If you’ve got a heart that’s open to new experiences, and a thirst for artistic adventure, Kaunas is for you. The city has swung its door wide open to culture, art and history, and as a European Capital of Culture 2022, it is hosting more than 1000 events. In the words of its enthusiastic citizens, the city rewards with uniquely kaunastic discoveries around each corner. And what does kaunastic mean? It denotes those sights and experiences that are idiosyncratically Kaunas. From the city’s unique take on Art Deco through to the dynamic and vibrant street art that adorns many of the city’s walls, Kaunas is a city for the creatively curious.
Your perfect escape plan. First, take a flight to Kaunas Airport or arrive by bus or even by train, then jump in a taxi. In under an hour, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the city. Once there, you can settle yourself into some proper Bauhaus surroundings and soak in the style. Pick up a coffee from one of the city’s many boho roasters, and head up to the Aleksotas observation deck to take in a panorama of the city. Once you’ve got an idea of how the city looks, it’s time to take it on a date. From the beautiful and serene surroundings of Pažaislis Monastery, you can head to Kaunas Castle. From there, you can enter the mystical world of Lithuania’s most famous painter M.K. Čiurlionis at the Museum of Fine Arts. And what better way to end your explorations than with a spine-tingling visit to the only Devils’ Museum in the world. With a busy day behind you, you can spend the evening enjoying the bustling atmosphere of Laisvės Boulevard, the city's main thoroughfare. And did we mention that Kaunas is home to some truly unique examples of high Modernism?
This year, the title of European Capital of Culture was bestowed upon Kaunas, which will host over 1,000 different events in the city and its district – festivals, exhibitions, and concerts. Preparations for the occasion have been ongoing for the past 5 years, with Kaunas aiming to include as many city residents into the diverse activities from day one.
The programme of Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022, which consists of 3 parts that encompass different time periods, will invite city guests to not only learn about the history of Kaunas, its robust cultural sector and unique architecture and design, but also – in the words of the organisers themselves – to dive into a world characterised by happy people and positive experiences.
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So, you've got a ticket to Kaunas. But do you have a plan? Sure, travelling without one might lead to loads of unexpected discoveries, especially in a city like Kaunas, where everything is within reach. However, for those seeking the richest experience in the shortest time possible, we've prepared a plan that covers the best Kaunas has to offer.
A day is enough to fall in love with Kaunas' panoramas and visit the main sites of cultural, historical and religious importance. Two days will have room for an immersive trip revealing the charm of Modernist architecture. Three days will not only take you to the city's most significant museums t but also make you a true Kaunas expert.