Kaunas County combines history, culture and beautiful Lithuanian landscapes. Base yourself in the lively city of Kaunas or escape to one of the charming towns and villages that dot the countryside. Excellent galleries, museums and a flourishing food scene make Kaunas County a favourite among cultured travellers.
Things to do in Kaunas County
Kaunas is built around a historic centre and is a great base for exploring the county. Get lost in the winding streets of the Old Town and visit the 14th-century fort. As the former Lithuanian capital, the city will charm you with its handsome architecture and beautiful setting at the junction of the Neris and Nemunas Rivers.
The city is home to some of the top galleries in the country, including the MK Čiurlionis National Museum of Art. In addition to masterpieces by legendary Lithuanian painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, you can admire Lithuanian folk art, centuries-old European landscapes and works by contemporary sculptors.
Prienai is set on a bend of the Nemunas River and surrounded by lush forests and valleys. Use the city as a base for touring the ancient hillforts peppered across the countryside. Nearby Birštonas Observation Tower towers 50 metres high and treats you to fantastic views over the city and the surrounding farmland.
Retrace the footsteps of 17th-century monks at Pažaislis Monastery. The evocative Baroque monastery will impress you with its soaring cupolas and cavernous halls made from gleaming Polish marble. After touring the complex, enjoy a meal at the on-site fine dining restaurant.
Getting around Kaunas County
The city of Kaunas is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, while rental cars offer the freedom to explore Kaunas County at your own pace. The city is a one-hour drive from Vilnius and 1.5 hours by train. Kaunas International Airport is a 20-minute drive from the city centre.