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This tour combines the sites of Klaipeda Old Town along with a visit to Palanga, the most popular seaside resort in Lithuania and home to the impressive The Botanical Garden and the famous Palace of Amber Museum.
Klaipėda's Old Town is different from the rest of Lithuania since it has a lot of German and Scandinavian architecture. It is unique with its fachwerk architectural style and the planned street structure, can't be found in any other old town in Lithuania. Its streets are geometrically configured very correctly, and the angle of intersection is always straight. One of most popular places in Klaipėda‘s old town is The Theatre Square. It hosts a variety of concerts, the Sea Festival, the International Jazz Festival and other events. In the square you shouldn't miss the Tarawa Anike sculpture depicting a youthful barefoot girl.
Klaipėda Castle, also known as Memelburg or Memel Castle, is an archeological site and museum housed in a castle built by the Teutonic Knights. The castle was first mentioned in written sources in 1252, and underwent numerous destructions and reconstructions in the centuries that followed. During the 19th century, having lost its strategic importance, the castle was demolished. Archeological work was performed at the site during the 20th century, and in 2002 a museum was established underneath one of its bastions. Currently, the castle is being restored.
Ann from Tharau fountain at the centre of the Theater square is the monument is dedicated to Simon Dach, a German poet who was born in Klaipėda and studied at Konigsberg University. Ann was a girl whom the poet fell in love with at first sight. However, she was engaged to another man. Simon Dach dedicated a poem to her and called it "Ann from Tharau", the poem is very popular in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The fountain with the sculpture of the girl and the bas-relief of the poet was created in 1912 by a sculptor from Berlin – Alfred Kune.
One of most popular places in Klaipėda‘s old town is The Theatre Square. There is a sculpture of Ann from Tharau in the middle of the fountain at the centre of the square. The monument is dedicated to Simon Dach, a German poet who was born in Klaipėda and studied at Konigsberg University. Another notable building is the Drama Theatre. Since the 18th century, the theatre has played an important role in the cultural life of Klaipėda. The square hosts a variety of concerts, the Sea Festival, the International Jazz Festival and other events.
Palanga is the main seaside resort town of Lithuania. It is famous for its wast beaches of sand. In the summer, a multitude of tourists visit Palanga, both for its beaches and to enjoy the maritime atmosphere as well as the local mineral waters. Jonas Basanavičius Street is a pedestrian thoroughfare during the high season. There are dozens of restaurants, bars, rides, and other forms of entertainment. The Amber Museum is open to the public, as are as the museum's extensive botanical gardens. Anaičiai Ethnographic Cemetery holds a collection of 19th- and early 20th-century graves. In the Sculptures Garden, one can find 28 contemporary Art statues by artists from Armenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine.
The Palanga Amber Museum is located in the restored 19th-century Tiškevičiai Palace and is surrounded by the Palanga Botanical Garden. The museum's collection of amber numbers about 28,000 pieces, of which about 15,000 contain inclusions of insects, spiders, or plants. The Baltic sea coast is know for its large deposits of amber, so the many of exciting museum pieces come from just outside the museum door.
Set off to explore the little town of Klaipeda and a visit to Palanga, the most popular seaside resort in Lithuania and home to the impressive Botanical Garden and the famous Palace of Amber Museum. 80% of the world’s amber is located in the Baltic, and we’re sure you’ll be fascinated by the exhibits and accompanying information about different types of amber, how they’re formed, and the many uses of amber, in addition to jewelry.
You’ll go on a highly enjoyable walk along Basanavičius street leading up to the Palanga Sea Bridge. Most of Palanga’s cafes, restaurants and entertainment are to be found on Basanavičius street.
You’ll also visit the Neo-Gothic red brick Assumption of Virgin Mary Church which houses the only picture in Lithuania with illustrated crying Mother of God.
Return back to Klaipeda. In the Theatre Square you will meet the famous sculpture of Ann from Tharaw and drama theatre. Here you will get to know about the old town of Klaipėda, street layout features, architecture and history. You will meet mystical inhabitants of the Old town - "The cat with the face of a gentleman", discover "mysterious mouse" and learn what power it has, also find out why the Dragon clambered up on the wall and what a chimney sweeper is doing on the roof of one the Old town houses.
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