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Dzūkija

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Dzūkija is a region in Lithuania.

Cities[edit]

  • Vilnius — the capital of the country; one of the four cities that are not assigned to any ethnographic region
  • Alytus — centre and unofficial capital of the region
  • Aukštadvaris — a town in Trakai district, popular recreation and outdoor activities destination
  • Druskininkai — SPA resort
  • Trakai — small town 28 km away from capital. A former capital of the country with a residence of medieval rulers. Centre of the Historical National Park and resort area
  • Veisiejai — a town in Lazdijai district, popular recreation and outdoor activities destination

Other destinations[edit]

  • Dzūkija National Park — is composed of the Čepkeliai State Nature Reserve and the Dzūkija National Park and is one of 13 PAN parks in Europe. Largest forest in the country with old unique villages scattered in the middle
  • Pawłow Republic (Paulavos respublika) — remains of the "republic within a republic" which flourished 1769-1795
  • Perloja — a village not far from Druskininkai, famous for its history and the monument to Grand Duke Vytautas, the only monument related to national hero which wasn't demolished during soviet years and remains authentic to date
  • Purnuškės — small village 26 km north of Vilnius where according to measures of the French Institut géographique national is the geographical centre of Europe

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Dzūkija is a cultural region in south-eastern Lithuania. Most of the region is sparsely populated and covered by forests, stretching north-east from the border with the Polish region of Podlaskie. The northern part of the region, however, is the cradle of Lithuanian statehood and includes the current capital Vilnius and previous medieval capital Trakai. Two of Lithuania's five national parks can be found here as well as two of country's four UNESCO World heritage sites. Eight regional parks are also established in the region and serve to protect both the natural environment and cultural heritage.

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As in the rest of Lithuania, the official language is Lithuanian. However, in some parts of the region Polish is widely used due to the significant number of ethnic Poles living in the area.

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