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This unique project invites people to travel in the coastal region following the cultural route and discover glimpses of the 19th – second half of the 20th century Artists’ Paradise that existed in Klaipėda and Curonian Spit – Smiltynė, Juodkrantė and Nida. In Search of the Wonderful Land is a delightful and surprising route; it is meant not only for those who are interested in the cultural heritage of the coastal region, but everyone who enjoy beauty, works of art and travelling. 

“The main idea and purpose of this project is to revive a piece of history of the coastal region that has fallen into oblivion after the II World War. The cultural tourism route will make it possible to re-discover the Nidden Artists Colony, which existed from the end of the 19th century and attracted to Nidden many artists from East Prussia and beyond from other parts of Europe. It is no secret that artists in the past, equally as much as today, have been attracted by the primeval beauty and romanticism radiating from the coast of the Curonian Lagoon”, says dr. Lina Motuzienė, Director of the Neringa Museums and Thomas Mann Cultural Centre.

This cultural tourism route brings you through the colourful and modern paths of traditional culture; one may get acquainted with the route by choosing the most convenient media – either an interactive map, which one can find on, or by getting a conventional foldable map which is made available at the tourism information centres in Klaipėda, or Neringa villages, as well as in the LMA Pranas Domšaitis Gallery, writer’s Thomas Mann Memorial Museum in Nida, Miniature Museum in Juodkrantė, and elsewhere. It is not only the locals who can go for a Search of the Wonderful Land, but also foreign tourists - information about the route and the interactive map is made available in three languages – Lithuanian, English and German.

The route is made up of more than 15 “stops”; it can be started anywhere, depending on your interests. This is an open cultural journey which does not require visitors to follow the route in any specific sequence; it helps to visit natural and urban settings which inspired artists in the past, to experience the atmosphere and learn about other heritage that this region has fascinated people since long ago and that we all have inherited now.    

Those who wish to explore The Wonderful Land in a consistent manner, should start their journey from the paintings and graphic art in the LAM Pranas Domšaitis Gallery, the exhibition the Wonderful Land Artists in East Prussiafrom the collection of Aleksandr Popov. Further, the map will lead you to quite a few colourful sights of the Klaipėda city that were consigned to oblivion by the recent history.

Having made across the channel to Smiltynė, enjoy the inspiring panorama view of the Klaipėda city; besides, you may become a “plein air artist” – through July and August, every Thursday, starting from 12 am, there will be plein air painting sessions in Smiltynė visitors centre, guided by professional artists. Touch the canvas, and revive your soul by the colourful strokes of the brush. Who knows, what kind of creative power may emerge from within?       

From Smiltynė, continue to Juodkrantė, to the Museum of Miniatures. Starting from June 1, the museum displays exhibition of paintings and graphic art One Day in the Wonderful land from the collection of Aleksandr Popov.
Finally, In Search of The Wonderful Land will lead you to Nida, where, starting from the 19th century and through the second half of the 20th century, Nida Artists’ Colony existed. Until 1945, there were more than 300 artists from East Prussia and Germany who were working in Nida, enjoying the atmosphere of “free arts”, inspired by the nature of the Curonian Spit, primeval elements, architecture, and a lifestyle of fishermen.

In Nida, the route will lead you through writer’s Thomas Mann memorial museum, variety of other place where Artists from the Nida Colony lived and painted, further to Nida’s community house which, starting from 1 June through 31 August, displays exhibition of paintings Places of the Wonderful Land from the collection of Aleksandr Popov.
A real boost for your soul, mind and body awaits for you – you just need to make the first step!
For more information, look under project facebook Cultural Tourism Route In Search of the Wonderful Land and at

Programme of the Cultural Tourism Route

Permanent exhibition of Pranas Domšaitis Art Works (1880-1965)
The Pranas Domšaitis Gallery, (Liepų str. 33, Klaipėda)

The Wonderful Land Artists in East Prussia. 19th and the First Half of the 20th Century East Prussian Painting and Graphic Art from the Collection of Aleksandr Popov
Open until 18 May 2018
The Pranas Domšaitis Gallery (Liepų str. 33, Klaipėda)

One Day in the Wonderful Land. 19th and the First Half of the 20th Century Paintings from the Collection of Aleksandr Popov
1 June to 31 August, 2017
The Miniatures Museum, (L. Rėzos str. 3, Juodkrantė, Neringa)

Places of the Wonderfuld Land. 19th and the First Half of the 20th Century Paintings from the Collection of Aleksandr Popov
1 June to 31 August, 2017
Nida Community Centre (Kopų str. 2 / Taikos str. 17, Nida, Neringa)

Anyone can become en plein air painter!
Thursdays, 13, 20, 27 July and 3, 10, 17, 24 August 2017, from 12 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
Visitor Centre of the Curonian Spit National Park at Smiltynė (Smiltynės str. 11, Klaipėda)


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