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Klaipeda, Lithuania

Known as Memel for much of its ancient and politically charged history, this quaint harbor town was part of Prussia and Germany until 1923, when it was taken over by neighboring Lithuania and renamed Klaip?da, presumably after its boggy terrain (klaidyti=obstruct and peda=foot). Over the centuries, Klaip?da enjoyed prolonged periods of economic prosperity spurred on mainly by grain and timber production. Captured by the Soviet Red Army in 1945 for its obvious value as a seaport, the city soon became the foremost maritime port in the Eastern Baltic. Today's Klaipeda once again belongs to Lithuania, but retains its status as the Baltic's finest port, along with many of the more charming examples of the timber-frame or Fachwerk-style buildings that it became famous for in the 18th century. Thankfully, the boggy terrain is long gone.

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Klaipeda, Lithuania

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Klaipeda is a candy store for architecture buffs, and one of the city's most elegant buildings is a rare Prussian-era, Neo-gothic post office known as the Old Post. Designed by H. Schoede in 1893, it features a symmetrical interior with brilliant frescos of birds carrying letters as well as a picturesque tower with a 48-bell carillon, the biggest musical instrument in all of Lithuania.

Sporting Adventures

Water sports, naturally, are among the favorite leisure pursuits in this town, with kayaking, sailing, and fishing at the top of the list. One of the best spots to partake in is the Curonian Lagoon, a protected area with drifting dunes and magnificent vistas. Or if you want to combine sightseeing with a little leg-stretching, renting bikes is a great way to explore the city.

Local Flavors

Klaipeda cuisine is a blend of English, Dutch, German, Prussian, and even French (who ruled the region briefly in the 1920s). For a taste of “exotic Lithuanian food,” try the cepelinas, vedarai, and other forms of potato pancakes and dumplings. Theatre Square, with its lovely Old Town atmosphere, is your best bet for good traditional Lithuanian fare.

Shopping for Bargains

Akropolis, as the name suggests, is the biggest shopping mall in the city. So big, in fact, that it even contains a skating rink. (Trust us, that's big!) For a more boutiquey shopping experience, start at Lietuvninku Square and stroll along H. Manto Street up to the old market. You'll find everything from hip and trendy emporiums to locally made handicrafts along the way.

Currency

The basic unit of currency is the Lithuanian litas (LTL).

Weather in Klaipeda, Lithuania

Month:

Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 31.3° -0.39°
Average Low 22.6° -5.22°
Mean Temperature 27° -2.78°
Record High N/A N/A
Record Low N/A N/A
Precipitation Inches Centimeters
Average Precip. 2 in 5.08 cm

Before You Visit

Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.

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