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1 hour boat tours in the Curonian Lagoon are organized every evening.

For those who would like to go back 500 or 1000years in the past, we offer to sail on the authentic old boat “Kursis”. During the voyage, surrounded by waters, you will be able to enjoy the forests of Nida and the dunes, the architecture of the village get familiar with the spirit of the Curonian Sea, stay with real Curonian fishermen and sail the boat yourself.

The boat “Kursis” is well – known all over the world because it is the most authentic boat of the Curonian Sea. It is made with the regard to the old requirements of the Curonian ship building and of special materials using antique instruments and methods. It is made from oak and its measurements are amazing – 13m in length, 3.5m in width, it weighs 8 tones and the area of its sail in 80square metres. For this reason no winds of the sea are able to frighten it. We have no doubts that after sailing on this boat you will start seeing life in other colors and shapes.

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Japanese garden is an integral part of the Japanese culture.  For centuries it has been uniting religion, art and respect for nature.

For the first time in written sources Japanese garden was mentioned in the 8th century, Nara period (710-794) when Chinese influence was still very strong. As far as our roots are pagan, so for us Lithuanians, Japanese love and respect to all elements of nature will not be difficult to perceive.samogitia4

The idea of the Japanese garden was chosen in order to reveal the mightiness of stones and the strength of the area. People of Samogitia are the last pagans in Europe. Shinto (“road of Gods”) is the most popular religion in Japan, so close to paganism, its object of worship  is kami  - nature and its objects (trees, mountains, stones, springs) or other phenomena. Everywhere Japanese tried to emphasize their uniqueness and only in the nature they strived to disappear. For Japanese there is nothing inanimate, thus a man as a living being does not become an exclusive creature, he is just one of the elements of nature.  So, there can not be any hierarchy.

Japanese say:  what is a human life in comparison with the life of tree?  A tree according to its longevity and experience should be higher than a man. This idea is reflected in the Japanese gardens. However, everything here is indisputable unity, harmonious entirety.

Japanese believe: if someone intrudes into nature and attempts to change it, so this should be perfectly done, just raised to the heights of art. Perfect aesthetics and harmony reigns here.

Development of the garden, as the biggest (16 ha) Japanese garden in Europe, was started in 2007. The idea to found it came from a dream to show love for the nature of Samogitia and express gratitude to Motherland. When Teacher Hajime Watanabe heard about the idea, he took it as a challenge and started to implement it enthusiastically together with his team.

This is a space for concentration and self - knowledge.  We really hope that our garden will become the place where You will meet Harmony and Beauty.

There are many places on the Earth called as the “strong” ones. The strength is connected not only with the unique points of Earth but also with the human energy accumulated there.

The site where we are now is called the Musician Hill, it is the highest point in the vicinity,-

here is a boundless Sky. Strong people are creating here.

Here you will not find any exotica but feel somehow differently.

If You want to experience it You should come only with good feelings and intentions.

It is difficult to imagine Palanga without the Pier. A superb view of dunes, beaches and limitless sea opens from it. There You can listen to the murmur of the sea, yell of seagulls, watch the sunsets that are different each time. At the end of the XIX c holidaymakers had a lot of inconveniences when reaching Palanga from Liepaja or Klaipėda by carriages. Intending to build a landing stage for ships, in 1884 – 1888 the Count Juozapas Tiškevičius built a pier leading into the sea. A merchant – passenger vessel “Phoenix” used to carry holidaymakers, goods and food from Liepaja. But every time after storms the landing stage was covered with sand and after a few years it was not usable for navigation. In the course of time, the pier has become one of the most important symbols of Palanga resort. Unfortunately, time, sea waves, and wind have been devastating this construction. In 1998 a new pier of 470 metres length was built. Today it is a favourite place for rendezvous, promenades, and saying good-bye to the sun….
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The Naglių Nature Reserve occupies an area of 1680 hectares. It extends for the distance of 9 kilometres from Juodkrantė to Pervalka. Here you can see the so called Grey Dunes (Lith. Pilkosios kopos), otherwise known as the Dead Dunes (Lith. Mirusios kopos), spontaneous wild-growing forest vegetation and centennial wood soils buried underneath the sand. Due to strong winds impressive ravines, erosions and washouts are formed in these dunes. Here and there, fragments of old soils appear from under the sands. Sightseeing of the nature reserve and the scenery of the Grey Dunes is allowed on the 31st kilometre of the road Smiltynė – Nida, where a parking lot is equipped for this purpose and there built a special sightseeing path in the area. Its length is 1100 m. Half of that distance is covered with gravel or boardway, the rest is sand.

In 1855, while canalizing the waterway near Juodkrantė, the workers discovered amber in the silt soil. Shortly after that, various businessmen expressed their interest in this discovery. The first person to start the works of organized excavation of mud from the bottom of the Lagoon for amber search was former miller, owner of ships, later Klaipėda innkeeper Vilhelmas Stantynas. When merchants from Dancig joined him, a company of amber excavation from the Lagoon’s bottom was founded. The Government also contributed to the company’s activity, since it canalized the ships navigation channel between Klaipeda and the Coast and wanted to have a benefit from amber search works for itself as well. Having united the efforts, the company began to flourish.
The company encouraged the residents of Juodkrantė to get involved into amber excavation, too. It was in need of cheap labor force. Having the volumes increased, spacious bunkhouses were constructed to the north of Juodkrante, ship repair workshop was opened, port quay and workshops for production of the divers’ clothes were equiped. Gradually, Juodkrantė became an industrial town.
The works of amber excavation were performed only in the summertime – around 30 weeks per year by three shifts. The amber excavated from the Lagoon’s bottom had to be cleaned and separated from admixtures. From 1860 till 1890, approximately 75 thousand kilograms of amber on the average per year were excavated. Having the amber mining declined, in 1890, the excavation works contract was not renewed, therefore, the excavation works in Juodkrante were terminated.
While digging the gulf’s port, a collection of amber ware of the middle neolithic and yellow metal ages was discovered on the Lagoon’s bottom. The amber collection was later entitled as the Amber Treasure.
The Treasure in the name of Ričardas Klebsas
Ričardas Klebsas deserved the most for preserving the collection, therefore, quite often the treasure is named after him. Having organized exhibitions in various cities of the world, this treasure became known and famous in the whole world. After the World War II, only 5 findings were left of Juodkrante’s treasure: three human figures, a hanger of phallus shape, and double ornamented disc. Along with other remained exhibits of the treasure, they are kept in Museum of Geology and Palaeontology of Goetingen University. According to descriptions and drawings from the book of R. Klebsas, the artist Bronė Kunkulienė made two sets of amber moulages, which currently are exhibited in Palanga Amber Museum and in Mizgiriai Amber Gallery in Nida.

Monument to Königsberg University theology professor, the famous first part nineteenth century man in culture, the Bible publisher, folklorist, poet, publisher of fables and K.Donelaitis "Year"(Metai) - Liudvikas Rėza (1779-1840 m.). Wooden sculpture on the elm hill look towards the buried under the sand in 1790 Karvaičiai village. Karvaičiai is a birthplace of L. Rėza. Commemorating it lines from his poem "Sunken Village“ are carved in oak here. The monument was unveiled in 1976 during the 200 years anniversary of L.Rėza. Artist E.Jonušas.

The sunken village
 
Dear passenger, stop at these sad ruins!
Just a few years ago here near houses gardens used to bloom,
And village stretched from the forest toward the lagoon coast.
Today, however, what you see? Only wind-blown sand.
Ah, for many here tears of pain drop from the eyes.
Where is the calm village, where are blooming gardens?
A lonely pine, and the poor shack,
It abuts the slope, wry and mossy.
Only they remained - sad trace of what was here.
There, behind the forest, like a giant mountain stood the dunes
And through the high trees and looked at the wide sea.
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Sands were carried to the slopeby the winds through the treetops,
Sand drowned forest - lee for poor village.
No levee would have stopped the approaching dunes! ...
 
(„Prutena", I part, 1809)
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Close to Nida Church of Evangelical Lutherans there is Nida ethnographic cemetery of XIX – XX c. The wooden tomb monuments of unique shape, typical for the Curonian Spit, called christenings have lived at the ethnographic cemetery to our days. During male christening, horse heads, drawings of plants and birds used to be carved; at female tombs monuments there were drawings of plants and heart beside the birds. The author of christenings restoration project is Eduardas Jonušas. The restored christenings are positioned in the farthest corner of the cemetery.
The cemetery is available for attendance. The honorable town resident – the architect Algimantas Zaviša is buried there.
 
 
 

Friedrich passageway (also known as Friedrich town) – is a unique place in downtown Klaipėda (Tiltų 26a, by the old market). According to historic documents, during the rule of Friedrich III, on June 19-29, 1692 this place received official permission given by the citizens to be called Friedrich town (Friedrichsstadt); this permission was based on the act passed in 1639. On June 9, 1707 Friedrich town received its own coat of arms. One side features a male figure with a wreath of oak leaves and the other side contains the intertwined initials FR (Friedrich Rex – King Friedrich) placed under a crown.

Here you might find yourself asking a question, “Is this really Lithuania?” Once you enter this cozy courtyard, you will feel as if you are on a small street in a Western European city, ready to sit down and relax, to try freshly prepared fish, to sip wine or coffee. Our hospitable staff is always ready to fulfill your wishes!

In 2006 the new owner began major re-construction work with a purpose of re-creating the Friedrich town and creating restaurants of a different caliber.

Friedrich Restaurant features Mediterranean dishes and select wines. The olives are brought from Spain especially for our restaurant and later they are marinated here. We also offer world-renowned cured Spanish ham (jamon), locally baked Greek bread and a variety of other appetizers and main dishes.

Gurman‘s Tea and Coffee House invites you to try more than a hundred types of J. Balvočiūtės herbal teas. You can enjoy them not only at the tea and coffee house, but packaged for purchase to take home. In addition, we offer a great variety of coffees, freshly made pies, buns, sweets and salads.

Friedrich Wine Restaurant offers a great selection of wines from all around the world. We pride ourselves in offering exclusive wines, which you might save for a very special occasion. If you are celebrating your birthday or any other special moment in life, our staff will be able to recommend Champagne or bubbling wine according to your taste. They will also be happy to suggest appetizers and cheese to complement it. Also at our wine restaurant you will also be able to find a wide variety of wine accessories.
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Friedrich Pizzeria is a special place for all who love pizzas. We specialize in authentic Italian pizzas and we work hard to offer you the best! Our main goal is to keep the authentic traditions and recipes of pizza making. However, we offer more than just pizzas. Want to know more? Stop by and see it what we have to offer!
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Friedrich Pub is a unique place, not like any other pub in Lithuania, since we serve traditional Lithuanian dishes and dishes local to the Klaipeda region like wild quail with mashed potatoes, “Memel” gingerbread and carrot cake...Only here you will be able to try eel in wine sauce!
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Fashion Cult is a designer store that sells stylish male and female clothes as well as accessories.
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Ayurveda Massage and Rituals has just opened at the Friedrich passageway. The essence of Ayurveda massage is the connection between the healing power of touch and smell. During massage sessions we use natural oils and herbs. A unique heat therapy helps to create natural balance, strengthens immune system, and improves blood circulation.
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Trapiche Steakhouse has only recently opened its doors. The restaurant chefs’ specialty is steak prepared to perfection over the grill. We serve traditional beefsteak; however, we also grill pork, fish, game, and lamb. We hope to see you here, at this one of a kind Klaipeda establishment!
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The fine dining establishments of Friedrich Passageway are pleased to offer FOOD DELIVERY! There is nothing better if you are too lazy to cook, have unexpected guests or if you would just want to spoil yourself. To order, simply call (8-46) 401320 and we will take the rest from there. We take orders every day from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm.

In addition to the restaurants, we are planning to build a glass roof over the entire passageway. The project is expected to be finished by the end of 2011.
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birutes kalnas2Palanga became famous in the history of Lithuania as a motherland of Grand Duke Vytautas mother Birute. The memory about the mother was highly important to Vytautas, which was also vital in Zalgiris battle field. He never forgot the rude phrase about his mother said be knight of Teutonic Order Markvard Zalcback during the negotiations. When after the battle this knight got into the hands of Vytautas, remembering this event he ordered to kill the knight.

nida3In Parnidis cognitive path is 1.8 km long. Touring path has been laid in the southern part of Nida settlement. When visiting this path you will see wonderful plants, lichen, fungi, insects, birds, visit the “smithy” of the woodpecker and will also admire the magnificent natural landscapes and visit the symbol of the sea location Nida lighthouse, Sundial. Parnidzio path crosses the wellness route, where exercising and doing sports will be pleasurable both for children and adults.

In 2009 the path was supplement with 9 informational indexes, which will help you finding the way to Parnidzio dune easier. On the top of Parnidzio dune there is a panoramic site. It is one of the most popular places to visit in the Curonian Spit. In 1995 a sundial was built here. This place was chosen not accidentally – the Curonian Spit is the only place in Lithuania, where the sun sets and rises from the surface of the water. Here, as in no other place, one can see the Baltic Sea and Curonian Lagoon simultaneously and experience a feeling that you are on a land between two waters. Amazing panoramas open up from Parnidzio dune: southwards – the great Lithuanian Sahara blinding by the light and shadows on the “travelling dunes”, northwards – the green emerald of the dunes, while at the foot, at the very amphitheatre – Nida settlement characterized by red-tiled roofs.

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Neringa dunes are unique place in Lithuania. Under the influenceof people activities and wind, dunes are decreasing all the time. So now here is reserve to preserve them from disapperance. The Parnidzio reserve is one of the most impressive. There is a Sun Clock on the Parnidzio Dune. It is the only one place in Lithuania there sun goes down and rises from the water (Baltic Sea). The Sun Clock was made by architect Kristapavicius and sculptorPudymas. The obelisk is imposing by his majesty. A lot of various symbols of calendar feasts are on sides of this Clock.
Althought after the hurricane in 1999 it has been smashed into bits.

Now in Neringa restored Sun Clock.

Orvydai farmstead is a unique open-air museum of modern, sacred and mystical arts in Gargždelė, Kretinga district. This farmstead was built by a talented sculptor Kazimieras Vilius Orvydas (1952 - 1992). An offspring of a stonemason, he learned his trade from his father Kazimieras Orvydas who built the farmstead which later became a museum. In the Orvidu Farmstead there are a lot of stones, sculptures, crosses, trunks of old oaks, even an old soviet tank. All this was collected in the course of thirty years. With the beginning of intensive land-reclamation works, Orvydai brought stones form the fields, and Vilius created various compositions and made sculptures out of them.

With time passing when the museum acquired a religious meaning the soviet government tried to close it by various means. The former soviet officials ignored the farmstead and made various obstacles, and only thanks to the efforts of some people it survived. From 1990 this farmstead is well known not only in Lithuania, but also abroad.

Address: Gargždelė, Kretingos district.

  • Opening hours - III-VII 10.00 am. - 7.00 pm.
    From June II-VII 10.00 am. - 7.00 pm.
  • Exposition - stones and wood sculptures
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Since the ancient times, Festival of St. John was celebrated at the Hill of Witches, formerly called Jonas’ and Ieva’s Hill. Nowadays, walking along path of the hill, you can see the unique exposition in the open air. 71 sculptures out of oak tree were gouged during summers of 1979 – 1981 by Lithuanian (mostly Lowland) folk artists. The theme of the hill sculptures is the world where witches, demons, and characters of Neringa legends live. In summer of 1988, the sculptors added the ensemble by another 12 sculptures of mostly playful character: swings, small hills, chairs. In the period of 1999 – 2002, during the symposium called “The Hill of Witches”, new sculptures were added the exposition, and the old ones were restored.

Fly & Lease of campers in the Baltic.

Camper on the road

Take a tour and discover Baltics by yourself!

You will be able to travel comfortably throughout Baltic Sates in our campers, as passengers really may feel themselves like home and take any necessary stuff with them, even their most loved cup for coffee.
A virtue of motor homes is the possibility to be in the cabin in all companionship while going from place to place.
Moreover, you will be free as you will be independent from hotels and every evening you will be able to spend in any place you wish!

Prepaid individual transfer :

no trouble with money exchange upon arrival,
no need to take care oftaxi search,
no language problems !

The driver will wait for you at arrival hall with your name on the card, will help you with luggage and will safely transfer you to agreed place.
Please fill in the Transfer Reservation and we will contact you within 24 business hours with confirmation

KIA CARNIVAL  25 EUR (max 5 persons)                                                
MERCEDES-BENZ VIANO  35 EUR (max 7 persons)

per car only!