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On a strategic site, where the Dane River meets the Baltic, the port of Klaipeda has a complex history. Its historic center is a charmer, thanks to prime examples of 18th century timber-frame construction built in the Fachwerk style.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
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.
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.
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.
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.
The basic unit of currency is the Lithuanian litas (LTL).
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