Klaipeda

Germany had made a great influence to the town. Its unique feature is the German built half-timbered houses and the rectangular layout of the streets where once bakers, shoemakers, blacksmiths used to live and ply their trades.
The heart of the old town is the Theatre Square with a Theatre building where Richard Wagener used to conduct in his young days. In front of the Theatre building stands a demure sculpture of Annchen from Tharau built in remembrance of the Memel born German poet Simon Dach.
Klaipeda is also famous for white sand beaches, parks and wild forests.  Even the Prussian Queen Louise, whose family lived in Klaipeda in 1807 had a favourite relaxing retreat – the Klaipeda University Botanical gardens in Tauralaukis.
Klaipeda is great for recreation as there are many tracks for walking and cycling, a modern yachting club for sailing, diving and fishing clubs.  Families always admire an Aquarium and a Dolphinarium, hosting shows of dolphins and sea lions.
Most importantly Klaipeda is the Lithuanian gateway to the world. As the only ice-free port, it was the main trading channel between the Eastern and Western Europe even in the 18th century.
Klaipeda is an attractive cruising destination. The summer months are filled with festivals starting with Street Music Day in May.  The biggest draw has been the international Jazz Festival, which started right after Lithuanian independence.  There is also the flamboyant five-day Sea Festival with carnivals, street fairs and music everywhere.
Klaipeda of today is truly a vibrant, bohemian city with a marine spirit in which to live and work.

Klaipeda
Museums in Klaipeda
Established in 1993 and worth a quick look around, the city’s singularly peculiar Blacksmith Museum provides both a glimpse inside the world of the smithy as well as a tantalising look into the rich ethnic and cultural past of the region.
Displays include exhibits showing the many skills involved in the craft, with a large knot of miscellaneous crosses upstairs. In the back yard are original crosses displaying a multitude of local languages, several of them now extinct. The small building at the back of the complex is a working blacksmith’s workshop, where demonstrations of the craft are given.
Address: Šaltkalvių str. 2
First mentioned in 1252, the city’s castle stood on this site in its many guises for centuries until it was finally dismantled towards the end of the 19th century.
The museum, located inside two separate underground sections of what remains of the structure illustrates both the history of the building and the city in general with the help of a galaxy of display cases, models in medieval costumes and the like. Of particular interest are a series of gorgeous paintings of the castle and the city in its heyday, photos from WWII and the Soviet reconstruction of the city. Outside, a section of the castle foundations has been revealed, complete with display boards explaining how everything originally looked and what their purpose was.
Address: Pilies str. 4
The Lithuanian Sea Museum, the only thing of its kind in the Baltic States.
The aquarium, housed in a reconstructed fort, features a big central pool surrounded by tanks of penguins and a number of unusual fish and other aquatic displays. Outside during the summer you can see shows featuring a big sea lion that plays with balls, hoops and members of the audience. Highly recommended for families with children, the museum is located at the tip of the Curonian Spit. To get there take one of the special ferries that runs between the Old Castle Port ferry and the museum, or take the normal ferry and follow the long path north along the edge of the water.
Address: Smiltynės str. 3
This museum represents The Second World War in Klaipėda city and region – very important and the same time very painful period
2018 January 17 Museum 39/45 (Priešpilio str. 2, Klaipėda), belonging to the History Museum of Lithuania Minor, was opened. It is located in eastern curtain wall of former Klaipėda castle, under the rampart, where during the Second World War Germans erected a warehouse for explosives. About the exposition In the hall „Klaipėda on the eve of the war” visitors for the first time in Lithuania can see and read documents certifying this event, also museum guests are welcome to view photographs and movie chronicles of that time. This hall also reveals fate of persecuted Lithuanians, Jewish and French war prisoners, introduce visitors with fortification systems. The hall “Klaipėda Assault” presents extremely tragic history of Klaipėda city and its inhabitants. In the showcase visitors can see what kind of weapons was used during Second World War. In the hall “Klaipėda after war” an installation is being exhibited, dedicated to the destroyed city churches and the photo story reveals how Klaipėda looked in the first days after the war and how it changed. The museum’s exposition is completed by the “Memory” hall. There is symbolic 6 meter long carriage shielded with glass, under it a lot of ordinary household items that once belonged either to German soldier, either citizen of Klaipėda.
Address: Priešpilio St. 4
Parks & Gardens in Klaipeda
History shows that the monarchs of the Prussian and Russian empires Frederick Wilhelm III and Alexander I, whose territories met a few kilometers from Klaipeda, came together to discuss international affairs on this very spot in a valley by the Dane river way back in 1802.
An exceedingly rare royal occurrence, the event was commemorated as a tribute to the friendship the meeting spawned by the founding of a park which is in the hands of the city’s university. Covering almost 10 hectares, the park comprises of a collection of around 3,000 annual and perennial species organised into several groups, as well as large rock garden.
Address: Kretingos str. 92
On the site of the city’s second main cemetery that opened in 1820 and which was destroyed by the Soviets in 1977.
The 10-hectare site contains around 180 works of art by 54 sculptors as well as several memorials and a former chapel that now functions as a Russian Orthodox church. The park is a popular place for strolling all year around.

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