Curonian Spit, the general sight of Lithuania and the Kaliningrad region, has passed into the second tour of the international competition "New 7 wonders of the world". The project has been organized in 2007 by the noncommercial fund "New 7 wonders of the world". The purpose of the competition is to choose 7 unique places of the nature which have remained virgin, not touched by a civilization. To get this rank in the second tour there will fight 261 natural objects from North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania. People can vote on the web-site www.new7wonders.com and the voting will be prolonged till July, 7th, 2009. As a result of the competition 21 participants will be chosen and the final voting will begin at the end of July and will be finished in autumn, 2009.
Curonian Spit is a sandy spit, located at the coast of the Baltic Sea, and it is divided between the Kaliningrad region of Russia and Lithuania. Its length is 98 km; its width is from 400 up to 3,8 km. The nature is various; there are sandy-deserted landscapes, birch forests and coniferous woods here. People often call the Curonian Spit the bird's bridge. Here passes one of the most ancient birds’ migratory ways from North Europe to the South Europe and North Africa. On the Lithuanian part of the Spit the largest settlement is Nida, the smaller settlements are Preila, Pervalka, JuodkrantÄ— and SmiltynÄ—.