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Full of amber – Palanga

On the shore of Baltic Sea is situated one of best Lithuanian resort – Palanga – sanatoriums, health centres, rest homes, hospitals and entertainment city! Early Palanga was known not as simple fishing village, but also like significant commercial centre and one of the most important ports in Lithuania. Now Palanga resort is famous by its golden beach, wooden bridge, Amber museum, parks, sculptures and other unique places.

Palanga visitors first of all come to the Baltic Sea, which washed the western part of the city; then take a sunbath in the yellow dunes and, of course, get in touch with salt water. Palanga’s pride is 470 metres length sea pier. It was constructed in 1884 by wishing to revive the Palanga port and it became the most popular walking place until nowadays – on the pier you can admire for white sand dunes, vastness and noise of the sea, the seagull clang or just enjoy the sunset.

Toward sea is situated one of the main and definitely famous J. Basanavičiaus Street – the most popular place of holiday – makers in Lithuania. Here you can find lot of cafes and restaurants, various recreation facilities and the main city events are organized here.

In South side of Palanga city there are must seen places of interests – Palanga Park and Amber museum. Palanga Birutė Park is one of the most beautiful parks not only in Lithuania, but in the whole Eastern Europe. The Park was established by count Feliksas Tiškevičius in XIX century, long time was been destroyed and abandoned. At the present it is renovated and accept for about half million visitors annually. Palanga Botanical park exceeds 100 hectares, trees occupy 60 ha, meadows – 24,5 ha, flower gardens – 0,5 ha, water reservoirs – 1,16 ha, passes and alleys stretch for about 18 km. In the park you will spend time thoughtfully, because here you are able to get sight The Chapel on Birute’s Hill, old fashioned Rotunda, Samogitian hill, Guardhouse, Administrative buildings, orangery, Gresnhouse, monument to commemorate Jews and sculptures (few of well known are “Egle, Queen of the Serpents”, “Woman carrying water”, “Birute” and others). The best representative Palanga’s subject is the Amber Museum, which was established by German architect in 1963. It’s a neoclassicism palace with a terrace where one gets by stairs, decorated with the lions sculpture and vases made in Paris. In the Amber Museum is able to improve the knowledge about the formation and morphology of amber. It’s shown exhibitions, for example fossil resin, found in other parts of the world. There are exhibited a unique collection of inclusions, brass jewelry, amber, glass necklace and other archaeological finds. In the main Palanga museum you can hear about the traditions of amber’s using and art processing, see how looked like amber workshop in nineteenth century. There are arranged excursions, education and training programs (“Secrets of amber”); also other cultural events (such as “Midnight Serenades”) are organized in Amber Museum.

If there is an opportunity to be in Palanga, you should keep in mind The Most Holy Virgin Mary’s Ascension and Iverskaya Icon of the Mother of God Churches, exclusive Dog Museum and The fisherman’s daughters on the seaside which are definitely worth to be visited.

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