What to see ? 

While 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.

The vista 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.

Marcinkonys 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.

The “Čepkeliai 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.

Dzūkija is 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.

Bicyclists are offered impressive swinging bridges spanning the Merkys, forest paths leading to the continental dunes, and a large variety of locations worthy of visiting.

The waters 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.

On the 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.

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