KLAIPĖDA is the third most populated city in Lithuania. The city stretches for 15 km alongside the Curonian Lagoon and is 3 km wide. Covering an area of 98 km2 and having a population of 154 000, Klaipėda is an average sized European city.
Klaipeda is an important centre of industry, culture and transportation with the only universal, ice-free port. Due to it’s favorable geographical location, convenient system of international and local transport networks and well-developed infrastructure, guests can comfortably and quickly reach Klaipeda from any part of the world.
Klaipėda is the oldest city in Lithuania and one of the oldest cities on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea, and it has unique 18th century Fachwerk-style architecture. One can visit Castle Museum founded on the location of Memelburg castle, or peruse the Lithuanian Maritime Museum with it’s rich exposition and Dolphinarium. Or visitors can explore unique Watch-Smith products and Lithuania-Minor Museums, the famous Anike square, or the old Post-Office with the carillon tower.
The city is deservedly proud of the long tradition of organizing the annual Sea Festival, which attracts more than a million guests to impressive on-shore and water events.
Palanga – is 26 km from Klaipėda and is often referred to as an "amber" resort. One can visit the Amber Museum, which is famous for its extensive amber collection. A bustling pedestrian alley attracts those who like to connect with others while admiring sea views from the sea bridge. The Botanical Park is also a highlight close by.
The Curonian Spit – is a "pearl" of the Klaipėda region. It is a unique blend of nature, and old culture. Sea, wind and time have created the highest, whitest and the most beautiful sand dunes in Northern Europe. This site is included in UNESCO’s world heritage list. Here, next to the golden dunes, are marvelous resorts with pine-tree woods and white sand beaches.
Ornithological station of Ventė corn (founded in 1929) – is one of the oldest in Europe and the great bird migration route passes through it. There is a museum in the station where one can see gigantic bird traps and learn the process of giving birds the "Vente passport" – a weightless ring on its leg. Here you will see the unique Vente corn lighthouse – a technical heritage site protected by the state.
Soviet Nuclear Weapon Site - this top-secret site is located in the Plokstine forest near Plateliai. In two years (1960-1962) 10,000 soldiers dug with spades and created 27 m deep silos and a two-storied underground management centre. Taking into consideration the changing political situation, the rockets were directed toward the Western European countries. Presently the Museum of Militarism is housed there and you are able to visit and get acquainted with the cold war fortress.