Nida Travel Guide

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Nida Things to Do

  • Evangelical-Lutheran Church

    The red brick Evangelical-Lutheran Church was completed in 1888 in Neo-Gothic style. It is a fine example of rustic German architecture of that time. From 1966 until 1988 it was home to the Curonian Spit Historical Museum, but later it was given back to the Protestants. Nowadays both Lutheran and Catholic services are held here. Directions:The...

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  • Old Nida Cemetery

    Nida's Old Cemetery is under protection and the rest place of people like the local hotelier Herman Blode and the Curonian preacher K. H. Mertikaitis. Apart from that, many traditional grave markers called Krikstas can be seen in the northwestern edge of the graveyard. They are peculiar to Lithuanian minor and are of pagan origin.Directions:The Old...

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  • Thomas Mann House

    In 1929 the famous German novelist Thomas Mann visited the Curonian Spit and he was so enthusiastic about it that he decided to build himself a holiday home there. It was financed with the proceeds of the Nobel Prize of Literature which he won in 1929. He spent three summers (1930-1932) in the handsome villa, which is nowadays home to a little...

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  • Parnidis dune

    Nida is home to some of the highest sand dunes in Europe. The most famous of them is probably the 52 m high Parnidis dune (Parndzio kopa). From the top of the dune the Baltic Sea, the Curonian lagoon and the Russian excalve Kaliningrad can be seen. Unfortunately, the dunes are threatened by drifting sands and an increasing number of tourists. In...

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  • Nida's Hill of Crosses

    One of Lithuania's oddest and also most famous tourist attraction is the Hill of Crosses near Siauliai (please see my Siauliai page for more details). Also Nida seems to have its own little Hill of Crosses which is dominated by one big wooden cross and surrounded by many smaller wooden crosses.Directions:Nida's Hill of Crosses is located on...

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  • Sundial

    A massive sundial (Saulës laikrodis) is located on top of the Parnidis Dune. It was build in 1995 by the architect R. Kristapavicius, sculptor K. Pudymas and astronomer R. Klimka.The original sundial finger was 12 m high and weighted about 200 tons. Unfortunately it was broken by the hurricane "Anatoly" on the 4th December 1999.Directions:The...

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Nida Hotels

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  • Villa Banga

    Pamario Str. 2, Nida, 5872, Lithuania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

  • Jurate Hotel

    Pamario Str. 3, Nida, 93124, Lithuania

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Simona

    Pamario gatve 21A, 93123, Nida, 93123, Lithuania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

Nida Restaurants

  • Kavine Pastoge

    Kavine Pastoge is a relatively big restaurant which seems to be popular with tourists. The restaurant's rustic wooden interior creates a cosy atmosphere. In summer their nice oudoor terrace is surrounded by flower decorations. Their menu offers a big variety of both local and international meat and fish meals. Prices are slightly above average but...

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  • Kavine Laume

    Kavine Laume is a lovely summer restaurant which offers nice views of the Curonian Lagoon. They have about 10 tables inside and a large outdoor terrace. We once went there for a late breakfast and I opted for a Caotina cocao and thin pancakes filled with fruits.

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  • Restaurant of Agila Cultural Centre

    The Agila Cultural Centre is also home to a small local bar and restaurant. They have just a few tables inside and outside. The interior is kept simple but the food is excellent. They mainly serve local Lithuanian treats, but seem to be also famous for their spaghetti.

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Nida Nightlife

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    by eurogirl24 Written May 25, 2005

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    Not much night live going on in Nida. Make sure to check live music out in one of the local pubs. Can't remmeber the name of the pub, but it's on the hill, close to the post office (the only post office in Nida:). Nida is so small you won't have trouble finding it. I know the band Pelenai is playing there every summer. Those guys are really worth your time. Their live music (soft rock) is really good. Some songs are in English!

    Dress Code: Casual

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Nida Transportation

  • To the Curonian Spit by ferry

    When coming from the Lithuanian mainland, the Curonian Spit can only be reached by ferry. The best connections are from Klaipeda's old and new port. Ferries from the old port leave only in summer and are mainly for pedestrians. They go to Smiltyne, whereas the bigger ferries which are also for cars leave from the new port. These go to the beginning...

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  • To Nida by bus

    We arrived in Nida by bus from Kaunas (4,5 h) and left Nida by bus to Klaipeda (2 h). Nida's bus station is situated at Nagliu 18e, right in the heart of the town. It has frequent micro bus services to Smiltyne near the northern end of the Curonian Spit where the ferries to Klaipeda leave.Other destinations which can be reached by direct bus from...

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  • Explore Nida on foot

    With only about 2000 inhabitants Nida is a relatively small village which can be best explored on foot. Even the surounding landscape including the sand dunes and beaches at the Baltic Sea are still in walking distance from Nida.Just keep in mind to bring proper walking or even hiking shoes.

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Nida Shopping

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  • Baltic Amber

    About 80 % of the world's known amber resources are located in the Baltic region. Amber came into being some million years ago from the sap of various pine trees which became fossilized.One of the most popular souvenirs from the Baltic region are therefore all sorts of amber jewely or amber decorations. You find them in souvenir shops or at market...

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  • Don't expect shopping malls here ;-)

    So you don't want to waist money eating in restourants, but rather would prepear something at home yourself.There are two or three small shops where you can get main things,i mean , basic products, nothing really fancy.All of these shops are in the centre of Nida.You also can buy cigarettes there or top up your phone card if needed.Cigarettes and...

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  • Lithuanian Amber

    Once in Nida, make sure to pick some Lithuanian amber up. It is sold in small designer shops or simply in the street. You can get big pieces, fossils, jewelry, amber dice, chess and bunch of other kinds of souvenirs. Pretty inexpensive compared to what you would pay once it's exported. For about $20 you can pick out something really nice. If you...

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Nida Local Customs

  • Lithuanian beer: Svyturys

    Svyturys is a popular beer brand especially on the Curonian Spit as it is brewed in nearby Klaipeda. The brewery 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...

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  • Lithuanian Currency: Litas

    Although Lithuania joined the European Union (EU) on the 1st of May 2004, they don't have the Euro as currency. Lithuania's currency is still the Litas. 1 Litas is divided into 100 Centai. You can get your money with your credit or debit card from cash points or just by exchanging your local money at one of the bureaux de change.

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  • Wooden signs

    I don't actually know what you call these in English. They are very pretty and I have only seen them in Nida. There are some street signs as well, but these seem to show the wind direction.

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Nida Warnings and Dangers

  • Parking in Nida

    If you are planning to visit the Curonian Spit by car make sure you park in the designated areas. One of my very first impressions of Nida was the sight of wheel-clamped cars that obviously were parked illegally on the street.

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  • False parking or what?!

    I thought that this car overdid the parking or something and had to pay a fine, so it got locked. But on second thoughts, it may be that the owner is afraid of car kidnapping and looked the car himself. In 2005 I parked a rental car in the public car parking over night and it was still there the next morning, no problem!

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  • Forbidden activities

    The following activities are forbidden in Kursiu Nerija National park: 1. to put up tents; 2. to make fire in undesignated places; 3. to damage flora (trees, bushes, forest floor etc.); 4. to walk in the dunes and to climb the dunes in the reservation of the Parnidis landscape, reservations of Grobstas and Naglis; 5. to pollute the environment, to...

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Nida What to Pack

  • Lonely Planet Guide: Estonia, Latvia &...

    The Baltic States are rapidly developing countries, therefore an up to date guidebook is very helpful. I used the Lonely Planet Guide "Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania" which offers information for all budgets on what to see and do, and tips on dining and accomodation.

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  • In Your Pocket Guide

    On my travels to East and Central Europe I always try to get myself the latest edition of the "In Your Pocket" guide. These guides are very up to date, provide useful maps and offer all sorts of practical information for independent travels. Most of the tips can also be found on their webpage.Lithuania is the cradle of "In Your Pocket" as the the...

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  • A good attitude

    When on th Island there was this Spirit of "love" in the air. I started to sing the song "Love is in the Air", and so I saw this old couple holding hands I thought was cute, so I took their picture.

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Nida Off The Beaten Path

  • Memorial to the Lithuanian Gliding...

    Between 1933 and 1939 Nida was home to the Lithuanian Gliding School. Later from 1939 until 1943 it was used by German military airforce, as the Klaipeda region was occupied by Germany.Nowadays a symbolic metal hangar which was built in 1979 remind visitors about the former gliding school. In 1998 a memorial stone for the Lithuanian and German...

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  • Old Soviet watchtower

    During the Soviet era the Curonian Spit was more or less off limits to foreigners because of its potential military significance.It was mainly only communist officials who were allowed to take their holidays here. The function was probably more for the purposes of observing the activities of its own citizens than to keep enemies away Directions:The...

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  • Russian border zone

    On one rainy day we decided to take a walk from Nida along the beach to the border zone to Russia. One half of the 98 km long Curonian Spit belongs to Lithuania whereas the other half belongs to the Russian exclave Kaliningrad. Nida is located only about 3 km north of the border. So we headed of to the Baltic Sea side of the Curonian Spit and...

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Nida Sports & Outdoors

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    by King_Golo Written May 2, 2006

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    Cycling the Spit is an interesting way to get to know this place. The terrain is flat so cycling is easy. There's hardly any traffic. Plenty of beaches allow you to stop and go for a swim in the sea.
    Keep in mind that the Spit is quite long - it's 45km from Smiltyne (i.e. its upper part) to Nida (i.e. its southernmost Lithuanian point).

    Equipment: Either bring your own bikes or rent them in Nida (or perhaps also Klaipeda). Nida has several bike rental places. I've mentioned but one below.

    On the road to Kaliningrad
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  • The harbour

    Nida has got a relatively big harbour which is divided into two sections. Fishing and other commercial boats can be found in the northern part, whereas yachts and pleasure boats lie at anchor in the southern part. The entrance to the yacht harbour is flanked by two lighthouses. A green white one on the right and a red white one on the left.

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  • Weathervanes

    The iconic weathervanes were introduced to the Curonian Spit in 1844 by the fishing autorities. They were attached to the mast tops of the local fishing boats to identify them in the assigned fishing areas. It was also possible to learn from them about the owner's family and his wealth.Later the weathervanes became more colourful and were also used...

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  • Flora and fauna

    Appart from the flowers, there are also mushrooms and berries growing in the forrests. People like wandering around and collecting with buckets. There are also wild boars to be encountered but I was both times on the bus, so I couldn't take a picture. But please don't feed them!

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