Old Town

Rotušės Aikštė & Around

This large, open square at the heart of the Old Town is lined with pretty 15th- and 16th-century German merchants’ houses and is centred on the 17th-century former town hall. In the square’s southwestern corner stands a statue of the patriot-poet Maironis.

Vilniaus Gatvė & Around

Vilniaus gatvė is the Old Town’s charming main artery.

New Town

Kaunas expanded east from the Old Town in the 19th century, giving birth to the modern centre and its striking 1.7km pedestrian street, Laisvės alėja (Freedom Ave).

Independent Lithuania’s first parliament convened in 1920 at the Kaunas State Musical Theatre, the former State Theatre Palace overlooking City Garden (Miestos Sodas) at the western end of Laisvės alėja, which was created in 1892.

Outside the Centre

Kaunas is a surprisingly green city, with parks around its fringes. Vytautas Park occupies the slope up from the end of Laisvės alėja to the stadium, behind which stretches a large majority of the lovely Ažuolynas Park. South along Vytauto prospektas is Ramybės Park, home to the Old City Cemetery until the Soviets tore up all the graves in the 1960s.

Vienybės Aikštė & Around

Vienybės Aikštė (Unity Sq) houses Kaunas Technological University and the smaller Vytautas Magnus University, first founded in 1922 and refounded in 1989 by an émigré Lithuanian.