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Klaipėda is the third largest Lithuanian city (178,000 population) located on the confluence of the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea in the Western part of the country, and a massive seaport, which is the northernmost and only ice-free seaport on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea.

Klaipėda's main attractions are the historic buildings in the city's centre, dating from the 13th to 18th centuries. Some of its older buildings have picturesque half-timbered construction, similar to that found in Germany, France, England, Denmark and southern Sweden.

Other places of interest include:

The remnants of the Klaipėda Castle, built in the 13th century by the Teutonic Order. It had a massive bulk and a quadrangular tower, surrounded by the ramparts and brick bastions.

The Žardė ancient settlement, situated on the right bank of the Smiltelė River. It is dated to the late Iron Age (10th century), and was inhabited until the 16th century.

The remnants of the so-called 'Dutch' defence system around the entire town from the 17th-18th centuries.

The Maritime Museum in Fort Wilhelm, built at the end of the 19th century at the spike of the Curonian Spit.

The Castle museum, Lithuania Minor Historical museum, Blacksmiths museum, Lithuanian Sea museum and Dolphinarium as well as Clocks museum are very popular among tourists in Klaipėda.

Also, one of Klaipėda's most recognizable symbols - sailing boat Meridianas – attracts much of attention from visitors.

Among most popular annual events in Klaipėda are the Klaipėda Castle Jazz Festival, Museum Nights, the International Festival of Street Theatres, the International Short Film Festival, and the Klaipėda Sea Festival.

The Klaipėda Sea Festival has been held annually in Klapėda during the month of July since 1934. In 2009 the city hosted the Tall Ships Race as part of the festival. About 500,000 people have been present at the event.



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