Wine Road in Anykščiai (for adults)
Located at the confluence of the Šventoji and Anykščiai rivers, Anykščiai will be of interest to both culture fans and nature lovers. It is believed that the legendary Voruta Castle once stood in Anykščiai, which, much longer than Kernavė, was the first capital of Lithuania.
Here we will travel through the tops of the trees – the Lajų trail. This is the first such trail in the Baltic States and throughout Eastern Europe. Here we will rise from the ground to the tops of the trees, and after climbing its observation tower, located at a height of 21 m, we will see the bends of the River Šventoji and the panorama of the famous Anykščiai forest. We will also see the most famous and the second largest stone in Lithuania – Puntukas stone. According to the legend, the devil carried a stone of greatness with purity, and wanted to throw it on the church of Anykščiai, but the roosters sang and the stone remained in the barn. The bas-reliefs of Lithuanian pilots who crossed the Atlantic Ocean, Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas are carved on its surface.
The towers of the Church of St. Matthew can be seen from afar. No surprise, this church is the tallest in Lithuania, the height of its towers is 79 m. We will climb to the observation deck at a height of 33 m, from which the city of Anykščiai, the Šventoji river and the surroundings of the town, which separate it in the middle, will open like on a hand palm.
In the Siaurukas Museum, located in the complex of the 100-year-old Anykščiai Narrow Gauge Railway Station, we will see an exposition of architecture, technology and the history of the country, which has preserved the spirit of the last 20th century. Steam locomotive “Kukuška”, other narrow gauge rolling stock, means of communication and signaling and many other exhibits. At the station we will be in the waiting hall and in the office of the head of the interwar Lithuanian station and see what the “bunny” ticket looks like. Here it will be possible to test working exhibits, a manual cart on rails and a tricycle on rails.
For those who are thirsty for adrenaline, we will travel on Kalita Hill, where the only toboggan track in Lithuania, which is open all year round, will be waiting for you. A 500-meter-long track with 5 turns, a trampoline and a loop. Fasten your seat belts and catch the wind by sledding!
Did you know that the wine of Anykščiai wine has been tasted even by the British royal family. In the cognitive program “Journey of Lithuanian Drinks” we will get acquainted with the interesting history and products of “Anykščių Vynas” factories. Professional experts from „Anykščių Vynas“, who have graduated from Somelje, will invite you to the factory, which has cherished authentic Lithuanian winemaking traditions for almost a century and pays special attention to naturalness. You’ll hear the history of this factory, which dates back to 1926; we will get acquainted with Voruta wine production processes: from fruit and berry juice pressing to bottling; we will listen to sommelier stories about the taste and aromatic properties of tasted drinks, and the basic principles of combining wine and food.