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Dutchman’s Cap20th February 2017
Arriving to a Lithuanian seaside for the first time? So, probably you’re looking for wonderful places that shouldn’t be missed there. In this case, I would recommend you to take few days trip that should start from Parnidis Dune in the Curonian Spit and continue to the entertaining Palanga Resort. Also, on the way you shouldn’t miss the fascinating Dutchman’s Cap which is situated in Karkle village.
Dutchman’s Cap is an exclusive place aside the Baltic Sea. Beautiful beach and impressive view attract plenty of visitors even in the winter time. Some of them are romance lovers and arrive to the Dutchman’s Cap to see a gorgeous sunset. Other visitors have a desire to take a look to the sea from the highest scarp in the whole Lithuanian seaside. Its height is about 24 meters above the sea level. However, each year the scarp of Dutchman’s Cap is destroyed by the Baltic Sea. So, the landslides are rather common there. But don’t worry about that. There are special overview place for visitors.
Incredible story about origin of the scarp name
The name of Dutchman’s Cap is surrounded with mysterious stories. Some people think that the name of impressive scarp is closely related to the real cap of Dutch mariner. According to the locals there is a story about terrible Dutch shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. After the disaster a cap of Dutch sailor was found on the beach next to the scarp. Since that time charming place aside the Baltic Sea is known as Dutchman’s Cap.
Do you have any second thoughts about it? So, you have to hear the other story.
Since ancient times Dutchman’s Cap was well known as a lodestar for fishermen and mariners. During the furious storms and misleading mists the giant scarp showed the right way home. All fishermen and sailors well knew this sign and called it Dutchman’s Cap. This name was associated with the nice shape which seemed really similar to the cap of Dutch mariner. Unfortunately, nowadays there is no opportunity to see the scarp’s shape for a regular visitor because it’s visible only from the sea. Thus, you have two options: become a fisherman or try to believe in one of these legendary stories.
How to reach Dutchman’s Cap?
There are several ways to reach Dutchman’s Cap.
1. By car.
It’s the most convenient way to get to your destination. If you’re traveling from Klaipeda, you should choose a route via Melnrage and Giruliai. It’s a quite narrow road leading through the wonderful forest. About 7 kilometers later you’ll see a car parking lot on the left side and a sign ‘Olando kepurė’ on the right side. So, congratulations because the most difficult part is over. Now you should park a car and go toward the sea via forest road. Second sign you shouldn’t miss is a wooden path on the left side. It leads you straight to the overview place on the scarp of Dutchman’s Cap.
2. By bus.
There is an opportunity to reach Dutchman’s Cap from Klaipeda by bus. However, it’s really tricky way because only one bus route (called 24) is going through the Karkle village. You can check the bus schedule here. Keep in mind that your final bus stop is called ‘Olandų kepurės st.’.
3. By bike.
That is really great option, especially for those who is traveling from Palanga Town. Lovely bicycle path runs through the Seaside Regional Park, so you’ll be impressed by the natural beauty of Lithuanian landscape. What is more, the last few kilometers of bicycle path is actually road which cyclers have to share with the cars. Thus, you should know that according to Lithuanian traffic laws your bicycle should have lamps on or you should wear a reflective vest.
4. On foot.
Dutchman’s Cap is very easily accessible on foot. You can plan an exciting day trip and have a lovely stroll along the seaside. The scarp is an incredible place, so you’ll recognize it without any difficulties.