travelling in the Dzūkija national park, you can get familiar with the
monuments of nature and culture, the daily life, traditions and customs of the
Dzūkians of the forests, the fields and the Nemunas banks. Ethnographic
villages, monuments of architecture and nature, forests rich in mushrooms and
berries attract many visitors. The pine groves at Zervynos boast the largest
clusters of boletus, bee hollows and sand dunes, and the Nemunas banks at
Liškiava and Merkinė – picturesque mounds, raftsmen and fishermen villages;
towards Subartonys you will find clay hills, chains of lakes, the native place
of the writer Vincas Krėvė and the legendary Gilšė lake , in Margionys – the
Skroblus, one of the coldest and clearest rivulets in Lithuania flowing from
the spring of “Old Lady’s Garden”, and a barn theatre. Beside lies the
mysterious Skerdzimų meadow and Bakanauskų swamp, which can be reached by a
wooden bridge on sloughy swampland.
The town of Merkinė situated at the
confluence of the Nemunas, the Merkys, the Stangė and the Strauja is famous as
a centre of black ceramics; many skilful ceramic artists live in its environs.
It boasts the Merkinė mound – a site of glorious battles, the Church of the
Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary seen from afar, museums of regional
ethnography, freedom struggles and genocide. The mysterious Jonionių stones
lying nearby attract both those interested in history and those wishing to
admire impressive sights.
opening from the Liškiava mound and the sacred mound is one of the most
impressive in Lithuania.
The late Baroque Church of the Holy Trinity and the
former Dominican monastery is close at hand.
attracts the lovers of pedestrian tourism. The Zackagirio nature trail leading
through the Grūda valley and riverside meadows reveals the typical communities
of forest plants, vegetation of continental dunes and sands, traditional
structure of land cultivation in Dzūkija, “Bear’s Ass” raised bog and
Zackagirio swamp, picturesque Lake Aklaežeris, rare and protected plants.
Children can enjoy themselves on the Girinio health trail meandering round the
pool of an old mill on the western side of the village. They will find original
recreational equipment, rest pavilions and a beach. In the Marcinkonys
ethnographic museum one can learn about the lifestyle, customs, traditions and
crafts of the Dzūkians of the forests.
educational path” cognitive trail situated at the side of Čepkelių marsh
unveils the mystery of the marsh. From the lookout tower one can get a glimpse
of huge areas of forest, while a nature trail and a bridge to the marsh invite
hikers. The Visitors Centre building in Marcinkonys houses a nice exhibition
worthy of visiting.
famous for its ancient apiculture traditions, which can be observed on a
cognitive trail in the thickets of the forest at Musteika. While walking on
this trail, one can admire pine trees with hollows full of buzzing bees, as
well as sand hills and small swamps lying among them.
are offered impressive swinging bridges spanning the Merkys, forest paths
leading to the continental dunes, and a large variety of locations worthy of
of the Merkys and the Nemunas attract an increasing number of visitors. The Ūla
is already suffocating from excessive tourists, and their influx has to be
limited. Who can resist the charm of this river? It flows by the ancient
Dzūkian villages hidden in the thicket of Gudų forest, impressive slopes and
fields. While canoeing, one can admire the picturesque canyons of the Dzūkija
rivers, springs, pastures, thickets of riverside yews and osiers or open sandy
meadows. The legendary spring of “Ūla’s Eye” with black “boiling” sand rising
from the depths of the earth is attractive in any season.
roadsides of the park one can find rest sites and pavilions. Paths lead to the
springs, where a thirsty traveller can drink clear ice-cold water. Camping
sites set up on picturesque spots at the confluence of the Skroblus and the
Merkys, at the Grūda, on the Ūla bank, at the “Ūla’s Eye” spring, at the lakes
of Kastinis, Ešerinis, Kuleinis, Pakelinis, Lake of Maiden’s Eyes and others
invite the visitors at least for a brief stop. In the visitors’ centres in
Marcinkonys and Merkinė one can find tourist guides ready to take tourists to
the most interesting sightseeing spots. After your trip you can find
accommodation at the Marcinkonys guesthouse or homesteads of village tourism in
cosy ethnographic villages.