Sculpture “Juodasis Vaiduoklis” (“The Black Ghost”)
If you have not heard yet about the mystical ghost, which was mentioned in and old manuscript – you will now. If you have not seen the horrendous, grotesque figure yet – you will. But the best thing is to befriend the spectral creature, many riches and fortune awaits the daring.
Near the castle remains, just past the swing bridge, there is a bronze sculpture of a ghostly silhouette that looks like it is just stepping out of the water via the shore line. 2.4 metres in height, the sculpture holds its own secret – everyone who comes near the frightful sculpture will be greeted by it.
According to one legend, in 1595, one of Klaipėda Castle guards, Hans von Heidi, saw a ghost. The mystical visitor warned the guard that the city’s supplies of grain and timber may be running out, and with that, it vanished just as it had appeared.
The castle museum
In authentic 16-18th century chambers you can learn about the castle‘s and the town‘s development. You can see the exhibited archaeological foundings, documents, Klaipėda city’s stamps, reconstructed 17th century costumes that were all discovered in the old town and the site of the castle. Also, here you will also find the Renaissance symbol of Klaipeda, which was discovered in the castle grounds: a golden ring with a pink diamond. There is also a model of the Klaipeda castle and city of the late 17th century.
On the quay of Danės river, at North Horn one can see a girl made out of bronze, standing on her tiptoes and sending a kiss to the sculpture of “Boy with dog” on the other side of Danės river. Thus, the sculpture is named accordingly – “The Kiss”. This sculpture decorates and attracts visitors of Klaipėda quay since the start of 2014 June.
Sculpture “Vaikystės svajonė” (“Childhoods dream”)
The sculpture of the little boy waving his hat at the passing ships with his trusty hound at his side found its place at the terminal in the summer 2007.
The purpose of the sculpture is quite clear – to meet and see off the cruise ships coming into port – and to also, delight those walking around the quay. It was built with the intention not to have any visitors leave the terminal without escort.
Klaipėda Theater square is the heart of the city. Its the most popular place for any kind of event. There also is a sculpture of Ann from Tharau in the fountain in the middle of the square.
Sculpture “Ann from Tharau”
The main feature of the Theater Square is the sculpture called “Taravos Anikė” (Ann from Tharau).
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”, which is still 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 Berlin sculptor Alfred Kune. During World War II, the sculpture disappeared. It was reconstructed in 1990 on the initiative of the city inhabitants and emigrants.
Danės quay – Sailing vessel Meridianas
The educational vessel Meridian was built in 1948 in Finland in a Turkish shipyard as a contribution to the soviet union after the second world war. Very few others remain. Meridian as an educational vessel closed its doors in 1967 and opened up as a restaurant on the Dane river quay.
The newly renovated Ship offers a marine exposition, in which you can learn about the history of Meridian, its journeys at sea, structure of the ship and various maritime gadgets.
Museum of amber “AMBER QUEEN”
You are welcome to visit the “Amber Queen” museum, which is located in the heart of Klaipėda’s old town. There you can admire the inimitable modern and antique pieces of amber. Extensive exhibition will introduce visitors to the most impressing collections. Ancient pipes, antique amber wares, the most beautiful amber pieces from different parts of the world, unique inclusions – all this incredible beauty can be seen in our museum, where under one roof are hidden the secrets and treasures of amber.
The Sculpture Park See
Go for a walk to seek traces of Klaipeda‘s history during the period of 19th and the beginning of 20th century. Right now in the 10 ha territory of the park, there are exhibited 116 sculptures in various themes, which were created by 61 sculptor during the first 13 symposiums.
Klaipėda museum of clocks of Lithuania art museum
In 1979, the Lithuanian Art Museum established a clock department, and In 1984, in a restored 19th-century building, a branch of the Lithuanian Art Museum was opened – the Klaipėda Clock Museum, one of the most truly unique museums in Europe. Originals, models or reconstructed copies of the ancient calendars, sun, water, fire and sand clocks, mechanical time measuring devices to the modern electro-mechanical, electro-magnetic and quartz clocks are on display. The other part of the museum displays the change of the clocks forms from Renaissance to modern styles.
Lithuania minor historical museum
In one of the oldest buildings in the old town of Klaipeda, build at the end of the 18th century, is Klaipeda‘s regional history museum. Here you will find both Pagan and Christian culture, you will see old maps of the region, and learn how East Prussia and the Klaipeda region were formed. You‘ll also see old Klaipeda in old postcards and photographs. Those who are interested in the trades of this region will see not only how the people from this region have understood beauty but also how bee hives are made from straw.
“Crafts yard” (“Menų kiemas”)
Here is a brief overview of the crafts yard set up in 18th-century fachwerk warehouses, which also include warehouses with gambrel roofs that became popular in the second half of the 18th century. These unique buildings were usually two storeys high and were sometimes built within yards. They allowed for maximum storage and the upper parts of the buildings usually stuck out to allow horse carriages to pass through. You can find such a warehouse in this yard as well.
Nowadays, the “crafts yard” is the cradle of the cultural life of Klaipėda. There are various crafts workshops here that invite guests to touch, feel and learn about the spirit of past times by making local traditional goods themselves with the assistance of crafts artists.
The artist yard is popular among locals and is highly attractive to visitors because of the many events that take place here. Among the activities of the workshop, elementary demonstrations, during which the number of visitors is not limited, will be accompanied by seminars of registered groups and artisans as well as master classes, when true masters of their trade will divulge their secrets.
The Town Hall
It is a historical building, in which temporary lived (1807-1808) Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm III and queen Louise during the Napoleonic Wars. The building is in classicism style, it was built at the end of 18th – beginning of 19th century and it belonged to the Danish consul Lork, and later on to his relative Consentiu. In 1864, the city’s magister this building, which later on turned into the Klaipėda Town Hall.
The Lithuanian Maritime Museum, Aquarium, Dolphinarium
There are aquariums with the Lithuanian fresh water fish, with the fish from the Baltic and tropical seas, prepared sea fauna expositions in the main restored redut. The penguins, Baltic Sea seals, the North Sea lions have found their living quarters in the outside pools at the aquarium building. In the rampart casemats that served as a park storage places, there is set up a historical exposition of Lithuanian navigation, and on the ramparts, on the former guns spots – a collection of ancient and modern anchors.
Driving from Klaipėda towards Kaunas direction, at the 10th kilometre mark one’s attention is grabbed a fairly new sign to turn right – to the Zoo of Klaipėda, established in the village of Jonučiai. It is a private zoo in the district of Klaipėda, which was established in 2002. The owner and founder of the zoo – Edvardas Legeckas.
Dinosaur Park “Dinopark Radailiai”
Only 7 km away from Klaipėda and you are in a unique location – „Dinozaurų parke DINO.LT“. The park is located in a picturesque territory, surrounded by nature, there lives more than 40 natural size dinosaurs that roar, hiss and spit water. See the dinosaurs that went extinct 65 million years ago, right here, in Radailiai, Klaipėda region.