S. Krogh's Geosite: Visit
to Russian Vištytis 2011
Russian side of Vištytis towards east. Russian lake radar surveillance
station. From the point the photographer was standing it is only about 160 m to
after our arrival an officer from the military station checked our
the fence are to left the former 7, Dariaus ir Gireno street (present no
20) and to right the grey old customs building, now police station, at
present no 18, Dariaus ir Gireno street.
only dwelling in the Dariaus ir Gireno street which ended up permanent on
Russian side. The two other farmsteads were on 1 Feb 2004 transferred from Russian to
Lithuanian side after about more than teen years locked up inside Russia.
Marytės family is today the only family on Russian side. The fish
smoking factory is closed down, but a camping place with cabins is under
construction further 100 metres down the street. Mrs Marytė is also
renting out a small cabin for tourists. There is also an environmental
office behind their farm (the yellow building).
Peter Nissen and Jan S. Krogh interview Mrs Marytė Ūkelienė.
(Photo: Linda Nordstrřm Nissen.)
Peter visited Russian Vištytis in 2003 during the Great Baltic Border
Expedition (GBBE). Then, when there was no fence yet, he walked the way
over the administration line from Lithuanian Vištytis and back again. (Photo:
Linda Nordstrřm Nissen.)
house has still the old house number 3 in Dariaus ir Girėno street
from when it still was connected with the Lithuanian part.
The family of five is living from fishing,
tourism and pension from Lithuania.
Russian tourists rent boats and fish on the
lake – or picnic.
tourists and Russian registered row boats.
harbour in the western side of the village.
is the bridge over River Pisa. Behind we see the now closed-down fish
smoking factory. (Photo: Linda Nordstrřm Nissen.) Photos from the 1990s when the fence still was not there can be found here.
this bush one can get a glimpse of a water level regulating system between
Lake Vištytis and River Pisa.
Lithuanian registered car in Russian Vištytis. Photographed towards west.
Here is the pasture the Lithuanian farmers lost access to on 1 Feb 2004
when the new border treaty was effective. (Photo: Linda Nordstrřm
junction at the highway and 1,95 km km by road west of Russian Vištytis.
To left Uvarovo 9 km and to right Nesterov 23 km.
point as last photo, but towards east and Vištytis direction. This is the crossroad up to Vištytis from the mainroad. By road it is 2 km to Mrs Marytė's house. The blue sign is advertising the tourist company arranging trips on the lake. Maybe it is the same constructing the datchas.
the western bank of Lake Vištytis northeastwards the Lithuanian side and