Stop at Palanga. This elegant resort on the Baltic Sea has a long history. The place has been occupied since thousands of years, but it started developing from the 12th century. It was after conquered by the Teutonic Knights, and later by the Duchy of Lithuania, which used Palanga as an important port. The city gained a new splendor in the 19th century, when it became a summer resort for many wealthy Prussians that built elegant residences by its beaches, under beautiful forests of pine trees. We will still admire some of these manors today. Palanga has also a legend: it says that the witch Birute was proposed marriage by the Duke of Lithuania. As she refused, the Duke took her by force to his castle in Trakai. But soon he died in mysterious circumstances and Birute could run free. It is said that Birute is buried in Palanga, under the hill named after her that dominates the city.
Visit of the amber museum in Palanga in Tishkevich palace. During your visit to Palanga you should definitely come to the amber museum in the palace of Tishkevitchs. The whole Palanga – coastal city and resort was bought by the colonel Tishkevich in 1824. And he developed the city a lot, restoring the port, bridges, creating new churches and clinics. German architect Franco Shvekhten has created beautiful palace for the family of Tichkevich. They lived here till 1940 and in 1963 the palace was restored and the first world museum of the amber was established. 15 rooms of the museum are devoted to amber and tell us how this stone appear, what means the colour of the stone, how it was extracted and produced. There are 4500 masterpieces created by the masters of four centuries from 17th to 20th. You can also buy beloved item created by the talented Lithuanian artists. Here you will see famous “Sun stone” – the third biggest amber stone in the world, its weight is 3,5 kg.