Klaipeda, Lithuania impressed me as a place that would be a fun Baltic seaport town for a couple days in summer. Though, the deal for me is I was in Klaipeda during the first week of April.
The presence of white storks in treetop nests around the early spring countryside were some of the most exciting encounters I had in two days hanging around sleepy Klaipeda. The white stork is Lithuania’s national bird. The Baltic country hosts the highest density of breeding white storks each spring.
I spent more time around statues than people for two days, wandering the thickly cobbled Old Town streets and city parks of Klaipeda.
The seagull was swooping down for real cheese someone left at the mouse statue’s feet. This mouse is listed #3 of 72 for Klaipeda top attractions on TripAdvisor.com. At least the white storks in the countryside are alive.
Large rounded cobblestones for some streets were hard on my feet, even wearing sturdy support walking shoes.
This town might be ankle-wrenching in summer sandals.
My eyes concentrated on my footsteps wherever I walked. The few cars passing on these deeply cobbled roads rumbled and bounced along these inner Old Town Klaipeda streets.
Klaipeda Sea Port
Klaipeda is a seaport town with ferries to international destinations and ferry shuttles over to the northern end of the Curonian Spit, a 98km spit extending north from the mainland of Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave on the Baltic Sea between Poland and Lithuania. The spit is 4km wide at its widest and only 400 meters in places at its southern end near the Russian mainland.
Curonian Spit is divided midway with a border between Lithuania and Russia. The mainland road is in Russia. Access to the Curonian Spit from Klaipeda, Lithuania is by ferry over the channel.
Ferry crossing from Curonian Spit to Klaipeda
Curonian Spit is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area around Nida on the Lithuanian side of the Curonian Spit near the Russian border is a popular artists’ summer colony.
Klaipeda Sculpture Park
The Soviet government of Lithuania repurposed one of Klaipeda’s main cemeteries in 1977 to create a sculpture park. There are 180 works in the park.
Sculpture Park Klaipeda is a relaxing space to chill and wander.