Kaunas and Surroundings
Kaunas was named one of the European Capitals of Culture for 2022. Over the year, it is projected to host more than 1000 events. We recommend you visit Kaunas and celebrate the year-long festival “From Temporary to Contemporary”!
Things to Do Around Kaunas
1) The Old Town
Kaunas’ Old Town is the oldest part of the city. Besides hosting marriage ceremonies and official events, the Old Town Hall is house to the Kaunas City Museum Department. Vilniaus Street, on the other hand, is the oldest street in the city: it was, in fact, part of an important route leading to Vilnius in the Middle Ages. Remaining the axis of the Old Town, it has now become accessible exclusively to pedestrians.
2) Kaunas Interwar Modernism
Without a doubt, the interwar period was one of the most significant times for the architecture of Kaunas. Its Modernism owes its popularity mainly to the presence of round windows and winding corners, the magic rhythm of parallel lines, the amazing details and a clear loyalty to the national style. Some noteworthy architectural landmarks of the city center of Kaunas are: V. Putvinskio Street, Laisvės Avenue, the Kaunas Art Deco Museum, the numerous war museums, the Sugihara House, the Žaliakalnis Funicular and the Basilica of the Resurrection of Christ.
The city is part of the UNESCO network of creative cities, and its modernist architecture of the interwar period has been awarded the European Heritage Label. Moreover, it currently has a world-record number of modernist buildings dating back to the interwar period.
3) Courtyard Gallery
Over 10 years ago, having moved to the house located in the yard, the artist Vytenis Jakas noticed that some of the neighbors were oblivious to the history of the yard. Therefore, after he obtained the neighbors’ support, Jakas decided to decorate the walls of the house with pictures of Jewish families that had previously lived there. The yard is now slowly filling up with historical objects and festivities are organised by the neighbors, which attracts many tourists.
4) Kaunas Castle
Situated at the confluence of the rivers Nemunas and Neris, the Kaunas Castle was built in the 14th century to defend the city from enemies. It is currently the only stone castle with two defensive walls instead of just one. Near the castle stands the almost 7-meter-tall sculpture, “The Freedom Warrior”.
5) M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art
M. K. Čiurlionis was a world-renowned Lithuanian painter and composer. Throughout his career, Čiurlionis composed more than 400 pieces of music and created over 300 paintings. His works are an intertwining of Romanticism, Symbolism, and Art Nouveau. The dedicated museum beautifully preserves and showcases his creative legacy.
6) The Pažaislis Complex
The Pažaislis Church and Monastery Complex, located on the outskirts of Kaunas, near the Kaunas Lagoon, is considered one of the best representations of the mature Baroque style in Northern and Eastern Europe. It was designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Batista Fredianio, and decorated by Lombard sculptors and by the Florentine painter Michael Archangel Palonis, respectively with moldings and frescoes. In 2020, the Complex was awarded the title of the best filming location in Europe by the European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN).
7) The Christ’s Resurrection Church
The Church of Christ’s Resurrection in Kaunas was erected in 1922 under the direction of the architect Karolis Reisonas. It is the largest monumentalist basilica in the Baltic states and it was built to symbolize the resurrection of the nation. The Church is now considered the crown of the modernizing city and, apart from its breathtaking architecture, it offers a wonderful panorama of the city center of Kaunas.
8) Vienybė aikštė (Unity Square)
Vienybė Square is one of the largest and most representative squares in Kaunas. Surrounded by cafes and restaurants, it is located just a 5-minute walk from the Vytautas the Great War Museum. The Square attracts the youngest visitors with its 40 fountains, a skate park, as well as its numerous green areas, and it becomes particularly enjoyable during summer.
In 2021, Unity Square received the international iF Design award for its outstanding architecture, making Lithuania the first Baltic state to have ever obtained one: a true historic achievement.
9) The Žaliakalnis Funicular
The Žaliakalnis Funicular is one of the oldest lifts in Europe. In operation since 1931, it was the first not only in Kaunas, but in the whole of Lithuania. It is an old, however integral part of the architectural ensemble comprised of the city center and the Church of Christ’s Resurrection, the latter being connected with Laisvės Avenue via the Funicular.
10) The Kaunas Fortress
The fortress surrounding Kaunas used to protect the city from enemies. The Ninth Fort has been a museum dedicated to the Holocaust since 1959.
11) Laisvės alėja (Laisvės Avenue)
Laisvės Avenue is the main street of Kaunas. Measuring nearly 1.7 km in length, it is one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe. Just like other parts of the city, Laisvės Avenue showcases an exceptional architectural heritage of Interwar Modernism.
Our Cultural Activities
The following free time activities are included in the price of each one-week course in Kaunas:
- One guided tour of the city
- One full-day excursion
Two-week courses include one additional guided tour of the city.
Further information on our activities will be provided after the confirmation of the course.
About the Training Centre in Kaunas
All our teacher training courses in Kaunas will take place either in the Morning (9.00-13.45) or in the Afternoon (14.00-18.45) depending on classroom and trainer availability.
Further information on our academy will be provided after the confirmation of the course.