Neringa. Hiking path
Location: N55° 33` 20.0", E21° 7` 0.001"
The Curonian Spit is a Peninsula with sand dunes separating the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. The northern half of the Spit belongs to the Republic of Lithuania (northern periphery - Klaipeda city, and the rest – Neringa town municipalities). Along the Spit there is the only peninsular region way A167 Smiltynė -Nida.
This 7 km long route is to know the largest settlement of the Curonian Spit national park Nida and its surroundings. The route is distinguished by an abundance of natural treasures, going along it you will visit six objects. It is recommend to travel along the Pomeranian, forest and coastal paths on foot.
1. The Curonian Spit National Park Visitor Centre is situated in the ethnographic part of Nida. There you will be given detailed information about the Curonian Spit, natural and cultural values, points of interest, events, tourism and other services available. Working hours: 1st April - 30th September Tuesday - Saturday 9 a.m.-12.00 and 1p.m. - 6p.m.; 1st October - 31 March Monday to Friday 8a.m. -12:00 and 1p.m. - 5 p.m. Address: 8 Nagliai st., Nida.
2. Fisherman's Ethnographic homestead is located on the coast of the Gulf. The homestead includes a yard, greenery, well, residential and farm buildings. The flat-equipped interior exhibition introduces visitors to the characteristic of the Curonian Spit fisherman's everyday life: equipment, furniture, textiles, household, and instrumentation in the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Working hours: 1st June - 15th Sept. Mon. –Sun. 10 am – 6 pm; 16th Sept. - 31st May Tu. – Sat. 10 am – 5 pm. Address: 4 Nagliai st., LT - 93123, Nida.
3. The observation deck on Parnidis dunes. Parnidis educational trail will lead to a 52 m high Parnidis dunes. When climbing the wooden stairs you get to Parnidis dune tops with equipped observation sites. To the north Parnidis dunes overlook the village of Nida and mountain pines planted dunes and facing south you will see blown sand dunes located in Grobstas nature reserve. The Curonian Lagoon ripple in the eastern side and the Baltic Sea is in the west. Here is a great place for bird watching in autumn and spring migration.
4. Urbas Hill. From the dunes we continue the trip along the Parnidis trail passing through the woods toward the hill Urbas. This hill is one of the first planted dune of the Curonian Spit. A 29-metre-tall Nida lighthouse stands there. It sends white light signals which are visible at sea for 41km (22 nautical miles). There are 6 lamps, but only one beams and if it is blown another one turns on automatically. The lighthouse has its own independent power station.
5. The protective coastal ridge. Going down the forest path towards the sea a wooded landscape is replaced by a seaside plain and behind it there is a protective coastal ridge. This protective ridge was started by a human hand and formed about 200 years ago with the help of the wind, sea, and sand. The goal of the dune ridge is to detain the seaside sea sand emissions and prevent it from going to the depth of the spit. Traveling along the coast you will be able to enjoy the sound therapy of the sea waves and you will have your feet massaged by the shore stones.
6. The Mother’s-in-law Hill. In the northern part of Nida, in Skruzdynė, there is the Mother’s –in-law Hill overlooking the marvellous scenery: fishing houses standing low, the lagoon view, and Bulvikis Cape visible in the distance. In the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century painters and photographers used to call this place "Italian View”. A house built on the Mother’s-in-law Hill was a summer house of a German writer and Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann. The Thomas Mann Cultural Centre and Memorial Museum is established in the summer house. Working hours: 11th May -15th Sept. Mon. – Sun. 10 am – 6 pm; 16th Sept. – 10th May Tu. – Sat. 10 am – 5 pm. Address: 17 Skruzdynės St, LT-93123 Nida.