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The Curonian Spit is a 98km long strip of land that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. It was formed by a sea current that runs parallel to the coast and has constantly washed up gravel and sand. The wind has raised high sand dunes on the spit. At its widest point, the spit measures 3.8 km. It is located near Nida (German Nidden), on Lithuanian territory.

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We drive through the village of Alksyné. Like all the villages, it lies on the quiet lagoon.

Wooden figure with shield
Figure on Witch Mountain

In Juodkrante (Schwarzort), 65 wooden sculptures were set up in a hilly pine forest - the so-called Witches' Hill. We did not find the witch, but many tourists.

Gerhard with camera
Figures in the witch forest are photographed

When visiting the wooden sculptures, a lot of photos are taken.


The small village of Juodkrante also lies on the lagoon.

View to the Baltic Sea

View from a vantage point on the Spit to the Baltic Sea ...

Dunes in the Curonian Spit Dünen

... and to the dunes

Baltic sea

The rough, cool Baltic Sea


Cormorants nest in a wooded area.

Pennants of the Cure Barges

In Nida you can see the characteristic pennants of the heavy wooden fishing barges (Kurenkähne), which were used to identify the ships.

Cemetery with cure crosses

Ethnographic cemetery with grave monuments and spa crosses in Nida

Thoman Mann House

The Thomas Mann House on the "Schwiegermutterberg" (Mother-in-law mountain). The poet and his family spent their summer holidays in this holiday home, built in 1929, from 1930 to 1932. Today it is a museum

View from Thomas Mann House

View from the Thomas Mann House