Panemunės Regional Park is located in Western Lihtuania, near the river Nemunas. The park occupies 11368 ha. The directorate of the park is in Šilinė. Panemunės Regional Park was founded to preserve the landscape of lower reaches of Nemunas River, its natural eco-system and the values of cultural heritage.
The park is stretched in a shape of thin line in both sides of Nemunas. 72 rivulets are flowing here, and 35 of them flows to Nemunas. Picturesque valleys of rivers Nemunas, Armena, Kartupis, Nyka and Nykutė have impressive gullies and exposures here. In the dry slopes unique warm-climate plant communes and rich fauna can be found. In the park of Gelgaudiškis forest grows the thickest fir in Lithuania (diameter of 104 cm, height of 42,6m). The Park has around 50 trees that are considered to be of natural value.
There are good observation places in Vytėnai, Raudonė, Veliuona, Kriūkiai and Seredžius. In the night time 9 species of bats can be detected flying around. From the banks of river Nemunas the migration of birds can be observed.
Here the fragments of front line from Crusader war period (13th – 15th c.) remained – castle sites of Nemunas slopes, and mounds from which the most impressive are: Palemonas mound, Gediminas grave, Ramybės mound, Kartupėnų and Žemosios Pnemunės mounds. Lots of ancient settlements and graves are in this Park. Renaissance castles of Raudonė and Panemunė with their old parks are attracting the attention. The towns famous by their past –Veliuona, Seredžius, Gelgaudiškis - are also settled here. Regional Parks is full of manor houses, and Belverderio and Gelgaudiškio ensembles and parks are the biggest ones. The village of Kalangiai is a hometown of a famous writer P. Cvirka (ethnographic summerhouse).
The park has 15 mounds about which tales and legends are being told. There are famous residential castles in Raudonė and Vytėnai. Vėliuona (first mentioned in written historical sources from 18th century) town is famous by its historical and archaeological monuments. Seredžius, Gelgaudiškis, Plokščiai and Kriūkiai towns remind us of glorious past as well.
Leisure and Entertainment
The values of the park can be visited by motor boat or riding a bicycle along the right bank of Nemunas. For pedestrians we suggest Plokščių, Gelgaudiškio, Raudonės and Šilinės - Pilies cognitive paths. The suitable spots for bird watching are near Radudonė, Seredžius, Šilinė and Gelgaudiškis. The fishing is pleasant in Nemunas River.