Spa! Relaxing atmosphere, not crowded, inexpensive
Some more places still should be reconstructed
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Druskininkai is perhaps Lithuania's best known spa town and has a pervasive air of privelege. Although we sadly didn't have time to visit the spa or water park, we did have the chance to drive around town and admire the beautiful summer houses that were built to accommodate the rich and convalescent.During the early part of the 20th century,...more
The Russian Orthodox church in Druskininkai is so perfect that you wonder whether you have unwittingly stumbled into the illustration from a fairytale. The proportions of the church are exquisite and the powder blue exterior is unexpected as the church slowly emerges into view between the surrounding trees. As with many orthodox churches, the...more
The Grutas sculpture park is the sort of endearingly outlandish experience that reminds me exactly why I so love visiting the former Eastern Bloc! Everything about Grutas is bizarre - from the 86 Soviet era sculptures on display (salvaged from across the country to avoid them being melted down as scrap metal after the fall of the Iron Curtain) to...more
This palace was built at beginning of XX century and now it houses museum of Druskininkai city. I think it could be visited, as I heard that interior looks nice too and it has good exhibition inside. As we have been to Druskininkai only for a bit less than one day, we haven't managed to see it. It is worth to see this palace both with church from...more
It is hard to say when it started to function, but I have seen some typical graves from XIX century with crosses looking like tree branches. It has two nice gates into it and two bigger chapels inside. What is more, it is separated for Orthodox and Catholic people. This cemetery reminds me famous Bernardinu cemetery in Vilnius.more
Church exists and very centre of Druskininkai town, near Druskonis lake. It was built in neo - Gothic style in 1931. It is pity, as it was closed, but outside view looked nice. The area around church was full of white camomile in summertime. The church area could be used as good meeting place in Druskininkai and as orientation place, map is located...more
SPA Vilnius is 2-in-1: hotel and sanatorium. Rooms are clean and tidy, newly renovated, but not very...more
SV Jokubo gatve 22, Druskininkai, LT66118, Lithuania
Good for: Business
Maironio 3, Druskininkai, Lithuania
Good for: Couples
We have waited for half of hour for a waiter.When we wanted to leave a restaraunt the waiter gave to us a carte and in five minutes she has taken an order.We waited for 50 minutes for cepelnies! for me and my son.. but my husband was left without his ordered dish.When in 1,5 hours we would like to leave the restaraunt in second time: they gave to...more
The main advangage of this cafe and restaurant was its location at the western bank of Drukonis lake that meant nice view over the lake from a terrace on the second floor.HOURSMon - Thu: 8.00 am - 1o.00 pmFri - Sun: 8.00 am - 11.00 pm I ordered only Lithuanian beer: draught (draft) Kalnapilis beer and coffee with milk. Well, beer was OK although...more
It was 3 in 1: pizzeria, cafe and restaurant. I decided to eat something light just there because there were tables put outside (and roofed) and first of all because it was not empty. I though that longer-time visitors who ate there knew the place. And indeed, it was good and very inexpensive choice.DESIGNWooden tables and benches put outside under...more
There were some concerts at this public band shell, on my picture, but not at the time when I was in Druskininkai.
Generally, Druskininkai was not a paradise for lovers of nightlife. When I was there, all restaurants, cafes were empty or almost empty, streets and parks as well. Expect to meet mainly older generations in Druskininkai, say over 60-70 years old. And do not expect crazy discos and nightlife in Druskininkai, never! Just in case... ---> go to Palanga on the Baltic Sea coast :-).
Dress Code: Depends on a kind of concert... casual dress for pop music, more elegant clothes for opera songs.
The distance between Druskininkai and Grutas park is about 7 kilometres. It can be easily reached by buses from Druskininkai. The buses don't go to often, so to know it better to call to Grutas park information. It is nice, that buses come just near the gates of Grutas park. Druskininkai - Grutas bus ride at 2007 June costed 1 litas (0,29 euro).As...more
I drove to Druskininkai by my car from Poland via Budzisko-Kalvarija border crossing point. Druskininkai is located in southern Lithuania, 5 km east of highway A4 Vilnius - Hrodna (Grodno), Belarus, 11 km from border crossing point to Belarus and 52 km from another border crossing to Poland called Ogrodniki - Lazdijai.DRIVING DISTANCESBorder...more
Druskininkai Tourist Information Agency was the first point I visited in Druskininkai. My travel books to Lithuania didn't contain any map and more detailed information on the spa. HOURSMonday - Friday: 8.30 am - 12.15 pm1.00 pm - 5.00 pmSat - Sun: closed.For non-driving visitors there was another tourist information office located in...more
When in your hotel room is kitchen it's better to buy food in department stores. Largest choice is in MAXIMA and / or IKI. There you can buy food, lot of things for long evenings - firewood, grills and so on. There are no special items, but you will find lot of what you need: food, drinks, lithuanian beer, equipments for grilling and...more
IKI is Lithuanian chain of discount supermarket which offered good choice of food and drinks at low prices - good choice esp. for budget visitors. There were few consumers when I was there.HOURSDaily 8.00 am -10.00 pmClosed only on January, 1. I was looking at food and there was very good choice. Something Lithuanian?Look for famous local honey...more
The average monthly salary in US$ at the beginning of 2003 was only 278 in Lithuania, while in Poland 500 (Estonia 351, Czech 347, Latvia 272). Source: Ministries of Labor, 2003Keep in mind that average prices were lower than in any western European country but not as many times lower as salaries and NOT all prices were lower. Petrol/gas was almost...more
I found my favourite Polish computer magazine CHIP in Lietuvos Spauda kiosk in Druskininkai. What a surprice! Haha, it costed less there (6.90 Lt = 9,66 zl) than in Poland (15.50 zl). And for the first time in my life I saw Russian edition of that magazine which costed 13.00 Lt, almost twice more than Polish edition. Isn't Lithuania a strange...more
Excuse, it's not at all Druskininkai local custom but rather former Soviet Union custom.Walking around Druskininkai I had to see these huge, cement, grey structures on my picture. They were built during Soviet occupation era, I am sure. There are many huge, poor quality and ugly structures left by former Soviet Union not only in Lithuania but...more
I found this road sign, on my picture, put at Turistu gatve (street) which surronded Druskonis lake from the west. Well, I have no idea why they banned to drive along the lake (where, by the way, swimming was forbidden) at night. Was night driving dangerous there? Why? Any ideas?From Daiva (Daivaka) from Kaunas, Lithuania:It is because this town is...more
Urszula ordered Greek salads a few times in Lithuania and it was never Greek salad, we used to eat both in Greece and Poland. Well, in Picerija Saulegraza in Druskininkai the Greek salad contained a lot of... hard cheese instead of feta cheese, sliced radish instead of red onion and neither lettuce nor vinegar/olive oil. Haha, it was eatable but...more
There were quite many kitschy stuff offered by street vendors in the downtown/centre of Druskininkai. Hmm... for example these "holy pictures" for 1, 2 or 5 Lt sold from the table put at Laisves gatve (street). But not all was that kitschy in my opinion. Well, woolen socks and esp. slippers were OK. Just one more observation: kitschy meant cheap...more
Luggage and bags:
For walking around Druskininkai, small, city backpack and surely bag for your camera - both water-proof esp. in summer.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable walking shoes preferrably water-resistant: like good trainers or better special walking shoes (one example: Danish Ecco are very comfortable and... expensive but worth the cost).
Sun-glasses esp. in winter and summer and always a rain coat, eventually less comfortable umbrella.
Read info on climate in Lithuania:
Climate of Lithuania
Average temperatures in... Grodno (Hrodna), Belarus (67 km south of Druskininkai):
Check weather (10-day forecast) for Alytus (62 km north of Druskininkai):
Weather forecast for Alytus
Photo Equipment: Take as many films as you can or as large memory card as you can - Lithuanian coutryside offers a lot for photography lovers :-).
Miscellaneous: The most important: do not forget to take BIG SMILE :-) Enjoy!
Grutas park is located 7 kilometres from Druskininkai and easily could be reached from Druskininkai and Vilnius. Grutas park is a park Soviet sculptures, where all (or almost all) sculptures of Soviet time (Lenin, Stalin, Marx and more) were moved. Now it is sometimes is called "Stalin land" and the construction of words looks like "Disneyland" :)...more
In Druskininkai there were old, wooden houses, like this one on my picture, which survived till now. Many of them were buit in 19th century or at the beginning of 20th century. Some of them were not renovated and looked somewhat secret. The houses were usually put one by one. There was not enough room for fenced yard around. So, most of the houses...more
I saw a few constructions of new buildings for business in Druskininkai. Didn't it prove fast economic progress of that area? This modern, glass and metal structure on my picture was almost completed in June 2004. It was put by main square of the town where Russian Orthodox church was. I parked my car just by this building.more
Driving around Druskininkai I noticed two or three outdoor, clay tennis courts. Grass courts are probably only at Wimbledon, right? :-). The courts, I saw, were well maintained but empty. Just in case... follow the link below, please. I prefer to play tenis with my own tennis racket and balls.more
The biking is very popular in resort Druskininkai - it is like a part of treatment. There are good routes of travelling by bikes not only in Druskininkai, but about 15 kilometres or more around as well. The journeys consists of visiting old Lithuanian villages, some mounds, landscape of lakes, rivers and mainly pine tree forests. No problem with...more
Druskininkai was not that large. I could easily walk/hike around, including a little bit longer (over 40 min.) hiking around its main, round in shape lake called Druskonis. There were benches along walking trail... just in case you got tired. For walking around Druskininkai, small, city backpack and surely bag for your camera - both water-proof...more
I have HORSCHECK to thank for introducing me to the 'In Your Pocket' series of tour guides, which we first had the opportunity to 'road test' in Tallinn (when the hotel we stayed in provided a copy of Tallinn In Your Pocket in each room).For my money, it's a much more useful travel guide than the Lonely Planet or Rough Guides that we tend to use...more
Druskininkai is a city of health, so there are lot of sanatoriums. Much of procedures are based on salt - being in salt rooms, salt water, so on. Despite of some sanatoriums were built in Soviet times, most of buildings architecture looks nice and now has more tourist facilities.more
Most visitors of resort visit Druskininkai not because of architecture, but for its water around and pine tree forests. Water is more special here than in other places in Lithuania - it is salty. From water areas I should river Nemunas, "the father of Lithuanian rivers" - it is longest river in Lithuania, small river Ratnycia. What is more,...more