Klaipeda Lithuania.  Lithuania’s third-largest city, formerly known as Memel.  Part of the Prussian Kingdom until the region gained autonomy in 1923. Buildings in the compact, cobblestoned Old Town are constructed in the German fachwerk style. That is, with distinctive half-timbered facades. Beyond the orderly historic centre, the modern city sprawls into a forest of cranes and shipyards, spanned by the Danė River as it meanders into the Baltic Sea. Most people only catch a glimpse of Klaipėda as they rush headlong for the ferry to Curonian Spit. Spend a few hours – or even better, a day – and you’ll be rewarded by a town as rich in historic architecture, sculptures and street art, not to mention a bevvy of bars in which to sip beers by the water.

Klaipeda