Full day tour to Druskininkai and Grutas Park
According to some sources, the site of present day Druskininkai was inhabited by local Yotvingian tribes in the early Middle Ages. In 13th century, the area was conquered by Lithuanian population where they have built a small castle to defend against the Teutonic Order (Order of the Teutonic House of St. Mary in Jerusalem). The castle was destroyed in 1308 and the area was soon depopulated. The first mention of present day Druskininkai dates back to 1636 with the root of name meaning “salt” (druska lt) which suggests that locals have been collecting this precious mineral. In late 18th century, the discovery of healthiness of Druskininkai areal water has started asthma treatment. In early 19th century, I. Fonberger, Vilnius University professor, focused on analysis of chemical composition of Druskininkai waters and discovered that it contains large amounts of calcium, sodium, potassium, iodine, bromine, iron and magnesium which has contributed to promoting Druskininkai as holiday resort for Lithuanians and their guests.
This is full day tour organised from Vilnius