Health resorts in Lithuania

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Health resorts in Lithuania are places and areas that have the status of health resort or health resort area. The word kurortas is the official city name of a health resort. Only therapeutic baths, thermal baths or climatic health resorts are allowed to bear this title if the spa operation actually takes place and the title has been awarded to the place by the state government. In 2006 these cities had health resort status: Palanga , Neringa , Birštonas and Druskininkai .

Well-known health resorts

The most important health resort in Lithuania is Palanga , around 20 km north of the port city of Klaipėda in the Klaipėda district . The city is visited by at least 2.5 million guests every year.

Druskininkai is one of the oldest and the second largest health resort in southern Lithuania, in the Dzūkija region . The place was founded by King Stanisław August in 1794.

Birštonas is a very quiet spa town in the Alytus district . There are healing springs, a spa park and several sanatoriums on the Nemunas , 40 km southeast of the second largest Lithuanian city Kaunas .

Spa areas

Recognized spa areas are:


The mineral water spa in Biržai has been in use since 1587 . Spa facilities were not in operation in the 19th century.

There has been a well-known mineral spa in Stakliškės since around 1827 . After a fire in 1857, the buildings were not restored.

In the interwar period

In 1933 the Ministry of the Interior established a list of health resorts and the rules of use. Back then there were even eleven officially recognized health resorts: Anykščiai , Berčiūnai , Birštonas , Smardonė ( Likėnai ), Aukštoji Panemunė , Kačerginė , Kulautuva , Lampėdžiai , Palanga , Pivonija and Zarasai .

In 1933, Druskininkai and Trakai were not registered because they were under Polish occupation.

Under Soviet rule

In 1940 these towns were also recognized as health resorts: Alytus, Bubiai , Juodšiliai , Paneriai , Pasvalys , Švenčionėliai , Šventoji , Trakai and Varėna II .

Later, the municipality of Neringa also acquired health resort status.


From 2007 to 2008 new spa areas were created.

A mineral spa could now be set up in the small town of Nemunaitis ( Alytus district ): the qualities and quantities of mineral water are similar to those in the mineral water spa in Birštonas .

Cities and towns such as Anykščiai, Aukštadvaris , Juodkrantė , Salantai , Smalininkai , Zarasai, Likėnai are also known and are suitable as health resorts (from a medical point of view) and could meet the strict health resort requirements in the future.

Since the territorial reform of 1993, two of the 60 Lithuanian self-governing municipalities have been named health resort , Neringa (which also includes the Juodkrantė seaside resort ) and Palanga . Other core places like Birštonas have this name as a place but not as a municipality.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Lietuvos Respublikos Vyriausybės nutarimas No. 350. 2006 m. balandžio 12 d.
  2. Karklės kurortinė vizija sklaidosi