Kaunas Mini Guide
The city of Kaunas is located in Lithuania and, with a population of around 350,000, it is the second largest in the country followed by Vilnius
. Legend surrounds the city's name and one being that it is named after the son of a Roman who was fearful of the empire and fled to Lithuania to escape the emperor.
Access to the city is good due to its central location. The city has a large international airport as well as excellent roads and motorways. The city has many parks and nature reserves in its district and there are many historical places of interest for visitors to visit. These include Kaunas Castle, Vytautas' Church, Kaunas Cathedral Basilica, Pazaislis Abbey, Kaunas Fortress and St George's Church.
For those who are not interested in the architectural sites the city also has a state zoo and Botanical Gardens. Kaunas
has a well-developed cultural side with many museums in the city such as the Aviation Museum, the Historic Presidential Palace, Kaunas Picture Gallery and the Lithuania Sports Museum.
There is also no shortage of theatres with a total of five in the city. For those who enjoy a lively nightlife scene the city does not disappoint. Although it could never be classified as a wild night out it does have a healthy share of bars and clubs and their numbers are increasing.
The city has many live music venues and also a casino for those that fancy a flutter during their visit.
Kaunas has so much to see and do, you’ll need to come back many times to see it all. Hiring a car will make getting to the various sights a lot quicker and you should begin in the old town.
Here in the City Hall Square you have the elegant city hall, painted in white and known locally as the white swan. The square is a great place to sit and sip coffee whilst people watching. Kaunas Castle nearby is the oldest building in the city and dates from the 13th century.