Klaipeda is a city in Lithuania situated at the mouth of the Curonian Lagoon where it flows into the Baltic Sea. As Lithuania's only seaport, it has ferry terminal connections to Sweden and Germany. Some of its older buildings have picturesque half-timbered construction, similar to that found in Germany, France, England, Denmark and southern Sweden. Klaipeda's main attractions are the historic buildings in the city's centre, dating from the 13th to 18th centuries such as: the remnants of the Memelburg Castle, built in the 13th century by the Teutonic Order; the Žarde ancient settlement, situated on the right bank of the Smiltele River, dated to the late Iron Age (10th century), and was inhabited until the 16th century; the remnants of the so-called 'Dutch' defense system around the entire town from the 17th-18th centuries; the maritime museum in Fort Wilhelm, built at the end of the 19th century at the spike of the Curonian Spit .
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