Druskininkai is a spa town on the Nemunas River. This Lithuanian town is located close to the Polish and Belorussian border, and it has a special place in the history of this three nations.
In 1837 tsar Nicholas I of Russia bestowed upon Druskininkai the status of a spa, and construction of pensions and villas started. Many of this old, wooden houses built in 19th century survived till now. After the World War I the town became part of Poland and its popularity was increased by the First Marshal of Poland Józef Piłsudski, who spent most of his summer holidays there. After Poland was invaded in September 1939, the town was incorporated into the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR). Transferred to Lithuania by Stalin, in 1944 Druskininkai became a part of Lithuanian SSR. During the Soviet times the town became a famous resort, attracting around 4 thousands visitors from all over the Soviet Union each year. Nowadays, despite damage caused by two World Wars, the town houses and villas reflect all periods of the development of Druskininkai – Russian, Polish and Lithuanian.
Modern Druskininkai still continues its spa tradition. Sanatoriums, health resorts, water park and adventure park are the top attractions of this small town.
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