The Hill of Witches (Raganų Kalnas in Lithuanian) is a public trail system through a forested sand dune just off the main road in Juodkrantė, Lithuania. The forest here is teeming with mystical wood carvings, all representing figures from Lithuanian folklore and pagan traditions. I came across photos of the Hill of Witches as I was doing research for our travels to Lithuania. I thought it was something Lucia would love to see and it turned out to be a major reason we decided to visit Juodkrantė.
There are no actual witches to be found on the hill. The name derives from the pagan festivals that were held on the hill during Midsummer’s Eve festivals. The wood carvings began showing up in 1979 and the collection has expanded to its present-day total of 80.
Most of the wood carvings are friendly looking; a few are downright scary. Some are even interactive, inviting visitors to sit or play. We enjoyed a late-morning walk in the woods this past summer. The kids had a blast and I couldn’t stop taking photos. So, come, join us on a fairy-tale walk in the woods…
It is free to visit the Hill of Witches. Depending on how leisurely you care to walk, plan to spend at least 1-2 hours there.