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Lithuania is a country blessed with breathtaking natural landscapes. There are many natural wonders here to inspire and delight, ranging from huge boulders and mounds, to little islands and old trees. Check out our pick of the best and be sure to add these places to your must-visit list while in Lithuania.
Puntukas is the second largest boulder in Lithuania and weighs some 256 tons – situated near Anykščiai town, it is one of the most visited natural wonders in Lithuania. The boulder bears engravings by sculptor Bronius Pundžius dedicated to the legendary Lithuanian pilots Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas, making this boulder an important cultural monument as well.
The Stelmužė Oak is the oldest oak in Lithuania and one of the oldest in the whole of Europe. Scientists believe that it is at least 1,500 years old. It is 3.5 meters (11.5 feet) in diameter and 13 meters (42.7 feet) in girth, making it look enormous compared to other trees which grow in Lithuania. In 1960, it was included in the list of protected Lithuanian objects.
There are five mounds in Kernavė and all of them are extremely important to Lithuanian history and culture. The legends and stories surrounding them are plentiful – people believe that the highest priest used to live in one of the Kernavė mounds when Lithuania was still a land of pagans. Today, many events are organized in the area, and people also go here to paraglide.
This island in Dubingiai bears the perfect shape of Lithuania, and makes for a wonderful spot for hikers and nature lovers. A visit here offers the chance to walk ‘Lithuania within Lithuania’, as well to enjoy the many wonderful lakes in Dubingiai which are extremely popular during the summer, when the weather in Lithuania is hot.
Ladakalnis is a 175 meter (574 feet)-high hill in Aukštaitijos National Park. Those who hike to the top of the hill will be able to best appreciate Lithuania’s wonderful nature, including magnificent views across six Lithuanian lakes – Ūkojas, Linkmenas, Pakasas, Asėkas, Alksnaitis, and Alksnas.
The Curonian Spit is one of the most beautiful places in Lithuania and the whole of Eastern Europe, where visitors are able to enjoy fresh air in the forests and walk around the sandy beaches of the Baltic Sea. Make sure you factor in time to explore the huge sand dunes here – no visit is complete without a trip to these striking mounds that have led the Curonian Spit to be dubbed the ‘Sahara of the Baltic States’.
Pučkoriai Exposure is one of the most important geological monuments in Lithuania, and is the biggest exposure in the country. You can see the entire valley of Vilnia from here, making it a perfect spot to take your significant other on a romantic date, especially in the summer.
Devil’s Pit is the most visited natural monument in Aukštadvaris regional park. It is 40 meters (131 feet) deep and is widely known as the ‘queen of all sinkholes’ in the Baltic States. There are a lot of legends about the formation of Devil’s Pit. The most famous is that a church once stood here, but the priest fell in love with a girl and sinned – this in turn saw the church collapse and the devil take over Devil’s Pit. It is said that people with pure souls can still hear the bell rings deep inside Devil’s Pit.