Nida Things to Do

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    Hill of crosses in Nida
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    Evangelical-Lutheran Church

    by HORSCHECK Updated Sep 24, 2011

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    The red brick Evangelical-Lutheran Church was completed in 1888 in Neo-Gothic style. It is a fine example of rustic German architecture of that time.

    From 1966 until 1988 it was home to the Curonian Spit Historical Museum, but later it was given back to the Protestants. Nowadays both Lutheran and Catholic services are held here.

    Directions:
    The Evangelical-Lutheran Church is situated about 600 m north of Nida's touristy city centre.

    Address: Evangelical-Lutheran Church, Pamario 43, Nida

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    Old Nida Cemetery

    by HORSCHECK Updated Sep 24, 2011

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    Nida's Old Cemetery is under protection and the rest place of people like the local hotelier Herman Blode and the Curonian preacher K. H. Mertikaitis.

    Apart from that, many traditional grave markers called Krikstas can be seen in the northwestern edge of the graveyard. They are peculiar to Lithuanian minor and are of pagan origin.

    Directions:
    The Old Nida Cemetery can be found just next to the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in a peaceful woodland.

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    Thomas Mann House

    by HORSCHECK Updated Sep 24, 2011

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    In 1929 the famous German novelist Thomas Mann visited the Curonian Spit and he was so enthusiastic about it that he decided to build himself a holiday home there.

    It was financed with the proceeds of the Nobel Prize of Literature which he won in 1929. He spent three summers (1930-1932) in the handsome villa, which is nowadays home to a little museum.

    Directions:
    The Thomas Mann House is located on top of Uosve kalnas (Mother in law hill) overlooking the Curonian Lagoon.

    Adress: Thomas Mann House, Skruzdynes gatve 17, Nida

    Website: http://www.mann.lt/

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    Parnidis dune

    by HORSCHECK Updated Sep 24, 2011

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    Nida is home to some of the highest sand dunes in Europe. The most famous of them is probably the 52 m high Parnidis dune (Parndzio kopa).

    From the top of the dune the Baltic Sea, the Curonian lagoon and the Russian excalve Kaliningrad can be seen. Unfortunately, the dunes are threatened by drifting sands and an increasing number of tourists. In the last 30 years the Parnidis dune lost about 10 m in height.

    Directions:
    The Parnidis dune is situated at the southern end of Nida. There are some wooden steps leading to the top of the dune.

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    Nida's Hill of Crosses

    by HORSCHECK Updated Sep 24, 2011

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    One of Lithuania's oddest and also most famous tourist attraction is the Hill of Crosses near Siauliai (please see my Siauliai page for more details).

    Also Nida seems to have its own little Hill of Crosses which is dominated by one big wooden cross and surrounded by many smaller wooden crosses.

    Directions:
    Nida's Hill of Crosses is located on Parnidis dune, just a bit below of the top of the dune.

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    Sundial

    by HORSCHECK Updated Sep 24, 2011

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    Sundial on a rainy day

    A massive sundial (Saulës laikrodis) is located on top of the Parnidis Dune. It was build in 1995 by the architect R. Kristapavicius, sculptor K. Pudymas and astronomer R. Klimka.

    The original sundial finger was 12 m high and weighted about 200 tons. Unfortunately it was broken by the hurricane "Anatoly" on the 4th December 1999.

    Directions:
    The sundial is situated on top of the Parnidis Dune, about 500 m south of Nida's city centre.

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    Sand Dunes

    by Toshioohsako Updated Oct 11, 2010
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    Neringa Spit Sand Dunes lie in the Nida National Park. The sea and lagoons can be seen from here. Its a beautiful and tranquil view one enjoys. One can also see a small peninsula - a part Russian Kalinigrad. There is an observation station from which you can see all of these spots. Its interesting!

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    Climb Europe's Tallest Sand Dunes

    by TravelingTomas Written Jul 24, 2009

    When in Nida, travel south along the waterfront until you reach a sandy trail. If you follow the trail, it will lead you to the stairs to climb up to the top of the sand dunes. Once your on top, this has to be one of the most beautiful areas in Lithuania – when facing south, you see the Curonian lagoon to your left and the Baltic Sea on the right. You also are able to view Kaliningrad in the distance. There is also a sun dial that is partially destroyed by a storm some time ago.

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    The Great Dune - Parnidis

    by iblatt Written Mar 26, 2009

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    This is the only place in the Neringa National Park where you can see an "active" dune, one that is still drifting and moves between 0.5-10 meters each year. The only plants growing on it are small and weak and cannot prevent the sand from moving.
    This is also a great lookout point over Nida and the Curonian lagoon.

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    Dunes

    by sigthor_egle Written Mar 26, 2008

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    Guess, dunes of Nida is the only one place in the town where you can see both the Baltic sea and the Curonian Bay from the same spot. You also may see Kaliningrad (Russia) from the this spot. There used to be a sand clock, which was pretty accurate but got broken during hurricane some time ago.

    As a typical touristic place, it's always full of tourists that come there by bus or stairs, so amber sellers use the opportunity to sell amber up there, I suppose, for higher prices than they are down to Earth :)

    The parking place is not big enough so expect some trouble parking and manoeuvre inbetween buses and cars. Possible to come by stairs. Forbidden to climb on dunes in all other ways except stairs.

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    Visit the Cormorant and Heron Rookery

    by bsfreeloader Written Jun 10, 2007
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    North of Nida and just a couple kilometers south of Juodkrante there is an easily accessible heron and cormorant rookery. The rookery is one of the oldest and largest in Lithuania and is home to more than 6500 birds. Most of the birds are Great Cormorants, which nest on the north and western side of the rookery. Also present but in smaller numbers on the south side of the rookery are several hundred nesting pairs of Grey Heron. Other common birds on the spit include Hooded Crows and Black-headed Gulls.

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    Explore Curonian Spit National Park

    by bsfreeloader Written Jun 10, 2007

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    Nida is in the middle of Curonian Spit National Park, which is famous for its sand dunes. The two best places on the spit for viewing the sand dunes are the Nagliu Strict Nature Reserve south of Juodkrante and Parnidis Dune south of Nida. In addition to these areas, it’s also well worth walking or biking along the bike trail that runs the length of much of the spit. The trail winds through pine and birch forests and open fields full of blooming wildflowers.

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    Haff

    by yumyum Written Jul 30, 2006

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    The Haff side has now this beach but no-one goes actually to swim there except dogs. I know that in the old "German" days kids went to swim in the Haff. This I was told by an 80 year old German lady that grew up on the spit and I was lucky to sit next to her on the bus from Smiltyne to Nida on her first visit after many decades.

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    Harbour

    by yumyum Written Jul 30, 2006

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    Nida harbour

    In summer season there are also boat trips starting there. If the weather is nice cruising the haff is a nice idea. That way you may see the big dune from a different perspective.

    Also if you travel by car and your accomodation cannot provide one of the scarce parking spot, then your best bet is to park on the public car park by the harbour and pay the fee also for the next day, so that you can park overnight. There is an attendant and it works fine. We had to do that with our hire car.

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    Beach time

    by yumyum Written Jul 30, 2006

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    Baltic beach on Spit

    If you fancy a swim or just a walk in the Baltic sea then you will have to walk across the peninsula to the other side which is about 2 km and cross the main road along the peninsula. There is no shade on the beach, so come prepared. Also there are beaches for woman only or men only and of course mixed ones. If you walk along the shore in the wrong section you may get into troubles as those swimming nude will get upset at your appearance.

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