Kaunas, with its 370,000 inhabitants, is the second-largest city in Lithuania. Kaunas lies approximately 100 kilometres from Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Kaunas has numerous museums and theatres that reflect the city’s thriving cultural life. Business-wise, the city also has much to offer, especially with regard to the food industry which is a major economic pillar.
Places of interest in Kaunas
The former capital of Lithuania has had an eventful history, with Kaunas Castle, the baroque Church of St. Francis Xavier from 1666, and the Town Hall from 1542 as beautiful remains from former times.
The medieval town centre and the boulevard were completely renovated in 2016 and are well worth a visit. Another must see is the city’s castle. The castle was built in the Gothic style around the 14th century, at least that’s what the archaeological finds suggest. The castle mainly served as a lookout, given its location on the banks of the river.
The castle underwent reconstruction in 2010 and the tower now houses an art gallery.
Eating and drinking in Kaunas
Food in Kaunas is simple, good and cheap. Lithuanian cuisine is known for its hearty dishes based on potato. Popular are cepelinai, potato dumplings stuffed with mince, and balandeliai, white cabbage rolls stuffed with meat and rice. Lithuanians also have a sweet tooth, so don’t forget to explore the pastry shops.
Local tip for going out: Džem'pub is a student café with nightly live music and karaoke.
Eindhoven – Kaunas airline tickets
Wizzair flies from Eindhoven Airport to Kaunas in Lithuania.