If you're a fan of visiting history and culture museums, this one is just for you. People collected lots of stuff telling about rich Rietavas history of 750 years. Many great inventions happened in Rietavas - like the first electricity lamp was lit and the first phone call was made in Rietavas thanks to dukes' Oginskiai family.more
10 years ago Rietavas people got interested in rebuilding at least a part of duke Oginskiai mansion. Archaeological discoveries let us think that the mansion was just right in the place near the park where the hospital stands nowadays. The workers of Rietavas history museum initiated the rebuilding of these columns as the sign of the main entrance...more
Can you believe that? I couldn't.. Well, I know it was 400 years since first school was established in Rietavas in the year I graduated, but I was surprised to hear that my special town has 750 years of history... St.Petersburg was celebrating 300 years this spring.. And Stockholm was celebrating 750 last year (if I'm not mistaken).. So it's really...more
Cafe "Jura" (which means "sea") is located near the bus station, so it's quite a good place to stop for a snack on your way to Rietavas or through Rietavas to other cities.
Favorite Dish: In Soviet times it used to be a canteen and I still remember taking there some compote ("kompotas") when I was kid. Nowadays it's fully reorganized, restored and has authentic Lithuanian wooden+brick restaurant look. The food is quite good, not much of choices though, but you can't expect to have various cuisine food in a such small town, can you?:)
Rietavas is a small town so you won't find any public transportation there except taxi. But it's really no need to take taxi to go around this little town. Especially if you have some bikes you can reach all the places there. The streets are in quite good condition, you can ride the bike even in the park roads, but some of them are a bit bumpy because some part of the old road is made of stones.. Enjoy your walk or ride!:)
Lithuanians used to start there town by making a square in the middle which was meant to be the main place of the town. They used to build some monuments in there, usually representing their struggle for freedom. Rietavas also has its own Liberty Statue - a girl with torch of liberty. But in my memory it has a name of "ice cream lady" because...more
That requires lots of patience and help from your family members or friends. Lithuanians use plants' leaves, wax, onion peels and many other kinds of stuff to decorate Easter eggs. In Rietavas surroundings the Easter egg decoration is quite different than in other Lithuania places or big towns. For more details look at my Rietavas travelogue about...more
Being a small town, Rietavas is proud to present you with some little accidents while meeting goat on your way or an angry dog..:) The one I met was very happy to be on the photo!
I always had this question. And senior citizens of Rietavas town remembers it used to be a lovely fountain, but now it's just a little water pond (favorite place for ducks) next to the Rietavas church. It's not seen in the picture, but I found there a happy "Donald Duck" family there..:)more
Rietavas people are fond of ponds. They have at least two big ones in the center of town. One is called "Maluno prudas" which means a pond of mill. In summer time the couple of white swans used to live here. It's also a favorite place of local fishermen who prefer to spend their Sunday on the shore instead of listening to their "angry" wives..:)more
The fields of gold.. yeah... it's almost like in this song - when summer flowers bloom, all the meadows and fields look golden, snowy, rosy etc.. That's really a great time to visit Rietavas. I love that smell of just cut grass.. and I like the smell of hay.. it reminds me of so many happy moments of my childhood helping my grandma in hay time.more
Rietavas is suffering from the Baltic sea weather a lot - in summer it feels chilly and weather is humid and windy usually while in other parts of Lithuania it's very hot and sunny.In winter time Rietavas gets lots of snow but it melts faster than in other parts of Lithuania, the weather is humid and rainy, wind is strong from Western or Northern...more