If you feel like going off the beaten path in Lithuania, you should plan to visit Druskininkai. This small city 120km from Vilnius and Kaunas in south Lithuania has been a spa town since the 19th century. It’s a popular detox spot for hip young Lithuanians, who come for the town’s mineral-rich waters and superb natural surroundings.
Therapeutic peat mud, mineral water, and pollution-free air abound in Druskininkai, giving it the purifying feel that it’s known for. Visit one of the many spas in Druskininkai and treat yourself to a massage, facial or other treatment. Druskininkai Aquapark offers many of these services, as well as a children’s area that makes it the perfect family-friendly place to stay.
One of the quirkier sites in Druskininkai is Grutas Park (Gruto Parkas, or Stalin’s World), a sculpture garden in the woods featuring statues, artifacts and propaganda left over from the Soviet era. It’s a 15-minute drive from the town centre, and entry costs €7.50 for adults (€4 for kids).