The Klaipëda telephone code is 46
Despite being Lithuania's third city in terms of size and
population, few would disagree that Klaipeda is in actual fact its
second. More cosmopolitan than Kaunas thanks to a thriving port and
dynamic, forward-looking local
government, Klaipeda and its two satellite holiday destinations Nida
and Palanga are currently redefining themselves as the new Baltic
Riviera. With foreign companies leaping at the chance to invest in a
city that remains, for the outsider at least, somewhat difficult to
navigate, and with more and more people visiting the city each year,
the following provides a short introduction to surviving your first
trip and finding your way into both the local and expat communities.
Please note that during the Sea Festival weekend all of the
following will be full. If you’re planning on visiting the city at
this time, book a room well in advance. If you can’t get a room, do
what everybody else does and base yourself 25km up the coast in
Palanga. See www.palanga.lt
for more information.
Aribe: Bangu 17a, tel. 490-940, email@example.com.
Good value, friendly hotel, with a hands-on cast, cable television and
receptionists who’ll cook you a meal in the middle of the night if
you ask nicely. Singles from around €40.
Europa Royale Klaipeda: Zveju 21/1, tel. 404-444, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Superb luxury in Old Town with a personal touch. Excellent location
and really friendly staff. Singles from around €115.
Klaipeda: Naujojo Sodo 1, tel. 404-372, email@example.com.
The city center Soviet-era behemoth, thankfully brought up to
exceptional modern standards and now offering such attractive ad-ons
as a fully equipped gym and a club where ladies take their clothes
off. Singles from around €80.
Litinterp: Puodziu 17, tel. 410-644, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Superb value bed and breakfast in plain but agreeable rooms. A nice
bunch of people who deliver your morning meal in a basket when you
want it. Can also arrange accommodation in the popular resorts along
the coast. Singles from around €25.
Navalis: Manto 23, tel. 404-200, email@example.com.
Amicable staff, great décor, an art gallery, and lots of people in
suits running around with laptops. Business class with a spirited
difference. Singles from around €110.
Radisson SAS: Siauliu 28, tel. 490-800, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exceedingly agreeable surroundings with all the usual Radisson
trimmings, one of the best restaurants in town and a small bar often
frequented by well-connected foreigners. Singles from around
Black Cat 2: Zveju 21/1, tel. 411-167. Open:11-24. A spacious
bar close to the river, popular with expats and offering a decent
international menu. Trivia buffs will be delighted to learn that Hitler
ate here in 1939.
Cili Kaimas: Manto 11, tel. 310-953. Open:10-24, Fri, Sat 10-02.
Traditional Lithuanian dishes inside a renovated Soviet cinema. Being
Klaipeda, the theme is aquatic, from the full-on décor to an exceedingly
fishy, separate seafood menu.
Cili Pica: (H-4) Taikos 28, tel. 222-222. Open:08-24. A huge choice of
good pizza and pasta dishes courtesy of one of Lithuania's culinary
success stories. Home delivery available.
Kurpiai: Kurpiu 1a, tel. 410-555. Open:12-24. A good bar in the
middle of Old Town, famed for being the best jazz club in the
Luxor: Taikos 12a, tel. 312-122. Open 09-01. Sat, Sun 09-03.
International nosh on big plates, international sport on big screens,
smashing cocktails and five lanes of bowling no less.
Memelis: Zveju 4, tel. 403-040. Open:11-02, Mon 11-24, Thu 11-03,
Fri, Sat 11-04, Sun 12-24. Vast microbrewery with a swanky club in the
Navalis Café: Manto 23 tel. 404-200. Open 08-24. Fabulous coffee
and snacks. Great people-watching windows too.
Skandalas: Kanto 44, tel. 411-585. A bar much loved by locals and
expats alike, not least because of the stunning interior. A good place to
get your feet wet.
Senoji Hansa: Manto 21. Open:10-20. Sun 10-18. Really good
serve-yourself buffet food inside a modern shopping center.
XII: Naujoji Sodo 1, tel. 404-372. Open:12-03. At the top of the
Klaipeda Hotel, and offering the best views of the city in town. Classy,
but unfortunately feels the need to have a large, loud television behind
the bar to keep the locals happy.
Clock Museum: Liepu 12, tel. 410-413. Open:12-17:30, Sun
12-16:30. Closed Mon. A rather blokey collection of historic timepieces.
Quirky enough, but not recommended for those currently going through a
Sea Museum: Smiltynes 3, tel. 490-751. Opening hours vary. Check
the website for precise details. Europe's largest collection of
seashells, and the only place in the world you'll find dolphins singing
Happy Birthday in Lithuanian. See the special box on this page for more
information about the museum. www.juru.muziejus.lt
Local shipping company Lisco operate several good ferries between
Klaipeda and ports in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Poland.
The local airport at Palanga, approximately 25 kilometers north of
Klaipeda, handles some 50,000 passengers annually and is a good option
if visiting western Lithuania from abroad. SAS operate direct flights
to and from Copenhagen, and the small but agreeable airport also
handles flights to destinations as bizarre as Birmingham and Bangkok.
Taxis (tel. 311-211) are cheap, but should be called in advance for
minimum tariff and hassle.
The local bus service remains appalling, and Klaipeda's buses are
notoriously riddled with pickpockets. Avoid, or be extremely careful.
Both Litinterp and Unirent offer friendly, good value car hire.
Two daily services and one night service operate between Klaipeda and
Vilnius. A luxury class train ticket between the two cities will set
you back around €15 for the five-hour trip. The early evening trip
to Vilnius during the summer is a highly recommended experience.
For more about hiring bicycles, cycle maps (like the one that comes
with this city guide, see below), repairs and everything else.
The only ice-free port in the Baltics, Klaipeda is also the only
city in Lithuania with a currently active Free Economic Zone. The
205-hectare site is located close to the center of the city and offers
all the incentives normally associated with such projects. To set up
here immediately, Baltic Real Estate Investments (tel. 300-164, offer
a wide range of walk-in office and warehouse facilities. For on the
ground assistance in the city and western Lithuania in general you may
like to contact Mark Uribe (tel. +370-6 993 3210, email@example.com),
Honorary British Consul and long-time Klaipeda resident, who offers a
number of brokerage services to foreign companies and individuals
looking to do business in the area.
The Klaipeda telephone code is 46 if dialing from
with the country. To call from outside Lithuania, proceed the number