Samogitia National Park or Žemaitija National Park is a national park in Lithuania. It is situated on the Samogitian Highlands, 45 km from the Baltic Sea. Lakes cover more than 7% of its territory. Lake Plateliai (12.05 km², 47 m depth) is the largest lake. The town of Plateliai, situated on the shore of the lake, is the seat of the park's administration and a popular tourist destination. The Park has Category II in the classification of the IUCN.
The closest major cities with international airports are Vilnius and Riga. The drive from both cities is around 3 hours. It's difficult to reach the national park without a car.
When to visit
The park is most popular during the warmer months of the year. You should try to go for either spring, summer or fall. The winter will be cold and the park is rarely visited during this season.
Map of Žemaitija National Park
Image gallery of Žemaitija National Park
Visitor/Information centres in Žemaitija National Park
Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.
Hiking trails in Žemaitija National Park
Almost all national parks have some opportunities for hiking. You can see some of the more popular trails here. You should get local information for detailed information on all trails of the national park.
Most national parks have there own trademarks. This goes for both natural sights and man-made. This section will list any popular sights in nature.