The tourist route „The Baltiv Amber Road“ gives a
pissibility to tourists and travellers to get asquainted with the being of the
amber in Lithuania, Latvia and Kaliningras region, covering its history,
output, processing and jewelry. The route stretches for 418 km along the Baltic coast
introducing variuos informatikon and objects of the „Amber Route“, gathered in
Venspils – Museum
It is stated that the area where amber is being washed
ashore starts from the Riga Bay in Latvia and near Venspils fine pieces of
amber are sometimes found. Therefore, Venspils is considered the place whre the
„Amber Road“ starts.
At a modern Venspils Museum, founded in the former castle of
the Livonia Order and housing variuos collections, there are some samples of
archaeological amber finds.
Jana str.17, Venspils, Latvia
Ph. +371 3622031
fee: 0.50 – 2,50 Ls
Pavilosta – Amber gathering place
is a calm unspoiled spot by the sea. The Baltic Sea after strong spring and
autumn stormy winds washes ashorequite a lot of amber here. There are 5-6
permanent amber catchers in Pavilosta. If you have a wish to collect amber with
the professionals, the staff of the Pavilosta Ethnography Museum (Dzintaru
str.1, Pavilosta, ph +371 3498276) will help you to contact them. The town is
interesting not only because of amber; it has a yacht quay, an ethnographic
museum and can boast ot the biggest stone of Kurzeme in the sea.
Liepaja – history and Art Museum
History and Art Museum is rich in various collections: archaeological finds, ethnography of the
Southern Curonia, Liepaja of the medieval period and the 19-20th
centuries, and a small exposition of amber. Great number of items from the museum vaults is waiting to be
Kumajas av.16, Liepaja, Latvia
Ph. +371 3422604, +271 3422973
except Mondays and Tuesdays.
fee: 0,30 – 0,50 Ls
Liepaja – Amber clock and beads
during the celebration of the 750th anniversary of the Liva village,
which was the start of Liepaja, the citizens and the visitors of the city
donated pieces of amber of various size – more than 50 liters of amber were
collected! The bigger pieces were threaded into 123 m long beads and the rest
were used for making a 4-meter tall sun dial, which was erected on the
promenade along the Tirdniecibas canal. The amber beads are exhibited at the
Liepaja craftsmen’s association (Barinu str., Liepaja, ph. +371 34 23286, open
daily except on Saturdays and Sundays).
Nida – “Gaigalas” house in Nida
of the route in the territory of Latvia is the “Gaigalas” house in the Nida
village, which is close to the Lithuanian-Latvian border. After taking a side
road to Nida, keep to the right at all crossroads. This trip is for shortening
the way to Lithuania, which is within a stone’s throw from here and it is for
ones with a good sense of humor! The owners of the farmstead collect not only
amber but all “sea treasures” washed ashore! They say that the sea has floated
even a TV and a fridge to them!
Sventoji – Zemaiciu alkas
alkas is an attempt to reconstruct an ancient Samogitian pagan shrine with a
paleoastronomical observatory. In ancient times, Lithuanians would gather at
such shrines to pray and make offering to the gods. Nowadays, pagan festivals
are held there: the Festival of Goddess Milda (May 13), The Rasa (Dew) Festival
(June 22), and the Spring Equinox (March 22). The biggest festival of the
Palanga Pagan Society is the Jore Day (April 23). Once celebrated as the
beginning of pasturage, today the Jore Day attracts both society members and
tourists by its rituals and ceremonies, during which offerings of amber dust
are made to the gods. The Zemaiciu Alkas is located 4 km from the
the place in the “Baltic Amber Road” route which is the riches in the
sightseeing objects. The settlement of Palanga was first mentioned in
historical sources in 1253, then it became an important trade and Pegan cult
center and finally in the first half of the XIX century it become known as a
health resort. At present Palanga is the major and the most popular seaside
resort in Lithunia.
Palanga – Sventoji Treasure
an old fishermen’s settlement by the mouth oh the Sventoji River, which for a
long time was bigger and more important than Palanga. Rest with families is
very popular here in summer time. The settlement of Sventoji is highly
important to the “Baltic Amber Road” because of one of the most interesting
Stone Age amber treasures found here in 1966-1976. The archaeological
excavations were carried out by Dr. R. Rimantiene. The finds of the excavation
are exhibited at the Lithuanian National Museum and the Palanga Amber Museum.
Palanga – The amber processing workshop
Palanga – Amber Museum
Palanga – Antanas Moncys house-museum
Karkle – Amber-catching places.
Information exposition an amber history in
scientists who have conducted researches of amber resources in Lithuania
maintain that at present the largest amount of amber is washed ashore near the
Karkle village in the territory of the Seaside Regional Park. In the middle of
the 18th century local inhibitans had to pay a 1,5 guilder fee to
the lord of the manor for every amber-catching net. In 1739, Palanga and
Sventoji had 10 of such texable nets each. At present, about 30 amber catchers
search for amber in the area of Karkle.
there is a designed exposition on amber history, morphology, properties, colors
Klaipeda – Arschaeologcal amber artifacts at
the History Museum of Lithuania minor
times amber necklaces used not only as a decoration, but also as currency.
Archaeological amber artifacts, dating to the 5th-6th
centuries are on display at the History Museum of Lithuania, located in the Old
Town of Klaipeda.
Didžioji vandens str. 6, Klaipeda, Lithuania
Ph +370 46
fee: 1-2 LTL
Juodkrante – The Amber Bay
curonian Spit is a peninsular diving the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea.
In 2000 it was included into the UNESCO World Heritage list as a unique object
of nature and cultural heritage in Baltic Sea region. At present Neringa is a
prestigious seaside resort. On the Curonian Spit there are two objects of the
1854-1855 amber was discovered in the vicinity of Juodkrante and 2250 tones of
amber were mined in this place. The average production of amber during the
period of 1860-1890 was about 75 thousand tons per year. In 1890, when the
production decreased, the mining of amber in Juodkrante was terminated.
many valuable pre-historic amber artifacts were found near Juodkrante. The
Kleb’s (the professor at Konigsberg University) collection is also referred as
the Juodkrante treasure. The collection has been exhibited at various
exibitions and the Palanga Amber Museum owns its copy.
Nida- The Mizrigiai Amber gallery-museum
Jantarnyj – Exposition of amber artifacts. The
established at the Jantarnyj settlement exhibits various amber artefacts. There
is a permanent exhibition of amber juwelry for sale. For the attraction of visitors
there are wooden constructions with the exterior glued up with pieces of amber
– the Amber Pyramid. The visitors are invited to enter the pyramid and
experience the energy of the “Sun stone”.
str. 76, Jantarnyj, Russia
day exept on Mondays. It is advisible in winter time to book n advance.
Entrance fee: 20 rub
Jantarnyj – Industrial amber mines. Amber
The world famous
industrial amber mine in Jantarnyj is one of the most impressive objects of the
“Amber Road’ in Kaliningrad Region. The mining of amber started in the second
half of the 19th century. During the Soviet period the production
reached 1000 t of amber annually and now it has decreased to 400-600 t. This is
the only manufactory in the World mining amber and processing it in the
industrial amounts. In the show of the plant there is an exposition of the
articles produced by the local craftsmen from the local raw material.
str. 11, Jantarnyj, Kaliningrad region, Russia
fee: up to 70 rub
taken to the objects by the security guards of the plant.
hardly any information signs; therefore, you should ask the locals for
directions to the objects.
Jantarnyj – The complex of amber processing
Laggon” is newly built and one ot the most modern manufactories ot the artistic
amber processing in Kaliningrad district.
str. 61-Л, Jantarnyj, Kaliningrad region,
– Amber Museum
amber museum in Russia was founded in 1979 in the very center of Kaliningrad in
a fortification of a very peculiar plan. At present in the 28 halls of the
museum making up 1000 sq.m there are more than 5000 ambet items. The museum
boasts of the second largest piece of amber in the World weighing 4280 gr. The
inclusions and amber decorations for the noblemen are of special interest.
Marshal Vasilevskij square 1, Kaliningrad, Russia
Ph. +7 0112 461563
day exept Monday.
fee: 10-35 rub
– The amber Cabin on the “Vitiaz” ship
exposition on the ship “Vitiaz” provides an opportunity to see amber items
brought from 34 places of the Earth. The Scientific researsc ship “Vitiaz” is
the major exhibit of the World Ocean Museum, founded in 1990. Since 2000 one of
the cabins of the ship has been called the amber cabin and amber items are
exhibited in the show-cases. Every year on the Eve of the New Year new exhibits
are added to the collection.
Great embankment 1, Kaliningrad, Russia
Ph. +7 0112 340244
Thursday and Friday
fee: 30-40 rub