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Top 10 parks in Lithuania

Park culture in Lithuania is getting popular again, together with pastimes such as running and cycling. While many historic manor parks have been greatly damaged by Soviets, some are getting restored. Those are 10 most interesting parks:

1.Experience the largely lost culture of manor parks at the Palanga botanic park. Declared a "botanic park", the 101 ha informal park of Tiškevičiai family by French architect Andre survived in its entirety, without being overbuilt by Soviet buildings. Filled with flowers, plants, trees, hosting a palace and a folly Lourde, it hugs the Baltic Beach.

2.Grab a ferry to get into Smiltynė forest in Klaipėda, which is a pine forest sandwiched between Baltic Sea and Curonian Lagoon, offering great beaches and maritime-themed museums.

3.Be rewarded by great panoramas of Vilnius Old Town after taking unexpectedly strenuous paths of Hill park. Three Crosses hill offers some of the best views.

4.Enjoy the recently-restored Bernardine garden in Vilnius Old Town. Originally used for the plants of nearby monks, it now serves as Vilnius's prime zone for strolling.

5.Watch the modern art at Europe park (Vilnius suburbs), actually a large open-air museum of contemporary sculptures not far away from the geographic center of Europe.

6.Become in awe with the Pūčkoriai rock exposure at the Pavilniai Regional park (Vilnius suburbs).

7.Watch the Lithuania's two largest rivers (Neris and Nemunas) converge from the Santaka (Confluence) park of Kaunas Old Town.

8.Visit the Vingis park of Vilnius which not only serves as the location for strolls of Vilnius residents but also the place of some of the largest events such as the Song Festivals.

9.See the various plants in Kaunas botanic park.

10.Enjoy the remaining manor buildings and views over the Neris valley in Verkiai park of Vilnius suburbs.

Map of the top 10 parks in Lithuania. ©Augustinas Žemaitis.

Article written by Augustinas Žemaitis

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