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Curonian Spit and Klaipeda

The Curonian Spit, one of Lithuania’s most famous and spectacular sights, is just a 10 min boat ride from Klaipeda and boasts the largest moving sand dunes in Europe. Shared with Russia, the UNESCO-listed 60-mile peninsula with its peculiar landscapes, gorgeous beaches, and unspoilt fishing villages is ideal for those seeking nature and tranquility; but in reality, it’s much more than that. It’s a life-changing experience and, as Prussian philosopher Wilhelm von Humboldt once said, “The spit is so unique that everyone must see it”.

Nestled along the lagoon, the pretty village of Nida has been a source of awe and inspiration for many artists, including Freud and Thomas Mann. Nowadays, the quaint German-flavored resort town is famous for its multitude of amber jewelry shops, laid-back atmosphere, and idiosyncratic wooden houses.

Known mainly as the getaway to the Curonian Spit, Klaipeda is Lithuania’s third largest city and its foremost port. The Danė River divides the city’s old and new parts, each with its own charms and attractions. The small German old center is crammed with cute bakeries, shops and restaurants, and the isolated Smiltynė district is home to soft white beaches and the Lithuanian Sea Museum.

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