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European Park

A few miles north of Vilnius town centre Lithuanian sculptor Gintaras Karosas founded the Europos Parkas (European Park) on a 55-hectare site that encompasses the geographic centre of Europe, as determined by the French National Geographic Institute in 1989. The Park attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, who come to stand in the centre of the continent and admire a permanent outdoor sculpture exhibition, set amid rolling hills, woods and fields dotted with natural springs. More than 90 works by artists from 27 different countries are on display. Guided tours are available, and the site includes a small restaurant, shop and post office. European Park is a really lovely place to enjoy a walk in the natural surroundings, and you can take food with you and have a picnic in one of the many great picnic spots. Autumn is particularly beautiful because of the striking colour of the trees and vegetation but it is gorgeous in spring and summer as well. In winter it is perhaps a bit cold but it is open to visitors year-round and an invigorating stroll through the snowy landscape can be fun. If you are travelling in Lithuania with children then Europos Parkas is the ideal family excursion from Vilnius; a good opportunity to enjoy some fresh air and let the kids get rid of some energy. Lovers of contemporary art will also greatly enjoy the park, where the sculptures are well integrated into the natural scenery.

Address: Joneikiskiu

E-mail: hq@europosparkas.lt

Website: www.europosparkas.lt

Telephone: (523) 77077

Transport: From Zalgirio stop at Kalvariju street take a bus marked Zalgirio-EUROPOS PARKAS-Skirgiskes

Opening times: Daily from 10am to sunset.

Admission: LTL 25 (adults), LTL 11 (children); guided tours LTL 100. Concessions available.