.To the Green Lakes of Verkiai . .and the “ Centre of Europe ” sculpture park .
Well known to the residents of Vilnius – but almost unknown to the stranger – is the Nature park of Verkiai. Here you can breathe the impression of Lithuania’s wild nature: Forests and picturesque lakes welcome you. And it’s all within the city borders.That’s a quite common surprise in Vilnius: Once you are in a residential area, then you turn and find yourself in a forest or a river valley. In fact the hilly city conditions make many city territories only few habited. – and, as you may think now, as fact cycling not always easy. Thus a new bicycle path leads almost up to the Green lakes, the ups and downs make the route interesting for all kinds of cyclists, only their speed might differ … Cycling starts on the bicycle path along the river Neris
which will lead you to the . Monastery of Trinapolis There you have to follow 1 ½ km the road until you come to the . famous Water Mill of Verkiai If you take the road right before the mill, it will take you safely and traffic free up to Verkiai manor house where you should enjoy the view point and be estonished how many forests you may find within the city.
Turning the manor house the back and passing the former horse stables will bring you to the road. On the other side a bicycle path is starting. Soon, it gets away from the road and lead you directly to the lake.
There you may have a snack or/and go swimming in .the impressive “Green lakes” If you are more thirsty for culture we recommend you to go some km ahead – to Europos Parkas
a museum in the nature of 55 ha size which goal is “to give an artistic significance to the geographic centre (as determined by the French National Geographic Institute in 1989) of the European continent and to present the best of Lithuanian and international modern art achievements.” The bad news is that probably you will have to cycle all the way back. We recommend an a bit alternative way via the former Verkiai paper mill Sportive cyclists may cycle ahead to the town of Nemenčine and take the bicycle path (it is not in the best condition) from there back to Vilnius city .
www.pavilniai-verkiai.lt www.europosparkas.lt The tour may vary from about 30km all together – which is an easy distance even for all inexperienced cyclists – up to 60km if you choose the long route via Nemenčinė. Anyhow it will take you the whole day to make it
Sites .on .the .route
- Neries river valley
- Tuskulenai memorial (Soviet mass grave)
- Monastery Trinapolis
- Kalvarija (partly)
- former Verkiai water mill
- Verkiai manor house and viewpoint
- the green lakes (Balsys)
- Old Verkiai paper mill
Shops .& .catering
- Restaurant at Verkiai water mill
- Restaurant “ šernas ” (wild boar) at the lake – working irregularly depending on the weather
- Restaurant at the road (Lithuanian cuisine)
- Restaurant at “ Centre of Europe ” park
- Maxima small supermarket
VeloCity- Lake Balsys
Verkiai 2 circuits around the lakes
.Žemėlapiai:. Connection from Lake Balsys to the Centre of Europe Sculpture park (http://www.europosparkas.lt)
Route description as pdf: