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Ventė Cape

Location: N55° 20` 26.0", E21° 11` 24.0"

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Nemunas Delta Regional Park in terms of ethnographic heritage is unique, there are locations unique in their natural beauty, cultural heritage and other interesting things. The region is intertwined by historical, ethnic and ethnographic heritage. The park area includes a part of a diverse Minor Lithuania, which reflects the different areas of traditional lifestyle characteristics: starting with the first Ventė cape lighthouse built by crusaders, which has already been washed away by the lagoon water, the former swampers’ villages in the European cradle of the research of swamps, the Aukštumala upland moor, and still living population of the former Bismark village, which is poured over the flood waters every year. We invite you to get to know the island Rusnė and Vente Cape. 

We‘re going to go by bicycles. To have a memorable trip we suggest to go along with the tour guide, who will help to know the route and the surroundings better. We begin the tour. 

1. Ventė Cape is a small peninsula in the eastern part of the Curonian Lagoon. The Crusaders built a castle, known as Vindenburg in 1360. Later it was pulled down by the lagoon waves. At the beginning of the 16th century there were ruins left. The stones of the castle were used to build the Ventė church, which later on in 1705 was torn down and built in Kintai.  

Ventė Cape lighthouse. In 1837 a wooden lighthouse with a lilac lamp was built in Ventė Cape. It was surrounded by water on three sides. In order to protect the lighthouse the spike of the Ventė Cape was paved with stones in 1860. The current brick lighthouse (height - 11 meters) was built in 1852. Climbing the stairs of the old iron lighthouse one can see original ornaments. The lighthouse of the Ventė Cape is a technical monument. The object is also important as a viewing platform, overlooking the lagoon, overlooking the Curonian Spit, and Rusnė Island. 

Ventė Cape ornithological station was established in 1929 on the initiative of professor T. Ivanauskas. The great bird migration route passes Ventė Cape. It happens that 100 to 200 thousand birds fly here in one day. The first man who used to ring birds and the lighthouse keeper was Mikas Posingis. After the establishment of Ventė Cape ornithological station 2 - 4 thousand birds have been ringed annually. Originally birds were caught shooting nets on the bushes in Ventė Cape. In 1959 the first stationary of 12 m high and 40 m wide traps were built. Later the installation location and the number of the traps changed. From 1929 to 2006 Ventė Cape ornithological station staff together with collaborators put on rings to nearly 2 million birds. 

 2. Kintai forestry cognitive recreation trail. The trail was equipped along the shore of the Curonian Lagoon in 2007. It overlooks the unique views the expanse of water of the lagoon and the Curonian Spit beyond the lagoon. After reading the information on the info boards, you‘ll find out about the history and legends of the lagoon formation: "It is said that in the ancient times Karvaitis’ daughter Neringa grew up big high, a real giant. She had a good heart and helped a lot of people - during storms she would get into the sea and sailed stray ships ashore. But once Bangpūtys got angry and caused storms, which did not stop. Neringa stood up to defend people. She scooped up sand into her apron of carried it into the sea and poured into water. She did it till she poured the spit. The Spit sealed off a bay from the sea. People called the sand spit Neringa of gratitude to her. " 

You can also see a beaver in the seaside reeds and favourite places of wild boar. 

3. Minija / Minge village, also known as the Venice of Lithuania. Minija village was first mentioned in 1540. This is a unique one-street river village. Its homesteads are situated on both banks of the river, the river Minija became the street of the village contacted by boats. For a long time Minija village had no embankments to defend it from floods. Tenenis and Minija meadows polder projects were prepared just before World War I. Polders were installed here after the war. 

4. Ship rent in Minija / Minge village.
Having rented our ship, you can see the Nemunas delta, admire the unique view of the lagoon, at any time to reach Nida, Preila, Pervalka, Juodkrante, and Klaipėda.

Boats for rent: 

Forelle - 80 seats. Shuttle boat.
Neptūnas - 50 seats. For larger groups of people.
Minija - 24 seats. For fishing and other kinds of entertainment.
Upaitis - 18 seats. For a wide range of entertainment.
Yacht Silverton - a luxury ship for rent in the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea.