GRUTAS AND DRUSKININKAI
Grutas Park is situated 130 km to the southeast of
Vilnius on the road to Druskininkai. The open-air exhibition
displays lifesize sculptures and bas-reliefs portraying Soviet
'heroes'. Most of the monumental artworks were previously
erected in Lithuanian cities only to be dismantled right at the
end of Soviet occupation. The sculptures speak of megalomania - they
testify the omnipresent force of the so-called 'communist'
The park hosts an information center on Soviet propaganda
with authentic documents, photographs, and other relevant
material. The shop offers souvenirs such as military caps.
Soviet meals are served at the nearby restaurant. There
is also a small petting zoo designed to entertain the kids.
Grutas Park lies close to the popular health resort Druskininkai
- a picturesque little town surrounded by vast pine forests
and beautiful valleys. Both the river Nemunas and the lake
Druskonis are well worth a trip. Notable sights in the city
of Druskininkai include the museum in honour of the Lithuanian
composer M. K. Ciurlionis, the forest museum, and the local