OFF THE BEATEN PATH: EXPLORING LITHUANIA'S QUIETER CORNERS

Summer arrived, and many of us will wonder, "What can we do on weekends?" If you have a full day to spare and are ready for a family adventure, we have prepared a one-day trip around the attractions near Vilnius, together with our guide, the renowned Digital Creator in Lithuania, Curly&Lithuania.

Curly&Lithuania is a prominent figure in social media and has emerged as one of Lithuania's top influencers on TikTok. With their creative and entertaining approach, they offer a unique perspective on the hidden gems of Lithuania. Through their captivating content, Curly&Lithuania showcases the country's diverse landscapes and culture, inspiring both locals and international travelers alike.

OUR FIRST STOP ON THIS EXCITING JOURNEY IS THE OPEN AIR MUSEUM OF THE CENTER OF EUROPE.

Nestled amidst the enchanting Lithuanian countryside, this museum promises a captivating experience for visitors of all ages. Founded by the renowned Lithuanian sculptor Gintaras Karosas, Europos Parkas beautifully combines art and nature, symbolizing the spirit of independent Lithuania.

As you explore the vast 55-hectare exhibition, you will be mesmerized by over 100 captivating artworks created by talented artists from 34 countries. From grand-scale installations by renowned contemporary artists to the Guinness World Record-holding artwork featuring the largest collection of TV sets, Europos Parkas offers a unique fusion of artistic expression and natural beauty.

Conveniently located just a short 20-minute drive from Vilnius city center, Europos Parkas invites you to immerse yourself in its unique atmosphere. Plan your visit today and be prepared for an unforgettable experience that celebrates the harmonious fusion of art, nature, and Lithuania's rich cultural heritage.

Join us on this off-the-beaten-path adventure as we explore Lithuania's quieter corners with Curly&Lithuania. Stay tuned for our next destination, the Geographical Center of Europe, as we continue our journey into the heart of this fascinating country.

About the Museum:

Discover Europos Parkas, a captivating destination established in 1991 by renowned Lithuanian sculptor Gintaras Karosas. Located at the geographic center of Europe, this extraordinary park beautifully combines art and nature, symbolizing the spirit of independent Lithuania.

Internationally recognized, Europos Parkas holds a prestigious position among Europe's top visual arts sites, acknowledged by art experts in Great Britain. It has also earned the distinction of being a Destination Art, endorsed by art researcher Amy Dempsey.

Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing landscape as you explore the vast 55-hectare exhibition. Marvel at over 100 captivating artworks created by talented artists from 34 countries. Among the remarkable installations are grand-scale masterpieces by renowned contemporary artists, including Abakanowicz, Oppenheim, LeWitt, and Pepper. Be sure to witness Karosas' groundbreaking achievement, a Guinness World Record-holding artwork featuring the largest collection of TV sets. Additionally, the Monument of the Center of Europe, crafted by Karosas in 1993, proudly displays the capitals of Europe, their distances from the center, and their directional indicators.

Conveniently located just a short 20-minute drive from Vilnius city center, Europos Parkas invites you to immerse yourself in its unique atmosphere. Plan your visit today and be prepared for an unforgettable experience that celebrates the harmonious fusion of art, nature, and Lithuania's rich cultural heritage.

Curly's Comment:

As I ventured into Europos Parkas,I found myself immersed in a breathtaking fusion of art and nature. The vast 55-hectare exhibition showcased over 100 captivating artworks by talented artists from 34 countries, including grand-scale masterpieces by renowned contemporary artists.

I was particularly awestruck by Karosas' groundbreaking achievement—a Guinness World Record-holding artwork featuring the largest collection of TV sets. The park's serene atmosphere and convenient location, just a short drive from Vilnius city center, made it a perfect oasis to celebrate the harmonious blend of art, nature, and Lithuania's rich cultural heritage.

It was an unforgettable experience that left me inspired and deeply connected to the beauty and creativity that abound in Europos Parkas.

Our next step will be the Geographical Center of Europe.

On May 24, 1997, a significant event took place - the discovery of a stone marking the geographical center of Europe. This symbolic monument, created by sculptor Gediminas Jokubonis in 2004, rises above a white granite column adorned with a crown-shaped star.

In 1992, a special reserve was established around the geographical center, encompassing various natural elements such as Lake Giria, the Bernotai barrow, a picturesque hillside, and the adjacent forest.

This stop won't take long, but the mere fact of being at the center of Europe is quite appealing.

Curly's Comment:

I was filled with anticipation. Upon reaching the symbolic monument, a stone marking this significant location, I was struck by its simplicity and the crown-shaped star adorning the white granite column. The surrounding special reserve showcased the beauty of nature, with Lake Giria, the Bernotai barrow, a picturesque hillside, and the adjacent forest creating a serene backdrop. While the visit was brief, the sheer realization of standing at the center of Europe was undeniably captivating, leaving an impression that resonated long after I left.

Next, we will head to Kernave, which is approximately a 40-minute car ride away.

About the Place:

The Kernave Archaeological Site holds a captivating tale, housing the remnants of the medieval town of Kernave in eastern Lithuania, as well as traces of habitation dating back approximately 10 millennia. Widely regarded as the birthplace of Lithuania, Kernave is steeped in legend and historical significance.

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004, the Kernave Archaeological Site has become a popular destination for tourists seeking to delve into its rich history.

UNVEILING THE HISTORY OF KERNAVE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE:

Inhabited from the 9th to 8th millennia BC, Kernave evolved into a pre-Christian town by the 12th and 13th centuries AD. Strengthened by five imposing hill-forts, which still stand today alongside numerous other monuments and ruins, the town became a stronghold of Christian feudalism. Witness the burial sites and explore the remains of the 13th-century town itself.

The first recorded mention of Kernave dates back to 1279, and it is widely believed to have been the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania under the leadership of Grand Duke Mindaugas. During this period, Kernave thrived as a significant economic and political center, shaping the course of Lithuanian history.

In medieval times, Kernave faced numerous attacks, including assaults by the Teutonic Order in 1365 and another destructive event in 1390 that left the town in ruins, never to be rebuilt.

CURLY'S COMMENT:

The Kernave Archaeological Site is truly a treasure trove of history. Walking through the remnants of this medieval town and exploring the hill-forts gives you a profound sense of Lithuania's ancient roots. It's fascinating to imagine the bustling activity that once took place here and the role Kernave played in shaping the country's history. Definitely a must-visit for history enthusiasts and anyone interested in immersing themselves in Lithuania's rich cultural heritage.