Lazdijai District Municipality

Region of Lazdijai is on the south part of Lithuania so-called Dzūkija. Cultural landscape is one of the main Europe’s cultural heritage components – combination of amazing forests, water and agriculture, which marks centuries of archeology, history and natures monument. Together they perfectly fit developed services for tourists, hospitality of local inhabitants and feel the spirit of Dzūkija events.

Name of Lazdijai came from the stream running through the town called Lazdija (another name of Raišupys stream). But how the name Lazdija appeared is still a mystery. It is assumed that Jotvingiai tribe used Raišupys name and it was related with nut. As nuts grown on nut-trees in Lithuania, probably for that reason stream was named Lazdija (also called Lazda).

It is assumed that 4 – 6 thousand years ago people already lived in this region. Many years ago the tribe of Balts and Jotvingiai who are related with Lithuania and Prussia settled here. They worked with plough agriculture, fishing and hunting. Names of terrains, rivers and lakes in Jotvingiai language tells us that they lived in this territory. In the end of XII century German order conquered and annihilated them.