The beautiful, red brick St. Mary’s Church greets visitors to Druskininkai from its central position on the pedestrian-only Vilniaus al. St. Mary’s towers above other nearby buildings, easily catching the eye of all visitors. Built from 1841 to 1844, the original structure was eventually demolished and replaced with the current building in the 1930s. St. Mary’s Church played an important role in the life of the beloved Lithuanian painter, Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis. The church holds mass several times per week, with services in Lithuanian and Polish, and can be visited for free.
I. Fonbergo g. 15, Druskininkai, Lithuania, +370 313 55228
Vilniaus al. is the main thoroughfare for pedestrians, connecting St. Mary’s Church with the Druskininkai Aqua Park, Hotel, and Spa. Along Vilniaus al., visitors will find shops, restaurants, spas and other accommodations, as well as copies of artwork created by M.K. Ciurlionis. Several unique statues also line Vilniaus al.
The number one reason to visit Druskininkai is to luxuriate during any number of spa treatments. Options generally include saunas, hot tubs, massages, and facials, varying from exotic amber or honey massages to more traditional. Spa treatments are surprisingly affordable in Druskininkai, making it a perfect destination to practice some serious self-care.
Druskininkai is surprising in terms of its great cafés and restaurants. City Coffee is a wonderful hipster hub serving delicious coffee and Belgian chocolate cake; it is a perfect place to relax before or after the spa. Another great stop for an afternoon pick-me-up is Boulangerie, which is a small French bakery with good cakes, coffee, and tea.
City Coffee: V. Kudirkos g. 37, Druskininkai, Lithuania
Boulangerie: M. K. Čiurlionio g. 63, Druskininkai, Lithuania, +370 633 35555
After a day of swimming, spa treatments, and sightseeing, any visitor would want to indulge in delicious, creative food. Toli Toli is an excellent on Vilniaus al. (although you can find it slightly set back from the street). Toli Toli serves flavorful soups, main dishes, and snacks to share such as hummus platters.
Located right in downtown Druskininkai, visitors will find the naturally beautiful Vijuneles Park. Perfect for outdoor walks, running, biking, or swimming in the summer, Vijuneles Park provides a reprieve from indoor activities. The Druskonis and Vijuneles Tvenkinys Lakes, a cemetery, monuments, memorials, and playgrounds can also be found in Vijuneles Park.
M.K. Ciurlionis is one of Lithuania’s most famous artists. The small M.K. Ciurlionis Memorial Museum is a branch of the M.K. Ciurlionis National Art Museum in Vilnius. The Memorial Museum is located in the Ciurlionis family home and exhibits the home decorated as it was when M.K. Ciurlionis lived there. A second building displays information about M.K. Ciurlionis’ life and art.
M. K. Čiurlionio g. 35, Druskininkai, Lithuania, +370 37 221587
The Druskininkai Snow Arena is a bustling indoor sports complex with two indoor skiing tracks, an outdoor track, chair lifts, restaurants, skiing lessons, and a play area. Younger children can play in the DruFunPark, which is a heated, indoor area with play structures and rides, and adults or older children can ski or snowboard on the indoor or outdoor trails. Ski and snowboard equipment is available for rent.
Nemuno Kelias 2, Mizarų Village, Lithuania, +370 313 69699
Located at the end of Vilniaus al. near the Druskininkai Aqua Park, visitors will find a cable car running over forested hills, the Nemunas River, and ending at the Snow Arena. The cable car provides spectacular views of evergreen forests, the river, and Druskininkai. The cable car is open year-round to visitors.
The Druskininkai Museum is located in a beautiful white villa across the street from St. Mary’s Church. This museum features historical exhibits all about Druskininkai. Permanent exhibits include Druskininkai during the interwar period and Druskininkai’s medical/spa history. The museum also has a an annual special exhibition featuring only Druskininkai artists.