Lieplaukė

Lieplaukė

Lieplaukė is a small town in Telšiai district but has a long history dating back to the Middle Ages (in historical sources Lieplaukė was first mentioned in 1253). Therefore, it is not surprising that various legends and myths surround the town.
One of the legends tells that since immemorial time in this place has been a linden forest, no other tree has grown, only the linden. It was said that the forest was magical, the wishes of the people were fulfilled, in exchange, the forest demanded something dear from the person. Once, an angry nobleman cut down the whole forest because the forest demanded what the nobleman could‘t gave up to fulfill his desire. Instead of the linden (lt. liepa) forest, only the field (lt. laukas) remained. This is how the name of the town occurred - Lieplaukė.
Therefore another story tells that once here grew a simple but very lush forest, and there lived many robbers. A public road passed through that forest and everyone who passed it were stopped by the robbers. People were told to climb out of the wheels and were robbed. People say that the town's name originated from “climb outside” (lt. lipk laukan).