Klaipeda, Lithuania

Formerly known as Memel, Klaipeda is a unique historic city - with its roots that go back to the days of German knights - and it's a gloriously royal city, too, as Klaipeda was once the capital of Prussian Kingdom. Today Klaipeda is a modern city, known for its creative, innovative design and architecture and, even more for its friendly and welcome people. Being the third largest town in Lithuania, this relatively small town is well known for its grand annual events including the Jazz festival and Sea festival. The cultural scene offers everything from the internationally-known music concerts to sizzling jazz clubs, bars and countless museums and galleries.

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Points of Interest

  • Old Town Klaipeda
  • Amber Museum
  • Sea Museum
  • Soviet Nuclear Weapons Site
  • Zemaitija National Park
  • Curonian Spit
  • Klaipeda Castle Bastion
  • Kretinga

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  • Old Town Klaipeda

    Famed for its magnificent theatre building, this Old Town features narrow cobblestone walkways, charming buildings and small, unique sculptures that are hidden throughout its narrow streets.

  • Amber Museum

    Housed in an elegant 19th-century Neo-Renaissance style mansion with a botanical garden, this museum features thousands of amber pieces (many with insect inclusions) as well as one of Europe's largest pieces, the Amber Sun.

  • Sea Museum

    Located in a 19th-century fortress, the Lithuania Sea Museum comprises exhibitions of marine nature and history of navigation. Today the museum houses aquariums with fish species from Lithuania's fresh waters, the Baltic Sea and tropic seas, as well as a permanent exposition of prepared samples of marine fauna.

  • Soviet Nuclear Weapons Site

    Tucked safely away in Zemaitija National Park, this former nuclear missile launch site now features a Museum of Militarism and offers guided tours of its mine shaft and underground tunnels.

  • Zemaitija National Park

    Covered in lush green forests and brilliant blue lakes, this gorgeous nature reserve is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts to hike or simply take in the splendor of their surroundings. Note: Zemaitija National Park is 70 kilometers away from Klaipeda

  • Curonian Spit

    According to legend, a giantess created this drifting sand-dune spit. The national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site extends down into Russia and separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea.

  • Klaipeda Castle Bastion

    The remains of this centuries-old fortress are perhaps the most telling exhibit within the popular Klaipeda Castle Bastion museum, which reveals the history of Klaipeda Castle Bastion museum through a range of artifacts.

  • Kretinga

    One of Lithuania's oldest cities, Kretinga features a cozy Franciscan monastery and church with a 17th-century unique altar, as well as a museum of Lithuania's countryside and lifestyle heritage that is situated inside a charming old mill house.

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Easy Klaipeda & Amber

3.5 hours | Klaipeda | K L J - 2 9 0
  • Klaipeda Castle Bastion
  • Old Town Klaipeda

A panoramic driving tour through Klaipeda introduces the city's most treasured landmarks and historical sights. Learn about 'Baltic Gold' at the Amber Processing Center, and conclude the day with a walk through the heritage enclave of Old Town, stopping at an amber antique gallery for a spot of herbal tea.

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Klaipeda Old Town, Amber Museum & Palanga (Guided in Spanish)

4.5 hours | Klaipeda | K L J - 2 0 1
  • Klaipeda Castle Bastion
  • Old Town Klaipeda
  • Amber Museum

Explore the narrow streets of Klaipeda's Old Town, visit Theatre Square and enjoy the charms of the enclave's famous half-timbered structures and mid-18th-century architecture. Continue to Palanga to visit the Botanical Park and Amber Museum, housed in a 19th-century mansion, and stroll Basanavicius promenade for shopping and refreshments.

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Klaipeda Old Town, Amber Museum & Palanga

4.5 hours | Klaipeda | K L J - 2 0 0
  • Klaipeda Castle Bastion
  • Old Town Klaipeda
  • Amber Museum

Explore the narrow streets of Klaipeda's Old Town, visit Theatre Square and enjoy the charms of the enclave's famous half-timbered structures and mid-18th-century architecture. Continue to Palanga to visit the Botanical Park and Amber Museum, housed in a 19th-century mansion, and stroll Basanavicius promenade for shopping and refreshments.

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Kretinga: City of Culture & Spirituality

4 hours | Klaipeda | K L J - 2 3 0
  • Klaipeda Castle Bastion
  • Old Town Klaipeda
  • Kretinga

A spiritual day awaits at Kretinga's most sacred places and monastic treasures. Visit a 17th-century church, marvel at the Renaissance and baroque architecture and its 400-year-old main altar, then peruse the wooden art at Kretinga Museum. Refreshments are served overlooking the winter gardens of Count Tiskevicius's 19th-century estate.

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The Best of Nida: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

6 hours | Klaipeda | K L J - 1 0 0
  • Old Town Klaipeda
  • Curonian Spit
  • Klaipeda Castle Bastion

Discover Nida, the largest settlement in the Curonian Spit, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Engage in a walking tour of its charms and visit the Kazimieras Mizgiris Amber Gallery to peruse artisanal works made with this 'Baltic Gold.' Photograph the 52-meter-high Great Dune, and stroll through Klaipeda's Old Town.

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Lithuanian Wine & Cheese Tasting

2.25 hours | Klaipeda | K L J - 3 0 0
  • Klaipeda Castle Bastion
  • Old Town Klaipeda

Work up an appetite with a guided stroll down the narrow streets of Klaipeda's Old Town, famous for its half-timbered architecture, and stop to photograph Theatre Square. Then, enjoy a Lithuanian cheese tasting accompanied by berry wines and fresh fruits-a wonderful sampling of the best in locally produced foods.

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Legends of Witches' Hill & Baltic Gold

4 hours | Klaipeda | K L J - 2 2 5
  • Curonian Spit
  • Klaipeda Castle Bastion

Lithuania's folklore comes alive when you visit the charming fisherman's village of JuodkrantÄ—. A ferry takes you across the Curonian Lagoon to the Curonian Spit, where you are greeted by the wooden sculptures on Witches Hill. Visit the Evangelical Lutheran church, a weather vane art gallery, or shops carrying amber souvenirs.

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Klaipeda Highlights & Svyturys Brewery

3.25 hours | Klaipeda | K L J - 3 1 0
  • Klaipeda Castle Bastion
  • Old Town Klaipeda

Toast to your good fortune at Svyturys Brewery, founded by local tradesman J.W. Reinke in 1784, where you'll learn the history of Lithuanian brewing methods and enjoy a tasting of local beers. Then, walk through Klaipeda's history in Old Town, famous for its half-timbered architecture, statues and Theatre Square.

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Cycling to the Dunes

3.75 hours | Klaipeda | K L J - 4 4 0
  • Sea Museum
  • Curonian Spit
  • Old Town Klaipeda

Pedal your way along the Curonian Spit, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take in spectacular views on this energetic bicycle tour. Travel along the lagoon and through forested trails to a beautiful beach. Cycle to the 19th-century Prussian military fort, past 19th-century fishermen's homesteads and through Klaipeda's historic Old Town. For confident bike riders. Helmets provided.

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Soviet Nuclear Missile Site

5.75 hours | Klaipeda | K L J - 2 2 0
  • Klaipeda Castle Bastion
  • Soviet Nuclear Weapons Site
  • Zemaitija National Park

Twenty-nine years ago, Lithuania become the first Baltic nation to challenge Soviet rule. Relive history when you explore an abandoned Soviet nuclear weapons site. Wander the underground tunnels where symbols of the Soviet army remain. Then, enjoy a complete change of scenery when you discover the natural beauty of Zemaitija National Park.

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Baltic Capitals: Vilnius & Riga An Overnight Adventure (Double)

24 hours | Klaipeda | K L J - 8 0 0
  • Old Town Klaipeda
  • Klaipeda Castle Bastion

Explore the capitals of Latvia and Lithuania on a comprehensive two-day/one-night Overland Adventure. Panoramic coach tours and strolls through Vilnius and Riga showcase their UNESCO World Heritage status. Enjoy fine dining, historical sights and a stay in a five-star hotel in Vilnius amid the beautiful buildings of its Old Town.

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Baltic Capitals: Vilnius & Riga An Overnight Adventure (Single)

24 hours | Klaipeda | K L J - 8 0 1
  • Old Town Klaipeda
  • Klaipeda Castle Bastion

Explore the capitals of Latvia and Lithuania on a comprehensive two-day/one-night Overland Adventure. Panoramic coach tours and strolls through Vilnius and Riga showcase their UNESCO World Heritage status. Enjoy fine dining, historical sights and a stay in a five-star hotel in Vilnius amid the beautiful buildings of its Old Town.

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