Cruise ship terminal is situated 800 meters from the city center or within approximately 8-10 minutes walking distance.
Tourist information center mobile kiosk provides maps on pier while ships are in
port. A permanent tourist information center is located a short walk from the
quay to the Theatre Square (Turgaus st. 7), open Mon-Fri: 9 am-7 pm, Sat-Sun:
10 am-4 pm. Provides info, souvenirs, stamps, post cards, internet access, bike
rental, excursion tickets, and city bus tickets.
An hourly free shuttle is provided free by the city of Klaipeda as the streets are made op rather large cobble stones.
Printable map to take along.
Watch a destination video.
The port of Klaipeda, today a fishing and manufacturing center,
is Lithuania's oldest city (it dates back to the seventh century).
Although much of its original architecture has been destroyed through the years, the city has a distinctly Germanic look from its 700 years of Prussian rule. Sights include the Picture Gallery's sculpture collection (we like the statues in the adjacent park best), the History Museum of Lithuania Minor, and the Protestant Church of St. George (on Market Square).
Klaipeda is good for an hour or so sightseeing. Most tourist head for either Nida or Paulanga on an organized tour.
On occasion the Klaipeda Tourist board offer tours to: Palanga, 3 hours, departing at 10.30 am, 20 Euro and to Nida, 4 hours, departing at 11 am, 30 Euro. Tours are in mini busses and sell out quickly.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here
Take the ferry over to the Curonian Spit. Curonian Spit is a 100 kilometer long peninsula made up of sand dunes and beaches.
Ferries run every hour to Smiltyne and only cost a few euro. The ferry docks close to town and run hourly.
Nida. The town is an upmarket holiday resort, hosting about 200,000-300,000 tourists each summer
Palanga. Palanga is a popular seaside resort at the Baltic sea. The town has been recently beautiful renovated and has the best beach in the Baltic's.
Shoppers should visit Mantas Street, where the city's most fashionable boutiques are located. Open every day except Sunday.
There are many shopping malls in Klaipeda. The biggest one is called Akropolis and is the biggest shopping mall in the Baltic's. There are many things to do in Akropolis: cinema, ice-ring, restaurants, shops, 2 supermarkets, pizzerias and so on.
Throughout Klaipeda there are numerous sidewalk cafes and restaurants.
There is a delightful craft market. It is about a 10 minute walk along the Dane River at the bridge at Tillu Galve. The Meridian, a restaurant sailing ship, is adjacent to the market area.
Since 2015 the Euro is the currency of choice.
The official language of Lithuania is Lithuanian, making up one of only two languages [along with Latvian] on the Baltic branch of the Indo-European family. Despite the kinship of Lithuanian to many other European languages, the archaic nature of its grammar makes it hard for foreigners unfamiliar with the language even to form basic sentences. Russian is spoken almost universally, whilst the younger generation is also becoming more and more proficient in English.
Many hotels and sidewalk cafes offer free WiFi. The Old Mill Hotel about a 100 meters from the dock has good WifI, although it can get busy with crew members. The Casino Terrace in town also offers good connections.
Emergency Telephone Number: 112.
January 1 New Year's Day
February 16 Day of Re-establishment of the State of Lithuania (Independence Day)
March 11 Day of Restitution of Independence of Lithuania
Sunday-Monday (March-April) Easter (in the Western Christian tradition)
May 1 International Labour Day
First Sunday of May Mother's Day
June 24 St. John's Day, Midsummer Day (Jonines, Rasos)
July 6 Day of the Statehood (the Crowning Day of the Lithuanian King Mindaugas)
August 15 Assumption Day (Žolines)
November 1 All Saints' Day (Velines)
December 25-26 Christmas
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