The surroundings of Švėkšna


Stemplių dvaras

The route is designed for the different types of groups that wish to familiarize with Švėkšna districts history and natural monuments.
Transportation – a minibus or bicycles.

Route: Lime Square in Švėkšna- Gedminaičiai – Stemplės – Vilkenai – Wolf Angle – Inkakliai – Skomantai – Švėkšna

Route length – 60 km.
Route duration – 3 hours by minibus, 6 hours by bicycles.

1. Route starts from the central Lime Square, where the monument will be built for the book carriers of Švėkšna, so there is an opportunity to talk about the press ban period. We leave through Gedminaičių st. after 4 km we reach manor place of Gedminaičiai.

2. Gedminaičių Manor buildings are lost, but right here in 1810 Jurgis Pliateris was born, who earn respect of our culture by his works. He cottoned to Simonas Stanevičius and was encouraged by him he began to study the Lithuanian language and literature, collect Lithuanian library. When he was 18 years old, he graduated from Vilnius University, and then settled in his estate in Gedminaičiai. He also planned to set up a printing and by publishing books, educate people. In 1834 he was elected as a Marshal of the nobility of Raseiniai district, and moved in to Raseiniai. Here in 1836 he suddenly died and gave his library to S. Stanevičius, who after J. Pliateris death moved in to Kazimieras Pliateris manor in Stemplės.

3. We have 10 km. to the manor of the Stemplės. Here stands a wooden manor house, in which the writer has lived for 12 years and oversaw its patron library. He died in 1848 and was buried in Švėkšna cemetery. The library was returned to Gedminaičiai to J. Pliateris wife and son Teodoras, who later fell from a horse, and remained mentally ill.
Stemplės has a one more must see object – the homestead place where in 1872, Kazimieras Šaulys the signatory of the February 16th act was born. Well known character of Christian democrats, a professor of the University of Kaunas.

4. It is 12km from Stemplės to Vilkėnas cemetery. There you need to find J. Pliateris, his brothers Kazimieras and his sons Teodoras cemeteries. Unfortunately, the grave of S. Stanevičiaus is unknown, so there was a monument built on a symbolic grave for the writer. You can also find linguists M. Miežinio and book carrying organizers J. Rugio graves. We will visit manor and the park of Vilkėnas, and from there you can turn to the path of the Wolf’s angle.

5. It is 3 kilometers to the Wolf angle. Leaving the bus, you walk about 200 meters to Ašva River and do down to the Great stone. If you want to save time, we may skip this object. Then from Vilkėnas we need to go through the mill toward Ž. Naumiestis and beyond 2 km turn right into the village of Šiauliai.

6. Beyond 7 km. we reach Inkaklius, where in 1914, where the chapel and the Lurdes grotto imitation were built. Passing the bridge on the left, we can find Jewish genocide cemetery. Guerrillas were shot and buried here in the sand. They had several monuments built.

7. It is 6 km. from Inkakliai to Švėkšna, but we take a left near the town and beyond 9 km. we reach Skomantai. Beyond Veiviržas river there is a legendary and big Skomantai mound. There could be a main castle of Lamata land. Mound has two monuments near it. Try to read the inscription on the back of Žemaitis.

Return to Švėkšna. It is 9 km to it.