The Pinewood of Punia

Protected Areas, Alytus district

The Pinewood of Punia is girdled by a 19 km long bend of the Nemunas River. Its museum of forestry contains a great collection of hunting trophies, utilities of rural household, and tools for forest work. The reserve of Punia pinewood has grown the tallest Lithuanian pine and the alley of oaks, named after Great Lithuanian Dukes. Other interesting places to visit nearby is a former headquarter bunker of guerrillas from Dainava area, and interesting sculptures on the subject of hunting on the other side of the pinewood. For admirers of sculptures a perfect spot is a sculpture park, called 'Zaltes slenis', located in the former village of Smalinycia. The park is a spacious forest site with a pagan altar and priestesses protecting it. The pinewood and settlement of Punia belong to the Regional Park of Nemunas Bends, safeguarding the great Nemunas bends.

Authors of photographs: R. Jakaitis, M. Kelminskaitė.

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