[LT1] Dzūkija

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[LT1] Dzukija: The South East / der Südosten

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First – leave Vilnius to the Famous water castle of Trakai.

Then, turn South.

You will cross the hilly land of the Regional park Auštadvaris (and you will see, why they sometimes name it “Switzerland”),

then enter the deep forest of the Dzukija, cut by big and small rivers.

The wooden villages in the forests have often so few land, that sometimes it is even difficult to find a cow. It’s said that the people live from mushrooms and berries – and that they love to sind…

 

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 Warszawa-Vilnius

 

In the East – close to the border to Belarus – you find nature: Forests and rivers, and therefor also some National parks (Wigry in Poland, Dzukija in Lithuania. Still, this region is much less tourist than others (Mazuria in Poland or the Lithuanian coast). And the infrastructure is less developed and more like an adventure

 

 

We did it in 2003: 159 cyclist “tried” this route between the two capitals of Poland and Lithuania. This route in future shall become part of the EuroVelo network as No. 10 Northcape-Athens.

Result of the bicycle tour is booklet, which puts together basic information and is available for 3€ only in the shop

 

 

 

 

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First – leave Vilnius to the Famous water castle of Trakai.

Then, turn South.

You will cross the hilly land of the Regional park Auštadvaris (and you will see, why they sometimes name it “Switzerland”),

then enter the deep forest of the Dzukija, cut by big and small rivers.

The wooden villages in the forests have often so few land, that sometimes it is even difficult to find a cow. It’s said that the people live from mushrooms and berries – and that they love to sind…

Der litauische Süden ist auch so eine Welt für sich:

Wälder durch die Flüsse mäandern, Holzhütten.

Man könnte den Eindruck bekommen, hier hätte Rotkäppchen einst den bösen Wolf getroffen.

Wie führen Euch weg von der Hauptstraße, die sich schnurstracks durch den Wald schneidet…

 

[LT1] Warszawa-Vilnius

[LT1] Warsaw-Vilnius

On this route you will see:

The National Parks in the Lithuanian and Polish border regions, and town full of history

Main sights

  • Warsaw
  • Lomza
  • Brziabianski NP
  • Augustow
  • Suwalki
  • Wigry NP
  • Druskininkai
  • Dzukijos NP
  • Pivasiunai
  • Aukstadvario RP
  • Trakai
  • Vilnius

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[LT1] Dzūkija

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[LT1] Warszawa-Vilnius

[LT1] Warsaw-Vilnius On this route you will see: The National Parks in the Lithuanian and Polish border regions, and town ...
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Route for GPS:

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Maps from the booklet “Warszawa-Vilnius”

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Pictures from the booklet “Warszawa-Vilnius”

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In the East – close to the border to Belarus – you find nature: Forests and rivers, and therefor also some National parks (Wigry in Poland, Dzukija in Lithuania. Still, this region is much less tourist than others (Mazuria in Poland or the Lithuanian coast). And the infrastructure is less developed and more like an adventure

We did it in 2003: 159 cyclist “tried” this route between the two capitals of Poland and Lithuania. This route in future shall become part of the EuroVelo network as No. 10 Northcape-Athens.

 Result of the bicycle tour is booklet, which puts together basic information and is available for  1€ only in the shop

Inhalt/Contents
Einleitung 2
Introduction 2
Road conditions 3
Infrastructure Tips 4
Die Wege in diesem Buch 4-5
Übernachtung, Verplegung, Praktische Tips 5-6
Sprachführer & wichtige Abkürzungen / language guide & Important Abriaviations , Literature 8-9
Verhaltensregeln, Wegplanung 10
PL
Warszawa 11-12
Leaving Warszawa 13
Lochow-Brok (Treblinka)-Szumowo 14
Szumowo-Lomza 15
Lomza 16-17
Lomza-Drozdowo-Bronowo-Wizna 17
Private Übernachtung/Accommodation in Region 17-19
Wizna-Osowiec (Grajewo) 19
Bierzañski National Park 20-21
Osowiec-Goniedz-Grzedy 22
Grzedy-Augustow 23
Augustow 24-25
Übernachtung/Accommodation Augustow & Region 26
Augustow-Studzienicza-Stary Folwark (Suwalki) 27
Suwalki 28-29
Wigry National Park 29-30
Suwalki-Sejny-LT 31
Sejny/Seiniai 32
LT
Litauen *Lietuva * Lithuania (Dzukija) / Intro 33
Lazdijai-Veisiejai 34
Lazdijai 35
Veisiejai 36-37
Veisiejai-Liepalingis 38
Kapèiamiestis, Leipalingis 39
Liepalingis-Druskininkai 40
Liðkiava 41
Druskininkai 42-45
Dzukija National Park 45
Druskininkai– Marcinkonys – Merkine 46
Marcinkonys, Merkine, Cepkeliai ; Dzukija Nationalpark
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Dzukija NP: Die Dörfer / The Villages 48
Marcinkonys-Daugai 49
Perloja, Varena 50
Daugai-Aukðtadvaris, Onuskis, Daugai 51
Aukðtadvaris (Regional Park) 52
Aukstadvaris-Trakai (53), Trakai (Tel. Code: 528) 53
TrakaiSemeliskes, Trakai National Park 54
Trakai: Service 55
Trakai (EN): National Park & City 56
Senieji Trakai, Uzutrakis, Lentvaris 57
Trakai-Lentvaris-Vilnius 58
Enter Vilnius 59
Vilnius 60


Route:
PL: Pjotr Jasinski, Waldemar Grabka
LT: Sigitas Kuèas
Korrektur, Redaktion, Layout; Herausgeber:
Frank “ Frankas” Wurft,
Photos: Valentinas Kapuðinskas (LT); Slawomir Platek, Slawek (PL); Peter Viebahn (DE), Juan Salvador Ben Budiño; Sito (ES), Frank Wurft (D/LT)
Vð. Á “Du Ratai” 2004
[email protected]
www.bicycle.lt


Infrastructure, accommodation
a. In PL: it ; in LT: TIC (Tourism-Information-Centre);
In bigger localities and in all regional or nature Introduction

 

Introduction

Europe is changing. Countries which seemed far away behind an “iron curtain” soon will join the European Union. And there is a lot of nature and unknown history to discover.

Therefor in 2003 there were 159 cyclists from 16 countries from all over the world but mainly from Poland and Lithuania joining for a special cycle tour: To ride a piece of the international cycle route EuroVelo No. 11 Athens- North Cape. This book is made in Lithuania, therefor are less information on Poland.

We discoved this route – and we offer you to join us on your own trip.

The route in Poland

This booklet is based on our experience, on the plans of the Polish Country lovers’ society (PTTK), which is responsible on this route in Poland. Sometimes we changed the route, because the proposed route is not very convenient for cycling, because they were sandy hinking trails (usually PTTK is responsible on hiking trail signing).
Generally, Polish roads are known to be bad: main road are tiny and crowded. But there are also tiny second scale asphalt roads (perfect for cycing), gravel roads and forest roads.

The roads in Lithuania

Streets can be categorized into four different levels:

  1. Highways and dual carriageways, main connecting routes .
    These ones are marked with an “A”. their drawback is mainly too intensive traffic. On the highways (in Lithuania) nowadays going by bike is officially forbidden but not everyone seems to care about it.
  2. Asphalted streets of any kind one level lower than main connecting streets.
    “Asphalt side streets are the paradise for cyclists.” (Dirk Jung, VeloViaBaltica). They are in all the three states of different coarse asphalt usually without strong traffic and offers you good conditions of cycling. You will find them on the map in red colour.
  3. Non-asphalted gravel roads.
    Most often they are not recommended to take. They quality is low, many bumps and dust. You and your bike (especially the bearings) will be stressed in a strong way.
    Furthermore, cars in summer time produce clouds of dust when passing these roads.
    Nevertheless, you will not be able to avoid them completely.
  4. Paths trough the forest
    They are better than gravel roads but sometimes more difficult to find. You will need relatively good maps.
    Please pay attention to the weather when choosing the ways. In case of rain gravel roads are easier to cycle than forest paths.
    You will find heavy traffic only near bigger cities and their narrow surroundings as well as on main connecting routes. Attention: Be careful on small streets with cars that like to speed up but do not care at all about bikers.
    Tip: Put a small mirror on your handlebars.


Principles of route planning

We avoid the main, crowded roads and therefor of cause cycle on few parts on gravel and forest roads, especially because they are on very nice routes.

We recommend you to leave you more time. Go on small roads and feel the spirit and the nature!

In Poland: The hiking trails – as known – are dotted on the maps and listed.

In Lithuania: Local cycling and hiking trails are dotted (not sign posted)


The Route in Lithuania (LT1)

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