Nida Things to Do

  • Hill of crosses in Nida
    Hill of crosses in Nida
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  • Hill of crosses in Nida
    Hill of crosses in Nida
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    Parnidis dune
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    Thomas Mann museum

    by yumyum Written Jul 30, 2006

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    Thomas Mann house

    If you are interested in literature, then a visit to the old Thomas Mann house turned into a museum is a must. It is situated on top of a steep hill and can be approached from 2 sides but it's easiest to find if you walk along the haff towards the next village (not the dune) and take the staircase up. There is a nice view from up there. The museum is small and there is an entry fee.

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    Sun clock

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    sun dial

    Unfortunately, the sun clock got destroyed in a storm some years ago. But since you visit the dune, you will see it anyway as it is on top of the hill next to the vast sandy spaces. Take some water with you as it can get rather hot (and windy) up there.

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    Have a peek at Russia

    by yumyum Written Jul 30, 2006

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    Russia in the background

    From the top of the sand dune you can see the Russian side of the Curonian Spit. The wooded peninsula you can see on the photo is in Russia, the Kaliningrad Enclave. When you go walk about on the dune, make sure you don't get into trouble too close to the border line.

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    Enjoy the view from the biggest sand dune

    by yumyum Written Jul 30, 2006

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    myself in 2005 on the dune

    There are several ways to get up to the dune. Either walk along the haff side and climb up the wooden staircase (which I recommend), or walk up along the road (unpleasant walking on tar road, day trippers get driven up there), or walk up through the forest after the last houses on the haff side (I recommend going down that way after baking in the sun on the dune).

    You can walk on the dune but actually conservationists don't like it at all as the dune gets smaller with every person walking on it. But you can read up on that if you follow the path up along the Haff.

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    Weathervanes

    by King_Golo Written May 2, 2006

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    Skillfully carved weathervane

    Nida is famous for its weathervanes carved from wood. Some of the old wooden houses still use these weathervanes, but probably mainly for tourist-attracting purposes. You can also purchase your own weathervane at the souvenir shops.

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    Thomas Mann's summer cottage

    by King_Golo Written May 2, 2006

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    Thomas Mann's summer cottage

    Thomas Mann, the famous German writer, spent three summers on the Curonian Spit in his own summer cottage (1930-32). His house still exists and is now a museum. Also, there's the Thomas Mann Cultural Center.
    Let me quote Mann himself about Nida: "We spent several days in the fishing village of Nida and we were so impressed by the inexpressible beauty and uniqueness of its surroundings that we decided to build a permanent residence in this fair place". His stay there seems to have been quite inspiring as he wrote several essays and even a book while in Nida!

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    The Big Dune

    by King_Golo Written May 2, 2006

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    Me and the dune

    The Big Dune is some 50m high and thereby the biggest dune on the Curonian Spit. It's located just next to Nida and you can actually see it from the town. Some years ago, walking through the vast sand dune was still possible, but now it's forbidden for reasons of nature protection. Please respect this, as the dunes will suffer from everybody who climbs and runs through them. A sign informs you that several tons of sand are shifted when leaving the marked paths and that this will sooner or later result in the destruction of the dune.
    Anyway, the place feels like you are in Sahara - sand everywhere, surrounded by non-Sahara-like pine trees, the sea and the lagoon. It's a marvellous view being up there at sunrise or sunset!
    Btw, the peninsula that can be seen in the distance already belongs to Russia!

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    Excursion by the ship

    by giedre Written Jul 7, 2005

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    Old lithuanian ship 'Kursis'

    Another great way to know Nida is by having a tour with the ship or cater or jought.One hour tour from the Nidas harbour till the russian border and back,in the lagoon ,costs 15lt ( 1euro= 3,44litas).
    Not only you can enjoy amazing view, but talk to the captain and listen to his stories and jokes.
    There are a few different ships, tours are made about one hour interval till about early evening.

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    Places to see in Nida

    by giedre Written Jul 7, 2005

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    Postcard with Nida

    The german writer THOMAS MANN, who visited Nida briefly in august 1929,wrote in his Life Sketches: ' we were very much fascinated by the uniqueness of the nature, its beauty, the world of fantastic, moving dunes, beyond any description'. Later he built a summer house in Nida, & spent the summers of 1930 to 1932 there writing 'Joseph & his Brothers'.

    THE AMBER GALLERY & WITCHE'S HILL ( the wooden folk sculptures on the hill) are also very interesting to look at.

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    Endless walks...

    by giedre Written Jul 7, 2005

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    Lagoon of Nida

    You dont have to plan what you could do here.. just walk... It would take you maybe at least half a day to walk along whole beach from the side of Baltic sea, and about the same on the other side of Nida at the lagoon..You can also try walking in dunes, the part is not forbiden to haves walks yet...but have to warn you.. its really taking lots of strength.. hot sand and seems endless dunes... feelslike 'sahara' i suppose.
    And dont forget huge pine forests...

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    Nida's Church

    by ginte Written Dec 15, 2003

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    Nida's Church

    This church was built in 1887-1888. From 1966-1988 this was the site of the Curonian Spit Historical Museum, after which time the Church was given back to the Evangelical and Lutheran community. Now Catholic as well as Lutheran services are held here.

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    Thomas Mann Museum

    by ginte Written Dec 15, 2003

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    Thomas Mann Museum

    Museum's collection is made up of photos, books, and copies of documents reflecting life and works of T. Mann. Exposition materials connected with T. Mann's spending summers in Nida. Photos and newspapers cutting are shown, which published interviews in Nida with T. Mann.

    No authentic items have remained in the Museum.

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    Dunes, dunes, dunes!

    by Larka Updated Apr 20, 2003

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    Very beautiful view, opening form the sun clock hill - dunes. To get there you need to take a map, anyway it is easy to find, ask anyone! It is possible to get there from bus station in 30 min. (depends on your walking skills).

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    Typical architecture

    by yumyum Written Jul 30, 2006

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    This is the typical German architecture. Part of your time in Nida will certainly be spent with leisurly walks around town and along the Haff.

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    Smiltyne Dolphinarium

    by leromario Written Jul 19, 2006

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    The one and only dolphinarium in the Baltic States.

    For opening hours and ticket information visit Lithuanian Sea Museum page:
    http://www.travel-lithuania.com/pages/Klaipeda/81/Lithuanian_Sea_Museum

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