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KaunasFounded as a fortress in 1030 at the confluence of two rivers, Kaunas, in the heart of Lithuania, is a city full of history, culture, and natural beauty. Start your trip by walking through its main artery, Laisvės Alėja, while you admire its beautiful architecture, and make sure you get familiar with the delicious Lithuanian dishes and the ancient bath traditions in a city that was once the admired place of Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz.
The CityDuring its history, Kaunas was continuously regarded as one of the most important cities in what we call Lithuania today. Its brick castle, built in the 14th century, had earned the city an important position in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, as well as internationally, in the Hanseatic League. In the 20th century, Kaunas served as the national capital while Vilnius was invaded by the Russian Empire between 1919 and 1939. This period played an important role in Kaunas becoming a culturally rich city, often regarded in these years as the Little Paris for its spectacular architecture and bustling social life. Sadly, Kaunas was not exempt from the tragic events of the past century, either. Given its significant Jewish community, it saw the killings of thousands of victims, and was heavily repressed by the Soviet rule, against which the June Uprising was organised here in 1941. Perhaps it's her troubled history that helped Kaunas build such a captivating character, which a visitor today can still experience by taking a walk in the cobblestoned historic Old Town of the city that is going to be 2022's European Capital of Culture.
Spa & WellnessBath and sauna traditions go back to ancient times in Lithuania, taken not only for medical purposes, but also to relieve the stress of a long working day. Finish your treatment at one of the health clinics and beauty salons abundant in the city.
CampingPrefer the nature? Contact any of the campsites below, both with easy access to the city centre.
Do & See
Abundant in beautiful landmarks and interesting museums, Kaunas has a remarkable cultural heritage that celebrates Lithuania's eventful history.
Kaunas has many cosy restaurants promoting Lithuanian cuisine, so here are a few suggestions on where you can try the famous cepelinai (potato dumplings), saltibarsciai (borscht), or the dark rye bread—or something international, if that's what you fancy.
Whether you are looking to get your daily caffeine fix, or are interested in the sweet cuisine of Lithuania, there are plenty of hidden gems in Kaunas waiting to be explored. Don't miss out on the local delicacies, such as the famous spurgos doughnuts, fruity pyragas, funny-shaped sakotis, crispy zagareliai stripes, and the tinginys chocolate salami!
Bars & Nightlife
There are many great craft beers on tap in Kaunas, including the immensely popular Midus, a type of Lithuanian mead, which is an alcoholic beverage made of grain, honey, and water. Into shots? Lithuania's liquor giant Stumbras is based here.
Laisvės alėja, the longest pedestrian street in Eastern Europe is all the way spotted not only with trees, but with unique cafés and stores as well, and there's a lot more to Kaunas than that: stock up on some beautiful amber jewellery and designer work, and go to the malls to keep yourself entertained!