Birstonas

Birstonas

 Birštonas was first mentioned in Crusaders’ chronicles in 1382 as “a farmstead at the salty water”. Since the 14th century, a royal castle and royal estate, a summer residence and royal hunting areas of the Lithuanian rulers were active used for several ages. Most of the sovereigns and noblemen of Lithuania and foreign countries stayed and hunted in the vicinities of Birštonas in the 14th-16th centuries.

Birštonas has two perfect specialized rehabilitation sanatoriums for treatment and recreation that provide treatment for various illnesses by applying the latest methods as well mineral water and curative mud, where one can recover from the mental or physical fatigue as well. Another factor, which significantly attributes to the treatment quality and health recovery in Birštonas, is the air of this resort, surrounded by forests and the loops of the Nemunas river, which is especially mild and saturated with phytoncides and light negative ions having the effect of a huge inhalator on a human body.

The resort boasts beautiful environment: houses scattered among trees, elegant villas constructed in late 19th-20th centuries, the neo-Gothic church with its tower rising towards the sky, the buvette of mineral water, the monument to Vytautas the Great, the Hill of Songs, and artificial lakes. 

 The resort town is surrounded by the scenery environs approached by a great many special roads and paths for pedestrians and cyclists, riders and horse-drawn carriages. The lovers of water entertainments are offered to rent a canoe at the Sport Centre and try the bends of the Nemunas. Impressive panoramas of nature open from the high banks of the Nemunas and hill-forts. The Bird Watching Site is established in the area of the Nemunas islands. But you can enjoy the most beautiful loops of the Nemunas only from an air balloon or a plane taking off from Pociūnai Airport. 

Birštonas is developing into a winter resort as well. The downhill skiing track is equipped here. One can also go skiing as well as ride on horse-driven sleigh through snow-covered forests. 

The resort often hosts concerts, poetry evenings and sport events. Birštonas is a perfect place for conferences and seminars where the fatigue of intensive activities will be quickly removed with the help of relaxing procedures or spending free time in harmonious and pure nature.