UTENA - the town of happy people!
Utena is a capital of Eastern Aukštaitija and one of the oldest towns of Lithuania that was mentioned for first time in a letter of the King Mindaugas in 1261. Utena is situated in an exceptionally picturesque location – amid the lakes Dauniškis and Vyžuonaitis. For the 750th anniversary of the town a unique attraction – shining and playing fountain with water screen - was equipped in Lake Dauniškis.
The land of Utena is fascinating during all the seasons: in summer holiday-makers are enticed by wonderful Lake Alaušas, in winter – many car racing fans are attracted by the popular Halls Winter Rally. Holiday-makers are welcome to cosy homesteads of rural tourism, the number of which exceeds forty in the land of Utena.
Guests of Utena may visit the only in Lithuania Museum of Ceramics and try to throw a pot by their own hands. If you visit the old post-office in Utena, which many years ago was lyricized by the poet Antanas Baranauskas, you will familiarize with an interesting history of the intermediate station of Warsaw – St. Petersburg highway. Many famous people such as Honoré de Balzac, Ilya Repin, Jonas Basanavičius and others had stayed here when travelling.
Regular visitors of Utena can notice that during the recent years the town has been visibly beautified. Some new squares and cosy parks were established, streets are being rapidly improved.
The residents of Utena are hospitable eastern Aukštaitians who will make every guest welcome and willingly show around the town and obligingly accompany them. Come and make sure that Utena is indeed the town of happy people!