In August 2018 I decided to visit Kaunas, the second largest city in Lithuania. The city was founded in the year 1030 and has more Lithuanian inhabitants than Vilnius.
It is a city where most visits are concentrated and can be visited on foot, has a trolleybus network, although it is not necessary to visit the historic center.
The best time to visit Kaunas is in the summer because in winter it is quite cold and there is usually snowfall and the great atmosphere in the streets is lost.
These are the main places to visit in Kaunas:
The name of the castle is mentioned for the first time in the year 1361.
Built at the confluence of the Nemunas and Neris rivers, it is distinguished by its size and the strength of the fortifications.
One third of the original castle remains standing and an art gallery is housed in the round tower.
Kaunas Town Hall
Kaunas Town Hall, also known as the White Swan, is one of the oldest and most important buildings in the city. It is located in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento which is the main one of the city.
In the Middle Ages, the square was the place for markets, fairs, celebrations and other events.
At present, it has a historical museum of the mayor of Kaunas and inside it houses the objects used in the most important ceremonies of the city.
House of Perkūnas
House of Perkunas is one of the secular gothic buildings located in the old part of the city.
It was originally built by Hanseatic merchants and served as its office from 1440 to 1532, when it passed into the hands of the Jesuits who also completed the Church of San Francisco Javier.
In 1996 the House of Perkunas was included in the Register of immovable cultural heritage sites of Lithuania.
St. Michael the Archangel Church
St. Michael the Archangel Church is located at the end of Aleja Laisves Street, which is the main pedestrian street of Kaunas.
It was built between 1891 and 1895 when the city was part of the Russian Empire, in neo-Byzantine style and Orthodox cult.
During the Soviet occupation it was used as an art gallery, nowadays it serves as a catholic church.
Vilnius street is the main street of the old part of the city and the one with the most atmosphere.
It is a street full of restaurants and terraces where during the summer months you can enjoy this magnificent city.
It is highly recommended to take something in any of the terraces and prices as throughout the country are very affordable.
Church of Saint Francis Xavier
Church of Saint Francis Xavier is located in the old part of the city, in the Town Hall Square.
It was built by the Jesuits, who opened their first residence in Kaunas in 1642 and established a chapel in the House of Perkunas in 1643.
In 1666 the construction of the Church began and it was consecrated in 1722.
Tour around Kaunas
Tour around the center of Kaunas: Kaunas Castle, Kaunas City Hall, Perkunas House, Vilnius street and St. Michael the Archangel Church.