Located to the east of the confluence of the Nemunas and Neris rivers, the oldest part of Kaunas town, boasts a lot of surviving Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, especially in the western part. Take a stroll in this charming part of the city, roam its cobbled streets and discover Kaunas' most remarkable buildings, such as the Town Hall, the Castle, the Historical Presidential Palace, House of Perkūnas, a great variety of artistic and educational museums as well as fascinating churches, like the Kaunas Cathedral, the Church of St. Gertrude, Vytautas' church and many others.
Picturesque Old Town
The main Kaunas street in the compact Old Town – Laisvės Alėja (Liberty Avenue), is one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe, with 1.7 kilometers of banks, various offices, restaurants, cafes, and many modern shops, connecting Vilnius Street to Kaunas Cathedral. The tree-lined avenue is a very popular meeting place for the locals. The main square was given a makeover in 1780 under the direction of architect Jan Mattekier. Nowadays, the square serves as a popular gathering place during the hot summer months, featuring a clutch of bars and restaurants turning the square into one big outdoor café. In winter, treat yourself to a cup of coffee or a decadent hot chocolate and get your skates on to zoom around one of Lithuania's most atmospheric outdoor ice rinks. Don't forget to wrap up, it gets pretty cold out there!
Kaunas Town Hall, the White Swan
The telescopic tower is 53 meters high and rises above the marvelous open square. First built in 1542 and predominantly late-Baroque in style with elements of early Classicism and Gothic, the magnificent Old Town Hall was used as an ammunition storage, prison, Russian theater, church and club of bad reputation over the centuries. In the year 1869, Kaunas municipality was established in the Town hall. The venue was taken over by the archive in 1944 and then again by Kaunas Technical Institute in 1951. Since 1973, it has been used as a wedding palace as well as a venue for formal occasions and the home to the city's Ceramics Museum. If you pass by on a Saturday, you'll see a parade of brides, grooms, balloons and fancy cars. Today, the building is used to welcome the city's official guests of honor, signing of agreements and official events and ceremonies.