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Right outside Trakai lies the captivating Varnikai Botanical-Zoological Reserve, a haven for nature lovers. Begin your exploration on a 5-km-long educational trail that invites you to wander through enchanting woods and across breathtaking wetlands.
Right outside Trakai lies the captivating Varnikai Botanical-Zoological Reserve, a haven for nature lovers. With its sprawling forests, ancient oak grove, and mystical Ilgelis Swamp, the reserve is a showcase of nature's untamed beauty. Begin your exploration on a 5-km-long educational trail that invites you to wander through enchanting woods and across breathtaking wetlands. Here, the whisper of centuries-old spruces and pines tells the secrets of a land untouched by time. Whether you're an avid hiker or just out for a leisurely stroll, the trail reveals a tapestry of nature's wonders at every turn. One of the highlights of the reserve is Ilgelis Swamp, where you can walk on a wooden path that meanders through a marshy wonderland. It's an experience like no other as you find yourself surrounded by a unique ecosystem, with the possibility of spotting rare birds or even a sunbathing grass snake (don’t worry, they’re not venomous!).
Along the trail, conveniently placed viewing platforms and rest stops allow you to soak in the scenery, catch your breath, and immerse yourself in the serenity of this untouched wilderness. Information boards in Lithuanian and English offer intriguing insights into the area's flora and fauna. The Reserve is easily reachable by car, foot, or bicycle. The trailhead welcomes you with parking, a children's playground, and other amenities, all designed to make your visit comfortable and memorable.

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