Introduction:Previously being Lithuania's capital, now it's second largest city, enjoy's much awaited rejuvenation. The city is home to many universities and institutions. It's a famous city for many foreign students choosing Kaunas for it's academic offerings and lower rental costs. At the confluence of the Neris and Nemunas rivers, Kaunas Castle is a medieval fortress housing historical exhibitions worth exploring. It's all in walking distance to the the city centre, a pedestrianised street lined up with trees, benches, cafes, shops or souvenirs stalls and restaurants which cross the city from west to east.
Transportation: Arriving to Kaunas by air is easy thanks to direct flights by Ryanair and Wizz Air to 17 European airports. As you arrive you can take bus No. 29 which connects Kaunas Airport with the city centre. The journey takes about 45 minutes. There are also buses from Kaunas International Airport to Vilnius, Klaipėda, Riga and Minsk. Alternatively you can arrive to kaunas by international bus from other capitals like Riga, Tallinn or Warsaw.
The city has frequent links with Vilnius (the major city) by bus or train costing €5 a single ticket. Within Kaunas, there is an extensive bus and trolleybus service. However when you visiting you shouldn't need to take public transport as everything is close by.
What to see and do?
You will find lots of history in Kaunas streets and buildings. Walk around the pedestrian streets in the city centre, take a coffee break in the many quaint cafes, go shopping or explore nature in the nearby parks around the city.
The highlights of the city are: Kaunas Castle, a medieval castle which by it's archeological evidence suggests that it was originally built during the mid-14th century, in the Gothic style. Kaunas City Museum and the City Hall Square (Rotuses Aikstes) is a popular place for markets and social activities during the weekends. Kaunas Cathedral Basilica, a Roman Catholic cathedral. St. Michael the Archangel's Church, Roman Catholic church.The House of Perkūnas, is one of the most original and Gothic secular buildings, located in the Old Town. Vilniuas street, you can walk the full length of the street till you arrive to the Castle, along the way cafes, traditional Lithuanian houses, shops and other cultural sights! The Vytautas the Great,War Museum, established in 1921, it hosts historical artefacts belonging to Lithuania and Kaunas from prehistoric times to the present day, including a large collection of historical weapons. Ninth Fort, part of the Kaunas Fortress, which was constructed in the late 19th century. To get there you will need to go by bus or taxi.
Accomodation: Kaunas is cheap when travelling on a budget and staying close to the city centre can cost from €25 per night. There are plenty of Hostels available as the city is popular for students and weekends can get quite busy. Alternative private accommodation via Airbnb is also possible.
Recommended duration: Kaunas is a small city and walking around the centre can be done in a day. However visiting around and exploring some of the highlights of the city requires some transportation. Staying 2 nights would be enough.