Nature, General information

Protected areas established for the preservation of natural and cultural features.

  • Aukštaitija National Park
  • Žemaitija National Park
  • Kuršių Nerija National Park
  • Dzūkija National Park
  • Trakai Historical National Park

The landscape of Lithuania’s oldest national park was formed in such a way that it opens up to the visitor with all its beauty – the streams that connect the hundreds of lakes covering the land provide wonderful opportunities for enjoying water-based tourism, while the high hills serve as observation towers for the surrounding area.

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Dzūkija National Park is the largest protected area in Lithuania (697 km2) and the country's most extensive forest (91% of the park area is forested, mainly with pines).
In order to preserve the unique natural and cultural features of the Dzūkija ethnocultural region, a dense network of protected territories has been formed in the Park’s territory..

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Zemaitija National Park (ZNP) was established in 1991 with the aim of preserving, managing and sustainably developing those areas of Zemaitija in north-western Lithuania, that are most valued for their natural and cultural qualities.

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Trakai Historical National Park is the smallest national park in Lithuania. This state-protected territory stands out from the rest in that it is centred on an ancient Lithuanian political centre, Trakai, and has a unique natural landscape to preserve.
A state-funded organisation, the Trakai Historical National Park Management, has been set up to meet the park’s aims and duties.

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Kuršių nerija, the Curonian Spit, is a narrow strip of sand stretching 97 kilometres along the Baltic Sea in western Lithuania. According to the legend, the spit was formed a long time ago by Neringa, a girl giant who poured the sandy peninsula into the Baltic Sea to protect the peaceful bay from the stormy sea and create an embankment for fishermen to live. 

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