The Park Of Europe

The Park of Europe is an astonishing place where nature and art meet. Established in 1991 by Lithuanian sculptor Gintaras Karosas, the park nowadays is one of the most visited open air museums in Lithuania. It  perfectly senses the geographic center of Europe which as a fact was measured to be in Lithuania and also creates a magnificent atmosphere of tune of contemporary art, nature and esthetics.

The Park of Europe is one of the most popular destinations among the tourists and visitors for an entire day’s trip. According to statistics, every year it is visited by about 60-65 thousand people. Situated around 14 kilometers from the geographical center of Europe, in Joneikškės village, The Park of Europe is a place that celebrates the diversity and richness of European art. The very first sculpture that was placed there was a symbol of the park itself created by the founder in 1991. The same year October, the first guided tour was organized there when the founder invited all his students from the Vilnius Art Academy to visit the Park for the very first time.

Visitors coming here are all surprised with the harmony of reliefs, hills, small ponds and exhibits perfectly composed into surroundings. There are more than a hundred art creations by artists from 34 different countries exposed. In addition, much of the whole expression here is added by nature as changing seasons perfuse the area of the museum in various colors and shadows. In spring fields wallow in colorful blossom, summer flashes green background, autumn seasons the museum with red, gold and yellow flavors while winter freezes the picture of the museum in clean white.

It is pretty difficult to separate and mention some exhibits form the whole variety. World famous artists like Magdalena Abakanowicz, Sol Le Witt, Dennis  Oppenheim expose their creatures in the Park of Europe so there is no doubt that exceptional shapes, spaces and sizes of exhibitions there will take away the breath of everyone.  One of the most interesting exhibits is the so calles “LNK Infomedis (Info-tree)”. It is an entire labyrinth constructed of more than 3000 old television sets.  This stunning creation was included into Guinness World Records Book as the largest sculpture of its kind. All TV sets were gladly donated by Lithuanians through a TV campaign “Give your Old Tv to Europe”. Nowadays the sculpture is the largest exhibit in the whole Park of Europe. The total weight of TV sets used there is more than 150 tones. In the middle of the labyrinth there is a sculpture of Lenin lied down. It symbolizes the nonsense of the Soviet ideology translated through television broadcasts for 50 years in Lithuania.

The Park of Europe has a well developed infrastructure for tourists and for business field. It is possible to rent a bicycle, to dine in the  local restaurant, organize a conference, a business meeting, arrange a fest or a concert here. The Park of Europe also includes an Education center where educational and creativity programs are held. Moreover, an interesting virtual project has been implemented called “The House of Artist”. It is a web page where visitors can get closely to the real life of the artist creating and implementing such magnificent visions like the vision of Park of Europe which became a reality.

The Park of Europe is open every day from 10:00 AM until the sunset. But there is an exception as thrilling night tours here are often organized for groups. There is only a necessity to book one in advance.

Entrance is 7-21 litas.

Guided excursions are available for 50-100 litas. Night tour – 200 litas. 
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