Highest moving sand dunes in Europe, Curonian Spit System. Image credit: Renatorius

Highest moving sand dunes in Europe: The Curonian Spit System

Curonian Spit is an almost 100 km long narrow sand spit and barrier system separating the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. The sand spit is only 400 meters wide at the narrowest spot and a few kilometers at the widest. The northern part of the peninsula is located in Lithuania whilst the southern part is part is located in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Furthermore, Curonian Spit is an UNESCO World Heritage Site shared by two countries.

Highest moving sand dunes in Europe

Curonian Spit is known for its breathtaking views of sand dunes against the backdrop of pine forests. The area is home for the highest moving sand dunes in Europe.

The Curonian Spit is home for the highest moving sand dunes in Europe

The average height is around 30-35 meters. However some of them exceeds incredible 60 meters. In addition, it offers beautiful natural habitats, surrounded by fresh air, pine trees and sandy beaches. From the viewpoints it looks like the Sahara except for the scattered pine forests. Most of the sand dunes are covered by dense pine forest. Further, you may also see wild boar and elk.

The Curonian Spit offers some of Europe’s finest landscapes

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Kaliningrad Travel

The location between the Baltic Sea and Curonian Lagoon means a significant varying climate. It is possible you can feel cold strong wind at the west coast, while you can enjoy warm sunbathing away from the coast. Moreover, the beaches are really nice and totally unspoiled.

The area is a popular day trip from Kaliningrad. However, please be aware of the road conditions in the area. The local roads are not the best. But still, it is recommended to hire a car to explore the landscape both on the Russian and the Lithuanian side. Parts of the area are protected and declared as national park. Hence, it is not allowed to hike in some certain areas. Generally, hiking in the large sand dunes can highly be recommended.

Dune of Pilat France

The Tallest Sand Dune in Europe is Dune of Pilat in France with a stunning height of 110 meters. However, the sand dunes at Curonian Spit are the highest moving or drifting sand dunes in Europe.

Curonian Spit Photos

Curonian Spit is an UNESCO heritage site located in Lithuania
Large sand dunes in front with sailing ships in Curonian Lagoon in horizon. Image credit: Darijus Strasunskas
Curonian Spit System in both located in Lithuania and Kaliningrad
Curonian Spit System is located both in Lithuania and Kaliningrad. Image credit: Denis iz Paustatāutan
Steep slope on the flank of a large sand dune in Curonian Spit National Park
Steep slope on the flank of a large sand dune in Curonian Spit National Park. Image credit: Petras Gagilas
View of large sand dunes and pine forest in Curonian Spit
View of large sand dunes and pine forest in Curonian Spit. Image credit: Petras Gagilas

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