Kuršių Nerija National Park

Kuršių Nerija National Park



Location: Neringa  Map

Area: 264 km²

Info: Taikos 4, Nida (469) 52 345



Kuršių Nerija National Park located in Neringa region of Lithuania covers an area of 264 km² of Curonian Spit. This peninsula is 98 km long and 4 km wide. The Spit stretches from Zelenogradsk to the Lithuanian city of Klaipeda. In December of 2000 Curonian Spit went on an UNESCO World Heritage list. You can get here by ferry from Smiltyne. Sand dunes with pine forests have been settled by fishing communities since the ancient times. Some of the artifacts are gathered in Neringa History Museum. During the Viking Age the Spit was settled by the Vikings near modern village Rybachy.


If you travel to spit by car, you won't miss the famous "Witch Mountain" that offers a panorama of Kuršių Nerija National Park. Behind village of Yuodakrante sand dunes began to rise to a height of 30- 40 meters. The are locally referred as "dead" or "walking" dunes. Village of Nida has a house- museum of Thomas Mann, a German writer and Nobel laureate, who lived here with his family in the summers. Hiking and bicycle trails are crossing much of the natural park. Bicycles are available for rent in many local offices.


Besides sand dunes Kuršių Nerija National Park is also covered by forests of pine trees of several species. Locals often gather mushrooms in the late summer as well as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Unless you know what you are doing don't risk gathering it yourself. Some of the mushrooms and berries by have hallucinogenic effect and some might cause poisoning. Other than that there are no dangerous animals on the peninsula.