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Klaipėda is an ancient port town in Lithuania, overlooking the dramatic Baltic Sea. Its history dates back as far as the 13th century with the town centre resembling a German medieval village. This MSC Northern Europe Cruises destination offers fascinating excursions further afield. Discover the former Soviet Missile Base and the mysterious Hill of Witches.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• Amber Industry
• The Mysterious Hill of Witches
• The Former Soviet Missile Base in the Middle of the Plokštinė Forest
Klaipėda is an area rich with amber, the gemstone distinguished by its mellow golden glow. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll learn about amber mining in Lithuania at a 19th-century quarry. Next, visit the Amber Museum in the resort of Palanga where you’ll gain insight into the excavation and use of beautiful 'Baltic Gold'. Afterwards, explore the seaside town’s many cafés, restaurants, and souvenir stalls, or visit the 19th-century Neo-Gothic church.
The charming port of Klaipėda is fronted by the Curonian Spit, a narrow belt of land separating the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. This UNESCO World Heritage Site makes a splendid MSC Cruises excursion — a fun day out for the whole family! Visit Juodkrantė, an idyllic seaside town peppered with attractive 19th-century buildings. Near the harbour, discover The Hill of Witches, an open-air gallery housing a series of sculptures depicting characters from Lithuania’s folk stories.
Take an MSC Cruises excursion to a former Soviet missile base, located in the middle of the Plokštinė Forest in Žemaitija National Park. Having shut its doors in 1978, the site has become a dark reminder of the Cold War years. Built in 1960, the secret army base housed four storehouses with R-12 missiles pointing at Berlin, London, Madrid, and Paris! A guided tour will have you exploring the corridors, tunnels and the interior of one of the pits.