Birštonas Museum


Birstonas - one of the most famous Lithuanian resortswhich is located on south central Lithuania, in a place where the Neman wriggles with beautiful bends, which has long been known for the presence of a picturesque landscape, a climate tonic to the body and unique sources of mineral water in Birstonas .

Birstonas Is a charming miniature town with 4,000 inhabitants. This is a very small, neat, well-groomed, quiet and calm town, which is considered ideal place for a quiet holiday.

Town Birstonas stands on the picturesque bank of the Neman river. Besides hydropathic facilities the only company in the city - mineral water bottling plant. The town is surrounded by a forest with neat asphalt paths and numerous fields.

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    Health resorts in Birstonas surrounded by a beautiful green forest. An ancient church stands majestically in the city, where locals gather for evening masses.
    Saline Spa Sources Birstonas were known back in the Middle Ages, they were described by the crusaders who attacked castles of Lithuania. At the turn of the XIX-XX centuries to resort hospitalsapplying nprocedures with mineral water and healing mudsick already arrived not only from Lithuania, but also from the largest citiesRussia and Poland in this way treatment in Lithuania became more and more popular and beyond.
    Birštonas is interesting not only for mineral springsbesides, you will find monument to Vytautas, mineral water pump room, neo-Gothic church, Vytautas hillfort and Song Hillfrom which beautiful wide distances open.
    The area of ​​the city is 13 square kilometers, more than 3800 people live in it. Ecologically clean city, located near major cities: to the capital of Vilnius - 90 km, about 40 km to Kaunas.

    Birstonas- this is usually a calm town - Baltic resortwhose quiet life excites annually organized jazz festival and strongman competition. Interesting to watch the workouts the best rowers of Lithuania, and sometimes foreign athletes, as the resort is equipped Olympic rowing center.

    Around Birštonas - surroundings of marvelous beauty. If you want to visit Neman Bend Regional Park or a place to observe birds near the islands of the Neman, as well as explore the surroundings from its steep banks, it is best to travel by bicycle or horseback, and even more fun is a ride in a carriage along good roads. However, the most beautiful view of bends of the Neman It will open to you from a bird's flight if you go up in the sky by helicopter.

    Nemunas Loop Regional Park
    Tylioji g. 1, LT-59206 Birstonas
    Telfax (+370

    Nemunas is not only the largest river in Lithuania. Once the river was an important waterway, breadwinner, protector of the nation. Now - a source of tourism resources, an inseparable element of the Lithuanian landscape and a keeper of historical memory
    The most interesting Nemunas in its middle course. This is a particularly valuable, unusually beautiful section of the river. Over 70 years ago, the proposal to found here was discussed. National park. And only in 1992 was created Nemunas Loop Regional Park.
    The area of ​​the park is 25 thousand ha. Forests occupy as much as 67% of the area (the famous Punsky pine forest with a reserve, Prenai pine forest, Sipon forests, etc.). The park has 17 reserves, many valuable historical, cultural and natural sites. Tourists visiting historical sites such as Punia and Birštonas, can admire the picturesque views of the winding river and valley.
    The most important emphasis of the regional park is large Nemunas loopsmysteriously wriggling in all directions. In ancient times, river bends very frightened rivermen and raftsmen. The deep bed of Nemunas has formed a peculiar and very attractive landscape.
    Acquaintance with the park should begin with the Visitor Center (1 Tileji St., Birstonas). Open here An interesting exposition briefly introducing the values ​​of the park. You can watch a film of various lengths (48 minutes, 20 minutes, 4 minutes), purchase booklets, the book “Big Nemunas Loops”, the video “Where the Nemunas Curls”. Park staff will indicate the most interesting objects, offer routes for hiking, cycling and car trips. In the vicinity of Birstonas, there are informative nature trails in the Škevonsky geomorphological reserve and in the Жwerinčius forest, an excellent bicycle path. Visitors will be interested in bird watching near the Nyamun Islands, other natural and cultural routes.

    Visit also Birštonas Sacred Museum
    Birutes g. 10, LT-59217 Birstonas
    Tel (+370

    319) 65699
    Email [email protected]
    The Birštonas Sacred Museum was founded in 2000, not far from Church of St. Anthony Padua, in the old building of the abbot. The building is characterized by valuable features of ethnographic architecture. Visitors to the Birštonas Sacred Museum can get acquainted with two memorial exhibitions dedicated to the Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church Vincentas Sladkevičius and the Archbishop Martyr Theofiliius Matulionis. There is a large exposition of sacred art, which presents valuable works of religious art (painting, sculpture, textiles, liturgical dishes, folk art). Each month, the museum hosts exhibitions organized by students on educational events: “Christmas Lent - Time for Expectations”, “Let's Paint Easter Eggs Together”, “Meeting with the Icon”. Visitors can watch videos of the above-mentioned priests, about visit of Pope John Paul II to Lithuania. The museum also runs a program of cultural evenings (lectures, meetings, book presentations).
    It should be noted that in one of the rooms of the museum building in 1956, after returning from exile, Theofilius Matulionis (1873–1962) lived. In his room, which was also the private chapel of the bishop, on the night of December 25, 1957, he secretly consecrated the canon to the bishops. Vincentas Sladkevicius (1920–2000). Bishop V. Sladkevičius in 1959 was exiled to the Birzai district for 23 years, Bishop T. Matulionis in 1958 was forcibly taken to Siaduva. Birštonas Rector J. Jonis was sent to Mordovian prisons for 4 years.
    In the art exposition of the Sacred Museum, the Golden Treasury stands out for its beauty, in which the most valuable liturgical dishes from the churches of the Kaisiadory bishopric are presented. The hall of folk art exhibited over thirty old sculptures carved from wood on religious themes. In the exposition of the history of the church, visitors will be interested in the only book in Lithuania that reflects the processes of Russification of the 19th century, the first Catholic publication of the New Testament in Lithuanian.
    The museum is open to visitors from Wednesday to Sunday - from 10 to 17 hours.
    Visiting the museum, conducting tours is free, by reservation

    Birštonas Museum
    Vytauto g. 9, LT-59211 Birstonas
    Facsimile (370

    319) 65,605 (director, attendants)
    Tel (370

    319) 65 6 06 (Scientific Secretary)
    Email [email protected]

    The Birštonas Museum was founded in 1967. The main exposition is the exhibits collected by the Birštonas Secondary School local historians. The funds have accumulated more than 8000 exhibits, of which more than 500 are constantly exhibited. The permanent exhibition began to operate in the museum in 1972, since then it has been periodically updated and updated. The exposition is divided into sections - pre-resort, the foundation of the resort and the post-war development section of the resort.
    The most interesting and rare specimens: a fragment of a wooden pipe along which in the second half of the 19th century mineral water flowed from sources to hospitals, a metal bathtub of the same period, a carriage that drove vacationers from Kaunas to Birštonas, an advertising poster for mineral water “Birute”, drawn by the artist Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, personal belongings and scientific works of the spa physician Jurgis Vyankunas, who began in 1925 Hot mineralized mud treatment not only in Birstonas, but also in Lithuania.
    Research work is being carried out: material is collected and systematized about famous people of the resort and its environs.
    On average, 6,000 people visit a museum annually. They can see exhibitions, take part in events, meetings with famous people of the country and abroad.
    Visiting the museum: Wednesday – Sunday 10.00–17.00, Monday – Tuesday - by prior arrangement. The entrance is free.

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    The Birštonas History Museum was founded in 1967. The main part of the museum’s exposition was collected by local historians of the city’s secondary school. The museum today has collected about 8,000 exhibits. The main exposition has about 500 exhibits; they are constantly updated and updated. In the museum’s collection you can see a variety of ethnographic, everyday, archaeological exhibits, photographs, documents, things directly related to the development of the Birstonas resort.

    The collection exposition at the Birston Museum can be divided into three parts. One of them gives visitors the opportunity to trace the history of the city from ancient times to the middle. 19th century, about how the resort began its development. Of particular value are the pipe through which water entered the sanatorium and a wooden bathtub.

    The second part of the exhibition is devoted to the development of the resort with ser. 19th century to 1939 (the beginning of the Second World War). This exposition contains photographs of the flood in Birstonas that took place in 1958.

    The third exposition tells about the development of the resort in the post-war period since 1966, the construction of new places of recreation, resorts, hospitals, which operate to this day.

    The most valuable exhibits in the museum are the scientific works and things of the doctor Jurgis Vyankunas, he has been engaged in mud therapy in Birštonas and Lithuania since 1925 and a poster by the artist Mstislav Dobuzhinsky on which Birute water is advertised.

    Nowadays, the museum is actively engaged in research work, the purpose of which is to collect as much information as possible about famous people who lived and live in the resort town of Birstonas.

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    History of Birstonas

    For the first time, the city of Birštonas was mentioned in the military chronicle, authored by Wigandas of Marburg. According to his records, in 1382, as part of the offensive against Lithuania, part of the troops of Marshal Kun von Hatenstein was sent to Birstonas. Later, in the archives of Königsberg, historians found almost two dozen reports of the Crusader reconnaissance period 1384-1402, mentioning the estate near the "salt water" under the name of Biršten or Birštan. The Battle of Grunwald in 1411 ended the crusader raids and for some time Birštonas fell out of sight of historians. There is evidence that in the vicinity of Birstonas, monarchs of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania liked to hunt, especially Vitovt and Casimir IV with children.

    Comprehensive development and prosperity of the resort began in 1846, when mineral water was used to treat the stomach and nerves. Dr. Benediktas Bilinskis was the first to discover the healing properties of water, engaged in research and contributed to the official assignment of the status of a resort city to Birstonas. This significant event dates back to 1854, the first hospital was opened in 1855, and by the beginning and mid-60s of the XIX century the resort's fame spread to all corners of the vast Russian empire. By 1914, there were 3 health resorts equipped with 72 baths, and at the same time more than 200 people could be treated at the resort.

    The First World War caused great damage to the spa, destroying almost all the hotels and buildings, but in 1924, the Lithuanian Red Cross resorted to re-equipping and upgrading the spa: they installed water supply, sewage, electricity, street lighting, put mud baths, delivered healing mud from the Vyalnyablyudya peat bog, ennobled the park territory, installed a fountain and reservoirs of mineral water. Thanks to great luck, the Second World War passed Birštonas, leaving the entire infrastructure intact. After the war, the resort continued to be built and developed, becoming one of the best resorts in Lithuania.

    Attractions and entertainment in Birstonas

    The main attraction of the small and cozy Birstonas is the Neman River and the forests surrounding the city. It is very pleasant that hiking and cycling trails are laid everywhere in the city and even in the forests, we especially recommend walking along the Škevonskaya (1.6 km) and Vyalnyabludzhsky (1.5 km) educational trails, and cycling along the вwierinci Forest Trail (15 km). Balloon flights and gliders provide a special pleasure, thanks to which you can take a bird's eye view of the picturesque valley of the Neman River. Even outdoor enthusiasts can visit the ski slopes on Mount Vytautas: two slopes 160 and 300 meters long, respectively, illuminated at night and equipped with a ski lift.

    Almost every month, sports and cultural events are held in Birstonas:

    • Spring. Jazz Festival, International Rowing Championships, Walking Competitions and Creative Poetry Evening.
    • Summer. City Day, celebration of St. John’s Day, strongman contest “Neman Athlete”, festival of organ music, festival of rural theaters, music festival “August with trumpets”.
    • Autumn. Musical and dance festival “Summer Mosaic”, youth festival of ethnic dances “Yevar Bridges”, art exhibition “Gloria Deo”, dance competition “Biršton Autumn”.
    • Winter. In December, a number of recreational activities are held as part of the “Holiday Entertainment Month”.

    We will describe the most popular sights of Birštonas in more detail, but here’s just a list of tourist places that deserve your attention: Škevonsky outcrop, Ozhku Pyacius rock, Mount Vytautas, St. Anthony of Padua Church, St. Peter and Paul Church, Museum of Culinary Heritage.

    Nemunas Bend Regional Park

    The Nemunas River (aka Neman) is the largest river in Lithuania and a unique natural phenomenon. In its middle course, the Neman is of most interest with unusual landscapes and bends, and for many years there has been talk of giving these lands the status of a reserve. Only in 1992 was the Nemunas Bend Regional Park opened with a total area of ​​25,000 ha.Dense pine forests occupy more than 2/3 of the park, there are 17 wildlife reserves, dozens of natural, historical and cultural heritage sites. A walk in the park will bring great aesthetic pleasure, calm your nerves and give you the opportunity to forget about the noisy urban area for at least a few hours.

    Birštonas Sacred Museum

    If you find yourself near the church of St. Anthony of Padua, then do not be too lazy to look into the adjacent Birštonas Sacral Museum, opened in 2000. A small neat little house, decorated in a national style, stores an impressive collection of sacred art, the emphasis of which is made on objects of religious art. You will be shown traditional textiles, ancient paintings, liturgical dishes, works of Czech sculptors, memorial exhibitions. We will not reveal all the secrets, but even if you are not interested in history and religion, then be sure: some exhibits will surprise and impress you!

    Birštonas Museum of History

    The museum was opened in 1967 by the efforts of local historians of the city’s high school. It was they who collected documents, photographs and various objects related to the history of Birstonas. At the moment, more than 8 thousand exhibits are collected, divided into three semantic groups. The first tells about the first settlements on the territory of modern Birštonas, medieval wars and heroes, the development of the resort until the middle of the XIX century. The second exhibition covers the period from the middle of the XIX century to 1959 and gives an idea of ​​the years of the First and Second World Wars, illustrates the major flood of 1958 and other important historical events. Well, the third, last part of the collection will tell guests about the recent history of Birstonas, his becoming the leading balneological resort in Lithuania.

    How to get to Birstonas

    The cities closest to Birštonas with the airport are Kaunas (40 km) and Vilnius (100 km). You can get to the hotel from there in various ways: by taxi, rented car, public transport or by ordering a transfer on our website. Everything is clear with a taxi: we got out of the terminal, saw a taxi, got in and went. Very fast and comfortable, but affordably hit the pocket.

    In the event that your company has drivers and you plan to travel around the neighborhood, it makes sense to rent a car for the rest. The road from Vilnius to Birstonas takes about an hour and a half. It is most convenient to go along the A1 highway, leaving after Triliškės at the junction to the left, onto highway 1806, which in turn will run into the A16 highway, and it will already lead you to the final destination. An alternative is to immediately go onto the A16, that's how buses go. It takes about 40 minutes to go from Kaunas: first on highway 130, then turning off onto A16.

    Public transport is represented by bus services in the region. From Vilnius, the bus runs for almost 2 hours, routes No. 274 and 366, which depart from the railway station, are suitable for you. Ticket price - 6-8 euros. It takes 40 minutes by bus from Kaunas, approximately, like by car, the ticket price is 3-4 euros. Buses depart from Kaunas bus station, route 366 is suitable for you. The route numbers are the same, since they are operated by one company - Kautra - and this was done for ease of remembering.

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