Aukstkiemiu k. Sendvario sen., Klaipeda, 92359, Lithuania
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Kopgalis sea fortress
The park / cemetery
Sunset in Klaipeda
Travel Tips for Klaipeda
Walk along the river Dane
Dane is the river on which banks Klaipeda is situated. Traditionally the whole life of Klaipeda's people goes near this river..
And like in all Lithuanian "city rivers" swans live in this river. Like a symbol of eternal love for Klaipeda... Following the river you can get to the port from where you can take the ferry to Curonian Spit (beaches, Lithuanian sea museum etc.).
Baltic housekeeping at its best!
One of the defining features of both Latvia and Lithuania is the impressive level of general 'housekeeping', with no tolerance for untidiness or litter in cities or towns. Clearly people consider this a priority and tidy up after themselves (and others) out of a sense of pride and civic duty - a lesson that many other countries (especially my own) would do well to learn from.
On the Curonian spit, the Baltic obsession with tidiness is raised to an art form. Horse-drawn traps to transport tourists from the Klaipeda ferry to the aquarium at Smiltyne come with their own poo bucket as standard equipment and all offending waste products are scooped up with such efficiently that it’s debatable whether they even touch the ground first!
In September...if your not a Baltic person,
Tote bag, camera bag, picnic basket (with food in it). *Jacket for night ("Heavy" Aberdeen)
*Jacket for day ("Light" Blazer)
*Tennic shoe (for on the streets or sidewalk)
*Sandels (for on the beach)
*Long sleeve shirt (for nights)
*T-shirt (for days) *Your own Toilet paper (Charmin)
*2nd pair of glasses (just in case your first pair breaks) *Camera (2 if you can)
*Lots of film
*Batteries for the camera or flash
*Tripod (Important for clear still shot w/ no blur) *Tent (Just in case)
*Fishing pole+tackle box (hey some people travel with their golf bag & clubs. Take LOTS of APPLES (for the picnic basket)
Actually, in the summer most...
Actually, in the summer most tourists bypass Klaipeda itself and head for the beach! But I'll put Nida and Palanga here anyway, since they are close to Klaipeda. These coastal resort towns are must-see places - especially Nida, which has some nice examples of restored, traditional Lithuanian architecture, good restaurants (in summer), and - of course - beaches. Not far from Nida is Thomas Mann's summer house, where he stayed in the early 1930s - it's nestled in the pines and well worth seeing.
The sand dunes at Nida are extensive and beautiful - even more so than those in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. If nature photography is your thing, this is the place for it. Walk the dunes at sunset for contemplation or romance!
Palanga is worth seeing for the Amber Museum (pictured here) - in a 19th century estate - and the Botanical Gardens. And if you are camping at the beach in summer, Palanga is the place to go for nightlife and eating out.
There was a grand contrast...
There was a grand contrast between Palanga and Nida in this respect. The restaurant we ate at in Palanga was excellent - the one in Nida was terrible, with glacial service - sorry I can't remember the names of these places! Restaurants in Nida can get extremely expensive even by western standards in the summer high season. Hunter's sausages (in Palanga) - which will be served to you literally flaming!
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