Anykščai first appeared in written records in 1422. Anykščiai land with its unique nature, beautiful vicinities, attractive museums is enticing tourists from both Lithuania and abroad. In the summer of 2007 Anykščiai was granted the status of a resort territory.
Long time ago, the city was the home of the three the most celebrated Lithuanian writers A. Baranauskas, A. Vienuolis and J. Biliūnas. A must-see for any visitor to the town is the Puntukas stone which is 6.9 meters long, 5.7 (!) meters high and 6.7 meters wide. The bas-relief on its side commemorates the famous Lithuanian pilots S. Darius and S. Girenas, the 'conquerors of the Atlantic Ocean', whose plane crashed in Germany in 1933 after successfully completing its historic flight from North America.
In Anykščiai you will find picturesque pine forests, hills, the 750 mm narrow gauged railway (museum of the Narrow Railroad stirs a lot of attention;after seeing interesting objects of the exhibit one can try a “live exhibit”, manual rail car or bicycle on rails), the River Šventoji and the Horse Museum. Poet Antanas Baranauskas glorified the surroundings in 'Anykščai Pinewood'. The whole area is cherished by eminent writers. Fine wines and liquors, made in the area, are also worth looking into.
Visitors can take a look at the Old town, visit the church of St. apostle the evangelist Matthew which has the highest towers of all churches in Lithuania.
There are a few museums functioning in the city, such as: the cottage of a poet and a bishop A. Baranauskas where the marvelous hymn to nature “Anyksciai Pinewood” was created, there are, also, memorial museums of previously mentioned writer Antanas Vienuolis-Žukauskas and Brone Buivydaitė.