Grutas Park, Druskininkai

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At Grutas Park, walk through a recreated Soviet prison camp and view Communist-era statues and relics to learn more about this period in Lithuania's past. The park got its start after the country gained its independence in 1990, when many Soviet statues were removed and dumped in various places. The founder aimed to bring these statues together in one place, and founded an attraction revolving around this history that still remains controversial today. The 86 statues are organized into groupings, such as the Totalitarian Sphere and the Terror Sphere, featuring major Communist leaders from Lithuania and other countries. Notice the barbed wire, guard towers, and the train car used to transport people to Gulags. You can take a tour to receive more in-depth information on each statue and exhibit. There is also a mini zoo located on the property and a cafe that serves Soviet food. For Grutas Park and beyond, use our Druskininkai trip planner to get the most from your Druskininkai vacation.
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  • Let's be clear: this park is born only from the initiative of a private, a local entrepreneur a little out of mind who decides to take charge of the "disposal" of sculptures of the Soviet period and puts them in a beautiful area of forest, complete with torrent Scenic. This means that what is read in the explanatory signs of the park are only his ideas and his opinions, however extremely ideologically deployed, from which emerges an anti-communist (and anti-Semitic, since several times it is emphasized as the " "I think it's mainly Jewish," he says. just to quote a part of his thinking) that goes beyond the Soviet regime in Lithuania and has nothing to do with objective historical research or reconstruction. Hence the idea of ridiculing some historical figures by grazing the llamas in the midst of their statues... which we might call a bad taste, however you think about it. The fairly alienated character of the park is also given by a children's playground at the entrance (what's the point in such a place?) and an attached zoo (but why?!) full of pigeons of all species (???). The experience of a walk in the silence of the pine forest, punctuated by statues of Soviet-era personalities, with the background of music from that period broadcast by croaking speakers, is truly bizarre. It is a pity, however, that the selection is very limited: they are only statues and busts of people, many repeated (many Lenins); they almost completely lack spectacular and more symbolic monumental complexes as they are found for example in the same type of place in Budapest (much better). This is explained by the obvious goal of the park: to create monsters to hate, not to rebuild, to recall or rework a (difficult) historical period. It is a pity that this has happened because of the public disinterest in dealing with this aspect of one's past. However you want to put it, a bad place that interests more for anthropology than for history, and a nice walk in the woods that I would recommend. To each one their own conclusions. Expensive ticket for the Lithuanian average.
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  • This place get you in past, childhood, time stops here. At the same time you can watch animals, feel nature. Back in time for sure. We like  more »
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