Klaipėda Travel Guide

Klaipėda is the third largest city of Lithuania. It is situated at the mouth of the Danė River where it flows into the Baltic Sea. Klaipėda port is the only marine port in Lithuania and usually it is ice-free, thus it is the most important Lithuanian transportation hub, connecting sea, land and railway routes from East to West.
A settlement of Baltic tribes in the territory of the present-day city is said to have existed in the region as early as the 7th century. However the establishment of the city is considered to be 1252 when Teutonic knights built a fortress called Memelburg which was used as a base for further campaigns along the Neman river and against the Sambians. Up to the first half of the 20th century the city remained German and was officially called Memel. Since the end of the WWII the city was returned to Lithuania. However, up to this date one can still feel and see the German side of the city.