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Useful information for shore excursions in Klaipeda
We have put together all useful information about the most beautiful attractions, a map of the port as well as other facts to accompany you on your shore excursions in Klaipeda below.
The most beautiful attractions in Klaipeda
On the Theater square in the Old town you will immediately see one of the most popular sights of Klaipeda, the statue of “Ännchen von Tharau” above the fountain of Simon Dach that stands in front of the City Theater. This landmark of the city was rebuilt in 1989 with the help of donations after being completely destroyed in World War II. Originally it was built in the memory of Poet Simon Dach (1605 – 1659) in 1912.
The Curonian Spit is a 98-km (61 miles) peninsula known as a popular tourist destination and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 52 km (32 miles) of the peninsula belong to Lithuania, the remaining kilometers are Russian territory. At various places it is possible to swim in the Baltic Sea. The special highlights of the island are the picturesque sandy beaches and impressive dunes, amongst which there is the longest shifting sand dune in Europe.
The Spit can be reached by a ferry that travels several times a day between the peninsula and the mainland.
Lithuanian Sea Museum and Dolphinarium
There is a dolphinarium north from the Curonian Spit, with an attached Maritime museum, where you can admire a variety of fish species. Outside, the museum also houses seals and sea lions. The dolphin and sea lion show lasts about 45 minutes and attracts about 400,000 visitors annually.
Plokstine Missile Base
In the Žemaitija National Park about 90 km (56 miles) from Klaipeda, visitors can find a former underground rocket facility from the Cold War which has been accessible to tourists since 2011. In addition to the rocket silos, where four R-12 nuclear missiles were once stored, you can also explore the underground tunnels and learn about the history of the Cold War.
Map of cruise port in Klaipeda
There are two cruise ship terminals at Klaipeda harbor: the Central Klaipeda Terminal, located near berth 80-81, you can find a travel agency, fast food restaurants and cafes here. From the berths it is about 3 km (1.8 miles) into the city, but there is always a free shuttle available.
The old terminal Klaipeda Ship Repair is located at berth 28-33 and is only 800m (1/2 mile) from the old town.
Things to know about your excursions in Klaipeda
Shipping companies and routes
A lot of major cruise lines like NCL, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Oceania and Costa cruise have their stop at Klaipeda port during their cruise in the Baltic Sea.
Immigration and visa
Lithuania joined the Schengen Agreement in 2007. US citizens don’t need to apply for a tourist visa if the stay is less than 90 days (passports are sufficient). Also holders of the British citizen passport do not need a visa to enter Lithuania. Since basically all Baltic Sea voyages travel to St. Petersburg, you must carry a passport that is still valid for at least six months.
However it is always advised to inquire information about the valid entry requirements at your cruise operator before your trip.
Taxi and other public transports
Tourists can use Klaipeda’s extensive bus network to get around the city on their own. The Old town can easily be reached on foot from berth 28-33 (alternatively by bus 13): from the Central Klaipeda Terminal take the shuttle bus or bus 9.
If you decide to take a taxi, look for a company logo and a working taximeter. You pay about 40 to 70 cents per km (0.46 – 0.8 dollar/km) in Lithuania.
Euro is the national currency of Lithuania, you can exchange your money at exchange spots or use credit cards. Currently 1 dollar is equivalent to 0.86 euro and 1 pound is 1.11 euro
The months of May to September are considered the best time to travel to Lithuania. It is at its warmest between June and August, often reaching 22 degrees (71F). In May and September the maximum temperature is around 17 degrees (63F). For a beach holiday it is recommended to plan your trip in August due to pleasantly warm water temperatures. The lowest rainfall rate are in April and May. In winter, it is very cold, the maximum temperature is at about 2 degrees (35F)
Website of the port and tourist organizations
- Port operator: Port of Klaipeda
- Terminal operater: Central Klaipeda Terminal
- Official website: Klaipedainfo
- Online tour guide: Wikitravel
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