It is the oldest church in Kedainiai city, built in the 15th century, in Gothic style. One story tells that it was constructed by crusaders on pagan temple - saint forest. Church is located on small hill on another bank of Nevezys river (not in old town), so from that hill you could see panorama of Kedainiai old town. There is also nicely decorated...more
Kedainiai is minaret is only one minaret in whole Lithuania. This structure was built in 1882 by landowner E. Totleben. After Russian-Turkish war (Lithuania was in Tsarist Russia when), someone needed to commemorate victory against Turkey, so it was a symbol of victory. Minaret is not very tall, 31 meters. It is located just near Kedainiai train...more
We would be delighted to organize Official Dinners or romantic dinner with candlelight for two as well as Private Parties, Weddings, Hen or Stag Parties, Family Gatherings, Christmas Parties, Christenings, Birthday Parties, ect. We would like to invite You to our Bar, 80 seat Restaurant or 3 Party Halls (120 seats). Restaurant working hours: I -...more
Whenever you are in Kedainiai don't miss delicious, hot, Lithuanian pancakes in Gildija restaurant. They are called in a few ways in Lithuanian: blyneliai, blynai or lietiniai are synonyms for more or less the same thing. Warning: bulviniai blynai means potato pancake. We ate pancakes (four per portion) with red caviar that was "Blyneliai su...more
Lithuania is located on the Baltic Sea coast. Well, Kedainai is located over 200 km (125 mi) off Klaipeda, the nearest Baltic port. But Lithuania is rich in lakes and rivers full of fish. I saw a lot of fishermen catching fish in Panavezys River in Kedainiai. But there was not large choice of seafood and fish in Gildija resturant. Urszula...more
I didn't stay at night in Kedainiai. Instead I drove to Riga, Latvia where people were walking around the old town at... 1.00 am.
I doubt whether there was any nightlife for a visitor in Kedainiai. There were no visitors and few locals there even on Saturday's afternoon. And I didn't find any discoes, night clubs, pubs etc. The only restaurant and pub I did find closed at 9.00 pm.
And I would be scared walking at night around some, neglected housing districts surrounding the old town of Kedainiai.
Instead of coming back to from Kedainiai to Vilnius with one bus, I took bus to Kaunas (3,18 euros one way, 2007 August) and later from Kaunas train to Vilnius was taken. The bus station in Kedainiai is under reconstruction now (they build new one in real), so here is temporal very small bus station at this moment.Coming back to Vilnius through...more
The train to Kedainiai could be possible if you take train Vilnius-Klaipeda or Vilnius-Siauliai. I took the first one, as it goes everyday. The train was very convenient; it started to move from Vilnius train station at about 6.45 AM and arrived to Kedainiai at 8.23 AM. The one way ticket Vilnius-Kedainiai costs 5,50 Euro, but for students,...more
I got to Kedainai by my car driving there from Poland. WHERE IS IT ?7 km west of the main south - north highway E67. Turn to Kedainiai on the half of a way from Kaunas to Panavezys. E67 leads from Suwalki (Poland) via Kaunas (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia) to Tallin, Estonia and further by a ferry to Helsinki, Finland. This highway is called Via Baltica...more
There is no problem to find smaller or bigger shop in Kedainiai. There are such popular Lithuanian shopping malls as IKI, Maxima, RIMI, where you could find food and more things to buy. Some shops and also banks are concentrated in the centre, near Orthodox church and gymnasium.more
Lithuania is (or at least should be) famous for its dry sausages and meat usually mixed with some secret herbs. I found a few kinds of dry both sausages and meat in a grocery on the ground floor of MAXIMA supermarket. Finally I bought plastic container with sliced, dry and smoked sirloin called Jautiema "Bastruma". On the bill it was written:...more
This was small Lithuanian chain grocery where quite many locals were doing shopping on Saturday's afternoon. No wonder, the prices there were a little bit lower than in Maxima supermarket at least for some basic food. Food and drinks - quite good choice although smaller than in Maxima supermarket. Look for local dark bread and honey (if you...more
Excuse, it's rather more Lithuanian than Kedainiai local custom tip.Driving around Lithuania at the beginning of May I saw meadows covered by numerous bright yellow flowers - common sow-thistles (Sonchus arvensis L. ssp. arvensis). They grew in Kedainiai as well. In Poland they were visible sign of spring.As I know the common sow-thistles grow in...more
There was tradition of baking such pyramidal cakes ("sakotis" in Lithuanian, "sekacz" in Polish) as on my picture in Lithuania and north-eastern Poland (Suwalki district). In the past they were baked mainly for wedding ceremonies. There was special celebration of cutting the cake and sharing among all, numerous wedding guests by young husband. I am...more
Looking at some older houses in Kedainiai I found them very similar to numerous houses in Poland. Just one example on my picture: a red brick house with inscription 1939 on the upper part of its facade. It stood by the square at the end of Didzioji street overlooking Nevezis River on its back. Does it prove Lithuanian influences in Poland or...more
Generally Lithuanian cuisine definetely was NOT for low calory diet fans.They added thick sauces (made of flour) to most meat dishes in Restoranas Gildija in Kedainiai. There was no information about it in English menu. The waitress could speak fluently :-) Lithuanian, good Russian and only a little bit English. Just in case you don't accept them...more
Luckily my digital camera allow manual change of film (virtual film) sensitivity from 100 to 800 DIN. So, when I entered the churches of Kedainiai I only switched my camera from 100/200 to 400 DIN. Well, pictures taken with 800 DIN were... not as clear as I would like to see.If you don't have a camera with such possibilities... hmm... there are a...more
I took a lot of pictures inside churches of Kedainiai. Hmm... I still didn't buy a tripod, so some of them were a little bit blurred (do NOT enlarge them, please :-).Keep in mind that a built in (or even additional) flash on most cameras can only light up an area between 3 - 6 m in front of the camera (10 - 20 ft, depends on the flash and DIN of...more
Luggage and bags:
For walking around Kedainiai, small, city backpack and surely bag for your camera - both water-proof.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable walking shoes preferrably water-resistant: like good trainers or better special walking shoes (one example: Danish Ecco are very comfortable and... expensive but worth the cost).
Sun-glasses esp. in winter and summer and always a rain coat, eventually less comfortable umbrella.
Read info on climate in Lithuania:
Climate of Lithuania
Average temperatures and rainfall in nearby Kaunas:
Check weather (10-day forecast) for nearby Kaunas:
Weather forecast for Kaunas
Photo Equipment: Take as many films as you can or as large memory card as you can - Kedainiai is very picturesque town :-). For pictures at night and/or bad light (weather) take a tripod.
Miscellaneous: Do not forget to take BIG SMILE :-) Enjoy!
This house on my picture was built of wooden logs. Despite it was neglected I noticed that it was inhabited. It's user put wooden boards instead of glass in the window overlooking a street. What for or why? Maybe to avoid noise (what noise? there was no traffic there) or to avoid such paparazzi like me (hmm... there were no tourists there) or to...more
Excuse, I didn't fish in Kedainai. Instead, I saw quite many locals who did it. They were sitting along its banks and even... high above water level on the top of piers supporting the pedastrian bridge over the river. Hmm... it was not very active fun. What about playing cheese instead?
Equipment: The locals used simple fishing-rods and... alive worms or flies. Brr... :-))).
It is quite rare to find good preserved old town in any small Lithuanian city. There are only 7 cities with old towns, which have public significance. Old town of Kedainiai is small (about 87 hectares), but all main sightseeing things are concentrated here. Kedainiai was a centre of Lutheran religion in Lithuania, so most of history of old town is...more
Kedainiai has some nice parks around old town and on opposite bank of Nevezis river. Some places are beautifully prettied up with flowers. There is one park on the way from old town to bus station, where most wooden statues are small or big heroes of Lithuanian tales. Nevezis river divides Kedainiai into two sides. It is said, that one Nevezis side...more
I found two, only two public phones in Kedainai (add the post office here). But I can't complain, in any doubts read below. I remember times of the Soviet Union, the country which occupied Lithuania till 1990. Once my father tried to call home (in Poland) from Lviv (Ukraine, now) that was from the Soviet Union. Hmm... it's another story. Simply it...more