Nida (German: Nidden) is a town in Lithuania located on the Curonian Spit. The town was first settled by Germans in the 15th century AD and was part of Prussia before 1945. It is very popular with German tourists because the German writer Thomas Mann had a summer house here which he regularly visited in the early 1930s.
Most travellers arrive via ferry from Klaipeda. There's an ecological fee to enter the national park (which Nida/Neringa is part of) - LTL30/car in summer and LTL10 the rest of year. The land border to Russian province Kaliningrad at Nida - Morskoje has a 24h service. Ecological fee - RUR250. Travel to Russia requires a valid Russian visa. The port has no regular passport/customs services, contact Nida border station (Smiltynės plentas 23) in advance, tel.: +370 469 52 284.
There used to be a very scenic and reasonably fast ferry from Kaunas, operated by Nemuno Linija.
You can rent a bicycle and ride all the way to Juodkrante (about 30 km), visiting Preila and Pervalka en route. The bicycle track goes by the Curonian Lagoon for about 15 km, then through a pine forest and finally by the sea, letting you to see lots of beautiful sceneries. Don't forget to stop by the Vecekrugas dune (~1 km before Preila) and the Dead Dunes (Negyvosios kopos) near Pervalka.
First of all - fish. Try some smoke-dried eel or bream.
- Monk's Bunk Nida, G. D. Kuverto 8-2. Private rooms and a dorm. Bike rentals. Nice, cozy place. Probably the only hostel in Nida. From €12.50 in season.