PLACES OF INTEREST / Landscape

Observation Site at Avikalnis Hill (near Juodkrantė)

The observation site arranged on the top of Avikalnis Hill opens the view of blown sand plane of Avikalnis Horn and one of the most picturesque panorama of the Curonian Spit: valley, Grey (Dead) Dunes in Nagliai Nature Reserve, fragments of Juodkrante ancient forest.  There is the southern part of parabolic dune complex, the old arboreta of common pines (ancient forest fragments) over 230 year’s old. Avikalnis Hill is located in the territory of Heron Hill Landscape Reserve. The easiest way to reach Avikalnis Hill is by vehicle from Klaipėda side at the 23rd kilometer of Klaipėda Nida road, at the right side.



Cognitive Path in Nagliai Strict Nature Reserve (near Pervalka)

Nagliai Nature Reserve area 1669,01 ha. It stretches from the north to the south for 8 km and it is 2 km wide on average. The highest dunes are Agila (53 m) and Vingis (51 m). The entire length of the dunes is made of ravines of the most intricate patterns blown by the wind and sand hills covered with grassy flora. Due to the color of the prevailing flora the dunes are called the grey. Between 1675 and 1854 the sand blown by winds buried four settlements of Nagliai village.  Later the inhabitants formed two new settlements Preila and Pervalka.

1100 m. long cognitive walking trail is arranged next to the parking area (15th km of the bikeway or 31st km of Smiltynė - Nida Road) in order to give the visitors an opportunity to get familiarized with the dune landscape in this Reserve. The Reserve is allowed to be visited in this particular point only.

The Reserve nature environment is highly sensitive to human visits, therefore, the visitors are asked to walk only through the specific paths.





Parnidis Dune and Sundial (in Nida)

An observation point is arranged on the top of Parnidis Dune. This is one of the most popular places of tourist attraction around Nida. A sundial was installed here in 1995. Original idea by an architect R. Krištapavičius, sculptor - K. Pūdymas, astronomical calculations by R. Klimka. This particular area was not randomly selected - Curonian Spit is the only place in Lithuania where the sunset and sunrise occurs from water surface.

 The height of a gnomon (pin) has been 12 m. (2 m. underground) before the arrival of a hurricane Anatol as of 4 December 1999.  The gnomon is decorated with the symbols of calendar holidays that were copied from the runic calendars of the 17th century. The Sundial after reconstruction was introduced to the community in 2011. Three decorative sculptures - "Winter Solstice", "Spring Equinox" and "Autumnal Equinox" - were added to the entire complex. The author of Sundial - Ričardas Krištopavičius. All the visitors of Parnidis Dune may enjoy the view from the newly arrange observation site.



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