Parnidis dune's panorama

Blown by harsh winds, Parnidis sand dune rises up to 52 meters above the sea. A viewpoint constructed at the summit of the dune allows you to see a wide panorama of the surroundings of the town of Nida: the old lighthouse, showing the way to fishermen sailing the lagoon for more than 130 years, the widest point on the Curonian Spit – Bulvikis Cape, Sklandytojai Dune – the highest dune on the spit (its height used to reach 70 m above sea level), the silhouettes of Nida’s red-tiled homes, and the rippling Curonian Lagoon. In good weather, it is possible to see all the way to the peninsula of Ventė Cape on the other side of the lagoon. When a thicker fog creeps in, however, the surrounding sights vanish under a veil of secrecy.
The interpretation of Parnidis Dune’s name is interesting. Locals think that the name originated from the phrase “going through Nida” (Lith. – “perėjusi per Nidą”), since this wind-swept dune has “travelled” back and forth through Nida several times!
The wind-blown dune is especially sensitive to the visits of people. Scientists have counted that each time a person climbs up or down the slopes of the dune, a few tons of sand are displaced. Because of this, travellers are only allowed to ascend or descend in the specially designated paths.
While walking through the dunes of the Curonian Spit and enjoying their serenity, no one watches the time. However, if it is still important for you, a granite sundial built on Parnidis dune will accurately show you the time.
The sundial is a 13.8 m stone obelisk, weighing 36 tonnes. Close by, on small raised steps covered by granite flagstones, there are engraved marks to show hour and half-hour increments, as well as marks for each month and four more for each of the solstices and equinoxes. The appearance of the sundial was dictated by nature itself: you will see no trace of artistic tricks of any kind here, and on taking a closer look, you will see that the shape of the steps is similar to the layers of sand revealed by the blowing wind.
From an astronomical standpoint, Parnidis Dune is an ideal place, and indeed the only suitable place, for a sundial in Lithuania.