The Jūra River, winding through Tauragė, flows out in Aukštasis Tyras upland moor not far from Jankaičiai village (Rietavas municipality) and flows into Nemunas River along Šereitlaukis village (Pagėgiai municipality). Jūra is the tenth longest river (171.8 km), flowing only in the territory of Lithuania.
The first object of the route On the Banks of Jūra River is a monumental stone in memory of the Tauragė Revolt of 1927, located the furthest from the city centre – at the end of Ramovės Street. As you walk down towards Jūra River, take a turn on the path to the right. After walking 200 metres you will find the object, which marks the location of the death and grave of the revolt participants.
To explore other objects on the bank of the Jūra River, take Ramovės and Jūros streets to the bridge of Tilžė-Šiauliai (Tilžė) road, crossing the Jūra River. Take a turn to the right towards Banga restaurant, explore the sculptural fountain of the Tree of Life and twelve original benches, decorated with the ancient Baltic symbols, located in Jūra River Park. Stop at the impressive boulder to mark the 500th anniversary of Tauragė.
After admiring the several-metre dam of Jūra, return towards the bridge along the river. Cross the road to the other side and continue your journey along the Jūra River. Near the pedestrian bridge, climb up to an observation deck, opening to a beautiful view to the valley of the Jūra River. Nearby you will see a grey defensive pillbox, which was a part of the Molotov Line. Then, in the nearby Church Square take a minute to look at the monument in memory of the partisans of Kęstutis Military District.
After exploring the St Trinity Catholic Church, visit the monuments, built in the churchyard. Then return to the pedestrian bridge, take the stairs down to the river and continue your journey on the Alley of Love towards the Summer Open-Air Stage. As you walk, enjoy the preserved oak sculptures on the slopes of the embankment, created by local folk artists in 1976 and 1979.
After climbing up the slope of the Jūra valley, featuring summer open-air stage benches, you will find yourself on the so-called Wiemer Hill. Here, near the building of the Evangelical Lutheran parish, take a look at the last objects of the route – the improvised belfry and a roofed pole, built in memory of the first Evangelical Lutheran church of Tauragė and the Evangelical Lutheran bishop Jonas Viktoras Kalvanas.
Walking on foot you will visit the 9 objects of this route in 2 hours and walk about 4 km.
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