Kaunas Travel Guide

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Kaunas Highlights

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    satara says…

     Green and nice city 

  • Con
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    yumyum says…

     it can rain cats and dogs 

  • In a nutshell
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    vysnaite says…

     A very nice place to visit, take your time, see it ALL! Center is only a microworld.. 

Kaunas Things to Do

  • 9th fort

    Visiting IX fort was my purpose on the ride to Kaunas. I have heard a lot about it, also many of my friends have been there, so I decided finally to gather group of friends and drive to Kaunas.In Tzarist Russia, in the end of 19th century, Kaunas got new fortress. 9th fort was one of the best survived parts of fortress, so now here is museum about...

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  • Monastery of Pazaislis

    Monastery of Pazaislis is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Lithuania and whole Eastern - North Europe. It was built in 17th and belongs to Baroque style, here it is especially rich, especially in interior details. The architects were Italians Giovani Batista Frediani, fresco were made by Michael Paloni.I visited in already for third time,...

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  • Vytautas the Great Church

    As the old town flows down to the Nemunas you find Vytautas the Great Church perched on its north bank. Its precarious location has caused it to suffer from repeated flooding, with a deliberate burning at the hands of Napoleonic troops to just add injury to injury. It's built in the Gothic brick style of several other Kaunas churches, but its...

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Kaunas Hotels

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Kaunas Restaurants

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  • Italian on the Square

    When I saw a relaxed bohemian sitting outside enjoying his lunch while reading Slaughterhouse 5 in Lithuanian, I guessed this might be my kind of place. I was right. Despite what I'd heard about cuisine in Kaunas, this was really good quality and a fantastic location on the town square. It was the busiest cafe on the square, and with good reason. I...

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  • Would You Like Kvass With That?

    My traditional Lithuanian meal at Berneliu Uzeiga was one of the best meals I ate on my trip. This is one of a chain of restaurants across the country that dish up traditional Lithuanian fare, and can even accommodate a vegetarian! I had an amazing dinner of buckwheat "pancakes" that had been fried to a crisp and topped with wild mushroom sauce,...

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  • Pastry Party

    I noticed a number of interesting bakeries in the center of Kaunas, including Prezo, which has four locations in the city. Inside there were huge display cases chock full of baked goods, both sweet and savory. I even found an Advocaat-filled pastry! (Advocaat is a Dutch liqueur made from egg, sugar and brandy!) If you look closely at the photo...

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Kaunas Nightlife

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  • Amerika Pirtyje

    We're having quite nice parties there sometimes. had one and few days ago :). It's a club with disco, programmes and on Thursdays even men's strip ;) . during the big games of basketball they also have big screen for watching. Great place for fun. There's also a place for pool, and a calmer place "hall of hunters" , love it, with a fireplace and...

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  • Good night and sweet dreams :-)

    After a few Lithuanian beers or a glass of wine and night walk sleeping is always great. Do enjoy and... don't forget to get up on time. Well, I was on holiday but Kaunas offered a lot of attractions for us next day :-). Do dream and sleep well. For a hotel bed? Depends on your preferences :-). Do you know the whole list? OK, just top 3:1....

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  • Full of young folks

    This was a very nice place to meet someone, to talk and to taste beer. It was two in one: restaurant and mini-brewery which brewed Avilys beer (not my favourite taste but... you may try it). Unfortunately its interior located underground was full and there were no place for us on Friday after 10.00 pm (it was open till 2.00 am on Friday). There...

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Kaunas Transportation

  • Urban buses

    The bus system in Kaunas is not so efficient as in Vilnius, since the city is pretty small.What I found more difficult was getting the ticket from the bus driver. As an adult, I would have needed a normal ticket for two litai, but the driver thought I was a student and was trying to tell me that the ticket fare for students is one litas...

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  • By plane to Kaunas

    Kaunas has its own airport just 14 kilometers away from the city centre. Though not really large, the modern facility handles flights to several European destinations (e.g. London, Riga, Dublin) with services mostly flown by Ryanair. There is a bus service (line 29) and a minibus (line 120) linking the airport to the central bus station close to...

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  • Going by train.

    The railways are as good in Lithuania as in any country, I used it for my journey to Vilnius. Here is a link to the railway company.The railway station is situated in the eastern part of town, about 400m south of the bus station.

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Kaunas Shopping

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  • Impressive Shopping Mall

    One of the most interesting shopping malls I've visited in Europe, mostly for its architecture and layout. From the outside it looks like just another big, modern mall. Inside you'll see that they've paid great respects to the local landscape. Like Melbourne's Central Shopping Centre, where they built it around the shot tower, in Kaunas they have...

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  • Foreign languages bookshop

    It's a little shop based in a basement almost in the heart of Kaunas. They have a lot of books in English compared to other bookshops, also dictionaries and Excercise books to learn various languages (French, Spanish, Japanese, etc. ) It's absolutely nothing special there about Kaunas, but if you need a general book in English (a novel, etc.)...

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  • Art and postcards

    It was a picture gallery. There were a few rooms with many pictures of various styles displayed. Well, they sold various drawings depicting old architecture of Kaunas as well. Some of them in size of postcards or similar. Postcards-drawings in pencil (sepia, black and white or colour). Small drawings costed approx. 3.50 - 5.00 Lt.

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Kaunas Local Customs

  • Cutter race

    It was quite "wow" and nice to see cutter race championship of Baltic countries in Kaunas. It happened on the water of Kaunas sea near Pazaislis monastery. As I remember the participants were from countries, that touch Baltic sea - Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, so on. We got to know one participant from Lithuanian, he was one of prize-man in...

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  • Hanseatic League commemoration

    A tree on the City Hall square was decorated with coats of arms of Hansa cities, maybe for a commemoration. Some of those coats of arms were really beautiful!

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  • Lithuanian music

    On the night of my arrival, I had the chance to attend a Lithuanian folk music concert.Lithuanian music is somehow different from the European music I was used to.Nature is a recurring theme and the Lithuanian devotion to Mother Nature, due to their long-lasting pagan beliefs, originated a very typical music genre, called "Pagan Rock".

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Kaunas Warnings and Dangers

  • Babies in Kaunas

    There are a number of underpasses in Kaunas, and no lifts that I could see. There's even one as you enter the old town. It's not easy to get through them with a pram. The pavements range from perfectly smooth, along Laisves avenue, to the almost unnavigable cobbled streets around the old town, to the pot hole minefields on some of the main streets...

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  • Beware of FORTUNA RENT A CAR in Kaunas

    Seems they do the same trick on customers, draining your credit card account after returning the car. In my case they charged me 590 LT for damage to the bumper that I didn't cause.I returned the car Friday afternoon, September 20. Nobody was present at the office. I had to return the keys to the reception of a nearby hotel. A month later I saw...

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  • Not really a Crime Capital

    Everywhere you will read that Kaunas is the crime capital of Lithuania. I think this is a rumour put about by local rivals living in nearby Vilnius. Certainly it seems based on some truth: After the fall of the USSR the city seems to have become a hotbed of mafia crime. If that is still the case today, that kind of crime doesn't appear to impact...

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Kaunas Tourist Traps

  • Driving with bike around Kaunas

    sometimes i driving around kaunas. in this picture my bike sleeping in Kulautuva, 25km from centrum from kaunas driving in Raudondvaris and later Kulautuva come back in landway - no asphalt, no bench. only pit and dust

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  • Few direction signs

    There were very few direction signs for drivers in Kaunas centre (it worked better outside) even along main streets. They were often not well seen, so that it was easy to get lost. Stop and buy a map. They were available in petrol stations, bookstores and kiosks. Buy at least a leaflet Kaunas/Klaipeda from series In your pocket for 8.00 Lt which...

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  • Pictures and flash

    It was very difficult to take good pictures of... devils displayed in the Museum of Devils. They were put in glass cases and not always well lighted. I had to take pictures through windowpanes and to use built in flash of my camera. My common mistakes and solutions:1. with camera flash put in front and exactly or almost perpendicularly to a...

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Kaunas What to Pack

  • Free brochure "Exploring Kaunas"

    I picked up the free brochure "Exploring Kaunas" at our hotel and found it extremly helpful. It not only includes town and local transportation maps, but also lists tips about sights, restaurants, nightlife and shopping. Apart from that it provides some basic information about Lithuania and its local customs.Exploring Kaunas: ...

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  • Lonely Planet Guide: Estonia, Latvia &...

    The Baltic States are rapidly developing countries, therefore an up to date guidebook is very helpful. I used the Lonely Planet Guide "Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania" which offers information for all budgets on what to see and do, and tips on dining and accomodation.

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  • In Your Pocket Guide

    On my travels to East and Central Europe I always try to get myself the latest edition of the "In Your Pocket" guide. These guides are very up to date, provide useful maps and offer all sorts of practical information for independent travels. Most of the tips can also be found on their webpage.Lithuania is the cradle of "In Your Pocket" as the the...

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Kaunas Off The Beaten Path

  • Birštonas

    Birštonas is a famous spa town located 30 kms located on the right bank of the Nemunas River.My hosts took me there because the guy wanted to attend a music concert held there at night - which unfortunately got me a cold...Anyway, Birštonas is a pleasant town to stroll around and breathe some clean air.

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  • Pažaislis Monastery

    Pažaislis monastery and church is a great example of Lithuanian baroque and it is also the largest monastery complex in the country: to get there you’ll need a car, as it is located quite far from the city, on a peninsula in the Kaunas Reservoir near the Kaunas Yacht Club.It was founded in 1662 by the Grand Duchy of Lithania Great Chancellor K.Z....

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  • Kaunas mosque

    Tatars were taken to Lithuania (together whith the Karaites) by Duke Vytautas, about 14th century. They preserved their Muslim faith, but lost their language. They switched to the state administrative idiom, which was Bielorussian. It is just in the last years that they start to learn Tataric or Turkish again. Before they spoke just that old...

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Kaunas Sports & Outdoors

  • Saturday bicycling

    Almost every saturday starting from March until October fans of bicycles gathers for a trip through beautiful places of Kaunas district. Everyone may join and will be accepted warmly. Trip length 50-70km, and takes approx 6 hours. If you need we can help rent bicycle

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  • Sveicarija at Opening Ceremony of SELL...

    The SELL student games are held since 1998 (Tartu, Estonia) every year and are organized by the baltic states estonia, lithuania and latvia as well as finland (tampere 2004). there are always several disciplines of sports in which you can participate, like swimming, athletics, basketball, floorball, volleyball, tennis, orienteering, judo,...

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  • Basketball in Lithuania

    Basketball is the most popular sport in Lithuania. Interesting enough is the fact that Lithuania is ranked 5th in the FIBA world ranking. Among the biggest successes are 3 European Championships and 3 bronze medals in Summer Olympics.On Laisves aleja (Freedom Square) we saw a sort of basketball basket which was obviously officially in use as a sort...

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Kaunas Favorites

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  • Kaunas in 1968

    I was fortunate to visit Kaunas in July of 1968 when we had a tour around Soviet Pribaltica (Lithuania, Kaliningradskaya oblast', Latvia and Estonia) by our car.Among my fondest memory (because of the photo which has been kept since that time) is St. Michael the Archangel's Church on the main pedestrian street. It was built between 1891 and 1895...

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  • Modern buildings

    Kaunas was always known from modern architecture. If we talk about style called "modern", it was used to build such structures from around 1920, as Kaunas was a capital of Lithuania when, and it was a will to make it more representative (Vilnius region was occupied by Poland).In this photo we see the new building - office of Lithuanian National...

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  • Town of culture and active people

    I like Kaunas of more Lithuanian spirit, more Gothic architecture, lot of interesting and worth to see museums and proactive cultural life of this beautiful place. Many nice people, smiling, talking, it seems they live an active lifes and, what is more, lot of wedings have been at Kaunas Town Hall and in some churches when I was there. Somethink...

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