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Let’s start our journey through Kaunas, a city full of surprises. The old town of Kaunas is like a well-preserved collection of its best highlights. Fun fact: Kaunas served as Lithuania’s capital in the 1920s and 1930s, and its history spans from medieval grand dukes to 20th-century freedom fighters. But now, let’s shift our focus to what Kaunas has to offer today.
Kaunas boasts some truly remarkable attractions. You can enjoy a peaceful boat tour on the Nemunas River, visit the intriguing Devil’s Museum, savor Lithuanian beer on Freedom Avenue, or explore the breathtaking Pazaislis Convent. These experiences are sure to leave a lasting impression. And don’t forget the remarkable Ministry of Fluxus, an art project housed in an old shoe factory in Kaunas’ old town. It’s definitely worth a visit! So, are you considering booking a tour, dear traveler?
The Old Town: Kaunas’ Old Town is a picturesque gem, with well-preserved historic buildings reflecting its past as a bustling trade center. Unlike Vilnius, it has retained its medieval charm with cobbled streets. Don’t miss Vilnius Street, the heart of the Old Town, among other architectural wonders.
Pažaislis Monastery: Located about 7 km from the city center, this 17th-century Baroque ensemble is a must-see. Explore captivating frescoes, stroll through beautiful gardens, and enjoy a meal at a highly-rated on-site restaurant.
Ninth Fort: This historically significant place pays tribute to those who suffered during World War II. It’s a museum with exhibits detailing the tragic past, including a chance to witness the reconstruction of historical events.
Freedom Avenue: Kaunas’ most famous street offers a unique blend of greenery in the heart of the city. It’s a pedestrian-only avenue lined with excellent cafes, restaurants, and shops, including the stunning St. Michael the Archangel Church.
Museum of Devils: Dive into the intriguing world of devils with over 3,000 depictions from around the globe. From paintings and sculptures to masks and soft toys, this museum is a unique experience.
Forto Dvaras: Enjoy traditional Lithuanian cuisine at the historic Town Hall. Try famous dishes like cepelinai, kugelis, and pink soup, all at budget-friendly prices.
Spurgine: Located on Freedom Avenue, this spot offers nostalgic Lithuanian doughnuts with various toppings and fillings, from savory to sweet. A delightful way to sample Lithuanian cuisine.
Jurgis ir Drakonas: A popular restaurant co-run by the renowned Lithuanian chef Beata Nicholson, offering a diverse menu, including unique creations like a mango, feta cheese, and prosciutto salad.
Talutti: A local and visitor favorite, serving a range of European cuisine, from breakfast waffles to burgers, making it a family-friendly choice.
Agave: For a more upscale dining experience, consider Agave, specializing in Mexican cuisine. Situated in the heart of Kaunas, it’s a great place for seafood, tacos, and tequila.
M.K.Čiurlionis National Art Museum: Explore one of Lithuania’s oldest and largest art museums in the city center. It offers a window into Lithuanian and international art history, with a special room dedicated to the artist’s music.
Kaunas Castle: Visit the only double-walled castle in Lithuania, nestled in Santakos Park. You can enter the castle, explore its ruins, and view captivating exhibitions.
Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul: This stunning church in the Old Town showcases a fusion of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, with a miraculous 17th-century icon and a magnificent organ.
Museum of History of Lithuanian Medicine and Pharmacy: Located in the heart of the Old Town, this museum displays medical equipment, personal belongings of doctors, and intriguing biological anomalies, making it a must-visit for science and history enthusiasts.
Aleksotas Hill: If you enjoy panoramic views, head to Aleksotas Hill, especially during twilight. The breathtaking views of Kaunas, with its red roofs and the shimmering river, create a truly memorable experience.
To access the Old Town from Freedom av. (Laisves pr.) and the newer part of the city, you may need to use an underground passage, which may not be stroller-friendly.
While tipping in bars and restaurants is recommended, the amount is entirely at your discretion.
Keep in mind that public drinking is not allowed in Lithuania, so be sure to enjoy your trip without any legal concerns!
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Professionally educated in sports and tourism management, Iveta is passionate about encouraging guests to explore the Northeastern region of Europe in the most attractive way. She has been working in the tourism industry since 2013, assisting customers from 64 countries, and she loves doing it!