In the 18th century Druskininkai was an ordinary Lithuanian village, until Stanisław August Poniatowski, the Grand Duke of Lithuania and the King of Poland, issued the decree and declared Druskininkai to be the health resort on 20 June 1794. In 1837, when Ignacy Fonberg, professor of Vilnius University, analyzed the chemical composition of mineral water and published the results, the emperor Nicholas I of Russia approved the project of Druskininkai resort.
Today’s Druskininkai is a modern and distinctive international resort, providing high-quality health, tourism, recreation services and ensuring a high quality of life, offering all the benefits of a carefree and safe vacation. It is the oldest and largest resort in Lithuania, located in the south of the country, 120 km from Vilnius and Kaunas and just 7 km from the border of Belarus. The resort boasts an incredibly rich nature and mild climate. City is surrounded by pine forests, majestic Nemunas River, lakes, playful Ratnyčios creek. It is full of squares and parks, Druskonis Lake is located in the centre of Druskininkai.
The resort is rich with variety of minerals waters, their chemical composition is similar to the well-known European mineral waters and therapeutic peat mud deposits. Because of pine forests and various bodies of water, air ionization here is very high which the is the key feature of fresh and clean air.
In 2003 magazine “Newsweek” published the top ten resorts, which are worth to go. Druskininkai was mentioned as the best European balneology resort. On May 30, 2008 Druskininkai was awarded with the Flag of Honour of the Council of Europe.