For a taste of Eastern Europe, travellers should seriously consider a trip to Kaunas. With a flight time of just three hours from Shannon, Lithuania’s second city certainly fits the bill for those seeking a city that has transformed itself in recent years but yet still holds proudly to its past.
Come visit Kaunas in May-August where temperatures can get up to 22°C. Or, consider visiting for a winter adventure, though you are advised to wrap up as the mercury can plummet well below zero, especially in the early months of the year.
On arrival at the modern international airport, a short spin on the A6 motorway will have you in the city in just 30 minutes. Public transport is also widely available to whisk visitors off to their chosen accommodation. The number 29 bus departs from outside the main terminal and for less than €1, you’ll be downtown in no time at all.
Getting around by bus and trolley is probably the best option when you’re ready to explore. Single journeys are very reasonably priced at around 0.60-0.70c but for convenience, €5 will get you a 3-day ticket, while parting with around €9 of your holiday fund will keep you on the move for a full seven days.
Kaunas, like most 21st century cities, has a host of accommodation options to choose from. Those on a strict budget will find suitable fare on Airbnb – a quick search uncovers modern, clean and sometimes chic apartments from as little as €25 per night. Those who have the luxury of more expansive financial resources can lay head their head in four and five star establishments in the city centre for the very sensible price of €60 and upwards a night.
What to see
Maps of the sites in Kaunas and the surrounding area can be picked up at the Kaunas Tourism Information Centre and Convention Bureau, which is ideally located on Liberty Avenue, one of the city’s main thoroughfares. The Field of Victims, The Ninth Fort, Devil’s Museum, Napoleon’s Hill, and much, much more await in a city with a haunting but extraordinary history.