Klaipeda is Lithuania's third largest city, located in the southwestern corner of the country. Originally founded by baltic tribes, the city and castle was build by the Livonian Order in 1252 and called Memel in honour of the river of the same name some 40km to the south. Memel was part of Prussia and heavy fights with Lithuanian lords took place. Besides invasions from Sweden and Russia the city was mainly part of the Prussian Kingdom and a prosperous harbour town. After Germany lost the World War I Lithuania gained independence (under partial French mandate) but Memel stayed under an autonomous German administration. After Germany lost World war II the Soviet Union annexed Lithuania and Memel was renamed Klaipeda. Since independence in 1990 Klaipeda has become one of Lithuania's most buoyant cities with a steadily growing tourist trade.
Bus trip per one trip per person - 1 Lt (€0,29). Shuttle bus trip per one trip per person - 1,7 Lt (€0,49). Taxi trip per 1 km - 1,5 Lt (€0,43).
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There are 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.
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 ther main habour.
If you like clubbing - there are many clubs in Klaipėda. Popular ones include Kalifornija, El Calor, Honolulu and Global.
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.
There are many shopping malls in Klaipėda. The biggest one is called Akropolis and is the biggest shopping mall in the Baltics. There are many things to do in Akropolis: cinema, ice-ring, restaurants, shops, 2 supermarkets, pizzerias and so on. Akropolis Klaipėda website.
There is a decent selection of Lithuanian and Western restaurants places in Klaipeda, most of which are located around the city's main thoroughfare, Manto gatve, and its continuation into the Old Town, Tiltu gatve.
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 (mainly - near Naikupės street). Naikupės street may be reached by getting on the bus or shuttle bus number 3.
The lovely seaside resort Palanga is on the way back to past glory. It is busy with tourists from June to September. The Latvian city Liepaja is just 100 km north from Klaipeda and is famous with beach, too, as well as with its Karosta neighbourhood, which is a former soviet secret military town with lots of things to see, such as a prison for tourists and a very scenic seaside fortress ruins and a cathedral.