One of the few ports that remains ice free year round in the Eastern Baltic. Much of the town was damaged during World War II and many of the already damaged churches were demolished by the Russians afterwards. However it is worth a visit as part of a tour or cruise itinerary to see its narrow streets, half timbered houses and remains of medieval fortifications. Next to Klaipeda is The Curonian Spit (a World Heritage Site), a peninsula that separates the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon.
Close to Theatre Square, in the centre if town, are many of the historical half timbered buildings. The Clock Museum (tells the history of time keeping) is 15 minutes walk from Theatre Square but check times of opening. On the way to the Clock Museum you pass The Arch after you cross the Dane River which commemorates the joining of Klaipeda to the rest of Lithuania. An unusual feature are padlocks secured to the iron fences of bridges with inscriptions engraved on them (what seems an Eastern Baltic custom). The most interesting area is the older historical area and museums around Theatre Square.
Lithuania is one of Europe’s best kept secrets with its clear lakes, white sandy beaches, boundless forests and tiny capital Vilnius with its attractive Baroque old town.
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Photo: Lithuanian History Museum – Klaipeda (RG) 35