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Curonian Spit National Park
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Country Russia & Lithuania
Place Klaipeda Region, Neringa and Klaipeda (Lithuania); Kaliningrad Region, Zelenogradsk District (Russian Federation)
Short Description 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast
Visitors 2010
Website www.nerija.lt

The Curonian Spit (Lithuanian: Kuršių nerija, Russian: Куршская коса) is a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. Its southern portion lies within Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia and its northern within southwestern Lithuania. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site shared by the two countries. The Curonian Spit is home to the highest moving (drifting) sand dunes in Europe. Their average height is 35 meters, but some attain the height of 60 meters. Several ecological communities are present on and near the Spit, from its outer beaches to dune ridges, wetlands, meadows, and forests. Its location on the East Atlantic Flyway means it is frequently visited by migratory waterfowl. Between 10 and 20 million birds fly over the feature during spring and fall migrations, and many pause to rest or breed there.

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About the Heritage Site

  • Country: Russia & Lithuania
  • Location: Klaipeda Region, Neringa and Klaipeda (Lithuania); Kaliningrad Region, Zelenogradsk District (Russian Federation)
  • Type of location: National Park
  • Experience offered:
Yachting and recreational fishing,Lithuanian Sea Museum-Aquarium and Dolphinarium in Smiltynė, Weathercock Museum-Gallery in Juodkrantė, the Nature Museum of the Curonian Spit National Park, Fisherman’s Ethnographic Home, Amber Gallery-Museum, Neringa History Museum and Thomas Mann Culture Centre. A 26-kilometer long cycling trail has been built in the Curonian Spit. Soon it will stretch along the entire Curonian Spit. Visitors to the spit can explore the landscape of the Grey Dunes on the sightseeing trail (1,2 km long) of the Nagliai Natural Reservation. A sightseeing hiking trail (1,6 km long) is built in Juodkrantė old grove, and Parnidžio sightseeing trail (1,8 km long) – in the environs of Nida. Close to Juodkrantė, bird lovers can observe the life of the grey herons and large cormorants. Viewing grounds opening up scenic views of the Curonian Spit and the Baltic Sea or the Curonian Lagoon are built on Avikalnis, the Grey Dunes in Nagliai reservation and Parnidžio Dune.
Smiltynės pl. 18, LT-93100 Klaipėda
phone/fax:8 46 391 113
e-mail:knnp@is.lt
  • Information Centre in Smiltynė
Smiltynės pl. 11, LT-93100 Klaipėda phone/fax 8 46 402 257; E-mail: info@nerija.lt
  • Information Centre in Nida
Naglių g.8, LT – 93123 , Neringa phone/fax 8 469 51 256; E-mail: kinfo@takas.lt

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Facts about Curonian Spit National ParkRDF feed
Coordinates55° 16' 28" N, 20° 58' 15" E  +
CountryRussia & Lithuania  +
Heritage Site CategoryNational Park  +
PlaceKlaipeda Region, Neringa and Klaipeda (Lithuania); Kaliningrad Region, Zelenogradsk District (Russian Federation)  +
Reference Year2010  +
Short Description98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast
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Websitewww.nerija.lt  +