"Klaipeda – Gateway to the Curonian Spit (Neringa)" Top 5 Page for this destination Klaipeda by HORSCHECK

Klaipeda Travel Guide: 263 reviews and 626 photos

Klaipeda was the third stop on our trip through Lithuania in summer 2006. Before WWI Klaipeda was a German city named Memel, therefore it is nowadays much frequented by German nostalgia tourists. It is situated on the Baltic Sea near the narrow outlet of the Curonian lagoon.

The ferries to the popular small villages on the Curonian Spit leave from Klaipeda’s port which is the only commercial port in Lithuania. Another popular daytrip destination from Klaipeda is the bustling beach resort Palanga.

Klaipeda has a small old town with narrow straight streets and many half-timbered (Fachwerk) houses, but no churches as they were all destroyed during WWII. The river Dane divides the old town from the much bigger new town which dates back to the 19th century.

"Then come the wild weather, come sleet or come snow, we will stand by each other, however it blow."
--- Simon Dach ---

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quaint little old town and good location for daytrips along the Baltic Sea.
  • Cons:It can be difficult to find affordable accommodation in summer when not booking in advance.
  • In a nutshell:Gateway to the Curonian Spit (Neringa).
  • Last visit to Klaipeda: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated May 2, 2015
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Thanks Holger for this really interesting, informative page. I didn't know anything about this city before reading your pages, now I do and it sounds quite a nice place!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Another nice place that you visited-keep on trekking

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Holger - thank you for this very interesting page on Lithuania! Great photos and excellent information on your impressions of Klaipeda during your visit several years ago.

  • travelfrosch's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:45 AM

    Thanks for this look at Klaipeda, Holger. Lots of useful information for my travel research. I'll especially remember the beer tip. ;)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Holger, I see it's a superb place to explore....

  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2009 at 3:48 AM

    Nice page. Klaipeda peeks my interest because in the 1980s a ferry port was built in Mukran (Rügen Island) for a container ship connection to Klaipeda. I've always wondered how the city on the other end of that route looked.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Very interesting K and D towers! And the Meridianas ship -- would love to have dinner in a vessel with such a rich history...excellent pages, Norman :)

  • Pinat's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2009 at 1:35 AM

    Having seen the picture of Meridianas on your first tip, I ended up reading the whole page and totally enjoyed. Cheers, Pinar

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2009 at 6:17 PM

    Clear and concise tips, thanks for sharing.

  • Aug 25, 2008 at 1:36 AM

    Small tip regarding Old Port ferry, it operates round the year but in winter period between voyages is longer - once an hour instead of once in a half an hour or even 15 minutes in summertime. Cars not taken on board at all at Old harbour.


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