What to see and do in Klaipeda, Lithuania

Top 10 Klaipeda attractions

Klapeida and its attractions

Planning a trip to the Baltics? Be sure to include Klaipeda in your itinerary.

This small – only 190 thousand population – Lithuanian city has an amazing attraction, which is both in the cries of seagulls in the port, and a light refreshing whiff of sea breeze on your face, and in the special feeling one gets in this place.

Despite the loss of all the temples and 60% of the old buildings during World War II, Klaipeda can pleasantly surprise even seasoned travelers.

Old Town

This is the best place to start exploring Klaipeda. A walk through the Old Town, through its narrow cobblestone streets with ornate houses covered with scaly tile roofs that look as if they were taken from a picture, will bring a lot of positive emotions.

On the way you will see traditional Old Town houses in the style of half-timbered houses, old barns and amazingly beautiful embankment of the river Dane.

Here on the wall of one of the houses crawls three-meter red dragon, which in the rain pours streams of water on the footprint of man.

The old city is famous for its sculptures. You will definitely meet the “Cat with the face of a gentleman” nicknamed Klaipedis. Approaching him, you can experience his secret charms. What are they? You’ll find out for yourself.

Not far from Piles Street you’ll meet the “Guardian of the Old Town” – a bronze Doberman guarding the peace and quiet of this Klaipeda neighborhood.

Klapeida Old Town

You’ll surely like the touching sculpture “Post of the Old Town” (at the crossroads of Turgaus and Tiltų Streets), because everyone can leave a letter with ideas, suggestions and wishes for the city here.

And the little “Magic Mouse”, sitting on the curb near the Kurpai Jazz Club, will make all your wishes come true if you whisper them in your ear.

The streets will surely lead you to one of the most beautiful places in Klaipeda, located in the heart of the Old Town, the Theater Square.

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The cobblestone sidewalk, amazingly beautiful Dacha fountain and magnificent architecture of the theater, built in 1775, seems to transport you to another era, putting you in a romantic mood.

The sculpture “Anhen of Tarau”, which is one of the symbols of the city, is sure to catch your eye. It depicts the girl heroine of a song written by Simon Dach, a native of Klaipeda and a German poet of the 17th century.

A little further from Theatre Square you can easily notice the city’s landmark – the Exchange Bridge. The oldest bridge in Klaipeda divides the Old Town and the New Town.

Built in 1826, the wooden bridge faithfully replenished the city treasury: each ship paid tax and the bridge had a special opening in the center for the passage of ship masts.

Exchange Bridge in Klapeida

In 1879 a drawbridge was built on stone abutments, decorated with the heads of bulls. At the beginning of XX century there were streetcars on the bridge (today there is no streetcar transport in the city). Modern structures of the bridge, created in 1946 in Leningrad, were installed in 1948.

Opposite the arch by the Exchange Bridge in 2002, an Information Column with a clock and a map of the city was installed. It is interesting that at this place in the late XIX-early XX centuries there was a Meteorological Column with a barometer, thermometer and reference meter.

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Lithuanian Maritime Museum

Klaipeda’s most popular attraction is located in the northern part of the Curonian Spit. Visitors are attracted not only by the abundance of exhibits, but also by the diversity of the museum. The museum complex includes the Maritime Museum, Aquarium, Nature Museum of the Curonian Spit and Dolphinarium.

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On the way to the museum you can climb aboard the trawl boat and trawler. You can also wonder what the life of Lithuanian fishermen of the 19th century looked like – the ethnographic museum was established on the place of the former fishing village near the fortress.

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The Maritime Museum occupies the premises of the 19th – mid 20th century fortress. Kolgalis. Here you can learn about the history of Lithuanian shipping and examine in detail a collection of propellers and various anchors.

The aquarium is located in the building of the old fort. 34 small and 1 large aquarium with a diameter of 20 meters will introduce you to the magical world of Baltic Sea underwater inhabitants.

Here you can see more than 100 species of different fish, but also rare Baltic grey seals, penguins and sea lions.

The marine fauna exposition includes shark teeth, various kinds of fossils and the largest in Europe collection of shells from all seas of the world – it has 3.5 thousand exhibits.

The only dolphinarium on the eastern Baltic coast, opened in 1994, offers not only performances with the Black Sea dolphins, seals and harbor seals, but also conducts sessions of dolphin therapy.

The museum is located at 3 Smiltenes Street.

Klaipeda Castle

Founded in 1252, Klaipeda Castle always attracts many tourists. Such interest is explained by the unusual exposition of the museum, allowing to plunge into the atmosphere of the Middle Ages, and the closed nature of the castle in the Soviet period (the castle was located in the territory of the experimental shipyard, where unauthorized persons were not allowed).

During its rich centuries-long history the castle survived both destructions of foreign conquerors and numerous fortification works of restoration and strengthening of the fortress, losing its military significance only in the middle of the XVIII century.

Castle in Klaapeida

Archaeological research on the castle began in 1968, and from the late 20th century and up to now restoration work has been carried out.

In 2002, a museum was opened in the castle to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the founding of the city. Klaipeda Castle is also a great vantage point from which you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city.

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If you are a fan of jazz, try to get to the city in June when the castle hosts a colorful unforgettable spectacle – the jazz festival “Klaipeda Castle”, which gathers about 20 thousand spectators.

The castle is located at 4 Castle Street.

Clock Museum

A true pride of Klaipeda and a unique museum, founded in 1984, can amaze you with unusual exhibits in its collection.

In the first part of the exhibition you can get acquainted with the history of the development of devices for measuring time – from fire and water clocks to modern quartz and electromagnetic. Here you can also see unusual and unique models of ancient calendars.

Clock Museum in Lithuania

The second part of the museum’s exposition is devoted to the decoration of clocks in a variety of styles, from Renaissance to Art Nouveau.

In the park next to the museum there is a sundial equatorial clock. In the summer, you can synchronize your clocks here with a floral calendar clock.

In the tower of the old post office there is a bell tower. On weekends you can hear the crimson ringing of bells floating over the city.

The address of the museum is at 12 Liepu Street.

Blacksmith Museum

The museum is located on the site of the blacksmith Gustav Kacke’s smithy which was famous at the end of the 19th century. Through the efforts of metal restorers, the museum exhibits artistic crosses, wrought iron household utensils, fences and gates, architectural wrought iron ornaments for houses, and various forging tools.

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There is also a blacksmith’s shop where you can buy original forged items and even try your hand at it. The reward for labor will be a ring and a snake made of brass.

The museum is located at 2 Saltkavlų str.

Park Sculpture

You can have a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle of tourism at the Sculpture Park, located in the city center, near the bus station.

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The park was founded in 1977 on the site of the first cemetery in Klaipeda. There are 117 works of art created by 61 sculptors on an area of 10 hectares.

Clapeida Sculpture Park

The sculptures can be touching (“Family”) or funny (“Song of the Sea”), as well as controversial, but most importantly, they do not leave anyone indifferent. In the northern part of the park is the Memorial to the Soviet soldiers who fell in the battle for Klaipeda in January 1945.

The park is a favorite vacation spot for citizens because of the beautifully landscaped landscaping, playgrounds and tennis courts.

The park is located between K. Donelajcio, Trilapio, Liepu and S. Daukanto.

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Klaipeda Lighthouse

Although the port on the Dane River was founded at the same time as the city in 1252, the first lighthouse appeared in Klaipeda only in 1796.

The light of 16-meter lighthouse was only visible in clear weather and at a distance of one nautical mile, so in 1819 the lighthouse was superstructured and equipped with modern lighting equipment. The light signal was now visible at a distance of 16 miles (about 30 km).

Since 1937, the Klaipeda Lighthouse began to provide radio signals. An observation deck was installed on its tower, from where a beautiful panoramic view of the city and the Baltic Sea could be seen.

In 1945, retreating German forces blew up the lighthouse. After the end of hostilities the lighthouse was rebuilt, only a 4-meter high base was left of the old lighthouse.

Klapeida Lighthouse

The modern Klaipeda Lighthouse, painted in black and white stripes, is situated on a high (44.5 m) tower of reinforced concrete. It is equipped with a modern satellite navigation system. The lighthouse is closed to the public, but you can admire the view of the lighthouse quite freely.

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The 200-litas banknote depicts another – the Small Lighthouse, which has not survived to this day. Called White because of its color, it was built in 1884 at the end of the northern breakwater and shone red.

Pranas Domšaitis Art Gallery and Cultural Center

The art gallery, founded 30 years ago, is located in four old 19th- and 20th-century buildings. It has a permanent exhibition of more than 500 paintings, dedicated to the creative heritage of the Lithuanian expressionist painter P. Domeshaitis.

Painting Gallery in Klapeida

The permanent exhibition of contemporary decorative and applied arts of Lithuania is of great interest. The gallery also hosts other art exhibitions.

Gallery location: Liepu Street 31-35.

Sailboat Meridian

Is one of the main symbols of Klaipeda. This sailing ship, built in 1948 in Finland, was given to the USSR under the contribution after World War II.

Famous Sailboat Klapeida - Meridian

For 20 years it was used as a training ship, and in 1959 it was moored to the quay of the river Dane. Since 1971 it has had a restaurant, which is now closed for renovation.

The sailing ship is located on the Dane quay.

Museum of the History of Lithuania Minor

Located in one of the oldest buildings in the Old Town, the Museum of the History of Minor Lithuania was founded in 1924. The rich exhibition (more than 50 thousand exhibits) helps to learn about the historical past of Klaipeda and Lithuania Minor.

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Here you can see archeological artifacts, models of cities, old photos and a beautiful collection of icons of East Prussia.

The museum is located at 6 Didžioji Vandiāns Street.

The city holds many more secrets. Come to Klaipeda, feel its unique flavor, and you are sure to fall in love with this beautiful seaside city.

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