Klaipeda fascinates in every step: eyes are delighted with the harmony of old and new buildings, the body is soothed with the softly murmuring Baltic Sea, the gaze is attracted with many sculptures decorating the city, sinking in the infinite greenery. Klaipeda's Old Town is notable among other towns in Lithuania for its compactness and the abundance of German and Scandinavian architecture. In the interwar period, it was even considered one of the most beautiful cities in the north European region.
Architecture ubnknown in other towns
Klaipeda is the oldest city in Lithuania, first mentioned in 1252 under the name of Memelburg. This is a city of German culture, characterized by moderation and modesty.
Klaipeda's Old Town is unique with its fachwerk architectural style and the planned street structure, which is uncharacteristic to any other old town in Lithuania. Its streets are geometrically configured very correctly, and the angle of intersection is always straight.
Once upon a time Klaipeda's Old Town had the major office buildings, later – commercial centres, with the largest city stores, wholesale warehouses and banks.
Today Klaipeda amuses tourists with its many cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops, and of course architectural monuments.
The Theatre Square is like a magnet that attracts people. It is a very popular place among the city people and its visitors. It hosts a variety of concerts, the Sea Festival, the International Jazz Festival and other events.
An important focus of the Theatre Square is the exclusive Tarawa Anike sculpture depicting a youthful barefoot girl. The sculpture was erected in the memory of the poet Simonas Dachas and perpetuates one of the poet’s described heroes. The love song of Tarawa Anike can be found among the German folk songs and its melody still can be heard in the Munich Town Hall bells today.
Now let's head to the impressive Arka monument weighing 150 tons, and stretching to 8.5 meters in height. It was built in 2003 commemorating the 80th anniversary of joining the Klaipeda area (Lithuania Minor) to the greater Lithuania. A column of red granite symbolizes Lithuania Minor, and gray granite – Lithuania Major. The top, cleaved part of the monument, depicts the Karaliaučius region – Kaliningrad, which has never been connected to Lithuania. Engraved on the monument are famous words of the Lithuanian poetess Ieva Simonaitytė: “We are one people, one land, one Lithuania”.
Also, do not miss the opportunity to visit the Artists' yard. Original fachwerk warehouses of Klaipeda from the eighteenth century never found elsewhere in Lithuania host the Art workshop, which invites visitors to experience the spirit of past times, to get familiar with handicraft articles of the West Lithuania and try to create something on your own.
Summer Christmas, or the ultimate Sea Festival
If you come to Klaipeda on the last weekend of July, you will get straight into the traditional Sea Festival organised in the city from the middle of the twentieth century. It's a super fun event that attracts a lot of people, which is also called the summer Christmas, and its purpose is entertaining people and promoting maritime matters. The Sea Festival covers a number of cultural, sporting and entertainment events: concerts, performances and shows. Those who participate in the feast, want to return to it again and again.