Places to Visit

Zarasas lake observation bridge and watershore of Zarasas lake

A unique architectural construction, which has no analogues in Lithuania. It was opened in 2011. Visitors can observe Zarasai lake panorama from a 17 metres high bridge. The stairway down leads to the path along the Zarasai lake shore and to the benches, where visitor may sit back and enjoy the scenery of the lake. The architect of the building is Š. Kiaunė. 1,4 km long shore connects the observation bridge with the Great island of lake Zarasas. During the warm season the inhabitants and visitors can enjoy the fountain, which is set on the shore, sit on bridges, use boat rental (those travelling by land here also can rent bicycles and a Segway), playground for children. There is a sculpture park set up on the lake shore. We suggest visiting the Zarasai lake shore during all the seasons, because this place can be an opportunity for an inhabitant or a traveller to welcome or say good bye to his favourite time of the year.

Obelisk to commemorate Saint Petersburg – Warsaw tract

Cast iron obelisk was built in the memory of building St. Petersburg-Warsaw road in 1845. The cast iron memorial was 11,1 meters high, with massive coat of arms of Russian Empire and the inscription „Povelenijem gosudaria imperatora Nikolaja I sooružena nasipnaja doroga ot Kovno do Dinaburga. 193 versti. 1836 g.“ Author – Petr Šteinkeller. During the time of First Independent Republic, the coat of arms was removed and obelisk considered the monument of Independence, and the surrounding park was called the Independence Park.

Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Neo-Baroque style church was build on the highest place of the town. It is rectangular single nave building. Two towers erected on the main facade, between a wavy section. Upper parts of the four stage towers are octagonal with baroque style domes, globular superstructures and openwork crosses, the openings in the facade and towers are of different sizes and shapes. There are three altars in the church, characterized by orderly arrangement. They are decorated with artificial marble columns, broken and richly ornamented architraves and their superstructures. Above the main altar a semicircular window is cut, where the historic St. Virgin Mary painting “Madonna with Child” with inscribed Latin text is placed. Inscription in the silver table tells that the picture was brought here from Vilnius and hung here to remind its miraculous rescue from a huge fire.

The Great Island of Zarasas lake

The island of 44 hectares is the second largest island in Lithuania. It is the cradle of the Zarasai city, recreational area and the place of cultural and sporting events throughout the year.

Sėliai Square

This is an urban monument, the value of which is determined by the specific plan of the regular system of radial and circumferential streets, and one particularly highlighted feature with regard to the whole composition, Sėliai square, where all the radial streets meet. This is the only city in Lithuania with such city plan, among the other places of the 19th century planned according to the example of so-called Russian cities.

Zarasaitis lake beach

Beach of lake Zarasaitis was opened in 2014 May. The beach took a modern form by the architectural collective “a2sm” project. The beach of lake Zarasaitis with an open swimming pool is considered as the center of tourist attraction in Zarasai city. Many people remember summer in Zarasai because of leaps from the ten-meter springboard diving – unique in Lithuania. Now everyone can enjoy improvements in infrastructure of the springboard and the bridge surrounding the swimming pool.

Museum of Zarasai region

Museum visitors can see the history of the region perpetuated in the old documents, fishing and hunting itemes and trophies, church literature, clothing, art works created by the fellow artist M. Šiletos, sacral sculptures, examples of the vintage fabrics and bedspreads, typical to this region. The museum is constantly running various temporary exhibitions, various cultural events, national holiday celebrations. Museum and Public Library operates in a progymnasium. This building of classical architecture was built in 1940’s.

„WAKE-IN“ cable park

”WAKE-IN” is a full circle track, 6 towers and a wakeboarding park, that is located on the wonderful lake Zarasas. The length of the track is almost 600 meters, and this is the largest wakeboarding park in the Baltic States. The track is open for both novices and professionals. On the track you can try wakeboarding, water skiing and kneeboard. Also, next to the park is a cafe, where you can have a lunch and drinks on hot summer day.

Centre of visitors of Gražutė regional park

Visitor Centre is equipped with an educational exhibition about the Nature. Here scientists and specialists provide information about nature and cultural heritage objects, park landscape and biological diversity, which will really surprise even a very experienced traveller. The exhibition presents the terrain formed by glaciers and protected by Lithuanian laws, complex riverhead of the Šventoji (Holy) river, unique water fluctuations of Šventas (Holy) lake, elaborate coastline of Antalieptė sea. It contains collections of Lithuanian stones, the world’s minerals and gemstones. The exhibition will stimulate your desire to learn not only about the regional park, but the nature itself.

Centre of visitors of Sartai regional park

Visitor centre exhibition room is equipped with kiosks, video projectors, interactive stands. Sounds of nature are reproduced to achieve an immediate sense of the nature. On the monitors, which are present on the exposition wall, visitors can watch the video about the genesis of the Sartai Lake and learn about the symbol of the Regional Park – the Great crested grebe. Visitors will find detailed information about the natural and cultural heritage valuables present in the Regional Park. Separate stand with video footage is dedicated to the horse racing, a tradition which is followed in Dusetos for more than 100 years.

Šlyninkos Water Mill

Šlyninkos Water Mill is a three centuries old unique technical heritage building with preserved authentic equipment. A lot can be done in the mill: it is possible to see the grain milling process, to buy grain, flour and locally baked bread. It is worth mentioning that the grain is shipped to the mill only from organic farms. A variety of necessary equipment is available in the mill: roller machine, groat mill, stone millstones, sack hoisting wheel. Bread and pancakes baked in the mill are regarded as culinary heritage.

Stelmužė oak

Stelmužė oak is Lithuania natural monument, one of the oldest oak trees in Europe and the oldest tree in Lithuania. It is believed that the age of the oak is 1000 – 1500 or even 2000 years. Oak is 23 m in height, 3.5 m in diameter and 13 m in girth on the ground level (8-9 men are needed to fully embrace the trunk). Stelmužė oak – is a tree which has seen a lot during his life. Lithuanian dukes, crusaders, Knights of the Sword, Swedish armies have been here. Kaiser and Hitler armies passed by this place. A human skeleton and a French rifle found in the hollow suggests that it probably was a hiding place of one of the Napoleonic soldiers, when he was on his way from Russia.

Antazavė Manor Park

Antazavė Manor Park was established at the end of eighteenth century. It is located between the manor and the lake in descending terraces, occupies an area of 5.5 ha. In front of the palace there is a parterre preserved to this day with paths and green spaces with a specific geometric plan. Four ponds and the Žalvės lake in the lower terrace decorate the park. Antazavė orphanage and secondary boarding school were established in the territory of the park after WWII. Next to the school a square with geometric plan, rich with plants was set up. Eight introduced species of trees and shrubs are growing in in the landscape part of the park, and even 35 near the school. Species include Gray Firs, Macedonian and mountain pines, Japanese magnolias, Western Redcedar of various decorative forms, Canadian Hemlock, nest-shaped simple spruce, decoratively shaped Mountain Elm. Ornate flower gardens and recreational areas are set up in front of the school and in parterre part of the manor. The canal of the park consists of local tree species: plain maple, small-leaved lime common ash, mountain elm, plain oak, common elm. School administration takes care about environmental management and maintenance. In 1986 the park was registered as local natural monument.

Tiltiškės watermill

The old Tiltiškės watermill was 150 kilometers away from the current one. Besides pair of simple grains, worked rough full wool felt, sawmill. Mill had its own plant providing electricity for residents of Tiltiškės village and Salakas town.
At the present time:
The main and most original part of museum – the authentic grain elevator and original stained-glass windows. Major part of exposition contains of vintage radio devices: from oldest detector radio, one of the first sound storage devices – gramophone record, magnetola produced by Kaunas radio factory.
Visitors of mill will be able to book place for Your party, events with live music, enjoy pleasures of saunas and flowing water.

Salakas cognitive trail

Salakas cognitive trail is 5 kilometers length circle route, which represents historical Salakas town and its surrounding areas.
Trail‘s main arrows will lead via wooden path by Luodis shore, all the way to the watchtower. From the watchtower You will be able to observe panoramic view of lake Luodis, comfortably watch water and forest birds.
Halfway cognitive trail – beloved by families Gražutė regional park center of visitors, where “Sea museum“ of Vida Žilinskienė, interactive exposition of park’s nature and attractive exposition of Salakas region etnography. Center of visitors is applied for visitors with movement disabilities. Here also You can purchase ticket of visitor of Protected areas.
Following signs all the way the trail, You will visit interesting Salaks tatar and town‘s old cemetery, cherished town‘s center, memorial museum of first teacher in Salakas Antanas Poderys, will see highest stone church in Lithuania Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Sorrows. Park‘s visitors have a great chance to see a witness of latest ice age – Salakas‘ oz.

Velikuškių II (an Island) mound

Velikuškės II (an Island) castle mound stands on the eastern end of Bradesiai (also known as Stintinės) Gulf shore, between the lake Zalvė and stream Zalvė, on the left bank of the stream. The mound is surrounded by water of the three sides, the fourth side – wet spot between the hills, so the mound is also known as the Island. The mound until now remained cultural layer, in which was found fragments of plastic tie ceramic, iron slag, animal bones and stone axes, on the slope of mound was found marks of a settlement.

Pakačinės (Demba) mound

Pakačinių mound, also known as Dembai, stands in Antazavė pinewood. P. Tarasenka explored several canal (30 m2) on the outskirts of platform and discovered to 1.5 m thick cultural layer5 in 1933. A mound of hatched ceramics culture was used since 1st millennium BC till the middle of the 1st millennium AD.

Tower of Slaves

Tower of Slaves is a small, high rectangular building with thick walls and openings in the upper part. It is built of rough stone, brick, lime and clay mortar in the Stelmužė park, near Padvarinės (Stelmužė) lake. In XVII-XIX centuries there was a manor house, originally owned by Germans Fölkersahms, and later by the Tsar’s courtiers Valujevs, who were known for their cruelty. In the built tower they used to punish and imprison serfs for the night, and at the day the serfs were driven out to work again. Tower of slaves served as a prison. The thickness of tower walls is 0.75 m. The building is renovated and added to the list of architectural monuments of the seventeenth century.

More places of interest can be found on the website of Zarasai tourism and buisiness information centre.