Vievis Things to Do
This Orthodox chapel stands in the Russian cemetery in Vievis. I don't know a history of it, probably it is about 100 years old or something. It was used for burying famous Orthodox priests.
Chapel looks strange, as it is alone around lot of grave stones.
In 1980, when this place was established, it was just local museum, later exhibition of one Vilnius museum and some others were moved here and in year 2000 it became Lithuanian geology museum.
Talking about what is outside of museum, you can visit it for free - different stones from different geological eras. If you want to go inside, it is a need for excursion and it may cost a bit. The museum has lot of examples of stones and cores from around the World - even from Burma, Sri Lanka, Brasilia and so on.
This is the monument is Vievis park near Catholic church - it is for the first Slavic religious grammar book, published in Vievis in beginning of XVII century. As far as I know, it is only one monument in Vievis city.
Vievis is easily reachable by bus, train, car. It is located just near the Vilnius-Kaunas road and rail road as well. So, by bus and train it is less than 1 hour to come here - it is about 40 kilometres from Vilnius.
Vievis bus station is just a few metres from the central part where you can see everything, train station is more far - about 15 minutes walk from centre.
Vievis Warnings and Dangers
Vievis lake is a bit dangerous for swimming, as it was bombed at World War Second. In some place there are just deeper from bombs and deep can be different lets say from 1 metre (where you still can walk) to 3 metres (over the head...) in a few centimetres of wading in lake. So, small children and people who don't swim should be worried about it firstly.
The recipy from this bad thing is to ask local people where are the best places to be near lake, not to go to unknown ones.
Vievis Off The Beaten Path
I used to spend summers around Vievis city, so I can say - I know places, that surround it. Vievis itself is located near big Vievis lake, most new houses now is built near this lake. There are other lakes as well around in about 3-4 kilometres - Orliskiu, Kurkliskiu, Seimecio.
Probably the most I like is the road from Vievis to Pastrevys where you see lot of nice landscape around with lakes, Elektrenai artificial lake with hydro-power station in panorama, forests.