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A scrappy little sister compared to debonair Vilnius, Kaunas (kow-nas) sprawls out from its dainty Old Town and 14th-century fort. Strategically wedged at the confluence of the Nemunas and Neris Rivers, Kaunas gained a taste for the limelight during a brief spell as Lithuania's capital in the interwar period; the town owes some of its most attractive architecture to this era.

Long since restored to second-city status, Kaunas still has a glint in its eye: it's here that you'll find uninhibited nightlife and arguably the country's best galleries. As Kaunas builds towards its stint as European Capital of Culture for 2022, this plucky city is getting bolder by the day.

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