Attractions in Kaunas
The Old Town is an extensive and labyrinthine block of flats with many of the city’s most important attractions. These include the fort, the town hall, several fine churches and unforgettable street views. The main square of the Old Town (Rotušės aikštė) is the most significant square in the city, and its most beautiful building is the town hall. On the outskirts of the square there are many fine buildings that can be viewed during your stay from at least one of its terraces, and the Jesuit Church (Saint Francis Xavier), for example, is a large church representing the Baroque style.
It is also worth walking to the river bank, which is not a wonderful place to visit in itself, but it is worth going to see the church named after Vytautas the Great, the oldest church in the city, and this bridge, once known as the most famous Lithuanian prince. bridge ”. This was not due to the length of the bridge but to the fact that the one crossing it crossed the Niemenjoki, and the areas there belonged to Prussia. Kaunas, on the other hand, belonged to Russia, where a different calendar was used, and thus the one crossing the bridge was allowed to experience a 13-day time difference.
The main street of the Old Town is Vilniaus gatvė, which in summer is filled especially with the terraces of cafés, and it always has a lively and nowadays very international atmosphere. Along it there are many interesting shops, a wide variety of restaurants and the best nightlife in the city. Many side streets are also worth a visit, but there are almost no attractions along the street, except for the cathedral at the very beginning, which is surrounded by all sorts of buzz during the summer season.
Shopping is not the biggest pastime, but you can bring home handicrafts and local products from Kaunas that are not available elsewhere. The best shopping stops are right in the heart of the old town and on the new side of the city center, and there aren’t many shops elsewhere.
A new side of the main street is Laisvės, and is lined with a good number of the most varied movements. You can buy clothes, household goods and food from the street, and those who want to see what is on offer in Lithuania will get to know this nearly two-kilometer-long street properly. There are a lot of cafes and restaurants on the street, the price level of which is lower than in the old town, so you can explore the street for even half a day.
The main street of the Old Town is Vilniaus gatvė, which starts from the new side of the city center. It is a street on the Old Town side, selling souvenirs and souvenirs of interest to tourists, and knocking it and the nearby streets is an integral part of a holiday in Kaunas. A good street for its shops is J. Jablonskio, which is next to the underpass, and another good side street is M. Daukšos, with a supermarket at the end.
Elsewhere in the city, there are some places to shop. There is a large Acropolis shopping center near the bus station, and there are a few shops in the new parts of the city center, but it is pointless to get around the blocks in the hope of finding shops. For those traveling by car outside the city center, there are shopping malls and a market hall in the Urmas area known as a place to shop. The offer also includes the Urmas shopping center, which is next to the market hall. There are quite a few cable cars and buses coming from the city center.
Restaurants and food
Lithuanian food may not be known in the world, but the restaurants that serve it are excellent in Kaunas, and tasting traditional food is an integral part of the holiday. Some of the best-known dishes are potato dumplings called “cepelinai,” which are made from mashed potatoes or grated potatoes and have meat or vegetables added inside. Various soups are popular and tend to be taken at least as an appetizer, and good summer small dishes are herring and potatoes, which are offered in the Baltics a little differently than what is used in Finland. One of the most popular dishes among foreigners is “blynai,” a kind of pancake that is usually made from potatoes, but there are two types, thin and thick. They are suitable for both main and desserts, as they can be salty or sweet,
The Old Town Square (Rotušės aikštė) is a place to dine at least once during your stay. Its restaurants are varied, and during the summer season, the Vilnius-side end of the square fills with terraces. The main street of the Old Town (Vilniaus gatvė) is not one of the best restaurant streets in the city, but there are quite a number of cafés, bakeries and bars along it. It has numerous attractive terraces, and some of the places offer food, but they are mostly burgers and other similar trendy dishes and often overpriced. On the new side of the city center, the eateries are around the main boulevard, and it is cheaper than the old town but also less glamorous for dining.
Kaunas is a surprisingly big city in the sense that the distances are quite long, but a normal holidaymaker does not move there much and can cope with the trip without bus or taxi trips. The specialties of Kaunas are two funiculars, one of which may be necessary for some and at least for families with children it is a good pastime to move up or down it.
The majority of Finns either fly to Kaunas or Vilnius airports, and some can arrive in Vilnius, Riga or Poland from Kaunas by bus. The airport is quite close to the core and can be reached cheaply by bus or more expensive taxi to the rest of the city. The bus station is on the outskirts of the city center, and you may have to take a taxi elsewhere, as the Old Town, for example, is just over a couple of kilometers away. If you arrive in Kaunas by train, the railway station is in the same area as the bus station.
A self-employed traveler can move from Finland to Kaunas on direct flights from Turku, but in other cases you must first fly to Vilnius. You can easily get to Kaunas by bus from Riga and Poland, and you can also get there directly from Tallinn or Pärnu by bus. Kaunas is at its best combined with other destinations, and an air traveler can also spend time in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, and it is especially easy to see Estonia and Riga along the way by bus or car. Of course, it is also possible to fly to Riga, and from there by cheap and comfortable buses in four hours to Kaunas.