WHY IN KLAIPEDA?
Klaipeda – a port city
Klaipeda – a WHO Healthy City
Klaipeda – a centre of cultural life (Jazz festivals, etc.)
Klaipeda – a place with modest beauty of nature and a Baltic Sea coast
KLAIPEDA – A PORT CITY
Klaipeda is an ice-free port in the Eastern coast of the Baltic Sea; Klaipeda Seaport makes a significant contribution to the growth of the city; It is an industrial, business, educational, scientific, cultural, health, sports, and recreational administrative centre. More than 800 companies are directly bound with the port-related activities. International companies such as Mars, Philip Morris, Yazaki, Indorama, Neo Group, Odense Steel Shipyard, and many other international and local corporations are important for friendly business environment, and ice-free general cargo port. Due to its favourable geographical position, Klaipeda has become a transit gateway for both east-west and north-south trade. The city offers very attractive and efficient cargo delivery solutions, allowing businesses to transport goods quickly and cost-effectively. Klaipeda’s Free Economic Zone (FEZ) covers 412 ha. The site is flat and is conveniently located near the port, the motorway, and the rail network. In Klaipeda’s Free Economic Zone, there are companies from various industry sectors: electronics, fish processing, logistics, biofuel, packaging, textiles and cleanliness, and PET manufacturing.
KLAIPEDA IS A WHO HEALTHY CITY
Klaipeda became a part of the World Health Organization‘s European Healthy Cities Network in October 2010.
Klaipeda University, Klaipeda Municipality, Public Health Bureau coordinate and cooperate in Healthy City, Urban Health, and Safe Communities projects.
Activities, targeted to children, young people, elderly, pregnant women, and general population are organized.
CULTURAL LIFE OF KLAIPEDA
- Klaipeda Castle Jazz Festival (open-air jazz);
- Sea festival;
- Sailing regattas “Baltic sail” and „Sprint cup“;
- Traditional Folklore Festival “Parbeg laivelis“ is listed in the festival’s calendar of the international folk-art organization CIOFF under UNESCO;
- International Street Theatre Festival “Sermuksnis;
- Art festival “Plataforma“;
- Music festival “Grock“;
- Music Festival “Klaipeda Musical Spring” – the oldest festival of classical music in Lithuania;
- Street Musician Day;
- Klaipeda Ship Parade – Shipping season opening festival;
- Klaipeda has drama, musical and puppet theaters, and other smaller ones;
- The main museums of Klaipeda are: Amber museum, Maritime museum, Castle museum, Historical museum and Clocks museum.
MODEST BEAUTY OF NATURE
Welcome to Klaipeda, Lithuania’s major port and a wonderful jumping off point for visits to the unique landscape:
- The Baltic Sea
- Beautiful seaside
- Sandy beaches
- Curonian lagoon
- Curonian Spit
- Sandy dunes
Klaipeda first mentioned in the Chronicles of Memelburg in 1252. Until the 15th century, the city was developing closer to the castle, which was situated on the islands formed from the Dane River tributaries. The castle was rebuilt several times and the city accordingly changed location as well. The cities territory was divided into small rectangular blocks, and by the end of the 16th century the network of streets and blocks was finally set, and thereafter was changing only vaguely. Klaipeda is divided into Klaipeda Old Town, Klaipeda New Town and other districts.
In Klaipeda Old town you will face the oldest buildings of the city, dating from the middle of the 18th century, – the warehouses built in the fachwerk style. Construction was influenced by Germanic culture, which has been used since the foundation of the City. The tiny downtown houses and fachwerk-styled warehouses are being used by various art organizations – writers, artists and photographers. There you can find small art galleries, museums, souvenir shops and cosy cafes.
Klaipeda Theater square is the heart of the city. There is a sculpture of Ann from Tharau in the fountain. The monument is dedicated to Simon Dach, a German poet who was born in Klaipeda. Ann was the girl that the poet fell in love with at first sight. Simon Dach dedicated a poem to her and called it “Ann from Tharau” which is still very popular in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
There is Drama Theatre. Since the 18th century the theatre has played an important role in the cultural life of Klaipeda. This building was reconstructed in the 19th century in a neo-classic style.