Druskininkai

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Introduction

Druskininkai is a spa town on the Nemunas River in southern Lithuania, close to the borders of Belarus and Poland. The city of Druskininkai has a population of 23,136 (2015 Census) and dates back as a spa resort to the 19th century.

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Sights and Activities

  • Forest Museum ‘Girios Aidas’, M. K. Čiurlionio g. 102, ☎ +370 313 53901. W-Sa 10:00-18:00. The museum was established in 1971. It has expositions of animals and birds. Witches and other legendary characters are hiding in the hollows of oaks, birds are singing and the forest sighs. The following exhibitions are organized: wood art works, jewelry works from amber, black ceramics works, works of folk artists, expositions of photographic masters, ethno-cultural collections.
  • The Town Museum of Druskininkai, M. K. Čiurlionio g. 59, ☎ +370 313 51024, e-mail: muziejus@druskininkai.lt. M-Sa 11:00-17:00. Expositions: "A collection donated by the honorary citizen of Druskininkai Petras Viščinis"; "19th century Druskininkai in the artwork of Vasilijus von Rothkirch"; "First doctors of Druskininkai"; "Interwar Druskininkai". The representational villa "Linksma" build in the beginning of 20th century, where the Town Museum is located, is a beautiful architectural monument located on the shores of the Druskonis lake, in the centre of the town. Since 2001, the museum has a permanent exposition, hosts events, shows, chamber music concerts and lectures. During the holiday season, the museum terrace hosts the traditional concerts "Serenades of Druskininkai" (“Druskininkų serenados”) and other town events.
  • Jewish Museum in Memoriam of J. Lipchitz, Šv. Jokūbo g. 17, ☎ +370 313 56077. Tu-Th 12:00-17:00. It is an exposition about one of the most famous 20th century sculptor J. Lipchitz (1891–1973).
  • The Memorial Museum of M.K. Čiurlionis, 35 M. K. Ciurlionio St, LT-66164, Druskininkai., ☎ +370 313 52755, +370 313 51131, fax: +370 313 52755, e-mail: MKCmemorialm@takas.lt. Tu-Su 11:00-17:00. Museum's collection: The museum contains a memorial exhibition illustrating M. K. Ciurlionis' biography and photographs, documents, reproductions of the artist's works, as well as a collection of works dedicated to M. K. Ciurlionis by contemporary artists from different countries. Exposition: Authentic living atmosphere of the artists' family is restored in two little houses of Ciurlioniai family, expositions reflecting painter and composer M. K. Ciurlionis' (1875-1911) creative work, biography and family life is arranged in the other two buildings. Museum keeps contemporary painters' collections of works devoted to M. K. Ciurlionis.
  • V. K. Jonynas’ Gallery, M. K. Čiurlionio g. 41, ☎ +370 313 55553. Tu-Su 11:00-17:00. The gallery was founded in 1993 m. The gallery exhibits the works of the Lithuanian artist Vytautas Kazimieras Jonynas (1907 – 1997), who worked for a long time in Germany and the USA, his drawings, graphics, paintings and stained-glass projects. Photographs and films show the most valuable interiors of churches and works of monumental architecture created by the artist. The excursions are organized in Lithuanian, English, Russian, Estonian and Finnish.The gallery hosts art exhibitions from the National Museum of M.K. Čiurlionis and private collections. For schoolchildren and kindergarteners art lessons are organised in the gallery which has 15 easels. Also projects with V.K Jonynas art school are organised. The gallery hosts traditional events – chamber music concerts, commemorations, meetings with painters, educational events and lectures on art.
  • Museum ‘Grūto Parkas’, Grūtas, LT-4690 Druskininkai, ☎ +370 313 55511, +370 31352507, fax: +370 313 47451. Daily 09:00-20:00. In the shadows of pine and fir trees, Soviet monuments which were dismantled in 1989 are exhibited. This is a heritage of several decades of the Lithuanian monumental art. These idols were forced on the Lithuanian people in tragic Soviet era and reveal the historic truth about the soviet occupation of Lithuania. The exposition aims to show to the people of Lithuania, visiting guests as well as to the future generations, the naked Soviet ideology, which oppressed and violated the spirit of our nation for several decades.

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Getting There

Regular buses from Vilnius and Kaunas are the best way of getting here.

Kautra is a bus company operating from Kaunas. Be aware that these are not the only buses out of Kaunas.

Both Vilnius and Kaunas buses take approximately 2.5 hours and depart every 1-2 hours between 05:30 and 19:00.

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Eat

  • Sicilija, Taikos g. 9, ☎ +370 313 51865. edit
  • Forto Dvaras, M.K.Čiurlionio s. 55, ☎ +370 31355438. edit
  • La Corona, Šv. Jokūbo g. 11, ☎ +370 672 98684, e-mail: lacoronadruskininkai@gmail.com. European cuisine and homemade food; also has a cocktail bar.

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Sleep

  • Druskininkai Health resort, Vilniaus al. 11, ☎ +370 313 60508.
  • Spa Vilnius, K. Dineikos str. 1, ☎ +370 313 53811, +370 313 51454, e-mail: info@spa-vilnius.lt. The center has 187 rooms: singles, doubles and suites. 250 chair conference room, restaurant with modern European and traditional Lithuanian cuisine, dietary meals, bar and sizeable indoor concert hall are available in a new 8-floor hotel building. Fitness and relaxation are available in a high standard Health Center (bath complex, swimming pool, fitness&aerobic training, relaxation massages and various procedures).
  • Spa hotel Draugyste, V. Kreves Str. 7, ☎ +370 313 53132, e-mail: sandraugyste@is.lt. Friendship is the name of this spa hotel, founded in 1962. Cultural and welfare facilities: For patients under treatment the individually balanced diet, vegetarian or usual food, if necessary a diet treatment according to the need of nutrients are prescribed in our spa hotel. Every week professional and amateur artistic ensembles give concerts in the red restaurant hall.
  • Health centre Dainava, Maironio Str. 22, ☎ +370 313 59090, +370 313 59100, fax: +370 313 59104, e-mail: dainava@centrasdainava.lt. "Dainava" offers spacious and light rooms with all conveniences and television sets for the clients. The health centre "Dainava" specializes in seminars, conferences, and courses of the foreign languages and has special rooms and equipment to manage it.
  • Health center Surutis, Taikos str. 10, ☎ +370 313 53335, +370 313 51210, e-mail: surutis@surutis.lt. Due to the special microclimate as well as appication of medical mud and mineral waters, disorders of the nervous and cardiovascular, osteo - muscular and intestinal systems, of the respiratory organs and metabolism are succesfully treated at the center. Modern physiotherapy facilities combined with efforts of experienced doctors provide a high quality of the balneal and mud therapy; various diets, including vegetarian, are also available. The center is equipped with bedroom block that accords to the European standards.
  • Health center Lietuva, V. Kudirkos str. 45, ☎ +370 313 52414, +370 313 51200, +370 313 52833, e-mail: sanatorija.lietuva@is.lt. The physiotherapy clinic, therapy rooms, swimming pool, cafe - bar, gymnasium, concert and exhibition halls are connected with the main building of the Health Center by comfortable corridors.
  • Spa hotel Egle, Egles str. 1, Druskininkai, ☎ +370 313 60220, +370 31360283, fax: +370 313 60238. The spa-hotel consists of a treatment and rehabilitation center, with mineral water and mud cures, treatment and diagnosis rooms, and a mineral water pump room with Egle mineral water, containing chlorides, sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.The six buildings of the spa-hotel provide accommodation for more than 1.000 patients at any one time.

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Keep Connected

Internet

For those who need to connect at an Internet cafes, major cities do have internet cafes. If you're bringing a laptop or smartphone, Wireless LAN Hot-Spots are available in distinct places (mostly "Zebra" from - TEO), sometimes free, otherwise not very cheap. Best chances of finding one are at airports, railway stations, in cafés, shopping malls, universities, various places. You can ask in your hotel, but don't count on wifi being free all the time, especially at more upscale places.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Lithuania's international phone code is 370. Emergency numbers include 101 (fire), 102 (police) and 103 (ambulance), but you can connect to all of them by calling 112, the general emergency number.

There is a monopoly operator for land line phones by TEO. Land line phones are easy to find throughout the country. Phones are used with cards, which you can find in kiosks, "TEO" or newspaper stands.

There are three major mobile phone operators in Lithuania: Omnitel, BITE and TELE 2. About 97% of the country's surface is covered by the standard European GSM 900/1800 MHz network. If you bring your own cell phone, make sure to switch off roaming to avoid high costs especially for internet. Instead, buy a local SIM card, which is much cheaper.

Post

Lietuvos Paštas is the national postal service of Lithuania. Postal services are generally not very fast, but fairly reliable. That is, most of the postcards and letters will eventually arrive on the foreign adress, albeit after some days or even weeks. If you want it to be sent the fastest possible, go for courier instead of ordinary (domestic post) or for airmail instead of surface (international mail).
Post offices are usually open from 8:00am to 6:00pm on Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 2:00pm on Saturdays, although these opening hours may vary depending on the office, with big central offices keeping longer hours, while small villages might have shorter opening times. Stamped mail (both national and international) can be dropped in the yellow post boxes for collection. Stamps are available at post offices and kiosks.
To send parcels to other countries, you might better use international courier companies like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx.

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