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Breathtaking views of the colossal sand dunes on the Curonian Spit – one of the treasures of UNESCO‘s World Heritage List, relaxing blue flag beaches on the Baltic seashore, and more than 500 years of authentic culture and architecture – on a bicycle it‘s all within your reach! This is the EuroVelo 13 in Lithuania overlapping with the Seaside Cycle Route which was the first officially signposted, high quality cycle route in the country when it opened 7 years ago. More than 100 km long cycle path leads along the Baltic Sea from the Russian (Kaliningrad District) border in the South to the Latvian border in the North, with the historic coastal town of Klaipeda (known as Memel for many years) in the middle. Due to good ferry connections with Germany and Sweden as well as direct flight from Denmark, Norway and Latvia, many tourists begin or end their bike rides in Klaipeda. Nowadays, it’s a bustling, modern town offering many excellent leisure options and, of course, rental of high quality bikes and cycle tour packages.
  • Certified EuroVelo Route
  • Developed route with EuroVelo signs
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  • Route under development
  • Route at the planning stage

EuroVelo 13 follows the 99km coastline of Lithuania. More or less in the middle of the Lithuanian part of the route, sits Klaipeda, the country's third largest city. It is emblematic of the region's multilayered heritage. Remnants of the Prussian and Soviet eras stand side by side. 

Remnants of the Prussian and Soviet eras stand side by side.

Like its northern neighbour, Lithuania declared its independence following World War I, in 1918. The Klaipeda revolt of 1923 saw the city of Klaipeda and its region join the Lithuanian state. This area was inhabited by a large minority of Lithuanian Prussians. 

 

After World War II, Lithuania became a Soviet State. The advent of perestroika and glasnost in the late 1980s allowed the establishment of Sąjūdis, an anti-Communist independence movement. After a landslide victory in elections to the Supreme Soviet, members of Sąjūdis proclaimed Lithuania's independence on 11 March 1990, becoming the first Soviet republic to do so.

 

The highlight of the Lithuanian section of EuroVelo 13 has to be the phenominally unique landscape of the Curonian Split. This finger of land that separates the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon is made up of sand dunes, wetlands, bogs and forests and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. It contains a land border between its Lithuanian and Russian sections (Kaliningrad Oblast).