Kaunas
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Welcome to Kaunas

Welcome to Kaunas, the city which has mostly preserved the national character of the country; it offers plenty of activities to everyone. Visit the heart of Lithuania and experience its unique atmosphere.

Feast here! Kaunas is home to a variety of festivals and events, including the famous Kaunas Jazz festival, Hanseatic days, Operetta, Pažaislis Classical Music festival, Bike show, Kaunas City days, Song festival (included into UNESCO heritage list), International Modern Dance Festival and much more.

Experience! The remarkable Old Town has preserved a collection of ancient architectural monuments: the 14th century remains of Kaunas Castle, the Gothic buildings of the Middle Ages and the Art Déco masterpieces of the first half of the 20th century. The Kaunas Fortress is a valuable military heritage which consists of nine Forts around the city. The 9th Fort serves a museum. Visit the macabre collection of nearly 3,000 devils at the Devils’ Museum and the exhibitions showing the unique artistic styles of the composer and painter M. K. Ciurlionis as well as J. Maciunas initiator of the avant-garde Fluxus art movement at the National Art Museum of M. K. Ciurlionis.

Taste it! The centrepiece of Lithuanian cuisine is dark rye bread. It is highly respected and even concerned as “holy” by Lithuanian people who associate many beliefs and magic with the home made bread. The great opportunity to taste it is to have a soup in a bread bowl. Lithuanian drinks have very old traditions, to get to know them the “Stumbras” museum offers a guided tour of the history and tasting of strong drinks. Among the multitude of things that make any Lithuanian swell with pride (rich history, amber, beautiful nature, basketball, etc.), there is one that has a special place in his heart. This source of pride is the Lithuanian Beer.

Make a wish! The beautiful confluence of two biggest Lithuanian rivers is well known for a magical saying – the Nemunas River is a male and the Neris is a female. The meeting of two rivers may be compared to the marriage of a couple. The two rivers meet in Kaunas, they join and never split up! For those who want their dreams to come true it is the right rendezvous.
See it! The ethnographical culture of Lithuania in one place is exposed in Rumšiškės – the biggest open air museum in Eastern Europe. The museum with its collection of authentic wooden villages represents different regions of Lithuania: Zemaitija, Aukstaitija, Dzukija, Suvalkija and Lithuania Minor.

Unexpected! The Funicular – a unique means of transportation is still in use today, including the genuine pre-war wagons, wooden seats, and stop platforms. Even today the funicular takes people up to the hill, from which the panorama of the Kaunas city centre and Old Town is wide open. Kaunas is the only city in the Baltic States where such means of transportation is available.

Sail! Kaunas Sea – the biggest man-made water basin in Lithuania is surrounded by a wonderful landscape and offers a perfect place for water activities. So see you on the deck!
If you want to feel the real Lithuanian spirit, visit Kaunas and discover it.
The hearth of Lithuanian culture, tradition and history is just waiting to be discovered.

Position & Contact

Kaunas city municipality
Laisvės al. 96
LT-44251 Kaunas


Phone: +370 37 200 206
www.kaunastic.lt
turizmas@kaunas.lt

Facts and Figures

Foundation:1361
Landmarks:Pazaislis Camaldolese Monastery (the Baroque pearl), Devils‘ Museum (the collection of 3 000 devils), M.K. Ciurlionis National Art Museum (the genius artist, composer and painter of the worldwide importance), Town Hall (often call as a White Swan), funiculars, Kaunas fortress (the ring of 9 forts).
Geographic:54° 53′ 50″ N, 23° 53′ 10″ E
Population:333 000 (2011)
Students:50 000 at 5 universities, 4 faculties, 5 colleges.
Transport:Kaunas is at the crossroads of the main national motorways crossing the country from east to west and from north to south. Via Baltica (E67), a European priority transport corridor connecting Helsinki, St-Petersburg and Warsaw, crosses the Region from north to south. There is International Kaunas Airport (15 km away from Kaunas), bus and train stations.
Local specialties:Black rye bread, “Volfas Engelman” (beer), “Kauno alus” (beer), “Stumbras” –the producer of strong alcoholic drinks (bitter 999).
Events:Kaunas Jazz festival (April), City day (May), Hanza Kaunas (May), Pazaislis Classical Music Festival (June - August), Operetta at Kaunas Castle (July), Bike and Tuning Show (June), international dance festival AURA (September – October), international festival of traditional and contemporary folk SUKLEGOS (September – October), Kaunas international film festival (September-October), Christmas markets (December).
Twin cities:Białystok, Brescia, Brno, Cava de Tirreni, Ferrara, Grenoble, Hordaland County, Kaliningrad, Kharkov, Kreis Lippe, Lavrio, Linköping, Los Angeles, Odense, Rende, San Martin, Sankt Petersburg, Sviluppo Lazio, Tampere, Tartu, Växjo, Vestfold County, Wrocław, Xiamen.
International memeberships:Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC), European Cities Marketing Organisation (ECM), Le Club de Strasbourg, Die Hanse der Neuzeit, European Cities Against Drugs (ECAD), World Winter Cities Association for Mayors (WWCAM).