Lithuania’s second biggest city, Kaunas expertly blends its compact Old Town with its unique modern architectural masterpieces; earning the title of the first central and eastern European Unesco Design City for its inter-war architecture. Its immense history and superb architecture has given the city an interesting and appealing character.
Although compact, the Old Town is full of character and history so spend time discovering what these cobbled streets have to offer. Head to the Town Square, central to the city's life where you will find the charming Town Hall and closeby is the bustling Cathedral which offers visitors a rich baroque interior. The intriguing 14th century castle is the city’s oldest building as well as the oldest stone castle in Lithuania and houses a branch of the city museum.
With over 40 to choose from, the city has a unique and intriguing collection of museums to visit including the world’s only Devil’s Museum home to over 1000 devil creatures surrounded by unbelievable stories and legends. Or perhaps you would prefer the Atomic Bunker museum set in a bunker 6 meters below the ground and filled with lots of interesting artefacts. Not far outside of Kaunas is the Open Air Museum of Lithuania; Europe’s large ethnographic open-air museum is great to explore and discover more about the lives, history and traditions of the people of Lithuania.
While in the city, be sure to sample some traditional cuisine with ‘zepplins’ a stuffed potato dumpling or “šaltibaršciai” the iconic cold pink soup being popular choices. Lithuania has numerous independent breweries so along with great cocktail bars and nightlife; Kaunas has lots of superb craft beer gastropubs where even the most experienced beer lover is bound to discover a new favourite. What’s more the city is bursting with cafes and cosy coffee shops, perfect to take a break in while exploring; especially if visiting in the colder months.