Klaipeda Local Customs

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    Lithuanian Currency: Euro (since 2015)

    by HORSCHECK Updated May 2, 2015

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    Lithuania joined the European Union (EU) on the 1st of May 2004 and on the 1st of January 2015 Lithuania even became a member of the Eurozone. This means that nowadays the Euro is the official currency in the country.

    When I visited Klaipeda in 2006, Lithuania still had the Litas as official currency. The Litas was subdivided into 100 Centai.

    You can get your local money with a credit or debit card from cash points or just by exchanging your local money at one of the many exchange offices.

    Former 100 Lithuanian Litas note
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    Ännchen von Tharau - the lyrics

    by globetrott Updated Aug 18, 2014

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    Aennchen von Tharau - the lyrics

    Just in case that you are interested in the lyrics of the famous song and hopefully you know some german PLUS also have some extra phantasy in order to understand the parts of the lyrics that are in some very antique german language, click on the link here to youtube while you read the text below:

    Ännchen von Tharau ist’s, die mir gefällt,
    Sie ist mein Leben, mein Gut und mein Geld.

    Ännchen von Tharau hat wieder ihr Herz
    Auf mich gerichtet in Lieb' und in Schmerz.

    Ännchen von Tharau, mein Reichtum, mein Gut,
    Du meine Seele, mein Fleisch und mein Blut!

    So wie ein Palmenbaum über sich steigt,
    hat ihn erst Regen und Sturmwind gebeugt,

    So wird die Lieb’ in uns mächtig und groß
    Nach manchem Leiden und traurigem Los.

    Ännchen von Tharau, mein Reichtum, mein Gut,
    Du meine Seele, mein Fleisch und mein Blut!

    Würdest du gleich einmal von mir getrennt,
    Lebtest da, wo man die Sonne kaum kennt;

    Ich will dir folgen durch Wälder und Meer,
    Eisen und Kerker und feindliches Heer.

    Ännchen von Tharau, mein Licht, meine Sonn,
    Mein Leben schließ’ ich um deines herum.

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    and these are some additional Ännchen-lyrics I found on
    Wikipedia, but when you listen to any version on youtube
    you will see each singer takes out different verses:

    Käm alles Wetter gleich auf uns zu schlahn,
    Wir sind gesinnt, beieinander zu stahn.

    Krankheit, Verfolgung, Betrübnis und Pein
    Soll unsrer Liebe Verknotigung sein.


    Was ich gebiete, wird von dir getan,
    Was ich verbiete, das lässt du mir stahn.

    Was hat die Liebe doch für ein Bestand,
    Wo nicht ein Herz ist, ein Mund, eine Hand?

    Wo man sich peiniget, zanket und schlägt,
    Und gleich den Hunden und Katzen begeht.

    Ännchen von Tharau, das wolln wir nicht tun;
    Du bist mein Täubchen, mein Schäfchen, mein Huhn.

    Was ich begehre, begehrest du auch,
    Ich lass den Rock dir, du lässt mir den Brauch.

    Dies ist dem Ännchen die süßeste Ruh’,
    Ein Leib und Seele wird aus Ich und Du.

    Dies macht das Leben zum himmlischen Reich,
    Durch Zanken wird es der Hölle gleich.

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    Below you will find a different Version in the old local dialect !

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    Kurenwimpel / weathervanes

    by globetrott Updated Aug 11, 2014

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    A Kurenwimpel is something that you will find only in this part of the world. It is something like a flag, but not made of cloth, but made of wood, iron, copper or tin or a combination of them. Local fishers of Klaipeda had to fix such Kurenwimpel / weathervanes on top of the mast of their fishingboats, so the authorities could easily find out about fishingboats from other parts of the country fishing in the area of Klaipeda without permission.
    A Kurenwimpel is not just a decoration with funny signs set togeather without any meaning, but it has to follow certain rules. When you know all the secret rules of them you will be able to find out immediately about the total number of boats that a fisher has, about the village where he lives, number of familymembers, children etc.
    Kurenwimpel make a perfect souvenir from Kaipeda !
    And when you arrive by cruiseship in the port of Klaipeda you will see such a Kurenwimpel on top of a mast, close to the place, where the ships are docking.
    b.t.w.: the Kurenwimpel in my Picture is quite a modern one, that is obviously advertising a Jazz-Festival.

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    Litas is still the currency of Lithuania !

    by globetrott Written Aug 9, 2014

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    Lithuania still has the old currency Litas (LTL) , BUT Euros are accepted everywhere at souvenirstands and similar places where lots of tourists are going to shop.
    The exchangerate between Litas and Euros was fixed already some years ago:
    1 EURO = 3,45280 Litas
    For 2015 the country is planning to take over the Euro as the official currency of Litauen / Lithuania !

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    Baltic housekeeping at its best!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Apr 11, 2012

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    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!

    Horse with poo bucket at the ready ...

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    Tips

    by aterola Written Aug 26, 2008

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    I ussually leave 7-10 percent from the bill. Even in daytime when having lunch. If I have a lunch for 15 litas, I will leave 2 litas. If I eat for 45 litas, I will leave 4 or 5 litas... But tips are not must. If I don't like the service of waitress (I never mix waitress and kitchen work), I don't give any tips.

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    Taking of your shoes

    by aterola Written Aug 26, 2008

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    Ussually when comming to somebody's home, we take shoes away. I know, that acording etiquet, it is not needed to do, but in LIthuania it is acording to the owner of house. It is polite to take shoes of. But if owner tells you "don't take of your shoes", then it means, that you just walk in with shoes. But is can be unpolite just to walk inside of rooms without trial to take shoes of.

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    We don't keep our legs on the table

    by aterola Written Aug 26, 2008

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    we DON't keep our legs on the table, next chair or somwere else. You can lay down at home, when you need to relax your legs, or you can lay down on the grass in the town, but we are sitting legs down in restaurants and hotel halls and visiting friends at their homes...

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    caps away in restaurants...

    by aterola Written Aug 26, 2008

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    If you respect the place ( restaurant, privat houses, etc) and if you respect the owners of the house, you should take of your cap. The really low culture people stay with cap even sitting by table ! It means, you don't respect the place and food and anythig... Really not nice...
    Ladies can stay in hats, if they wear one, but for man no one kind of cap is good (except religious things).

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    Beer from Klaipeda: Svyturys

    by HORSCHECK Updated May 20, 2007

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    Klaipeda is home to Lithuania's oldest brewery: Svyturys. It was established in 1784 and produces various sorts of beer like wheat beer (Baltas), dark beer (Baltijos) and of course lager beer (Ekstra).

    Nowadays Svyturys is owned by Baltic Beverages Holding which is controlled by the Carlsberg breweries.

    On my trip through Lithuania I tried a few Lithuanian beers and I must admit that Svyturys Ekstra was among my favourites.

    Svyturys from Klaipeda
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    Not much left from old Memel

    by lotharlerch Updated Apr 14, 2005

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    Unfortunately the town is in this respect not comparable to Vilnius and Kaunas. Most of the older buildings have been destroyed at the end of WW2, the most remarkable relieving one is the post office built around 1890.

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    Summer - time for festivals

    by satara Written Mar 4, 2004

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    The most important Klaipeda's festival is "Juros svente" (Sea festival). The date varies every year but usually it starts at the end of July or beginning of August - whole weekend dedicated for music, dances, markets, concerts, drinking beer, swimming and sailing.. What else can you want?:)

    In 2004 the Sea festival will start on July 23rd! COME!

    festivals in Klaipeda (www.klaipeda.lt)

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    I admired the colorful stained...

    by Yubert Written Aug 25, 2002

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    I admired the colorful stained glass I saw in many churches. It was explained to me that the stained windows often told a story.

    Because many people during the middle ages were illiterate, the church had to use pictures to tell their story.

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    all people like to sea

    by Latvija Written Dec 14, 2005

    KLAIPEDA IS DIFFRENT CITY OF LITHUANIA BEFORE ALL SOVVIET PRESIDENT COME THERE AND POPULER CITY BUT NOW NOBODIES KNOW JEWEL

    people like monument wiev post office wiev from Klaipeda university wiev from klaipeda  beach central park klaipeda

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