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Klaipeda

Lithuania
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Lithuania's largest port. Klaipeda's eclectic architectural mix gives it a curious charm.

Situated at the mouth of the Dane River, close to the Nemunas River, Klaipeda has long been an important port city on the Baltic Sea. Klaipeda's varied mix of architectural styles tells part of its history. Teutonic Knights founded Klaipeda as Memelburg. The name was shortened to Memel when it was part of Prussia and later the German Empire, and as an autonomous "free city" protected by the League of Nations following World War I. Klaipeda has been called Klaipeda (literally "flat ground" in an ancient dialect) since the 15th century, but the name only became official after World War II.

Klaipeda's Old Town is a pleasant place for a few hours of wandering, while admiring half-timbered Germanic architecture. Klaipeda is a popular stop for Baltic Sea cruises, too. The cruise port, not far from Old Town, is home to plenty of diversions. There's a ferris wheel and bars popular with the town's younger inhabitants. The left bank of the calm Dane river has restaurants and cafes. Don't miss the fish restaurant in the reconstructed ship, Meridianas. This is the hometown of the Svyturys brewery too, making it the best place to try one. Klaipeda is also ideal as a base for visiting the Curonian Spit. You can go on a private or group tour, or on your own. There are ferries across the short gap at the northern end of the Spit. There's also a regular boat service direct from Klaipeda to Nida.

What I love about Klaipeda

Kevin

Content Specialist

I'm quite fond of the beach at the northern edge of Klaipeda, from its breakwater with views of ships entering the harbor, to the pine forest running alongside a shore hosting the occasional bunker, but the city's biggest draw is the Curonian Spit, just across the lagoon. Essentially one long sand dune running for 100km, the town near the Russian border, Nida, has been drawing German tourists for centuries. People still flock to see the German artist's colony (once home to Thomas Mann), take in the cute painted wooden homes and sculptures, climb Europe's largest sand dune, and hunt for amber (I found 13 pieces on my first visit, while walking along the beach near the Russian border).

Where to stay in Klaipeda

Klaipeda's compact city center has several hotels but from our experience these are the best in their respective price categories. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Historic Hotel
One of the nicer hotels in Klaipeda, this Old Town property is done in an historic style. The bar & restaurant are standouts in town.
Classic Hotel
Located on the banks of the Dane River, this hotel is well-located and offers simple, clean rooms.
Boutique Hotel
Beautifully designed, stylish and comfortable rooms in a great location.

Things to do in Klaipeda

The old town area of Klaipeda, with its half-timbered buildings, can be explored comprehensively in a couple of hours, but the big attraction and the main reason for visiting Klaipeda has to be the Curonian Spit, the 60 mile sand dune that separates the Curonian lagoon from the Baltic Sea. A day trip here with your own private driver is the best way to explore. Start by crossing via the short ferry service then driving along the Spit, stopping at the dunes, looking for amber along the shore, and checking out the carved statues at the hill of witches, then breaking for lunch in the picturesque fishing village of Nida. After lunch, venture within a few hundred yards of the border of Kaliningrad, the Russian enclave on the Baltic coast, before returning to Klaipeda.

Klaipeda Private Walking Tour
Palanga and the Amber Museum Private Tour
Soviet Nuclear Missile Base Private Tour
Curonian Spit Private Day Trip

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Klaipeda

Spend some time in Klaipeda on a tour that takes in other cities in Lithuania and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Klaipeda and other destinations make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

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4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Klaipeda vacation packages
Based on 8 reviews

Martha & Anne

Ohio

If you are seeking travel independence with the ease of having a company plan the details for you, then JayWay Travel is the best option. They only work with the best hotels, guides, and transfer people.

If you are seeking travel independence with the ease of having a company plan the details for you, then JayWay Travel is the best option. They only work with the best hotels, guides, and transfer people.

Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Itinerary : Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Vilnius
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Itinerary : Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Vilnius
Rating :
5 / 5

Susan

Texas

Finding our grandparents' home villages was at the top of the trip, but the whole experience was fantastic. JayWay Travel was thorough, thoughtful, and flexible. They know how to make a trip enchanted.

Finding our grandparents' home villages was at the top of the trip, but the whole experience was fantastic. JayWay Travel was thorough, thoughtful, and flexible. They know how to make a trip enchanted.

Year : 2018
Visited : Lithuania
Itinerary : Vilnius, Klaipeda, Kaunas
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Lithuania
Itinerary : Vilnius, Klaipeda, Kaunas
Rating :
5 / 5

Frank & Dolores

Florida

Lived up to all of our expectations and more!

Lived up to all of our expectations and more!

Year : 2018
Visited : Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia
Itinerary : Vilnius, Klaipeda, Riga, Tallinn
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia
Itinerary : Vilnius, Klaipeda, Riga, Tallinn
Rating :
4.8 / 5
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