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Klaipeda In Your Pocket

Klaipeda In Your Pocket

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The only guide to Lithuania's seaside capital, Klaipeda, that you will ever need.
The only guide to Lithuania's seaside capital, Klaipeda, that you will ever need.

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N°17 - 6Lt
www.inyourpocket.com
Insie
A fully updated, impartialscrutiny of the best things
Klaipėda has to offer visitors
 for the next 12 months
Outsie
Two cracking little guides toNida and Palanga
 June 2009 - My 2010
Hotes Resturnts Cfés Nightife Sightseeing Events Ms
KlaIpEda 
“In Your Pocket: 
A cheeky, well-written series of guidebooks.”
The New York Times
9 771822 179014
 
Contents
ESSENTIAL CITY GUIDES
June 2009 - May 2010
klaipeda.inyourpocket.com
Arriving in Klaipėda
 
5
Happy landings
Basics 
6
Essential information, from tipping to toilets
History 
8
Events that shaped the city 
Culture & Events 
9
Theatre, concerts, galleries etc.
Where to stay 
10
Beds and tents for all budgets
Dining & Nightlife
Where to eat 14
A compendium of cuisine
Cafés 16
Coffee and cakes
Nightlife 18
Drinking, dancing and a little bit of nakedness
Contents
Sightseeing
What to see 22
The very best places to visit 
Getting around
25
When legs just aren’t enough
Mail & phones 
28
Keeping in touch
Shopping 
29
Amber, antiques and vast shopping centres
Directory 
30
Everything else you need to know
Nida
 
33
Lithuania’s lagoon-side oasis
Palanga 
38
A little Baltic slap and tickle
Maps
Country map 45Street register 46City centre map 47City map 48
Index 50
Nathan Greenhalgh
Whilst we don’t recommend you leave Klaipėda beforeyou’ve even started reading this guide, we would like to point 
out that if you’re in the city for a while then you really shouldhead north and/or south and spend at least a little time inPalanga (see p.38) and/or Nida (see p.33). Completing the
hat trick is of course the ultimate goal, but if you’ve only got 
time for one, remember, Palanga for a party and Nida for something altogether more cultured and refined.
Klaipėda Timepiece Museum
 (p.23) Sco
 
Foreword
Klaipėda
In Your Pocketklaipeda.inyourpocket.com
June 2009 - May 2010
klaipeda.inyourpocket.com
arriving in klaipeda
ESSENTIAL CITY GUIDES
EditorialEditor
Sco
Layout & Design
Vaida Gudynaitė
Researcher
Saulina Kochanskaitė
Cover Photo
Sco
Sales & CirculationPublisher
Vilnius In Your Pocket 
General Manager
Rūta Klimavičiūtė
Accounting
CO Finansai
Sales Manager
Inga GrikienytėAvailable for 6Lt from bookshops,
kiosks, hotels and Tourist InformationCentres. We are proud to be themost-stolen item from hotel foyers,cafés and the back pocket of anyonewalking slowly.
Although Lithuania’s third city in terms of size and
population, few would argue that Klaipėda is in many ways its second. Home over the colourful and turbulent centuries to the Curonians, Germans, Livonians andLietuvininkai to name but a few past residents, likeany contemporary Lithuanian conurbation Klaipėda(or Memel if you wish) comes with its own fiendishly 
complicated ethnic and cultural heritage, a fact that makes it the intriguing and at times immensely enjoyable city that it is. Blown to smithereens as the
curtains closed on WWII, today’s Klaipėda is a curiousamalgam of the Soviet mindset spiced up with a splashof German history and a modicum of shiver-me-timbers
21st-century playfulness. Taken on its own, the BalticStates’ only ice-free port would be of moderate interest 
to visitors if it wasn’t for its location mid-way between
the Tweedledee and Tweedledum resorts of Nida andPalanga, both included in this guidebook. Together, the
three destinations make up a sort of Baltic Riviera,providing a tempting variation of things to see and do from the scientific gravity of the Klaipėda TimepieceMuseum to the slap and tickle sensuality of Palanga.Completely revised and updated, find everything you
need to know tucked inside the following 52 pages.
Comments, suggestions, custard pies and knives in the
back as always to klaipeda@inyourpocket.com.
Copyright notice
Text and photos copyright UAB VIYP 1992-2010; some photos, LATGA-A;
maps, cartographer. All rights reserved.
No part of this publication may bereproduced in any form, except brief 
extracts for the purpose of review,
without written permission from thepublisher and copyright owner. The brandname In Your Pocket is used under license
 from UAB In Your Pocket (Vokiečių 10-15,Vilnius, Lithuania tel. +370-5 212 29 76).
Editor’s note
The editorial content of In Your Pocket guides is independent from paid-for 
advertising. Sponsored listings are
clearly marked as such. We welcome allreaders‘ comments and suggestions.
We have made every effort to ensure
the accuracy of the information at thetime of going to press and assume noresponsibility for changes and errors.
Publisher Vilnius In Your Pocket
Vokiečių 10-15
Vilnius, Lithuania
tel. (+370-5) 212 29 76
 fax (+370-5) 212 29 82
vilnius@inyourpocket.com
www.inyourpocket.comISSN 1822-1793©UAB “VIYP”
Printed by A.Jakšto spaustuvė
Published once a year in June
16,000 copies.Whether you believe it’s the so
-lidified tears of a broken-heartedbeauty or the fossilised resin of prehistoric pine trees, amber ( 
 gin- taras 
) can be found in abundancealong the Lithuanian coastline. Thegood news for people who can’t be bothered to arse around in the
water looking for it themselves isthat it’s available in all its forms in
a number of shops around the city,including the one listed on p.29.
Cover story
In Your Pocket
 
is Europe’s biggest publisher of 
locally produced travel guides, producing almost 
 four million guides per year. With print guides tomore than
50 cities
across the continent, tra-
vellers ask for 
In Your Pocket
guides by name:
they trust our content and our flawless levels of 
accuracy.
In Your Pocket
remains committed to
its founding aim of covering the world with well
researched and well written city guides. This year 
we have already launched a new guide to
Odesa
,and will be launching new guides in
Glasgow
,
Sarajevo
and
Vienna
. If you think that you can
contribute, and think you have what it takes to pub
-lish your own
In Your Pocket
guide, get in touchwith us at pocketmycity@inyourpocket.com.
Europe In Your Pocket
By bus
Long-distance buses arrive in Klaipėda from Kaliningrad,
Riga and most major Lithuanian towns and cities. At thetime of writing the bus station was a construction site,with a series of small cabins bolted together standing inuntil a brand new bus station opens in August. Facilitesinclude plastic outside toilets, a left luggage office
bagažinė 
) for travellers who only plan on spending the
day in town, and little else. If you need money, the closest 
ATM is over the road inside the train station.
Getting to town
Taxis can be found lurking around the station perimeter. A ride to Old Town should cost around 10Lt from an honest 
driver. Buses to the city centre leave from outside the train
station just across the street. For more information on the
subject, see Arriving by train. The bus station is a good 20-
minutes away on foot from Old Town.
By car 
Klaipėda is at the end of the 311km highway from Vilniusand is also connected to Riga via the A13 (E272) that hugs
the Lithuanian coast before crossing the border and be-
coming the A11. Brave souls wishing to take a vehicle intothe city should know in advance that Klaipėda’s a sprawl
-ing mass of bumpy roads possessing little in the way of 
useful signposts. Don’t leave valuables unattended, and if you can, use guarded parking whenever possible.
By ferry 
Ferries arrive at Klaipėda’s International Ferry Port from
Kiel and Sassnitz in Germany as well as Karlshamn inSweden. Facilities are few and far between. If you want 
to change money, find a Medicinos Bankas kiosk (Open
08:00 - 20:00, Wed, Thu 08:00 - 21:30, Fri, Sat, Sun24hrs) in the main terminal building.
Getting to town
 The International Ferry Terminal is about 18km south of the
city centre. Bus Nº1a leaves from outside the main terminalbuilding a few times a day, and is timed to coincide with arriv
-
ing ferries. Buy a ticket from the driver for 2.40Lt and validate
it in the appropriate machine. Journey time to the centre isabout 25 minutes. All buses terminate at the last stop on Tai-kos before Old Town. Taxis are usually waiting around outside.
A journey to Old Town costs anything from 35-60Lt.
By plane
Klaipėda is served by Palanga Airport, which is about 
25km north of the city on the main A13 (E272) highway.At the time of writing, the airport handles flights to and
 from Copenhagen, Riga, Oslo (Rygge) and Moscow (Vnu
-
kovo). Small even by Lithuanian standards, the airport 
is easy to use. A currency exchange office takes care of changing money although there’s little else to be foundinside.
Getting to town
Buses for Klaipėda leave from the small stand outsidethe main entrance, and all of them go via Palanga. The
 journey time is about 50 minutes. Tickets cost 7-8Lt and
can be bought from the driver. The bus terminates at themain bus station. See Arriving by bus for more informa
-tion. Taxis are usually parked outside the terminal building 
whenever flights arrive. The journey to Klaipėda costs
anything from 100Lt upwards.
By train
A handful of trains arrive in Klaipėda each day fromŠiauliai, Šilutė and Vilnius. Facilities at the train stationinclude toilets, ATM, large luggage lockers (4Lt/day), a
drinks machine and not a lot else.
Getting to town
 Taxis can be found outside the front of the station. A ride
to Old Town costs around 10Lt from an honest driver.Minibus Nº8 leaves from a small stand to the right of theexit and goes south through the city centre. Pay the driver 
2.50Lt and shout when you want him to stop. The larger 
city bus Nº8 leaves from the bus stop to the right of the
minibus stop and follows the same route. Buy a ticket 
 from the driver for 2.40Lt. Both buses go through Old Town
during the week and around it at all other times. The trainstation is a good 20 minutes away on foot from Old Town.
Klaipėda Tourist Information Centre
N-7, Tur-
gaus 7, tel. 41 21 86, tic@klaipedainfo.lt, www.klaipedainfo.lt.
These lovely and helpful people can
sell you a map, arrange a guided tour, find you a bed for the night and sell you a ticket if you’re planning on
leaving town. English and German spoken.
Q
Open
09:00 - 19:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 16:00 (Jun 1 - Aug 31).
Open 09:00 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun (Oct 1 - Apr 30).
Open 09:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 16:00. Closed Sun(May, Sep).
J
Tourist information
Homeland Farewell 
by L. & R. Janischowski Sco

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