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Klaipeda

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Klaipeda is Lithuania's third largest city, located in the north-western corner of the country. Originally founded by Baltic tribes, the city and castle was built by the Teutonic Order in 1252 and named Memel in honor of the river of the same name some 40km to the south. For most of its history, Memel was part of Prussia and large battles with Lithuanian lords took place here. Invasions came from Sweden and Russia and the city was part of the Prussian Kingdom and became a prosperous harbor town. It represented the northernmost city in Germany and Prussia until 1918. After Germany lost the First World War, Memelland was first given free city status and then subsequently annexed to the newly established Republic of Lithuania. It was briefly reabsorbed by Nazi Germany before WWII and then reverted back to Lithuania (the Soviet Union) in 1945. Since Lithuanian independence in 1990, Klaipeda has become one of Lithuania's most buoyant cities with a steadily growing tourist trade.

Understand

It is the gateway to the Curonian Spit, a stretch of sand dunes 97 km in length from 400 meter to 4 km, in breadth that arcs down to the Kaliningrad region of Russia.

Get in

Get around

Bus trip per one trip per person - 1.5-2 Lt (€0,43-0.58). Shuttle bus trip per one trip per person - 2.2-3 Lt (€0,64-0.87). Taxi trip per 1 km - 3 Lt (€0,87).

More information at Klaipeda passenger transport [1].

See

Klaipėda city is known for it's main icons: sculpture Annchen von Tarau, located in theatre square, old sailing ship Meridianas (restaurant inside), also there are lots of small sculptures hiding in the town. There are not so many museums in Klaipėda. Some of the most popular include the History Museum of Lithuania Minor, the Klaipeda Picture Gallery, the Marine museum and the Clock museum. Klaipeda's old town is small but interesting. Anika Square has a balcony where Adolph Hitler addressed a crowd. Legend has it that Hilter was annoyed because the statue depicting "Anika" of the Lithuanian folk tale was not facing him, so he had the statue removed. A replica is now in its place. More information about Klaipėda city highlights you can find in Klaipeda tourism information center [2]

  • Lithuanian Sea Museum and Delphinium. Smiltynės st. 3. [3].
  • The Castle Museum. Pilies st. 4. [4].
  • The Blacksmith's Museum. Šaltkalvių st. 2. [5].
  • The History Museum of Lithuania Minor. Didžioji Vandens st. 6. [6].
  • Clock Museum. Liepų st. 12. [7].
  • P. Domšaitis' Gallery. Liepų st. 33.

Do

There are many things to do in Klaipėda. If you like nature - you must visit Curonian spit, which is a 10 minute boat ride from the Old ferry terminal (New ferry terminal for vehicles). In summer time the ferrys are running each 30 minutes, starting from 6 am, till midnight. In other side (Smiltynė) you can visit Sea museum, ethnographic fisherman farmstead, take a walk on the pier, see the white sanded beaches or just take bus to Juodkrante or Nida towns (they are located 18 and 50 km from Smiltyne to south).

Clubs

If you like clubbing - there are many clubs in Klaipėda. Popular ones include "El Calor" Latino music, "Kurpiai" Jazz club, "Dr. Who", "Martini" and "Global".

  • El Calor. (Latino dance music) Kepėjų st. 10. [8].
  • Kurpiai. (Jazz club) Kurpių st. 1a. [9].
  • Dr. Who. (Dance, disko, funk music) Naujojo Sodo st. 1. [10].
  • Global. (Club music) J. Janonio. 27. [11].
  • Martini. Taikos av. 64. [12].

Beaches

There is a big and wide sand beach at Smiltynė, full of locals and tourists in the summer. Giruliai and Melnragė beaches are at Northern Klaipėda, big and popular place to visit. The water is clean and warm.

Buy

There are many shopping malls in Klaipėda. The biggest one is called Akropolis [13] and it is one of the biggest shopping mall in the Baltics. There are many things to do in Akropolis: cinema, ice-ring, restaurants, shops, 2 supermarkets, gym, pizzerias and so on.

Eat

There is a decent selection of Lithuanian and Western restaurants places in Klaipeda, most of which are located around the city's main thoroughfare, H.Manto street, and its continuation into the Old Town, Tiltu street. Main course prices range from €2 at the lower end up to around €20 at the higher end.

Snack

  • Navalis (kavinė). H. Manto st. 23. [14].

Dinner

  • Friedrich pasage. Tiltu st. 26A. Here you can find wide variety of different food facilities in one place (Lithuanian dishes restaurant, pizzeria, tea/coffee house, bakery, vinary, Mediterranean sea reastaurant, stake house) [15].
  • Cancan Pizza. Taikos av. 61 (shopping center „Akropolis“) [16].
  • Restaurant "Stora Antis" in Klaipeda. The restaurant was built in 1856 on the burnt foundation after the Great Fire in Memel in 1854. Restaurant is an architectural monument and is guarded by the state. Now “Stora Antis” in Klaipeda is a small restaurant in the very centre of an old town, on Tiltu street, 6. It slightly reminds of a shop of antiques, a little bit of museum, and also of a club for variety stars, politicians and businessmen. But the most important is qualitative Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Balkan and Byelorussian cuisine [17].
  • Juodojo Katino smuklė-2. Average price for a full business class dinner €7,50. Žvejų st. 21/Teatro st. 1. [18].

Drink

There are many pubs and bars in Klaipėda to spend some time just sitting relaxing and drinking. Most of the pubs are located in the city centre and also in the southern part of the city. In the city center there is old warehouse "Memelis" (now it is renovated and working as bar/club), there is brewery inside and you can taste beer thats boiled in the same building. Average price for a pint of beer in city center for pub 5-8 Lt (around € 1.45-2.30).

Sleep

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Hotels

  • Viktorija


Guest houses

  • Aismarės [34]
  • Avada
  • Fortūna [35]
  • Litinterp [36]
  • Pajūrio vieškelis
  • Preliudija [37]
  • Klaipeda Traveller’s guesthouse (hostel ~45 Lt)


Campings

  • "Pajūrio kempingas" (Sea side camping) [38]


Apartments for rent

  • Apartments "Stora Antis" in Klaipeda [39]
  • Cheap 2 bedroom flat rent in souther Klaipeda, only 15 minutes by regular bus to the city center. [malonumai00@yahoo.com]

Stay safe

Klaipeda is a safe place but like anywhere you have to use common sense. Try and walk with a confident air and never look lost.

Get out

The lovely seaside resort Palanga is on the way back to past glory. It is busy with tourists from June to September.



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