During your stay in Palanga many people visit just beach and pubs. And they forget that besides this you can find there something interesting too, for e.g. a beatiful Tiskeviciai palace. The palace was built in 1897 by project of German architect Franc Svechten. The Tiskeviciai palace is the present Amber Museum. It was established on August 3 1963. The palace is situated in the middle of the botanic park and currently is the home for one of the most valuable amber museums. The museum has the world's biggest collection of amber inclusions.
J.Basanavicius street and the sea bridge are the most popular strolling places in Palanga. The street of J. Basanavicius is the basic street, which leads to the sea bridge. It is full of cafes and entertainment, many people and loud music till the midnight, lots of attractions and souvenirs, etc. Evening strolls to see the sunset is old and popular tradition among vacationers.
Birute hill is located in the south west of the Amber Museum. This hill has a romantic history. It used to be a pagan sanctuary and the observatory of celestial bodies. Today it is a peaceful and quiet place, especially popular among infatuated couples. At the foot of the hill there is a Lurd initiated by earl Tiskevicius. In summertime poetry readings are held here. From the top of Birute hill you can enjoy a broad sea panorama.
Elegant form palace was built in 1897. The park near this palace was created already in 1848 and, I should tell, at this moment it is the most beautiful park in Lithuania. Park was made by project of famous French park architecture designer Andre. He is a creator of numerous parks in Europe and some of them also exist in Lithuania.
Palace at the moment houses museum of amber, one of biggest of this kind in the World.
Mini temple of St Maria, hewed in one rock, near a mount, where Lithuanian pagans offered prayers for gods of the Sun, the Moon, the Thunderer and from as early as 7th century.
People come here to pray, sometimes mass takes place here.
Palanga becomes a capital city in summer. There are other seaside resorts, in the aspect of Nature even nicer (see Curorian Spil - Juodkrante, Nida) but many people prefer Palanga. Main reasons why they choose this place: young people choose it because it's fun, full of bars and lound music (Basanvicius street) , older people choose it because they are used to this place from older times and can't imagine being elsewhere. For people who prefer calmness I'd reccomend Curorian Split (even if you are in Palanga, take at least a day trip to there).
I would divide Palanga into two main parts: Basanavicius street covered with bars and musci in the evening and Pine tree parks with Botanical garden - calm and relaxed.
Negative sides of Palanga: sometimes young people (teenagers and so on) get too drunk, it can be crowded, too much russian music and tourists.
Postive sides: if you want to have fun , that's your place, pine tree forests, sea and air fullfiled with iode (good for your lungs), beaches, nice nature, the pier, romantic sunsets and lovely athmosphere, cheap beer (for those who drink it) and amber.
Small but nice for to take a look while walking at the center of Palanga. In 1897 - 1906 a catholic church in style neo gothic was build by project of Swedish architect K. Strandman. This 76 m. high building still in these days highest building in Palanga. Building of church came to 90 000 gold rubles, Count Tiskevicius made a donation of 30 000 of them. This is third Palanga church. Earlier it was situated in place of hotel Meguva. The acoustics of the church are perfect.
This landscaped garden is one of the prettiest, best preserved, and best kept parks in Lithuania's coastal region. In 1897 Count Felix Tiskevicius founded this park around the palace built the same year. The park was designed by the famous French landscape architect and botanist Eduard Fransua Andre, (1840 - 1911), who spent three summers in Palanga with his son Rene Eduard Andre (1867 - 1942) supervising the park's construction. They were assisted by the Belgian gardener Buyssen de Coulon.
Located in the heart of beautiful botanical park this museum if the finest piece of architecture in Palanga. It is also worth to visit the amber exposition inside.It is housed on the estate of Count Feliksas Tiskevicius. The exposition of Palanga Amber Museum takes up 15 rooms. About 4500 exhibit pieces are found here.
The Museum is becoming famous for its traditional cultural events. For more than 30 summers now the terrace has been home to the Night Serenade concerts. Interesting cultural events and meetings with artists take place in the Fireplace Hall of the estate.
Palanga park is one of the most beautiful scenery parks in the Lithuania. It was founded by count F. Tiškevičius in 1895-1898. The author of project was famous at the time French scenery architect Edward Fransua Andrė. Belgian gardener Buyssens de Coulon supervised the work of Park foundation. It is thought that approximately 500 miscellaneous species and forms of rare trees and bushes grew in the park at that time. In 1960 a state establishment - Palanga botanical park - was founded on its basis. At the present moment the park occupies the area of 86 ha. The park is in the area of calm rest in Palanga resort.
This sculpture is made in 1960 by Lithuanian sculptor Robertas Antinis.This is one of most visited sculptures and almost every family in Lithuania have the picture of their children near this sculpture.
Egle and Grass-snake are the main characters in one of oldest Lithuanian fairy-tale.
There are four reasons I go to Palanga (it is 25 km from my home) :
1. Concerts in Ramybe or Vandenis clubs or on terrace of Amber museum
2. SPA in Vanagupe hotel
3. Walking on the main streets or wonderfull park
Jono Basanaviciaus street in Palanga is a main street, like boulevard to the sea. Even in some songs it is mentioned as a place for never-ending parties and attractions. The name was given in a honnor of J. Basanavicius, who visited resort in 1923. Before it was used to call it "Tiskevicius boulevard".
Place is full of shops, restaurants, clubs, here you can find some nice wooden architecture.
First time a pier was built already in 1589 by English (got permission from Polish - Lithuanian king). Anyway, in the second half in 19th century, it was built again as wooden, at first also for port purposes, and later left just for relax purposes. Nowadays it is one of the main tourist atraction in Lithuanian seaside.
Jurate and Kastytis stands just near the sea, in J. Basanavicius street. Sculpture was presented here still in Soviet times.
Why these people are so important? The names comes from a tale and Jurate, a Godess of the sea, a mermaid, and Kastytis, active fishermen. He was disturbing Jurate due too much finishing, she appeared on sea bank ... and fallen in love with Kastytis. They lived together is sea's castle, but angry God of Thunder (Perkunas) struck the castle. The building was from amber, so even today we could find amber peaces of castle.