Senamiestis (Kaunas)

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  • Day4


    August 10, 2020 in Lithuania ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Die Tradition des Holzbaus ist in Litauen seit Jahrhunderten sehr verbreitet, da das errichten eines Mauerwerks deutlich mehr kostet und sich das nur wenige leisten können. In Kaunas sind von den alten Gebäuden noch einige erhalten - wir haben nur keines gefunden. Im 20. Jahrhundert sind viele Gebäude im Bauhaus-Stil gebaut worden, die auch noch erhalten sind - auch die sind uns verborgen geblieben. Außerdem ist Kaunas noch UNESCO Stadt des Designs, neben Berlin , Montreal, Helsinki, Turin, Graz... und wird 2022 Kulturhauptstadt.Read more

  • Day113


    July 29, 2017 in Lithuania ⋅ 🌙 17 °C


    Thats what they say and it makes complete sense to me now. To find out for yourselves, you will just have to come here! A fab city with lots to do for tourists but very few tourists around.. perfect :)

    We are staying in the suburbs in a lovely cottage in someones garden. Stuart has won a fan already in the guise of the owners dog who is waiting for him each time he steps out of the door. Kaunas acted as the capital of Lithuania between 1920 and 1939. It is our first taste of Lithuania and is home to a castle, a very successful basketball team, a huge mix of architecture and a devil museum, amongst many other things.

    After a round the houses bus trip on a mini bus we arrived across the beautiful river Nemunas straight into the centre of the old town, past the Perkunas "Thunder" house, an impressive gothic building housing a jesuit museum. We found our way to the Baroque style Town Hall in a very attractive square to collect a mound of maps from the tourist information.

    Heading first to the Cathedral we were treated to lovely singing from the balcony accompanied by the organist and quickly realised that we were inadvertent guests at a wedding! Don't worry we weren't the only tourists there, but whilst Stuart scarpered I lingered a while to see the dress of course! She was one of three brides that we saw in Kaunas this morning, the weather was lovely - and not too warm! - 23 degrees, obviously a perfect day for a wedding!

    Moving through old town streets mooching for souvenirs, we walked the length of "Laisves Aleja" (Freedom Avenue). It is reported to be the longest pedestrian street in Europe, so not surprisingly half way along we needed to stop for lunch. Our intended lunch stop was quite a distance away so we settled for Mexican. And boy it didn't disappoint! Food was delicious and Stuart had a skull drink. A cocktail in a skull shaped glass with food on cocktail sticks and a flaming sambuca in the centre.. this boy sure knows how to choose a drink! I meanwhile sampled a Lithuanian beer which apparently is the best in the World. Now where have I heard that before....

    On a majorly full stomach, and having been to quite a few historical museums recently, we decided to visit the Devils Museum. Basically it is collection of 2000+ devil statues housed in the house of the late collector, an artist named Antanas Zmuidzinavicius. Completely random but a bit of fun and interesting to read about the folklore from Lithuania and other countries regarding the devil, be he stupid or scary.

    To Stuart's delight we found another funicular, this one being the oldest in Lithuania Unlike the one in Prague - where we had to queue for 20 minutes - there was only one other guy riding it.
    At the top of the funicular we visited Christ's Resurrection Church. It was completed in 2005 and apparently is seen as an eyesore by some. It cost us 1.2 euro to walk the 165 steps to the top where you have great views of the city.

    Kaunas is also full of street art that they are obviously very proud of, so much so that they are all marked on the tourist maps.. We passed a lot on our travels, including an old man the size of a building with a pipe full of stars, a multi coloured shack and a space hedgehog.

    According to one of my many guides, we visited/saw 10 of the 15 top things to do in Kaunas today so all in all a good days sightseeing!
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  • Day107

    Kaunas, Holocaust Monument

    November 17, 2019 in Lithuania ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    Learning about the Soviet occupation of Lithuania, the fight for independence and the Holocaust in Kaunas. The exhibition in a former fort and later prison was very authentic and we could feel the horror of this place during our visit. At this place more than 50.000 people (regime opponents and Jews) were executed in different times of history.Read more

  • Day66

    Kaunas, Litauen

    August 6, 2017 in Lithuania ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Start in dien nächsten langen Reiseabschnitt. Eigentlich nur von Kaunas nach Vilinus, aber mit einem Abstecher nach Polen und am Kurort Druskininkai vorbei.
    Während wir in Estland und Litauen das Gefühl hatten, alleine auf dem Strassen unterwegs zu sein ist es in Litauen anders. Hier rasen die Fahrer. Und es gibt viele davon. Überholen geht bei denen immer und überall. Und wenn man selber nicht rast kommt die Lichthupe.
    Nur Hupen oder den Vogel zeigen macht hier keiner.
    So bleibt noch genug Zeit für die Landschaft, die jetzt von Wald zu Feldern übergegangen ist.
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  • Day23

    Kaunas Lithuania

    July 18, 2016 in Lithuania ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We had a free day to explore Kaunas. What a neat city! There are too many places I visited and not enough pictures to post (I am only allowed 6). Its hard to imagine the conflicts that occurred in this area over the last 100 years. Everyone here is welcoming. Below are pictures of St. Michael Church, the old and new town streets, the town hall, a castle built in the 14th century and the military museum (they fought for freedom in 1920). Tomorrow we go to Poland.Read more

  • Day21


    August 26, 2018 in Lithuania ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Absolute Empfehlung
    Pub auf Englisch gemacht (auch mit Fish and chips) aber auch mit vielen Beer-Snacks, bis zu ganzen Platten für kleine oder große Gruppen.
    Ich hatte hervorragende Burritos (ok nicht ganz orginal England).Read more

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