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If you come up with a plan to walk around Plokščiai on foot, you will have to challenge a five-kilometre road. Is it worth it? Definitely! Your eyes will admire the picturesque views of nature and your heart will flutter with joy seeing the abundance of holy places, and your ears will hear the sound of a church bell that has sounded for more than four centuries, and your legs, tired of the constant stepping on the steep banks of arroyos, and you will have to immerse your feet into the cold and pure water of Vaiguva.

A large number of tourists to the town of Plokščiai are attracted by a unique river - street Vaiguva, which is the left bank of the Nemunas. Its length amounts to about six kilometres, and the carriageway of the river amounts to about half a kilometre. Although it is a two-way traffic and there are no traffic signs, there are no instances of painful events as the local people have their own rules: they always make way for someone who is closer to the farmyard, because they can turn into it and wait for others to pass by.

Besides the authentic road, Plokščiai can be proud of the stone enveloped by romantic narratives. It is the Stone of Kudirka (Vincas Kudirka) mentioned in the literature. A doctor with a funny company of scholars and writers used to come to this place in the Valley of Vaiguva. Having climbed on the stone, he was fond of saying, "I am sitting here like a Turkish Sultan, and my brothers in Samogitia are chopped by the Tsar's Cossacks..." There was a young Finnish girl in that company. This gave rise to the rumour about secretly bonding love between Vincas Kudirka and the Finnish writer Maila Talvio. We will never know the truth, but in the writer's works we can really see the views of Plokščiai, V. Kudirka and we can assume about the feelings experienced in Plokščiai.

Unfortunately, before the First World War, the stone was blown up, and a resident of Stulgiai village made a large millstone for grinding linseed in the oil mill. During the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the town, the large millstone was transported back to Plokščiai and became a symbol of remembrance of Dr. Vincas Kudirka. The sound of the bell invites us to climb "the stairs to the sky". Upon reaching the small Church of Virgin Mary, Plokščiai is clearly visible. We admire the view and do not linger: the path leads past the church to a mysterious, legendary Lourdes - Šventaduobė (Sacred Pit), famous for the spring water with magical therapeutic powers.
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Plokščiai Sacred Pit
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Plokščiai Sacred Pit
Vaiguva River-Street
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Vaiguva River-Street
Plokščiai Observation Deck
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Plokščiai Observation Deck
Plokščiai Trail
Cognitive Trails
Plokščiai Trail
Plokščiai Rest Place
Public Rest Areas
Plokščiai Rest Place
Public Rest Areas
Great Forest Rest Place
Sight to Raudonė Castle
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Sight to Raudonė Castle
Homestead Valuntynė
Rural Homesteads
Homestead Valuntynė
Plokščiai Clock
Small Architecture
Plokščiai Clock
Bicycle Stand - Sculpture
Small Architecture
Bicycle Stand - Sculpture
Small Architecture
Bicycle Stand - Sculpture
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