Signs of War in Klaipėda

Signs of War in Klaipėda

Horrific military actions in the area have left a clear footprint in the memories of the local people. Two world wars, numerous battles, revolts, and other conflicts have greatly impacted the Klaipėda region. Tragic events were reshaping the fate of the city as well as of the people. Now they are an inherent part of the city’s history.

The Signs of War in Klaipėda route invites people to become acquainted with the historical and cultural legacy left by the wars. Our journey begins at the place where it all began – the Klaipėda (Memelburg) Mound. From here we walk towards the Klaipėda (Memel) City Rampart, the location of the former city stronghold, nowadays referred to as St. John’s Hill. Next up we have the two monuments For Those Who Died for Freedom in 1923, namely the Sword and the Soldiers, which were placed there in memory of those who died during the war, soldier and civilian alike. Moving on, we stop at the courtyard of the Klaipėda County I. Simonaitytė Public Library and take a look at the shelter built in 1944 for people to hide in. Afterwards, the route takes us past the former military hospital building, which was in operation during World War I. Two other shelters can be found near this location. We journey onward to the former Military Base Building Complex and the German Soldier Cemetery, commemorating the lives of brave German soldiers and civilians of the two world wars. From here we move six kilometres north to Memel-Nord. It may be a relatively long distance, but believe us – it is worth it. Here you shall see a coastal artillery battery building constructed in 1939, the beginning of World War II, which is now a museum and the tours around the premises are lead by guides dressed in military outfits.

The total distance of the route is 13.5 kilometres. If you choose to walk, it may take you up to 4 hours to complete the route, but travelling by car or bicycle are also available options.

Submitted: Klaipėdos apskrities Ievos Simonaitytės viešoji biblioteka