Cycling in Kaunas

by | Aug 30, 2020 | Diaries, Europe, Lithuania

In Kaunas we spent two days, a rainy and a sunny one. The first we stayed in the camper in the middle of a quiet neighbourhood in the suburbs. The second we took our bikes and explored the old town.  

In Kaunas we spent two days, a rainy and a sunny one. The first we stayed in the camper in the middle of a quiet neighbourhood in the suburbs. The second we took our bikes and explored the old town. 

As soon as we arrived, it was raining. We searched for 2-3 different parking lots near the lagoon – where there is a protected regional park – and then we followed drove into the up market suburbia of the town next to the river.

The we crossed the bridge to the northern side of the Nemunas river and arrived at the old town. Cars stop right there – don’t think about entering there.

We crossed the bridge again and tried to find a place to sleep. We saw the confluence of the Nemunas with Neris river and the green park on the opposite side. 

We found a small neighbourhood and parked there, next to the bus station, near some old houses. We stayed inside till the following morning because it rained hard. It was nice and nobody bothered us. 

The following morning started with rain, which ultimately stopped and by noon the weather became stable. So we took our bikes, cycled along the river, crossed the bridge and entered the old town. 

As you can see on our images Kaunas is a nice town despite it is the most industrial in Lithuania – it’s actually the powerhouse of the country. Cobblestone streets, nice cafes (many still close – supposedly due to the pandemic crisis), Gothic and interwar architecture with everything combined nicely. The town seems to have a hippy style for a reason. 

We rode our bikes through the old town and to the Saint Michael church following the long, pedestrian Gedimino avenue – which bears the same name as its counterpart in Vilnius. 

We took a coffee and the sun came up so we didn’t want to return “back home” before sunset. Thanks to the improved weather, you could see many locals around but no tourists, so this is one more town we could taste in this peculiar intra-covid19 era. 

If you ever visit the town, just take it easy and you can nicely spend 2-3 days. Walk around the park right on the confluence of the two rivers, there is also a nice skate track for your child there.

Try local pastry at Gedimino avenue, have a coffee or beer opposite the town hall (which is the city’s museum), take a photo at the iconic Kaunas sign, pay a visit at the devil’s museum (we didn’t as it was closed that Sunday) and don’t forget to hike at the nearby Lagoon Regional Park._Akis Temperidis

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