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The Ignalina Region is a miniature version of Lithuania, with one third of the area covered with beautiful forests and with over 200 lakes, filled with 30 varieties of fish. Opportunities for both summer and winter recreation are unlimited. The largest portion of the Aukštaitija National Park, founded in 1974 to protect the Eastern Lithanian natural, cultural and historical heritage, is located here. There are also 12 regional parks and 4 unique historical villages.
The Ignalina regon has two gloomy forests, Labanoras and Ažvinčiai, stretched in the neighbourbood of Minčia woods. The highest hills of our country, Būdakalnis, and its nameless neighbours in Nevaišiai and Lepšiai lay here.
 

 


The origin of the name "Ignalina” is explained very romantically in a legend.  In a place, where Lake Ilgis is located now, the castle of Duke Budrys  once stood.  The Duke Budrys had nine sons and a beautiful daughter Lina. When army of  crusaders attacked this land, the Duke Budrys and his sons set off to defend their land and no one had ever seen them since. Lina became the ruler of the castle. She fell in love with one of the imprisoned crusaders  Ignas. The people of the land condemned Lina for her love to the crusader.  On their wedding  day the lovers were cursed. The God Perkūnas swamped the  castle to the bottom of the lake. Ages passed by but local people still hear the cries of Lina - they've understood that the love between Ignas and Lina was still alive. When small town rised in a midst of gorgeous lakes and hills,  people  named it  Ignalina in remembrance of the amazing love of Ignas and Lina. On the shore of Ilgis lake  the crystal clear  spring streams. Locals call that spring " Tears of Lina".

The history of Ignalina city began in 1857, when railway between Saint Petersburg and Warsaw was laid. First citizens were Lithuanians, Poles, Belarussians, Jews and others. After the war Ignalina expanded more widely - blocs of flats, train and bus stations were built. City is surrounded by nine lakes and pine forests, that makes it perfect for recreation.

In 2007 Ignalina city, Strigailiškis and Palūšė villages were given the status of the resort area.

Ignalina offers activities year-round for tourists, as well as sports and nature enthusiasts of all levels. From bird watching and fishing to skiing and mountain biking, downhill, cross-country, biathlon, ski jumping, tennis courts, ski and boat rental, water bicycles, many other sport activities and accommodations can be found here.
 
Also, in Ignalina district you can find historical villages, museums, old and modern churches, sculptures, galleries, nature monuments.
 

 

 

 

 

If You want to feel real Ignalina you must to visit this top-10 attractions in district:

Ignalina regional museum

In the Ignalina Regional Museum you can get acquainted with the history of these places and inhabitants, their crafts, customs and traditions. In addition to the main expositions, various events, exhibitions and educational activities are regularly organized.

The Ignalina Region Museum was established by the Ignalina District Municipal Council in 2012. June 27 and opened its doors to visitors in 2012. October 6 At that time, it did not have any of its own expositions, so the museum spaces were filled with borrowed exhibits. The beginning was difficult, but if you are now traveling around the Ignalina area and want to get to know the customs, culture and history of this lake and forest region even better, visit the Ignalina Region Museum in the city center. It consists of several expositions showing the old customs, crafts and way of life of the inhabitants of the Ignalina region. In the ethnographic exposition you will see various 19th and 20th century. used items, tools and appliances: antique irons, looms, chests of drawers, furniture and many other authentic household items. Visitors are also provided with information on the whole path of the plant of that time, which is very important to man - flax - from sowing to a bedspread or tablecloth. You can see what the flax itself and the canvas woven from it look like.

 Palūšė St. Joeph‘s church, bell tower and chapel

Cultural Monument, built in the second half of XVIII century that is considered a folk architecture ensemble. State-protected object. Located in the a village of Palūšė, on a high hill, near Lūšiai lake. Priest of Adutiškis Juozapas Stockis Basiliauskas (Bazilevskis) in 1747 began to build the church on his own expense on the land inherited from his parents. Construction was completed in 1757 (from other sources - 1750). Built from pine trunks, just with an ax, without saw blade. Between 1815-1830 the church was renewed. In 1841 church building was newly planked. In the end of XIXth century chapel was built in the church yard. Later, the church has been repaired several times, therefore the inside of the church is very different from the original design and decor. In 1885 baroque style organ was built. Organist was the father of Kipras and Mikas Petrauskai. At 1994 with the help of the state, church was restored. In 1999 organ was reconstructed. There are reconstructed organs in the Church, that were organized more than a hundred years ago by the father of Kipras and Mikas Petrauskai. The church, its bell tower, chapel and wooden fence surrounding the churchyard form the ensemble of wooden architecture. Inside there are valuable pieces of folk art - paintings painted on a board, carvings, brass bells decorated with baroque ornaments, molded in 1752 and 1772.

 

Beekeeping museum

The only beekeeping museum in Lithuania is protected by sculptures of pagan gods and invites you to get acquainted with the secrets of beekeeping. It is fun to take a walk, taste honey or relax in the hammocks on the museum grounds. Indoor interactive exhibits invite you to visit the beekeeper's house, workshop and even the hive itself.

The Beekeeping Museum is located in the north-western part of Aukštaitija National Park, on the edge of the Thought Forest, in the oldest village of the park, Stripeikiai, which was first mentioned in the Livonian Chronicles in 1357. Its homestead and open-air museum exposition are located on two picturesque hills separated by the flowing Tauragna stream, fed from the deepest lake Tauragnas in Lithuania. On the hillside, where the ancient horizontal and steep stump hives are located, you will be greeted by a sculpture of the Lithuanian bee god Babil. In the ancient shopping, visitors get acquainted with the history of beekeeping of the Lithuanian nation, how Drevininkai protected bees from bears, which were common beasts in the Thought Forest at that time. In the ancient barn there are exhibitions of local artists, in the third, former farm building the works of beekeepers and carpenters, their tools and ancient honeycombs are exhibited. After visiting the exhibits, descending to the stream, where there are gazebos, you can enjoy the honey brought by bees, and wash the sweat of summer under the waterfall.

 

Paliesius manor

In 1736 the manor belonged to Livonian cupbearers Justinas and Kazimieras Petras Kublickai. Since 1921 Romualdas Bžezinskis bacame the owner of the estate. There was a water mill, which disappeared during the Soviet era. From all manor buildings that has been renovated and old manor supervisor house is the most prominent - it operates as a cafe-restaurant, hotel and spa. Former horseshoe shaped barn-stables masonry was restored, covered with a huge glass and metal structure and adapted for helding the events. A farm building with a bakery was recently build on the site on the remains of the manor. Goods are made according to the authentical recipes of the culinary heritage, Paliesius Manor's bread and sweet baked goods are baked in an old-style baking oven. A two-storied icehouse house was restored for a new life, aslo a walking path and a stone fence were renewed. On the foundation, that was founded at the northern entrance of the manor, a wooden administrative-therapeutic cabinet was built, in which the Paliesius Physical Therapy Clinic is located.

 The Paliesius Manor and the Physical Therapy Clinic operating on its territory were selected as the "Most Attractive Health Tourism Destination 2019" in the EDEN project. The Paliesius Manor was recognized by the panel for its uniqueness and commitment to social, cultural and environmental sustainability.

 

Monument to Ignas and Lina

The sculpture was built in 1993 June 16th on the shore of Lake Paplovinis. Author of sculpture is  Gintaras Černius.

The 5 meter high oak sculpture consists of two interconnected parts, with metal suns at the top.  Ignalina's legend (Ignas and Lina story) is carved on the other side of the sculpture.

While celebrating the 150th anniversary of Ignalina, the statue was renewed, but perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the statue was newly created and built in place of the former, because the time and weather mercilessly damaged the old one. The true creator, as you know, can not create completely identical works. So the oak sculpture, which depicts Lina and Ignas story, Perkūnas lightning, and the buildings of Ignalina, which appeared above them, with beautiful, sun-shining towers, was made similar, thought slightly different one. Ignalina residents and city guests now enjoys the work of the artist, which is very expensive, exclusive and meaningful to him and his family.

 

Šiliniškės (Ginučiai) observation tower

Ridge of Šiliniškė is famous for the observation tower of Šiliniskės (Ginučiai) that is located on the mobile telecommunication antenna tower. The tower stands next to the Ginučiai - Kirdeikiai road (about 2 km from Ginučiai), near the lakes of Ūkojas and Pakasas. Tourists from the topo f tower can enjoy beautiful lanscape all year around.

 

 

 

Vilkakalnis observation tower

Hill in Ignalina city area, above Lake Green (Šiekščio), near Lithuanian winter sports center. There is a 25-meter-high viewing tower on the hill, with stunning panoramic views.

Once upon a time, there was a wooden ski jumping stand in this place and it was higher than this tower!

The history of sport in Ignalina has been written since 1951. Nature itself has created a terrain for skiing here. In 1958, Ignalius Bronius Šimkūnas took the initiative to establish a sports base and build a springboard in Ignalina. When a beautiful and mountainous area is found, the location of the sports center is chosen between the steep hills near Lake Šiekščio. In 1963 a 50 m long wooden trampoline was built on Vilkakalnis Hill and was the highest on the territory of Lithuania. The jumps made it up to 60 meters. The famous trampoline that attracted a large number of participants and spectators was active in 1962-1973. In 1965, the first Lithuanian Ski Jump Championship was held in Ignalina.

 

Birds Village

In Paukščių (Bird) village, not only groups choosing educational programs are welcomed, but also individual visitors who can get acquainted with the farm and its inhabitants.

If you wish for happiness, the Bird of Happiness lives in here, come and find it.
Located in the scenic Aukštaitija National Park where you can see more birds than you have ever seen and heard more of their voices than you have ever heard.
When you visit, you will get to know and learn about the birds of the Bird Village.

 

 

Ginučiai Water Mill

The water mill in Ginučiai attracts both those who want to bathe and admire this protected object, and those who want to get acquainted with the peculiarities of the mill's technology.

Ginučiai water mill in the 19th century second half was built by the landowner Gimžauskas from Linkmenai, who invited several farmers to help. However, not everyone was satisfied with this mill, because the fields cultivated by the peasants were flooded through it, therefore the local courts of the peasants and Gimžauskas took place. After Gimžiauskas' death, the whole mill went to the village. During the war, many of the surrounding mills were burned or demolished, so here the milled grain people came from the most remote areas. The paintings of the folk artist Petras Gaižutis hanging on the walls in the premises of the mill tell about various stories and legends related to the mill. About 1968 due to the failure of the mill equipment, the mill stopped working, and in 1978. the mill was bought by the Ignalina tourist base and repaired. Currently, the mill is protected by the state and belongs to the Aukštaitija National Park Directorate, and a museum of equipment is located here.

 

Ladakalnis

Ladakalnis is a 176 m high hill overlooking the Šiliniskės ridge hill chain, which looks like a dragon's spine on both sides, as far as it is to the eye. It is believed that on this hill, sacrifices were donated to the ancient goddess of life - Lada or the Grand Mother, who gave birth to the whole world. From this hill you can see a wonderful panorama of 6 lakes.

 

 

And that’s only start of the best Your journey ever!

Visit Ignalina! Admire, explore, smell, and feel the live nature!