Flights to Klaipeda
As well as being Lithuania’s third largest city, Klaipeda is the only port city in the country and it’s located at the mouth of the Curonian Lagoon where it meets the Baltic Sea, in the north west of Lithuania. For tourists Klaipeda has a number of different attractions and is a nice city to visit.
The local Klaipeda Airport (airport code: KLJ) handles only general aviation and charter flights to Klaipeda. The nearest international airport is the Palanga International Airport (code: PLQ) but there is no service from South Africa. The best option for a flight to Klaipeda is to fly to Oslo Gardermoen (code: OSL) and get a domestic flight to Palanga with Norwegian Air Shuttle. From Palanga, there are taxis and shuttle buses to Klaipeda. BMI, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways all have 1-stop flights to Oslo from South Africa with a stop in London.
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The Tourist Attractions of Klaipeda:
If you’re looking to visit Lithuania and want a varied holiday, Klaipeda is a pleasant city to visit. It has a good mix of things to see and do, and during the summer in particular you can enjoy beaches, boat trips, culture and history.
The main tourist attractions in Klaipeda are the historical landmarks that were built between the 13th and 18th century and include a number of attractive buildings right within the centre of Klaipeda, called the Old Town. The timber framed buildings are more reminiscent of those you would find in England or Germany and with the city’s attractive squares this is a lovely place to spend some time in the summer.
In addition to these there is Klaipeda Castle which dates back to at least 1252 and was first built by the Teutonic Knights. It has seen many battles and has been destroyed numerous times over the centuries following its construction, then come the 19th century the decision was made to demolish it altogether as it seemed no longer useful. Only a few ruins of the castle remain today after it was archaeologically examined and in 2002 a museum was added, making this a popular attraction in Klaipeda.
If you’re visiting during the summer look out for the annual Klaipeda Castle Jazz Festival that’s held at the castle usually in June or July.
An even older historical attraction in Klaipeda is the Zarde settlement. This has been shown to date back to the 10th century and was inhabited up until the 16th century. The remains of the settlement are located on the Smiltele River.
Museums in Klaipeda
Other than the Castle Museum Klaipeda is home to a number of other interesting museums too. The Lithuanian Sea Museum and Delphinium is popular, or if you enjoy finding out more about Klaipeda’s history there are several historical museums including the History Museum of Lithuania Minor, and the Blacksmith’s Museum.
Beaches Near Klaipeda
There are several beaches close to the centre of Klaipeda and they’re known for being clean and attractive. Wide sandy beaches are common and they’re usually very popular with locals!
When Should You Visit?:
For the beaches and sightseeing you’ll definitely want to visit Klaipeda in the summer. Temperatures are warm in July and August but don’t expect it to be scorching hot. August is one of the rainier months of the year too. Winters can be cold and often snowy.