German architecture meets Lithuanian culture in charming Klaipeda, once the capital of Prussia. Its bustling port is sizeable enough to suit mega-ships and small passenger ferries alike, giving a lively atmosphere to the city as it fills up with day-trippers. The city’s divided by the Dane River into the charmingly preserved Old Town and modern New Town districts, and you can also travel by ferry to the intriguing district of Smiltyne across the scenic Curonian Lagoon. Whether you’re interested in sandy beaches or old-world cobbled streets, Klaipeda offers picture-perfect scenery!
While Klaipeda’s river bank gardens, outdoor cafes and historic Old Town are all well worth a visit, it also offers some unique attractions! This includes the Dolphinarium, an aquatic show venue featuring performances from talented dolphins and sea lions.
The Curonian Spit is one of Lithuania’s most beautiful spots, and Klaipeda is just a short ferry ride away from this remarkable natural formation. With the Baltic Sea on one side and the Curonian Lagoon on the other, this strip of land is a sun trap that feels at times almost desert-like. Explore its sand dunes or enjoy a leisurely cycle around its bike paths.
Klaipeda may boast art galleries and museums, but some of its best artwork can be found free of charge in the city centre. There are over 20 unique statues and sculptures hidden around town, as well as a dedicated Sculpture Park full of contemporary creations.
Quirky museums abound in Klaipeda, including the unique Museum of Clocks. Learn more about the evolution of clock design and construction over the years, and visit the outdoor clock park to measure time with an old-fashioned sundial!
Don’t miss the chance to sample authentic Lithuanian cuisine, including tasty fried black bread with melted cheese and the ubiquitous cepelinai potato dumplings. For a meal with a view, the VIVA LAVITA is located on the 20th floor for sweeping vistas over the Curonian Lagoon.