent is in Lithuania, a fact that has even won recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records. In 1989, a group of French scientists from the institute announced that the geographical centre of Europe was just to the north of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius – 26 kilometres to be exact – near the village of Purnuškės. The map references of their version of the centre of Europe are 54 degrees, 54 minutes latitude and 25 degrees,  19 minutes longitude.

These references were defined only after a re-estimation of the boundaries of the European continent. The northern point was defined at Spitsbergen (80°45‘N - 20°35‘E), the southern point in the Canary Islands (27°38‘N – 17°58‘W), the eastern point at the crest of the Urals (67°59‘N – 66°10‘E) and the western point in the Azores (39°27‘N – 31°16‘W).

The boundary of the continent runs along the Kara River, the highest crest of the Urals, along the Ural River and the Caspian Sea, along to the Apsheron Peninsula, over the highest crests of the Caucasus mountains, through the Black Sea and the channels of the Dardanelle and the Bosphorus, along the eastern shore of the Aegean – the border between Greece and Turkey – and through the Mediterranean Sea and the Gibraltar channel. According to these estimates of the boundaries of Europe, the Canary Isles, Madeira and the Azores, were attached to Europe together with Iceland. The scientists did not take into account the location of Malta in the middle of the Mediterranean; however, this would change the location of the geographical centre of Europe by only 100 metres. Taking into consideration the precision of these calculations, Europe’s geographical centre could in fact be located at any point in Lithuania, having the form of an irregular square approximately 1,100 metres north-south and 800 metres east-west. After the centre was defined, the need for proper marking naturally arose.

The first marker for the geographical centre, a stone with a metal plate, was placed on a hill near Bernotai in 1991. But unfortunately this monument has not survived intact. Some time passed before the Association of Lithuanian Geographers initiated the marking of the site with a nine-tonne boulder found in the local fields. Another metal plate with inscriptions was fixed on the stone. A reserve for the European Geographical Centre was arranged in 1992. It covered Girija Lake, Bernotai Hill and a burial ground for pagans called an alkakalnis, as well as surrounding woods and fields. It is presumed that from the first to the fifth centuries a defensive castle stood on Bernotai Hill. Archaeologists have found stoneware with lined surfaces here. Every year the number of tourists visiting Lithuania is constantly growing. With this in mind, the State Tourism Department at the Ministry of Economy and the Vilnius District Administration began give the geographical centre of Europe greater visibility.

On 1 May 2004, the date Lithuania entered the European Union, the sculptor Gediminas Jokūbonis unveiled at the site his composition of a column of white granite, the top of which is rimmed by a crown of stars. In this symbolic way, Lithuania’s historical links with Europe and the poignant return of Lithuania to the family of European nations was approved once more. All Europeans are invited to visit the site of the geographical centre of Europe in Lithuania, at least once in their lives.

P.S. From 2015 Summer You will get a special Certificate that you have visited the Geographical center of Europe. Don't miss the chance to get it for free.


The ancient Lithuanian capital of Kernavė charms visitors with its irresistible panorama. Four mysterious mounds in a broad river valley evoke several millennia of history and the distant times of the early Baltic tribes. Archaeological discoveries from the early Middle Ages reveal the story of the lost city that once stood here. In the 13th century it was a big feudal town formed around defensive mounds, but in 1390, during an attack by the Crusaders, Kernavė was completely destroyed.
Archaeological digs that have been going on here consistently for 30 years have found evidence of people living here as far back as 11,000 years ago. A cultural reserve has been established to protect the site, which takes up almost 200 hectares and continues to provide valuable information that dates back to the 10th millennium before Christ. The Museum of Archaeology and History in Kernavė contains the archaeological findings that have been discovered here. In 2004, Kernavė was put on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Celebrations and festivals of folklore take place in Kernavė every summer. During the Days of Living Archaeology, the artists and masters of old crafts dress up in the garb of centuries past and put their creativity on display. Visitors can try out dishes of ancient cuisine, model a pot, try their hand at archery, make a coin using a hammer, listen to archaic music or take an unforgettable ride in a horse and cart.


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