What entertainments are there in Druskininkai?
Druskininkai is a famous Lithuanian resort, distinguished by its developed infrastructure, the possibility to improve your health and have a good time. Rest here will appeal to lovers of architecture and all kinds of walks. Most of the time you spend here can be spent on leisurely strolls around the city-resort, boating or catamaran trips, or visiting unusual monuments and notable places in Druskininkai. As for the entertainment program, it has a very unusual view. The main type of entertainment in Druskininkai is cycling and river walks, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. You can take advantage of all the leisure activities in Druskininkai.
Cycling in Druskininkai
There are plenty of cycling paths all around the resort. Most have been renovated in the last couple of years to accommodate the growing needs of locals and the growing interest of tourists in two-wheeled vehicles. You do not need to take your bicycle with you when you go to Druskininkai. Rental bikes in the resort can be found at every step. Right on the Vilniaus,10 or Vilniaus,20 central avenue you can rent a two-wheeled friend for 9,50 euros per day. Renting a bike for two hours will cost about 3 euros, while a three-hour ride will cost 4.5 euros.
The most popular bicycle trails in the resort are considered to be the “Star Orbit” and the “Gilvinas Trail” . Most of the “orbit” runs through the forest and this affects the quality of the bicycle paths. At times they are, to put it mildly, impassable, but this is quickly forgotten when you breathe in the clean pine air, enjoy the birdsong and admire the surrounding beauty.
There are signs all along the route, so travelers are unlikely to get lost. The length of the route in one direction is from 13 to 13.8 kilometers, and the way back a little bit shorter and has a length of 8.5 kilometers. Overcome “Star orbit” is not possible for all tourists. Most holidaymakers turn back after reaching the village of Schwendubre. Some stubborn, but ill-prepared hikers make a last-ditch run to the Raigardas Valley and only then return to the starting point of the route. But whatever the case, biking the Star Orbit is a pleasure.
The Gilvinas Trail bicycle route is simpler and ideal for those who are unfamiliar with two-wheeled walking. The length of this route directly depends on the number of sites visited and varies from 6 to 12 kilometers. During the bicycle ride tourists have the opportunity to visit the private park-museum of Soviet sculptures Grutas, to ride over the “Humpback Bridge”, to admire the lake and the forest. The way back usually passes through the sanatorium “Egle”, but travelers can adjust the route at any time at their discretion.
These two cycling routes are more suitable for hardy tourists who are familiar with cycling, but inquisitive beginners should start with cycling paths in the parks of the Old Town, along the banks of the Neman River and around the local lake.
Water fun in the resort
In the heart of the resort near the embankment of the river Neman is an entertainment facility that will appeal to tourists of all ages – Druskininkai Water Park. It is a large complex of all kinds of entertainment, spread across three buildings connected to each other. The size of the water park is impressive, especially if you consider that this place was built back in Soviet times.
The water park is divided into two zones: the first one can be visited by everyone, and the second one is for adults only. There are six open and closed slides and a mesmerizing pool zone with a beautiful panorama of the Neman River. It is worth noting that the longest downhill tower here has a height of 212 meters. Tourists can soak in the whirlpools, under the massage waterfalls and quench their thirst in the “wet bar”. For the youngest visitors the water park has safe water slides, a children’s pool and an artificial beach. The general section of the water park occupies the first and third buildings. In addition to water activities it includes bowling, billiards, a cinema. In the first building of the complex you can visit the winter garden, night club, or let the little tourists have fun in the children’s playroom.
The adult area is located in the second building and consists of a bathing section, which includes twenty different baths. Every day at a certain time in the bathing department there are special procedures with the use of oak and birch brooms, honey, and Black Sea salt. Some of them are free of charge, and for some of them you have to pay an extra fee of 3 euros. The visitors can order facial and body masks or aromatic procedures for an additional fee of 15 Euros. After a sauna you can have a refreshing dip in a musical pool, under a vat with ice water. Tourists can enjoy special sauna teas or exotic cocktails. At the end of the week in the evenings the bathing section opens its doors to all adult visitors who prefer to relax in dry saunas or steam baths in the nude.
- A visit to the water park for three hours will cost 11 euros for adults, children over the age of seven can enjoy water fun for 10 euros, and a ticket for the youngest visitors costs 5.5 euros. A full day’s stay at the Druskininkai Water Park will cost only 3 euros more for each traveler.
The purchase of a complex ticket for adult tourists to the water park, including a visit to the sauna, will reduce the contents of the purse by 15.5 euros for a three-hour rest, or by 23 euros for the entertainment for the whole day.
The water park of this Lithuanian resort operates from Monday to Thursday from 12:00 to 22:00, on Friday the working day is extended for an hour, and on weekends the park opens at 10 am. You can find this rich in entertainment place at Vilniaus al. 13-2.
7 ideas for holidays with children in Druskininkai
Druskininkai is the spa capital of Lithuania. The climate here is mild and healing, the air is filled with the scent of pine, and the atmosphere is relaxing and calming. Druskininkai is a perfect place for babies and toddlers, and the abundance of attractions and activities will not let older children get bored. Let me tell you what you can do, where to go and what to see with children in Druskininkai.
This small and cozy Lithuanian town on the border with Poland is full of greenery. It stands on the banks of Nemunas (as Lithuanians call the Neman River), surrounded by pine forests. The whole family comes here for treatment and recreation. There are 50 wells with curative mineral water on the territory of the town, which is supplied to the Druskininkai health resorts and spa hotels. But the rest here is not boring, as it may seem at first glance, but rich and active.
I suggest 7 ideas for family holidays with children in Druskininkai.
View of the water park from the bridge over the Neman / photo by author
One of the largest water parks in Eastern Europe. Its area is more than 30 thousand square meters.
It was designed in the style of a tropical oasis with palm trees, panoramic windows and a huge transparent dome on top. Inside the water park at any time of year the temperature is maintained at +30 ° C.
Water park is located in the center of Druskininkai. It consists of two parts: the water park itself with slides and water rides and sauna complex. You can buy tickets to one or two zones. In the bathing complex are not allowed children, it is an adult part of the aqua park.
Now more details about each area.
- Six slides with descents.
- Children’s area for kids – with real sea sand, swimming pool, slides and hanging bridge.
- Large pool with grottoes, cascades, waterfall and open part outside.
- Recreation area with sun loungers.
- Rushing river with circular motion. Similar to a lazy river, but the movement on it is too rapid in places.
- Swimming pool with sea waves (wave height up to 1.5 m).
- Whirlpool baths.
- Diving center.
- Cafe, pizzeria.
The main thing for which kids love water parks, is the slides. Let me tell you about them.
- The most extreme slide is EKSTREMALUS. Its length – 140 meters. Children of 13 years old or with a parent can ride it.
- Another roller coaster for thrill-seekers is ADRENALINAS. It is shorter, at 80 m, and most of the slides are outdoors. You can go down it without an inflatable ring.
- BERMUDAI is the longest (212 m). Inside there is total darkness and various effects (thunder, lightning, shining stars).
- SŪKURYS – the fastest, the descent lasts only 6 seconds.
- AZARTAS is the slide with the largest number of turns.
- SRAUTAS is the “least scary”. Younger kids should start there.
There are 20 bathhouses: dry and steam baths, saunas, massage rooms. You can enter this area only from 18 years old.
- The water park is open all year round. The exact opening hours can be seen here. depend on age and time of stay (minimum time: 2 hours).
- Address: Vilniaus al. 13.
- Website: akvapark.lt.
Adventure Park One (UNOParks)
Track for beginners / photo by the author
It is a rope park in Druskininkai for active outdoor fun for the whole family. It is located in a wooded area on the bank of the river. It is surrounded by pine trees and beautiful views. Trails in the rope park are at different levels of height. There are uncomplicated trails for kids and routes at altitude with a variety of obstacles for teenagers and adults. The most difficult one is the “black” route, which is laid at a height of 16 m, at the very tops of the trees.
Fly through Nemunas / photo by the author
The most extreme is the “Flight of Tarzan”. It is a flight over Nemunas from one shore to another. It looks spectacular and takes your breath away.
For the waiting parents there are resting places. Here you can have a cup of coffee, watching children overcome obstacles.
Instructors speak Russian. Rope Park is open in good weather from 10:00 to 21:30. It is located on the bank of the river Nemunas, 200 m from the water park.
Snow Arena Ski Resort
The cable car station is located next to the water park / photo by author
To get to the ski center from the center of Druskininkai is possible by cable car, which in itself is a separate tourist attraction. You don’t have to go far to take a ride on the ropeway. The station is located in the city center, near the water park. The length is 1.16 km and the height is 45 m. Part of the route passes above the river Nemunas and pine forests. Get your camera ready and enjoy the views.
The Snow Arena is an indoor skiing complex, the only one in the Baltics that operates year-round. And in the heat of summer, you can go skiing here.
Inside the Snow Arena / photo by author
There are three slopes of different difficulty levels and a children’s area for skiers. The equipment and clothes can be rented. There are cafes, children’s playground, and instructors working inside. Downhill skiing here will appeal to beginner skiers and families with children. There is a restaurant at the very top that features a panoramic view of Druskininkai neighborhoods.
- Prices: family ticket 2 adults + 2 children with equipment – 89 €.
- Coach’s services – 48 €/1 hour.
- Mode of operation: 10:00-22:00 (during off-season up to 19:00).
- Address: Nemunas road 2, Village of Mizarai Mizarai.
- Website: snowarena.lt
Upside down house in the center of a pedestrian street / photo by the author
The center of Druskininkai has many pleasant places for walks with children – a musical fountain, illuminated in the evenings, a cozy and green pedestrian street, convenient playgrounds for children. The attention of kids is attracted by an overturned house of bright yellow color. This attraction is especially liked by younger children. Inside, you find yourself in a space where everything is upside down. Most impressionable adults can get dizzy, but children will be delighted.
- The house is located in the center of the pedestrian street. Address: Vilnius, 14.
- Open every day from 10:00 to 20:00.
- Children ticket: 2 € (up to 3 years old free of charge), adults: 3 €.
Antanas Cesnulis Sculpture and Recreation Park
A snake growling in the A. Česnulis Sculpture Park / photo by the author
You have to leave the city to visit this place, but it’s worth it. It is not a long drive: the sculptor’s estate is situated 3 km from Druskininkai.
Antanas Chesnulis is a Lithuanian sculptor and a remarkable woodcarver. There are his works in different parts of Lithuania, for example, on the Witch’s Mountain in Juodkranta.
He lives and works in a manor house near Druskininkai. A magnificent park with his sculptures is open to visitors. When you approach some of them, they move and make different sounds. A serpent roars and glistens with its eyes, wooden birds move and chirp on the branches, wooden figures of newlyweds twist and dance to the music.
One of the most impressive exhibits is the windmill. You can go inside and climb to the very top. Often the master, when he is not busy working on a new sculpture, himself meets and accompanies guests.
This is an atmospheric place I recommend for walks with children of all ages.
- Opening hours: 9:00 to 21:00 (out of season: 17:00).
- Address: Naujasodės g. 16, Naujasodės k.
Shakotis – Lithuania’s national treasure
If you make it out of town to the Antanas Chesnulis estate, it’s a sin not to check out the nearby shakotis museum.
Shakotis is the national Lithuanian dessert. It’s a kind of horny pie, often brought as a souvenir from Lithuania. It is cooked on a spit over an open fire.
Shakotis is included in the list of cultural heritage of Lithuania.
The museum is located in the Romnesa Restaurant. At the entrance is the tallest shakotis in the world, listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Its height is 3.72 m.
- Restaurant and Museum opening hours: from 12:00 to 21:00 (May-June – to 23:00).
- Tickets: 2 €.
- Address: Vienkiemių g. 3, Jaskonys, Druskininkų sav.
- Website: romnesa.lt/druskininkai
In Grutas Park / photo by author
The place is not entirely unambiguous, still controversial in Lithuania. But nevertheless, I advise to go there with children.
It is a park of Soviet sculptures assembled on an area of 20 hectares. The sculptures are scattered throughout the forested area. The creator of the park collected all over Lithuania the monuments that were dismantled from the Lithuanian streets and squares after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Sculptures of Lithuanian communists, former Soviet leaders, numerous busts of Lenin and Stalin – everything related to the Soviet past and its symbols – are collected outdoors.
Let me tell you where we spent the most time. It was the zoo and the playground with carousels and rides, located at the entrance to the park. On the huge swings in the amusement park the adults swing with pleasure, everything here reminds of my own childhood. There are surprisingly many different animals in the zoo, even a bear lives there. Our child had fun there, and it was interesting for us to explore the Lithuanian view of the common Soviet past.
I also recommend going to the cafe in the park, decorated in the style of the Soviet era.
- Prices: 7,5 € (adult ticket), 4 € (children), under 6 years old free.
- The park is open daily, in summer from 9:00 to 22:00, in winter until 17:00.
- The park is located 5 km from Druskininkai. To get there, see here.
- Website: grutoparkas.lt
Read more about Grutas Park here.
Lithuania is very welcoming and child friendly. In my experience, I can say that I could not find a more comfortable country for a vacation with small children.