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KLAIPEDA: Fachwerk Old Town and Sandy Dunes

Klaipėda is the 3rd largest city of Lithuania, with a population of 150 thousand people. The city’s history goes back as far as 1252, when the Livonian Order constructed the castle of Memel there. Today's Klaipėda is known for its unique Fachwerk (Timber-Framed style) old town, neo-gothic architecture, lovely craftsmen‘s courtyards, cobblestone streets. The city also features the famous Drama Theatre and the Square, with gracious sculpture of Ann from Tharau. renowned for its vibrant atmosphere: folk performances, craft fairs, and amber markets are regularly held here. The city offers to its visitors a large number of exiting museums such as the largest of that kind in Europe, Lithuanian Maritime Museum, Klaipėda Castle Museum, Clock & Watch Museum, Blacksmith Museum. Over 100 various kinds of creative sculptures, statues and monuments can be found in Klaipeda, which make the search for the hidden treasures adventurous and inspirational. The wealth of Klaipeda is a large variety of maritime, cultural and folk events hosted here. In summer, Klaipėda attracts thousands of guests to the traditional Sea Festival, Klaipeda Jazz Festival, outdoor theatre performances, folk dance & song competitions, ship parades, sailing regattas. Cycling in Klaipeda and its region is most enjoyable way to explore its acient architecture and stunning nature, thus avoid fixed programs and traffic congestion. The dense network of bike routes of nearly 200 km long, are costructed here.

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Useful information

Language

Lithuanian

Distance from pier to city center

Cruise Vessel Terminal located 100 meters from the centre of Klaipėda.

Transportation to/from airport

Taxi: 25 km to/from domestic Palanga airport

Currency

EU euro EUR

Transport to/from city center

Taxi is available in Cruise ship terminal.

City Card

Not available

Downloadable map

Port information

KKlaipeda Cruise Vessel Terminal is located within walking distance from the historical downtown of Klaipeda. Vessels with the length of 315 m and the draft of 8.5 m can be moored at the terminal. All services necessary for tourists are proposed in the terminal and its approaches: taxi, postal service, Free WiFi, currency exchange, ATM, souvenir shops, bars, restaurants, hotels. For even more convenient accessibility (especially for elderly and limited mobility guests) a shuttle bus service can be arranged. Personalized greetings and folk performance are held on the Terminal. Free city and attraction maps can be collected form the Terminal, as well. In 2024, Klaipeda Port scheduled the construction of the II Cruise Terminal will be built in Klaipeda: just across the Dane River, in the very centre of the city.

Berthing policy: First come, first served.

Pier 28, 29, 30, 31, 32

Max LOA: 315 m Max depth: 8,5 m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Cruise Passenger Fenders available (brand and type): Rubber cylinder Info on tides: No tides Learn more

Quay No 80

Max LOA: 300 m Max depth: 9,5 m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Passenger, Con Ro Fenders available (brand and type): Rubber fenders Info on tides: No tides Learn more

Port Fees

Harbour dues (Currency/GT)

0,12 EUR/GT

Passenger dues (Currency/PAX)

1 euro

Services available for guests

Always available
Available in some cases
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Pier
Personal welcome
Musical welcome
Free local food samples
Gifts for passengers
Cruise guest national flags
Shopping & Attractions
Shops open on Sundays
Shops offer flexible opening hours for cruise guests
Museums offer flexible opening hours for cruise guests
Shops accept credit card payment with no lower limit
Destination has special offers for crew
Port
Independent guest reception and help
Local life and events with locals
Mailbox available
Signed route from pier to city centre and/or public transport
Tourist information (office or maps) in port area
Destination collaboration
Local cruise network
Authorized guides
Education of tourism partners on the cruise guest
Possiblity for special arrangements and flexibility
Destination video available for Cruise Lines
Transport
City centre within 1 km from pier
Publicly regulated taxis
Turnaround facilities
Airport less than one hour drive from port
Airport less than one hour drive from city centre

Selected attractions

Klaipeda Old Town

Klaipėda is the 3rd largest city of Lithuania, with a population of 150 thousand people. The city’s history goes back as far as 1252, when the Livonian Order constructed the castle of Memel there. Today's Klaipėda is known for its unique Fachwerk (Timber-Framed style) old town, neo-gothic architecture, lovely craftsmen‘s courtyards, cobblestone streets. The city also features the famous Drama Theatre and the Square, with gracious sculpture of Ann from Tharau. renowned for its vibrant atmosphere: folk performances, craft fairs, and amber markets are regularly held here. The city offers to its visitors a large number of exiting museums such as the largest of that kind in Europe, Lithuanian Maritime Museum, Klaipėda Castle Museum, Clock & Watch Museum, Blacksmith Museum. Over 100 various kinds of creative sculptures, statues and monuments can be found in Klaipeda, which make the search for the hidden treasures adventurous and inspirational. The wealth of Klaipeda is a large variety of maritime, cultural and folk events hosted here. In summer, Klaipėda attracts thousands of guests to the traditional Sea Festival, Klaipeda Castle Jazz Festival, outdoor theatre performances, folk dance & song competitions, ship parades, sailing regattas.

Curonian Spit

Curonian Spit – a treasure of Klaipėda region. The Curonian Spit is a 100-km-long narrow sand peninsula, which divides the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. It is one of the most stunning natural attractions in Lithuania, listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Its uniqueness and distinctiveness features the highest sand dunes in Europe. The Curonian Spit is known for Nida and Juodkrante resorts, which unveil the distinctive architecture of fishermen's farmsteads. In Nida, guests can admire the beautiful, gothic-style Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Museum-House of Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann. On the 50 m. high Great Dune, a magnificent panoramic view opens up at the top over Nida and the dunes of Kaliningrad. When staying in Juodkrante, it is worth visiting wooden sculpture exposition on the Hill of Witches, with its large collection of wooden sculptures revealing the mysteries of folk tales.

Palanga Resort

Palanga is the country's largest resort, situated 25 km north of Klaipėda. The resort town is known for its unique Amber Museum, which has the world’s largest collection of amber fossilized insect inclusions. The Museum, located in the Botanical Gardens, is housed on the beautiful manor of the Count Tiskevicius. Visitors can also admire the beautiful neo-gothic church, authentic Kurhaus, wooden villas. Bustling pedestrian Basanavicius Boulevard offers to its visitors a large variety of attractions, entertainments, gourmet restaurants, nightclubs and discos for every taste and desire. Palanga pier, stretching long to the open sea, invites people for a leisurely stroll to see magnificent seascapes.

Plokstine Nuclear Missile Base

Plokštine Soviet Nuclear Weapon Site. The Soviet Nuclear Weapon Site is hidden among deep forests and lakes: under the Soviet regime, it was built as a top-secret site in the 1960s to accommodate four surface-to-surface nuclear missiles targeted to Western European cities. Currently, this old Soviet launch site opens its grim corridors and tunnels for tourists. One can climb through the narrow hatch and see the 27-metre deep missile silo and the bleak soviet soldier living quarters. The guides are local villagers who witnesses the existence of the Nuclear Site.

Lithuanian countryside

Lithuanian countryside (farmsteads). Visiting Lithuanian farmsteads, meeting local people, participating in local festivities, taking folk dancing and singing classes are the most memorable and exciting experiences proposed in Klaipeda region. National food restaurant offers tastings of dishes from various ethnographic regions of Lithuanian. Villagers vividly demonstrates ancient folk traditions and local way of life.

Exciting extras

“Švyturys” Brewery

Established in 1784, still brewing. Oldest brewery in Lithuania, the beer from here is very popular in all of Lithuania.

Kretinga Museum

Also known as Kretinga Manor: Archeological finds, art and ethnography, restored orangery.

Kretinga Church and Monastery

17th century Franciscan monastery. Peruse the 400-year old altar, church crypts – accompanied by a Franciscan brother.

Vente Cape Ornithological station

More than 50.000 visitors a year. One of the world’s most important bird migration spots.

Events

21 May 2021
21 May 2021
Klaipėda ship parade
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21 May 2021
21 May 2021
“Street music festival"
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Category: Music
21 May 2021
21 May 2021
“Night of the museums”
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Category: Other
2 Jun 2021
2 Jun 2021
Klaipėda Castle Jazz festival
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Category: Music

Varied Shore Excurions

CLASSIC & POPULAR

Klaipeda Old Town & Palanga Amber Museum
Old town of Klaipeda. More than 28.000 pieces of amber pieces, jewellery and decorations at the Amber museum in Palanga.
Curonian Spit –UNESCO World Heritage Site
Unique and distinctive UNESCO heritage site, one of the most stunning natural attractions in Lithuania.
Legends of the Witches Hill
Ensemble of wooden sculptures depicting Lithuanian fairytales characters, in the heart of the woodland.
Vente Cape Bird Ringing Station
Wild nature sanctuary, resting place for migrating birds. One of the first European bird ringing stations (1929). Try to ring a bird yourself.

NEW & ADVENTUROUS

Soviet Nuclear Missile Site
Top secret, former Soviet nuclear missile base: Corridors, main operation room, engine room, impressive 27-metres deep mineshaft.

Contacts

Klaipeda Tourism and Culture Information Centre
Romena Savickiene
Director
Klaipeda State Seaport Authority
Kristina Gontier
International Relations Manager