by Owen Lipsett
New York, New York
November 28, 2004
The park itself amply repaid an afternoon's strolling for me; even in high season I had little difficultly finding secluded places to sit or photograph. Certain features, however, are justifiably popular. In particular, nearly every visitor seems to get their picture taken in front of the sculpture of Eglė and the Serpent by Robertas Antinis.
Birutė Hill was allegedly the site of a pagan shrine, and it takes its name from a virgin priestess who Grand Duke Kęstutis kidnapped and married. Today, it's the highest point in the town, thus a nice vantage point. There's also a 19th-century chapel atop it.
The park's most popular attraction is the Amber Museum, with a flower garden at its front and a rose garden behind it. It offers a comprehensive introduction to the so-called "Baltic gold," although, as on the rest of Lithuania's coast (and unlike the rest of the country), the second languages of choice on the wall panels tend to be in German and Russian. Fortunately, the large and varied collection of animals trapped inside requires little description. A few galleries contain amber art by contemporary Lithuanian artists.
From journal A Resort With Sculptures