5m: Alausas lake (262 hectares) - Length 3.5 km, the maximum width of 1.3 km. The maximum depth of 16.2 The lake has two islands with a total area of 0.5 hectares. At the southern end there is an inflowing stream which, at the north ends, outflowing into Plastaka (Inflow of Siesartis).At Alausas lake you can catch nine species of fish: pike, bream, roach, vendace, ropes, redeyes, beats, perch, ruff.
2 km: the LakePirsenas. According to the legend, the names of the lakes came from the Crusaders knight Don Pirsonas and from Lithuanian hero’s Alausas name. There are 18 Lakes along Balninkaidistrict. Not far from Balninkai there are: Smėlinis, Makys, Gėlių, and Pirseno. SiesartisRiver is flowing nearby.
You can see St. Stanislaus Church of Balninkai, which was rebuilt 100 years ago, from the Homestead. Even in times of Sigismund III (1544-1572) there really was a church in Balninkai, because they got an allocation. 1570 it was mentioned again.
Museum of Partisans inBalninkai. Location for themuseum of Partisans in Balninkai was chosen because in 1944 - 1945 there was a FreedomCenter of resistance in Balninkai area. Currently, the museum exhibits more than one hundred 205 x295 cm format and a few bigger photos.
The name of Balninkai.Where Balninkai is now, a lot of people sew saddles for the Lithuanian army in Lithuanian Grand Duke Vytautas times. Craft of saddle and the name of produced saddles is immortalized in Balninkai name.
The name of Balninkai for the first time was mentioned in LDK Gediminas trade agreement with Livonia’s city Master in 1338, 1st of November. According to this agreement Balninkai was joined to a peaceful area, which guaranteed the safety for the merchants from Vilnius to Riga. In the second half of the 16thcentury the King Sigismund Augustus gave to Balninkai the Magdeburg rights, the stamp and the coat of arms (hexagonalsilverstaron a red background)
In Balninkai you can visit: Picture Gallery, Museum of Glass (collection consist of 367 Glass products).
Visit Moletai ~25km
Lakes’ fishing museum
Mindunai is a small town in Moletai, which has the most lakes in all district. To the east of Moletai, 10th km of the road Moletai – Ignalina, you can find a Lakes’ fishing museum. Thismuseumis equipped intwobuildings, connected by an outdoor exposition and by an old fence of twigs. You can see a lot of fishing items here, which were used by eastern Lithuania’s inhabitants at the end of 19th century. You can also see how this handicraft had changed time after time. If you want to visit the museum, please call to the Director of the museum at no. +370 687 01 795.
People‘s exposition of Astronomy
Not far from Moletai observatory at the picturesque Lenktinis‘ lake coast you can find some buildings, left of an old remained etnograpfy houstead – barn, cellar, sauna. This homestead, the same as whole Lenktinis‘ lake southtern coast, belongs to the museum of Moletai. Close to remained buildings, there is a plan to build tradicional house with two ends and barn. In the rebuild homestead buildings there‘s gonna be the museum of cosmologic exposition and astronomy.
At Indian‘s summer time, when the sky is cloudless and the nigts are starry, you should visit Moletai astronomy observatory and the museum of Etnocosmological to monito the sky, stars, planets and the other celestialbodies. You should book this attraction few weeks before your visit. There must be a good weather; it means clear nights, so before you coming take a good research of future’s weather. At the museum of Etnocosmological you will find out how people in the past explored the sky, you will see the pagan observatory. In the etnography homestead, located nearbyEtnocosmological museum, at the altar of fire you will hear a story about antiquity Baltic’s zodiac, about exploration of theancientwaysof heaven etc.
Observatory (~40 km)
In the observatory (over200mabovesealevel) there are organized excursions, participants introducing with Lithuanians’ and the worlds’ astronomy news, telescopes, participants also will be able to see the photos of colorful planets, stars, nebulas, clusters, galaxies. At the day time participants will see the telescope in diameter 165 cm – the largest facility of scientific destination in all Northern Europe.
There is also an opportunity to see the nightly sky by the sightseeing telescope. You will see the most interesting object, which are able to be seen that night. The participants of excursion at the night will be introduce with view of nightly sky, constellation and the brightest stars by using special astronomy laser.
Excursions, especially if you want to have it on weekends, must be booked few weeks before your visit.
Acceptedonly registeredvisitors. For the excursions, please call to the number +370 383 45444 (workdays 9 am – 5 pm), +370 615 65 677 (2pm – 5pm).
Avilciai – a village in Moletai district, midway between Moletai and Alanta. At the western side there is Avilaiciai mound.A bit far to thesouthwest side, in the Azulauze forest, there is a ritual stone of Avilaiciai, where is a hole, very similar with a human‘s foot.
Alanta Manor (~ 15km, Moletai) consists of 11 buildings and a park with alleys, ponds.
There are 32 mounds in Moletai district.
Moletai is rich in historical and mythological sites: Alka grove and Valiulis stone with signs: a cross, a sun, a moon, an arc and a boom, Avilciai stone with “human’s feet”, Levaniskiai stone, Iron molly, Sacredstones, Krakiskiai stone with “human’s feet”, Antatiskiai stone called Sauciukas, Vaikuciai stone, Stonecalledarmchair of Dzidorius, Devil’s stone and stone called Moliapestis. Stone of Skudutiskiai with “God’s foot”, “Mary’s foot”, “Vytis cross”, “Jesus’ heart” and fountain, who has a sacralandmythologicalvalue.
Visit Anyksciai ~27 km.
Museum is equipped with exhibits, reflective horse value for Lithuanian economy and culture. Eight buildings of museum are equipped with equinestillageimplements, smith items, ancient baskets, horseepochof the vehicle – different carriages from all Lithuania, unique philately made by Juozas Gelazevicius and collection ofcarvings, photos made by folk Jurgis Kazlauskas. More inf arklio muziejus.
Hudge stone‘s weight is about 265 tones, it is 7.54 m long, 7.34 m wide and 5.7 m in height (1.5 m under the ground). Puntukas capacity – 100 m³. Puntukas density is about 2,7 g/cm³. The maximumhorizontalsize -21.39meters. In Puntukas stone there is superimposed Lituanica’s pilots Steponas Darius and Stasys Girenas bas-reliefs and the words of their will for Lithuanian nation. According to archaeologists, the stone was left by Scandinavian mountain glaciers, slide here 20 to 14 thousand years ago.
Anyksciai St.Matas church. It was built in 1899–1909 m. It‘s the brightest accent of Anyksciai panorama. Anyksciai church – the highest churc in Lithuania, the tower‘s high is about 79 meters. There are a lot of monuments in the church: StainedGlassBlocks “St.Matas” (author A.Mackėlaitė), granitebustof BishopAntanas Baranauskas (author H.Rudzinskas), Priest’s K. Sirvydasbust (sculptor J.Meškelevičius), Priest’s K. Leftbas-relief (sculptor L.Zuklys).
Šeimyniškėliai (Voruta) mound. One of the most favorite and best known mound in the district. It’s standing not far from Anyksciai, Svedasai direction, close to New Elmininkai. This, one of the largest and most spectacular Highland mound is surrounded by two deep valleys, where are flowing Vorelis and Volupis rivers. Some historians consider that there was a castle of King Mindaugas Voruta. Today it is widely studied mound in Lithuania and one of the most widely studied mound in the Eastern Baltic region. Ever since 1997 aged the plan for 2009 - Lithuanian Millennium – to built a wooden castle at the authentic environment. The idea was launched in 2000, when the new bridge was built in the historical bridge place. In the tower of the castle are proceeding a history lessons “Voruta castle”.
AnyksciaiRegionalPark. Regional park relief was formed by the last glacier 16 thousand years ago. When it was melting there were found shoals, where Sventoji, Virinta and lots of other rivers are flowing now. The highest Storiai hill is 194 meters high, and the deepest Sventoji river‘s valley is 60 meters above sea - level. For the Park‘s abysses it‘s appropriate not thick glacial bedsore layers. Under the bedstore layers on the old Devon base there there are a lot of layers of quartz neogene sand.