Klaipeda (162.4 thousand. Pop.) – One of the oldest cities in Lithuania and its only port. Today Klaipeda is distinguished from other cities distinctive architecture terms, the most important – Fachwerk buildings.
Klaipėda has nice marine tradition since 1934 year, every last weekend of July there is the Sea Festival, which appears in many artistic groups, craft fairs happening. The festival attracts many participants and guests not only from Lithuania but also from abroad. The Kopgalis Fort complex, built in the 19th century. These unique structures also has an impressive Maritime Museum and Aquarium. The museum Dolphinarium prepared for training dolphins and California sea lions. Another interesting museum activities – dolphin therapy for children with disabilities.
Local history accumulated Lithuania Minor and Castle Museum, valuable collections of paintings stored Pranas Domsaitis gallery, visit invite Blacksmith Clock and museums.
In summer musical life on the beach is very intense – of classical and light music festivals, concerts. True music lovers fiesta – international “Castle Jazz Festival in early June, which are annually invited to the new global brightness stars.
Klaipeda can be proud of sports dance ensemble “Žuvėdra” – multiple European and world champion. This is undoubtedly the most famous dance sport ensemble group in Klaipeda.
Klaipeda – as well as the rest of the city. Here, and throughout Lithuania on the Baltic coast, beautiful white sand beaches, nearby to the north of the city – beautiful landscape and unique natural Seaside Regional Park. Is a cruise ship port city on the Baltic country routes list. In 2014 Klaipeda was visited 64 times by the cruise ships.
Ferry crossing the bay – amazingly beautiful nature of the Curonian Spit, and only 25 kilometers from Klaipeda – the largest Lithuanian seaside resort of Palanga.
History of Klaipeda
Klaipeda has long been an important commercial center: as early as the thirteenth century., Crossed the Baltic Sea, it was visited by the North and West sides merchants. Klaipeda founding date is considered in 1252. August 1 st., and in 1257 year granted the city of Lübeck (city) law.
Klaipeda, until 1920 year belonged to Germany, was a purely German city and called Memel. Since 1923 year city belongs to Lithuania.
Today Klaipeda – beautiful and alluring, hospitable city that is open to the world and for tourists, wishing everyone living in or visiting here “great happiness.”