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PLACES TO SEE

Attention! Bee-keeping Museum is closed due to reconstruction!

 

Ethnographic villages
Palūšė and vicinity Ginučiai and vicinity Tauragnai and vicinity Reškutėnai and vicinity


Nature monuments

At this time 26 nature monuments are recorded in the park, but only most interesting ones are described here. Trainiškis Oak grows in the Trainiškis village at Lake Baluošas. This oak is 6,1m wide, 23 m high and 800 years old. Once it was reputedly the site of pagan sacrifices. Puziniškis Oak appears on the high hill in the Puziniškis village. It is a perfect view point, well worth a visit. The group of 14 junipers grows in the Obelų Horn at Lake Žeimenis. The highest is about 12 m. It is believed that juniper trees can grow 15 m high and 2000 years old. An entire juniper wood stands at Lake Baluošas near Šuminai. Pabaluošė Juniper-wood is one of the largest in Lithuania with a total area of 4 ha.

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Ethnographic villages

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Six old villages in the park have been designated as architectural monuments. One of them, Salos-II, became a Cultural Reserve. This village and four others: Šuminai, Strazdai, Vaišnoriškės and Varniškės-II, are classified as scattered villages. Kretuonys belongs to the group of one-street villages. All ethnographic villages are like open air museums. It’s easy to understand why one of them was chosen for filming movie about the Lithuanian Robin Hood “Tadas Blinda”.

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PALŪŠĖ AND VICINITY

Palūšė wooden church and the bell tower

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This church was built in 1750. Rev. Juozapas Baziliauskas built it on his own land, which he inherited from his parents. He named it St. Joseph’s Church. The only tool used during the construction was an axe. The octagonal bell-tower looks like the traditional Lithuanian castle tower. It is a very unique one. The wooden church and the bell tower are protected as an architectural monument.

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Burial mound and the Stone Age hut

The grounds of the Aukštaitija National Park are rich in archaeological excavations. There are more than 45 burial mounds discovered in the area. The exposed mound in Palūšė shows a Bronze Age (5th-6th century) burial site. The Stone Age Hut stands next to it. The reconstruction was done according to actual findings near Kretuonas Lake.

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Monument to composer M.Petrauskas

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The author of the first Lithuanian opera “Birutė”, composer Mikas Petrauskas, was born in Palūšė. Maybe it was his father’s influence - who played on the organ in the Palūšė church, or maybe his mother’s - who taught him to look for inspiration in nature, but Mikas fell in love with music from early childhood. He wrote: ”Music heals, music consoles and gives strength to your soul, rest to your brain, music cleans your thoughts”. A monument by the sculptor J.Kėdainis to this beloved Lithuanian composer was built in Palūšė on the composer’s 100 year anniversary in 1973.

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Botanical trail

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Aukštaitija National Park is one of the richest protected areas in Lithuania from the floristic point of view. Everyone who is interested in all kinds of plants is welcome to the Botanical trail. It circles near Lake Lūšiai between Palūšė and Meironys village. The trail is about 3,5-km long and is marked with a special sign – white square with green diagonal. More than 150 plant species are presented on this trail, 11 of which are included on the Lithuanian Red List.
Click here to download the booklet.

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Wooden Carvings

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Sixteen wooden sculptures stand on the Lake Lūšiai shore near Meironys Village. A group of folk artists carved them in 1977. Sculptures are dedicated to the natural beauty and legends of the Ignalina region. One of them warns young men not to go swimming after the midnight, because pixies will drown them or tickle them until death (“Laumių pasaka” by P.Petronis). Several sculptures were inspired by stories about devils. Older people say that one of them lives nearby in Lake Tarama.

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GINUČIAI AND VICINITY

Ginučiai Watermill

Tel. +370-616-29366

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There are six water-mills in the park today: Minčia, Ginučiai, Pakretuonė, Pakasas, Gaveikėnai and Brukninė. Ginučiai mill is the only water-mill in the park with preserved original equipment. The Water-mill operated until 1968, producing not just flour but also electricity for Ginučiai village. National Park Authority restored the water-mill building in 1978. Today it is a technical monument of the 19th century. The display on the top floor tells about the way that bread passes to our table. Former miller’s apartments were turned into accommodation for visitors who may find visits of the devil living in the Ginučiai Water-mill.

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Ginučiai Castle Mound

This archaeological monument from the 9th-12th centuries may be the site of the castle which stood there, described in the Livonia Chronicles as the Linkmenys Castle by H.Vartberge in 1373. The stone on the top of the mound marks the visit of the president of Lithuania, Antanas Smetona, in 1934.

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Ladakalnis Hill is 176 m high. It is a part of Šiliniškės Ridge, which spreads far to both north-west and south-east like a dragon’s spine. Long ago this hill served as the site of pagan sacrifices to the Goddess Lada – the Great Mother who gave the birth to the world. An excellent panoramic view is opened from the top of Ladakalnis, where one can try counting 6 lakes. Ladakalnis is designated as a geomorphologic nature monument.

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Traditional Apiculture Museum

Stripeikiai, Ignalina dst.
Tel. +370-686-12105

Attention! Bee-keeping Museum is closed due to reconstruction!

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This is a favourite place in the Aukštaitija National Park. The museum was established in 1984. Its staff will tell about the beekeeping history in Lithuania from ancient times until today. One bee family lives in the sculpture of Bee God Bubilas. You can taste the honey they have collected. Just remember that it takes a whole day for 200 bees to gather just one spoon of honey.
Museum open from May 1st till September 30th, daily (except Monday) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Due to reconstruction the museum will be closed in 2014.

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Šiliniškės View Tower

Telecommunication tower was built in 2004. Its height – 60 m. The observation platform is 30.5 m above the ground. It provides about 280° panorama overview.

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TAURAGNAI AND VICINITY

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Taurapilis castle mound stands on the southern shore of Lake Tauragnas. Old Taurapilis village spreads next to it. The mound is surrounded by water from three sides and such defence facilities as moat and rampart from the fourth. The elderly say that there was an oak on the top of this mound. The old pagan priest lived in a hollow of it. He kept the sacred fire burning. Later Christians constructed a church there, but one day it disappeared. One brave man heard the sound of an organ and looked into the hole on the top of the mound. He saw the vanished church and broken altars. Every midsummer exactly on midnight the church appears on the mound, but just for one second. Those who have sharp eyes can see it.

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Mokas Stone

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The Stone Mokas amazes visitors by its size. The smaller stone Mokiukas lies next to it. These stones are in the vicinity of Tauragnai, near Šeimatis village. The legend says that there was a Mokai family. After his wife drowned in a lake, Mokas and his son turned into stones. Geologists say that it was a glacier which brought these stones from Scandinavia to Lithuania approx. 50 000 years ago.

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REŠKUTĖNAI AND VICINITY

Nalšia Museum in Reškutėnai

Reškutėnai, Švenčionys dst.
Tel. +370-616-07510, +370-387-47633, +370-387-51831

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The establishment of this museum was initiated by the teacher Izidorius Kazakevičius. Over twenty years he collected more than 1000 displays, which tell visitors about the history of the region. Here you can find old Lithuanian books and prints, traditional music instruments and old household utensils, archaeological findings, stone collection and even a meteorite.

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Birdwatching tower

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The Žemaitiškė flood-plain on the Eastern side of Kretuonas Lake is home to numerous bird species, which are included into the international Red List, such as: black-necked grebe Podiceps nigricollis, black tern Chlidonias niger, gadwall Anas strepera, quail Coturnix coturnix, spotted crake Porzana porzana, corncrake Crex crex, great snipe Gallinago media, black-tailed godwit Limosa limosa and others. This is a newly formed natural area in a previously cultivated meadow drained by humans. The drainage system was blocked and a marsh developed in the area of the former Vajuonėlė River. The best way to observe it is from the birdwatching tower near Reškutėnai.

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Lygumai viewtower panorama

Lygumai Hill is located in the south-eastern part of the park, on the southern shore of Lake Vajuonis. This 180 m high plain has steep slopes and is surrounded by three lakes. Therefore it looks like a giant observation ground with Lake Vajuonis lying in the north. A panorama of Lake Kretuonykštis opens from Akmeniškės village. An area where the road climbs the western slope long ago was used for geodesy reading. A new view tower was built in this place. Lake Kretuonas can be easily observed from this tower. The old tree alley at the foot of the hill indicates the site of former manor-house.

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