Highland National Park
Location: N55° 19` 36.9", E26° 6` 2.998"
Highland National Park is the oldest national park in Lithuania, founded in 1974 to preserve and restore the Highland ethno-cultural area of natural and cultural peculiarities and their sustainable use. It is a land of lakes. There are 126 lakes rippling.
Highland National Park Visitor Centre. Its exhibition focuses on visitors of all ages. After the visit here it will be easier to choose a route for further acquaintance with the park. The lakes formed distinctive cultural traditions of the people living in the national park. The main theme of the exposition is called "People of Lakes". You can learn so much about the old and current methods of fishing, the shipment of raft and cows and other kinds of business of people. 16 Lūšiai St, Palūšė village, LT-30202 Ignalina district. Tel. / Fax. (8 386) 47478. Email firstname.lastname@example.org . Working hours: (from 1st June till 31st August) on Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm On Saturdays from 9 am to 6 pm On Sundays 9 am – 4 pm (May and September) on Monday-Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, on Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm. (from 1st October to 30th April) on Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 16:30.
Ginučiai water mill is the only one out of six water mills preserved authentic equipment in the park. It operated until 1968. It was not only used to grin flour but Ginučiai villagers used the metal turbine rotational force for electricity generation. In 1978 park administration restored the mill: rebuilt the walls and tiled the roof. Now the mill is protected as the 19th century technical monument. The exhibition on the second floor tells about the journey of bread. In the former miller’s apartments there are rooms for visitors. It is said they are often visited by the devil of Ginučiai mill. Ginučiai watermill exhibition runs from 1st May till 30th September daily from 10 am to 6 pm. The price for adults is 1.2 €, for students, senior citizens and people with disabilities it is 0.6 €, pre-school children are free of charge.
Stripeikiai beekeeping museum. This is one of the most interesting and most-visited Highland National Park sites. President Valdas Adamkus’ bees found a refuge in the museum as well. The museum staff will tell you about beekeeping development from the earliest times to the present day. Children will be able not only to taste the honey, but also have fun on the playground. The museum accepts visitors from 1st May till 30th September every day (except Monday) from 10 am to 6 pm. During the winter season pre-registration is required to be accepted in the museum. The museum exposition tickets cost: 2 € for adults, 1€ for students, senior citizens and people with disabilities. Preschool children are free of charge.
The cost for the tour of the central part of the park to a group up to 10 persons is 10 €, or 1€ per person, when a group is of more than 10 persons. Pre-registration of excursions by phone 8-686-12105 or 8-386-47478. The price depends on the size of the group. For groups up to 20 persons the guide price for 1 hour costs 9 € in the Lithuanian language and 12 € in a foreign language. If a group of more than 20 people, the guide price for 1 hour will cost 0.5 € a person (in the Lithuanian language) and 0.6 € a person (in a foreign language). Duration of the tour is 4 hours. Guided tours in the Lithuanian, English and Russian languages are available. Book tours, ask for prices of guide services and attractions contacting tel. (8386) 47478, or email email@example.com .
The park area is large, in order to understand it better, you will have to hike. Almost all of the routes in the park begin in Palūšė. Water tourism has been the most popular for a long time. This branch has a well-developed infrastructure. If you do not have your boat, go round to Palūšė revived marina, or order by phone +370 687 59330.